Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Article explains a lot about Bergoglio/Francis, Amazon Synod, connection with Liberation Theology

LifeSite has an important article for understanding more about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Francis. The article stems from a 47 year old photo which shows a group who attended a conference in 1972, including Bergoglio, Liberation Theologian and now-laicized Leonardo … Continue reading

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8 Sept – Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Stop for a moment.  Consider what our eternal prospects were before the birth not only of Our Lord, but also before the birth of His Mother, from whom He took our human nature, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Ponder the state … Continue reading

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TLM training available for priests

The Vetus Ordo, the Usus Antiquior, the Extraordinary Form, the Pian Rite, the Tridentine Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass… call it what you want, there are priests out there who want to learn how to celebrate it. There are so many … Continue reading

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A priest’s prayers before and after making his own confession

From an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before my ordination.  They are dense with old wisdom. Here are two prayers, in Latin and English, for priests, for before and after they make confession their own confession. I’ve … Continue reading

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Francis wears leopard skin at Mass. Apologies from libs to Card. Burke to follow.

UPDATE 15 Sept:  Fr. Hunwicke has added tuppence. Pope Pardoctonus the First In Mozambique Francis said Mass wearing a chasuble with leopard skin gallons. A close look at large photos suggests that it is the real thing: the fur of … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 177: Latin of the Last Rites in the Traditional Form

We’ll explore this time the Latin of the Last Rites in the Traditional form. There is enough evidence that Latin is more effective in our Rite than the vernacular, that the use of Latin, often, is warranted. It would be … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 23rd Ordinary Sunday: Submission, manumission, filiation

The Collect for the 23rd Ordinary Sunday – this Sunday – was not in any pre-Conciliar edition of the Roman Missal, but it was in the 8th century Gelasian Sacramentary in a section for evening prayers during Paschaltide.  You have … Continue reading

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Interesting old rubric: Post-Communion purification, ablution of the faithful, not just the priest

How seriously did our forebears take the reception of Communion and their duty to avoid possible profanation of the Eucharist. Today I saw an interesting entry at Corpus Christi Watershed about a rubric which disappeared by the time of the … Continue reading

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More fresh hell from beyond the ‘limes’: the Land of Karl Rahner and Walter Kasper and Really Bad Ideas

The ancient Roman historian Tacitus said that the Germans of his day had a strong tendency to folk assembly government, and that big decisions were decided by the whole tribe.  The men of the whole tribe.  Women could speak up and … Continue reading

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A Friday incitement to stand firm and never to back down

Friends, it seems as if overwhelming forces are hijacking the Church, tying her hands and leading her to where she would not go. It is necessary that the Church go through her own Passion, just as Our Lord endured His. … Continue reading

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Jesuit-run John Carroll University goes to the zoo over annual “drag queen” shows

From The Blaze comes a story about how some students at a JESUIT college are miffed because the annual – that was annual and since 2013 – drag queen show was cancelled. Some of you might say, “Hey! At least … Continue reading

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Francis: ‘It is an honor when Americans attack me’

From the Catholic Herald: Pope Francis: ‘It is an honor when Americans attack me’ The Pope’s spokesman later clarified that the Pontiff ‘always considers criticisms an honor’, particularly from ‘an important nation’ Pope Francis told a reporter that it is … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why not use “Unbound” for “deliverance prayers”?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: On your post about exorcism of a parish you mentioned in the comments not to use “Unbound”. I know people connected to this. Do you know of a good article explaining why? I interested being able … Continue reading

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Jesuits. Corruptio optimi pessima.

I received a book entitled On the Suppression of the Society of Jesus: A contemporary account.   US HERE – UK HERE I was so hoping that by “contemporary” the title meant our days.  However, it results from the 18th century, … Continue reading

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Of St. Moses – Old Testament Lawgiver, Prophet and Prof. Camille Paglia – Feminist, Provocateuse

I have a very begrudging respect for Camille Paglia. I disagree with most of what she holds, but I admire her writing and her bluntness. I’m especially fond of how she calls out the cheerleaders of stupid brands of feminism … Continue reading

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