Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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Francis’ Triduum Schedule: strange lacuna

From an astute reader… QUAERITUR: I’m sure you saw the announcement of pp. Francis’s Holy Week schedule. I want to say that in the past there was at least mention made that an announcement of “The Mass of the Lord’s … Continue reading

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Bp. Schneider: On the question of a heretical pope

There is an interesting essay by the great Bishop Athanasius Schneider at 1Peter5 today.   I’ve only had a chance briefly to scan it.  However, it, even in that fast look, bore fruit.    Hopefully, I can get back to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father doses off during Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve noticed one of our priests frequently doses off and falls asleep…sometimes even during Mass or other liturgical functions. Thankfully, the sleeping is short lived and he wakes back up, but I fear he might fall off into a … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2019 15 – Wednesday in the 2nd Week: Card. Burke

These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Wednesday in the 2nd Week of Lent.       Card. Burke talks to … Continue reading

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Officially BADASS CATHOLIC PHOTO

Years ago I heard an old bishop growl, “Meno chiacchiere – più processioni. … Less jabbering – more processions.” This, my friends, is an officially BADASS CATHOLIC PHOTO. A procession in honor of St. Joseph in Detroit. ¡Hagan lío!

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Germany: More dissent from nuns

Today started with a post about that caput malorum omnium that is Germany.  Let’s continue. The ultra-left La Croix stumps, not reports, on a German nun advocating women priests. If one had the slightest… slightest… understanding of priesthood as flowing from the … Continue reading

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“Te, Ioseph celebrent”, a hymn in honor of the Terror of Demons

Back in 2009 I made a PODCAzT – TEN YEARS AGO?!? – about the hymn sung in the Liturgy of Hours in honor of St. Joseph.   That post eventually was augmented with photos sent by The Great Roman™ of … Continue reading

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CRISIS: Keen analysis of the implosion of the German Church

At Crisis you will find a devastating article by a friend of mine, Msgr. Hans Feichtinger.   He look at recent statistics of abuse in the caput malorum omnium, the German Church and what German bishops are proposing to do. HERE … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2019 14 – Tuesday in the 2nd Week: Glorious St. Joseph!

These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Lent.    St. Joseph is celebrated today. We … Continue reading

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Lighter fare

James Lileks was, when I was a student at the U of Minnesota, a clever lad who wrote for the university paper and then went on to do other writerly things. He sends out fun tweets, for a long time … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants about Hell and sin and Enemy of the soul

I often read from visitors here that they rarely, if ever, hear anything about the Four Last Things from their pulpits. I mention the reality of our possible eternal destiny with some frequency here and from the pulpit. It is … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2019 13 – Monday in the 2nd Week: Kneeling at Mass, its actual liturgical function

These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Monday in the 2nd Week of Lent.     Martin Mosebach explains more about … Continue reading

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“You just want the 1950’s back!”

One of the things that the goulish faculty of my hellish US seminary hissed at me in my re-education sessions during my second awful year when I was under super double-top secret probation, was “You just want the 1950’s back!” … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How can eating desserts during Lent be fasting? Would Jesus eat desserts?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father Z in the tradition of the Church could one have two small meals and for your full meal have a full meal including dessert? Should we not have a spirit of penance? How can fasting … Continue reading

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News from the great Benedictines at Norcia: building, dogs, liturgy, beer

In my email I found something from the great Benedictines at Norcia. I’ll “Rosica” it by cutting and pasting… but no, I told you where it is from.  Darn.    Anyway, the formatting remains messy. Remember: BEER!   Buy Beer … Continue reading

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