Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Aspirants to Religious Life, Priesthood, DEBT, and You – ACTION ITEM!

I occasionally get email from people who want to enter convents, monasteries, seminaries, but they are held up on account of debt, mostly from education loans.  They usually have some crowd-funding page by which they are trying to raise money … Continue reading

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A US bishop “expects”, but doesn’t command, that Mass be said “facing the people”

If email were rain, I’d be soaked.  I was sent an image of a letter sent by Bp. Anthony Taylor of Little Rock, Arkansas, to priests.  In this letter, the Bishop says that he “expects” that Mass always be celebrated … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point or two from the sermon you heard for your Sunday Mass of Obligation? For my part, I spoke about the Roman ‘genius’ (mindset, worldview, identity rolled into one) and threefold component in the absolution form … Continue reading

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The Church in Germany is crashing and burning

Via EWTN.  This is nothing but grim: German bishops release new figures: fewer churchgoers, parishes, and priests Figures released Friday by the German bishops’ conference draw a bleak picture of the ongoing decline of Catholicism in Germany. However, the head … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Last prayer at the point of death

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Forgive the morbid nature of my query, but with the nature of the world today (and the mindset of an undertaker) a question has been on my mind. If one were to know death was imminent, … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Odd Brit Sandwich, Priest Killer Pasta, Beautiful Youth Missal

So there I am, minding my own business, watching an episode of Endeavour (UK HERE prequel to Inspector Morse UK HERE), and there’s Thursday eating a “cheese and pickle” sandwich. “?!?”, quoth I. “That can’t mean what it seems to mean. … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 16th Ordinary Sunday: The Enemy is hunting YOU!

The Collect for the 16th Ordinary Sunday, not in any pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum, has its antecedent in a 9th century manuscript.  Enjoy the fine clausula (rhythmic ending). Propitiare, Domine, famulis tuis, et clementer gratiae tuae super eos dona multiplica, ut, … Continue reading

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Crowd-funding project to restore a Roman painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

On this Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, an interesting project has crossed my radar which you might like to participate in, to the honor of the Mother of God. There is a crowd-funding project to restore a painting … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Saturday: UPGRADE and the aftermath of Zuhlsdorf’s Law

Last week I posted about the long delay for my Amateur Extra license upgrade to be posted on the FCC site.  It FINALLY came through.  So, that’s take care of. Last week I also posted on my struggles under the influence … Continue reading

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Canon 212 in the 1983 Code and the Internet: edgy new Catholic news aggregator page

There is an edgy new Catholic news aggregator page available.  Canon 212.com Canon 212 in the 1983 CIC for the Latin Church is an important canon in the section on the obligations and the rights of the faithful Can. 212 … Continue reading

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The Polish translation of GIRM 299 on the position of the altar

The personal appeal made by His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah to priests to begin reading Holy Mass ad orientem has once again stirred debate about the correct translation of GIRM 299, about the position of the altar and about the position of the … Continue reading

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Excommunicated women’s ordination advocates meet with official of Secretariat of State

It is possible that some wywympryst wannabes, representatives of the militant women’s association Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW), are supposed to meet with someone in the Vatican. Via Eponymous Flower and Katholisches.info. I think most of these wymyn and those who … Continue reading

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Annibale Gammarelli – RIP

The Pope’s Tailor, Annibale Gammarelli, has passed away.  He was   There was an announcement of his death in L’Osservatore Romano.  More HERE. Signor Annibale was “un signore” in the full sense of that Italian concept. Please stop and say … Continue reading

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The Pink Sisters

From KIII TV in Texas. These sisters are a sister order to that of a holy sister with whom I worked in Rome. CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – In a time when our world is thirsty for hope and peace, … Continue reading

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Death in the Streets of Nice, and You.

Yet again we have cause to mourn the murdered.  Yet again, in France. We have serious decisions to make about our future.  This is a war. I strongly urge you to consider that this, friends, is coming our way, courtesy … Continue reading

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