Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Happy 243rd Birthday USMC!

This note I received seems a fitting way to salute the Marines who read this blog.
Marines: Happy 243rd Birthday! To commemorate not only the Birthday, but also all veterans’ service and the Centennial of Armistice Day tomorrow, please enjoy this … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Some say Advent is not a penitential season.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I’m reaching out because I’m doing a bunch of research on Advent. I have been reading a number of things on Advent and about living liturgically in general and I’m trying to get a few things straight that I’m not totally … Continue reading

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FEEDBACK: “I went to confession for the first time in nine years tonight.”

I suspect that most of you readers know that I often shout at you: GO TO CONFESSION! I did so yesterday, several times. This morning I received this.
From a reader:
I wanted to thank you for always pushing confession. I went … Continue reading

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Blog milestone: 90 Million

An alert reader sent a note saying that the “StatCounter” button on the sidebar shows that we reached another milestone.  This must have happened sometime during the night.

The blog is older than that and I don’t put huge stock in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: If I am in the state of mortal sin, is there any point in praying?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for the good work you do through this blog. I check it once or twice daily, because I always look forward to your insightful and incisive commentary.
May I ask: If I am in a state of mortal sin … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Justice RBG falls, breaks ribs, hospitalized

According to accounts, 85-yr old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had a fall, broke some ribs, and is not in the hospital.
While one mustn’t wish ill on another, it could be that this episode might prompt in the Justice some thoughts … Continue reading

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“I had the image of a bishop sinking head downward…. sinking… sinking… clawing at the heavy miter on his head”

Even as I stared at the title of the piece I am about to recommend, this passage from Luke about millstones came to mind.   I had the image of a bishop sinking head downward…. sinking… sinking… clawing at the … Continue reading

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MUST READ: The Papalatrous catholic Left and “Horizonal Schism”

Speaking of brilliant, you will want to pay attention to the following.
Canonist Ed Peters turns the canonical sock about schism, can. 751, inside out.  There are two dimensions of schism, you see.   The papalatrous catholic Left has probably fallen into one … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Holy See repression of a certain kind of bishop with a certain kind of message

UPDATE 8 Nov:
But wait.  There’s more.
Over a Church Militant, Michael is reporting that an Italian author, Aldo Maria Valli, has published a book about whistleblower Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò. However, the publishing company has been pressured to restrict future editions.
Recently … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Properly blessed” devotional objects

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
What does it mean for an article of devotion to be “properly blessed” as stated in the Enchiridion of Indulgences? Many of our sacramentals have been blessed by priests or deacons, and two by bishops (my daughter’s crucifix … Continue reading

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Fr. Z muses: repression of Catholic speech and what we can do about it.

Right now we are told that transparency and dialogue are important.  When the Synod (“walking together”) opened, Francis called for openness, dialogue, even criticism, saying, “all to speak with courage and parrhesia (candour), that is combining freedom, truth and charity….  Only … Continue reading

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Did an alien vessel just pass by? The mystery of Oumuamua.

Fascinating piece today at Spaceweather:

DID AN ALIEN LIGHT SAIL VISIT THE SOLAR SYSTEM?:
It sounds like a tabloid headline, but in this case it could be real. Mainstream researchers from the Harvard Center for Astrophysics have made the case that … Continue reading

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My While For Awhile: Election Day Edition

I’m off to southern regions to visit my mother for a few days.   Florida is hotly contested.  I hope that my mere presence in the state will tip the election.

My flight is delayed.
Most Delta lounges these days have FNC … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL! Move to rename Hubble’s Law… for a priest

A reader alerted me to something for a Just To Cool entry, or perhaps Look! Up In The Sky!
There has been a recommendation to rename, or rather amplify the name of Hubble’s Law after Fr. Georges Lemaître.   HERE
The statement … Continue reading

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Contrasts of projected visions of the Church

At Church Militant, Michael Voris posted a sort of summary video commentary in the aftermath of the Synod (“walking together”).  What caught my eye comes at the end of his video commentary.  Michael juxtaposed images of the Summorum Pontificum procession … Continue reading

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