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About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

28 July 1914 – WORLD AT WAR – 100th anniversay of WWI

One hundred years ago, World War I began. The world hasn’t been the same since.
Today a friend sent a pic from Business Insider which I now share.

The other photos give a sense of what trench warfare was like.
I may have … Continue reading

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How Fishwrap celebrates Episcopalian “ordination” of women.

Preliminary comments.  Priests are for sacrifice.  Sacrifice requires priesthood.  If you don’t have sacrifice, you don’t need priests.  You can have ministers, instead.  Ministers are fine, but they aren’t priests.
Second, Anglicans/Episcopalians don’t have priests because they don’t have valid orders. … Continue reading

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St. John XXIII doesn’t like it when you clap in church. So STOP it! (VIDEO)

Joseph Card. Ratzinger – now Benedict XVI – wrote in his Spirit of the Liturgy:
“Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced … Continue reading

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Archbishop Chaput on Pope Francis

National Catholic Register has something from a speech I just heard during the Napa Institute meeting. It affirms something I have been saying.
Archbishop Chaput on Pope Francis: It would be a mistake to describe him as a “liberal”
Is Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Boy Scout held at gunpoint at Canadian border

Does this sound right to you at all?  It sounds almost like a parody story, something from The Onion.  But… it isn’t.
From Todd Starnes:
Troop leader: Customs and Border agent held Boy Scout at gunpoint
A Boy Scout troop from the nation’s … Continue reading

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MS-13 gang recruiting among illegals flooding across the border

From Fox:
Border agents say violent MS-13 recruiting at Arizona facility for new Central American arrivals
MS-13 members are infiltrating a federal facility for Central American youths illegally entering the United States — trying to cross the border with criminal pasts and … Continue reading

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Will IRS monitor content of sermons? Do they now?

From Life News:
IRS Strikes Deal With Atheist Group to Monitor Content of Sermons
The next time your pastor delivers a pro-life sermon or urges the congregation to stand up for pro-life values in the political or public arena, he could be … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: 77 square mile edition

The zoo like boarding process is underway.

And so I settle in for a few (hopefully) boring hours to my connecting flight.

I am reading American Sniper on this leg.
It was a great conference experience. I met lots of great new … Continue reading

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How many children have died in Hamas’ tunnels?

Did you know about this?
From the Institute for Palestinian Studies:
Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon: The Unintended Dynamics of Israel’s Siege
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A similarly cavalier approach to child labor and tunnel fatalities damaged the movement’s standing with human-rights groups, despite government assurances dating back to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why don’t bishops wear cassocks?

From a reader:
I am wondering why most modern bishops just wear a clerical suit?  Why do they very rarely wear the cassock with the proper color trim?  We almost never see eastern rite or even the orthodox out in public … Continue reading

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