Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

ADVENTCAzT 07: ‘If only things were different…”

Here is ADVENTCAzT 07, for Saturday in the 1st Week of Advent. These 5 minute offerings, to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord, are a token of gratitude … Continue reading

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Leadership in the Church, Reading, and You (Fathers)

Donald Trump has made a stupendous decision to nominate Gen. James Mattis, USMC Ret., as Secretary of Defense. Here is a video of Gen. Mattis answering questions, especially about leadership. Fathers: watch this.  We could use this spirit. ♫ Gimme that … Continue reading

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Innovations which Vatican II did NOT call for, but which we got anyway.

I saw this on Facebook: Today a priest friend told me that Summorum Pontificum was the obituary of the Spirit of Vatican II. More and more we will see how important Summorum Pontificum is.  It will have an ever greater impact.

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Anthony Esolen is under attack by Providence College

I’ve mentioned Prof. Anthony Esolen quite often in these electronic pages. He is a serious scholar with a great pen. I’m usual struck with a little envy at his writing style. Esolen is under attack by liberals. There is an … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Petition in support of the Four Cardinals and Five Dubia

LifeSite has a petition in support of the Four Cardinals and their Five Dubia. HERE Please consider signing.  I, for one, want clarity about the questions submitted by the Four Cardinals.  The questions were necessary to maintain the integrity the … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 06: Silence

Here is ADVENTCAzT 06, for Friday in the 1st Week of Advent. These 5 minute offerings, to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord, are a token of gratitude … Continue reading

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Just Too Cool: Measuring instruments altered by electromagnetic disturbances when placed on Christ’s tomb

I just finished writing a brief piece about technology (for the Catholic Herald) and I ran across this from EWTN UK.  You may have read that restoration work and scientific examination of the Edicule which encloses the Christ’s empty tomp … Continue reading

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Douthat on The End of Catholic Marriage

I’m out and about and so can’t do more than point you in the direction of Hell’s Bible (aka NYT) where the redoubtable Ross Douthat has written more about the Great Matter of what’s up with the Church’s teaching on … Continue reading

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Confirmations in the Traditional Form of the Roman Rite

Last night here in the Diocese of Madison we had Solemn Mass for the Feast of St Andrew and the Sacrament of Confirmation administered in the Traditional Roman Rite by His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, aka the Extraordinary Ordinary. … Continue reading

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IMPORTANT UPDATE – Dean of Rota: Pope could strip Four Cardinals of Cardinalate because of Five Dubia

UPDATE 1 Dec: This we now read at Religion Confidencial: Religión Confidencial publicó el martes una noticia que ponía en boca de monseñor Pio Vito Pinto, decano de la Rota Romana, la afirmación de que los cuatro cardenales que han … Continue reading

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Ad orientem: “his perspective on the priesthood and the Mass has changed”

From a priest… QUAERITUR: Fr Z, After my entry into the Catholic Church from Anglicanism and ordination as a Catholic priest, I approached the Archbishop about offering the Mass ad orientem.  His guidance to me was to “catechize the people” … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 05: Waiting… Hoping…

ALL: I am grateful for the feedback I’ve been getting on these podcasts.  Thanks! Here is ADVENTCAzT 05, for Thursday in the 1st Week of Advent. These 5 minute offerings, to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well … Continue reading

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For St. Andrew – Exsultet caelum laudibus

I say the older form of the Office and I often listen to the Office sung by the Benedictine monks at Le Barroux. Just for nice, here is Exultet caelum laudibus, hymn for Vespers for St. Andrew the Apostle, sung … Continue reading

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BRICK BY BRICK: more ‘ad orientem’ news

I am getting notes from people about changes at parishes to ad orientem worship. For example, from reader: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Big River, WI began ad orientem worship on Sunday. Our pastor, Fr. Kevin Louis, has been … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 04: Suffering and Second Chances

Here is ADVENTCAzT 04, for Wednesday in the 1st Week of Advent. These 5 minute offerings, to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord, are a token of gratitude … Continue reading

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