Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

ASK FATHER: Can’t find a confirmed godparent within the family

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My wife and I are going to have our third child in November. We are having a hard time finding someone in the family to be our child’s Godparents when we baptize him/her.
THE PROBLEM
Our main problem is basically … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Jiggity Jig Edition

I completed all my tasks except one and I am on my way home.  
Zipping to the airport we had a couple last sights.
The church in which I was ordained a deacon.
 
This is also where we had the Pontifical Mass … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 5: Galleries and Lessons

This morning I started in the Galleries of the Palace of the Doria Pamphilij. It has been years since my last visit.
I got the audio guide, which was sprinkled through with charming accounts of family history by one of the … Continue reading

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Mass for Benefactors

I am about to say Mass for my benefactors.

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ASK FATHER: Funerals for those who commit suicide

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
A long time member at our parish committed suicide just the other week. He was heavily involved in the parish and loved by all. They had a funeral Mass said for him. Why are those souls who commit suicide now allowed … Continue reading

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Crazy talk from an Italian theologian… just the beginning of crazy

My fear for the last and the upcoming Synod of Bishops has not been that they would suggest to the Holy Father to change doctrine, but that they – and the discussions surrounding them – would raise expectations of things … Continue reading

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Card. George’s galero raised to the rafters!

Yesterday was the “month mind” for the late Francis Card. George, Archbishop of Chicago.
As part of the “month mind” they raised his cardinalatial hat, his galoro, to the ceiling of the Cathedral.
Here is a video from WGN: HERE
Also, the … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 4: Of turtles and dead mice

Yesterday we wandered around and saw a few churches in the Ghetto part of town.
On the way we visited one of the “Talking Statues”.

And nearby there is one of the fountains set up during the time of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: To whom does Seal of Confession apply?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Does the seal of confession bind the penitent in any way?
Background: Talking with a friend awhile ago I mentioned something I was told in confession. My friend said he was very uncomfortable with this – implying that I was breaking … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should we open our business on Sunday?

From a reader…
My family and I are considering buying a business. One point of debate within the family is the idea of opening on Sunday. The business is a candy store, but more than that will also provide a place for people to sit, … Continue reading

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