Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

My View For Awhile: Inertia Edition

Inertia describes the tendency of bodies to resist a change in motion unless acted upon by outside forces.  Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion while bodies at rest tend to stay at rest unless moved by some influence. … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z asks readers to offer the Fishwrap some constructive help

First, here is a link to something that I posted some time ago: HERE Once again the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) is stumping in favor of the ordination of women to the priesthood.  This is what the Fishwrap does: they dissent from the Church’s … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Only half-way decent parish near us is still not good. What to do?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When my wife and I attend Mass at our regular parish, we have always made it a point to receive Communion from the priest. Recently, when we did so, the priest stopped my wife, looked her in the … Continue reading

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New scientific study concludes NOT “born that way”

At the National Catholic Register there is a story sure to make the writers of the National Sodomitic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) have a conniption. Not ‘Born That Way’: New Scientific Analysis Questions ‘LGBT’ Orthodoxies A comprehensive new survey about sexuality … Continue reading

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A proposal for wymynpriests

Via AlmanaccoDiRoma: On 22 August 1764, during the pontificate of Clement XIII, at Campo de’ Fiori, the hermit Giuseppe Morelli was hanged, guilty for having “celebrated 29 Masses with consecration without being a priest and for received alms from the faithful.” … Continue reading

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PRP: 5th Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Our Lady

Today is the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, in the newer, Novus Ordo calendar.  So, here is an oldie post from 2006, the final installment of my Patristic Rosary Project. ___ We conclude our Patristic Rosary Project today with … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Converts trying to make 1st Confession –

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My family and I are converting to the church from Protestantism. We are a family of six and we have been turned away from confession at multiple churches because the half hour before Vigil and Sunday Mass wasn’t … Continue reading

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Detroit’s crafty new tax on churches

From the Detroit News: A balanced budget in Detroit might be something only prayed for, but few could imagine Motor City managers raiding church offering plates for revenue. Yet new drainage fees from the city’s Water and Sewerage Department may … Continue reading

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22 August: Immaculate Heart and Queenship of Mary

Here are a few thoughts I wrote for my weekly column at the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald: On 22 August we observe, in the traditional Roman calendar, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  In the newer … Continue reading

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Reader Feedback

I get lots of email.  Some of it is friendly.  Some of it is not. Here is some friendly feedback: Based in large part on what I have read on this blog, I recently began going to the Latin Mass at … Continue reading

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Must. Have. One.

Here is an example of how we can see something and instantly desire it! There’s not a moment to lose, for all love!   Alas, this person seems to be confused.  I don’t mean the choice of color of car, … Continue reading

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The USA Solar Eclipse of 2017 – signs in the heavens

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars…. Luke 21:25. At NASA I see that, one year from today, 21 August 2017, the shadow of your planet’s moon, in a great total … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know. I, for one, spoke (14th Sunday after Pentecost) about seeking that which is above and treasuring up treasures in heaven. There … Continue reading

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A blast from the not too distant past

The other day Pope Francis made some appointments to the new Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, established ad experimentum.  It will probably be made into a congregation, at least I guess it will be, since Pastor bonus is still in … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Angelus: “our life is not a video game or a soap opera; our life is serious”

Here is Vatican Radio‘s translation of Pope Francis’ Angelus address today: Vatican Radio translation of the Pope’s Angelus address: “Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! [He said, “Buon giorno”. We are after noon, of course.] Today’s Gospel passage invites us to meditate … Continue reading

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