Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Some ‘Amoris laetitia’ news

I have had notes from priests and from personnel in tribunals saying that people are saying, in effect, “Forget about our annulment case.  Pope Francis says what we are doing is okay.”   Some report as well that even in … Continue reading

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More on the question of deaconettes

I direct the readership to look at a piece in First Things: THE TRUE HISTORY OF WOMEN DEACONS hen Pope Francis announced his willingness to appoint a commission to study whether women can serve as deacons in the Catholic Church, … Continue reading

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Card. Sarah: “it is essential that the priest and faithful look together towards the east.”

He doesn’t, in this case, mean the Eastern Churches. An argument can be made that the wholly unnecessary and uncalled for turning around of altars in the wake of Vatican II was the single most damaging innovation that occured.   This … Continue reading

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SSPX reconciliation. I think it might happen.

I have said for years that the SSPX could be reconciled without all sorts of doctrinal declarations about points in Vatican II documents. I see this at the NCRegister: Cardinal Müller Expects SSPX to Recognize Disputed Council Teachings Cardinal Gerhard … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination

Well… this is it.  I made it this far. Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably because Ember Days were common times for ordinations and Ember … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 2: DOC and berries

Busy day. Today I got my basic shopping done for some clerical things and a couple books. We met for lunch a priest who teaches in one of the Roman schools. The owner of the restaurant is from Amatrice.  On … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 1: Not quite out of the way Churches

The usual breakfast. The Roman cornetto (roll) is not duplicated anywhere else. Click the wavy flag to help me buy breakfast tomorrow, too!  (And many thanks to those who have donated.  Mass on Friday for my benefactors.) We went to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I say “Amen” if the priest is making up prayers?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When I attend Mass in the Ordinary Form, the priest sometimes illicitly modifies the texts or even makes up his own prayers. Is it sinful for me to silently pray along with the priest or to answer “amen”? Does … Continue reading

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ROME – Day 0.5: Et In Arcadia Ego

Once back in the City, a switch is thrown in my head and it is as if I never left. I made a run to Gammarelli to do some vestment business, but my guy wasn’t there.  I’ll have to go … Continue reading

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Your Good News

Do you have some good news to share with the readership? For my part… I’m in Rome.

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