Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)

Cri de Coeur: What recourse do we laypeople have?

This cri de coeur comes from a comment under another entry. And what recourse do we laypeople have?  Do we just have to sit around and remain silent because we do not have proper authority to speak up? Priests and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My brother and I were having a discussion about the use of the terms ‘Holy Ghost’ vs ‘Holy Spirit’. We both attend the traditional Latin Mas, and are interested to know the origin of why ‘Spiritu … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Latin misspelling? “eundem” or “eumdem”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, I recently saw “eundem” in a misallette. My missal uses “eumdem.” I was wondering if these are different cases of the same word (like German den/dem) or if they are just different spellings of the … Continue reading

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Italian Bishop praises Luther and Revolt as work of the Holy Spirit

One of Pope Francis’ very most favoritists of the Italian bishops, personally raised by the pontifical hand to power in the episcopal conference, Bp. Nunzio Galantino, gave a talk at my old school, the Pontifical Lateran University (“The Pope’s University”) … Continue reading

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NIGERIA: Sun “event” on 13 Oct 2017?

Are any of you reading stories about an event in Nigeria on 13 October 2017, the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun?  Apparently the bishops of Nigeria consecrated Nigeria to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  After the Mass, the … Continue reading

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Polish Soldier

On the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Poles went to the borders to pray in a great Rosary chain for the protection of their nation. Today, on rising, I was greeted with this great image of a Polish soldier burning an … Continue reading

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Nebraska parish going “ad orientem”

Unless and until we get our act together regarding sacred liturgical worship, no initiative we undertake in the Church at any level will bear the fruits we hope for. We need widespread, generous use of the older, traditional form of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Assistant priest wonders what to do if pastor won’t speak to adulterous couples who receive Communion.

From a priest… QUAERITUR: Here is a question which perhaps you could answer for those of us who are parochial vicars. What should we do if people regularly present themselves for communion who are married outside the Church?  Ordinarily, we … Continue reading

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Card. Burke’s smashing @Buckfast_Abbey talk on Message of Fatima

There is a video of the talk, but the audio is really bad.  So, I extracted the audio from the video and cleaned it up. Wanna hear it?  It’s classic Burke and hard hitting.

There is a LifeSite story … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Must the priest wear the cassock to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is the cassock required for a priest to wear a cassock under his vestments when celebrating the Extraordinary Form Mass? I did not think so, and I know other priests who celebrate the 1962 Mass without it, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What is a “privileged altar”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve occasionally seen high altars inscribed with the phrase, “altare privilegiatum.” 1) What does (did?) this mean and how did an altar become privileged? 2) Does this still apply today? Sometimes you will find in older … Continue reading

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How does Pope Francis choose bishops of important dioceses?

Italian vaticanista Andrea Gagliarducci writes regularly a column at his place called “Monday Vatican”. You should read him. Today, however, he has a piece at CNA about how Pope Francis seems to approach the selection of and translation of bishops. … Continue reading

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28 November 2017 – @MadisonDiocese – Confirmation in the Traditional Rite

His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, has graciously consented to confer the sacrament of Confirmation according to the traditional form of the Roman Rite on the evening of Tuesday, 28 November 2017 at St. Mary’s Church in Pine Bluff, … Continue reading

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Fr. Murray on the Jesuit-run Boston “Amoris laetitia” Agitprop Workshop

The other day I read of and wrote of the recent Jesuit-run Boston College conference on the reception of Amoris laetitia.  HERE and HERE  and HERE  In the balance, this confab was really an Agitprop Workshop.  The participants in this closed-door … Continue reading

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New PRINTS from Daniel Mitsui: Of Awe, Whimsy, and Serious Head Bashing

The distinguished Catholic artist Daniel Mitsui sent me three prints of saints whose feast days are not very far off.  As usual, in his inimitable style, his images present both awe and whimsy. BUT FIRST… a touching story… After Mass last … Continue reading

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