Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Smoking Gun Book™ about last year’s chaotic Synod

Do not… DO NOT… succumb to Synod Fatigue! We need all hands on deck right now, before the storm, to batten down the hatches and reef the sails. My spies tell me that this upcoming Synod will not be smooth sailing.  The “other … Continue reading

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Posted in Si vis pacem para bellum!, Sin That Cries To Heaven, Synod, The Coming Storm, The Drill | Tagged , , , , , | 36 Comments

From 1965: Paul Harvey’s “If I were the Devil”

For your consideration. This, from the year of closing of the Second Vatican Council.

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Thomas Aquinas College will not compromise

I have learned from the Catholic education watchdog group Cardinal Newman Society (see their feed on the sidebar of this blog) that Thomas Aquinas College has opted to NOT to knuckle under to the threats of the Obama Administration regarding ObamaTax … Continue reading

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Ed Peters on the ‘sin’ of abortion, the ‘crime’ of abortion, and excommunication

The distinguished canonist (and commentator here) Ed Peters has a useful post at his fine blog In The Light Of The Law about the distinction of the sin of abortion and the crime of abortion and the sanction/censure that can be incurred … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Emanations from Penumbras, GO TO CONFESSION, HONORED GUESTS | Tagged , , , , | 36 Comments


Huge news. This was under embargo till noon, Rome time, which must be honored. [UPDATE: The Bollettino is now available HERE] The Year of Mercy begins 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016. It is about to be announced that the Holy Father has sent … Continue reading

Posted in Fr. Z KUDOS, GO TO CONFESSION, Pope Francis, SSPX | Tagged , , , , | 135 Comments

ACORN promotes the Black Lives Matter thing

Remember ACORN? Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now It was morphed into all sorts of affiliated groups. It seems that ACORN is involved in the hate-promoting Black Lives Matter thing… and therefore, probably, killing cops. From the Washington Times or … Continue reading

Posted in Pò sì jiù, Semper Paratus, Si vis pacem para bellum!, The Coming Storm, The future and our choices | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Rename Washington DC while you’re at it!

So the First Gay President is now renaming mountains. It isn’t to be named after a Republican President anymore. Wasn’t Washington DC originally the place of the Nacotchtank? I demand that the District be renamed! Nacotchtank DC!

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ASK FATHER: Prayers for a sick pet

From a reader… My 10 year old Golden Retriever is in rough shape. How far is too far when praying for pets? What is a Catholic to do when his pet is sick or in danger of death? Is praying appropriate? I’m … Continue reading

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Church Music: sacred and… not so much

I received the latest issue of Sacred Music today.  May I recommend that you subscribe?  HERE  There is so much good, artistic and sacred music that we could use in our liturgical worship.  Alas, so much of what we hear is unworthy of … Continue reading

Posted in Lighter fare, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged | 26 Comments

ACTION ITEM! “Officer Down!” – Texas Deputy Murdered for being LEO

This is all over the news now. Though I am a little late on this, I ask for your prayers for the officer and his family. From FNC: The alleged gunman who murdered a Texas deputy unleashed 15 shots at … Continue reading

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