Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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Latinists! A great opportunity in June

I’ve been in touch with the folks who are organizing Sermo Fidelium (Talk/Language of the Faithful). This will be a few days in a truly beautiful setting for Latinists and students of Latin to spend time together latine loquentes. The … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Am I obliged to do the strange penance Father gave during confession?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When I went to confession the priest asked me to watch a certain movie for my penance. I have done a search for it but what I found (trailers) seems contrary to the faith, very progressive/liberal … Continue reading

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A Pope in hell?

Today is the feast of St. Peter Celestine, Pope Celestine V, who famously resigned the papacy. One of the fascinating people in our Catholic family history. Pietro da Morrone, born c. 1215, in the Molise area of central Italy, came … Continue reading

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Card. Burke calls for explicit consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart

In spite of official explanations of still hot topics concerning the Fatima apparitions and ongoing messages received by Sr. Lucia, I still have questions. Concerning one of those questions… At LifeSite I’ve read the following: BREAKING: Cardinal Burke calls for … Continue reading

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Hate-filled lib liturgist attacks Benedict XVI for his praise of Card. Sarah

Recently Pope Benedict penned a short piece for a future re-printing of Card. Sarah’s splendid book on silence. Predictably, the liberal hate machine has lashed out at Benedict, just as they lashed out at Card. Sarah last year when he … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary Papa Ganganelli!

Everyone, make plans to party.  Today is the anniversary of the elevation of His Holiness Pope Clement XIV to the See of Peter in 1769.  His family name is Ganganelli. One good way to celebrate the glorious event of his election … Continue reading

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It’s confirmed: Never give up! Never surrender!

At RenewAmerica, Matt C. Abbot posted about an encouraging event: confirmations conferred in the Extraordinary Form.  The account is a good read.  It included the following with my emphases and comments: […] I discovered the Latin Mass in my early adulthood and … Continue reading

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“One will see cardinals opposing cardinals”. An example and a request.

At Akita, Japan, Our Lady is purported to have said: “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me … Continue reading

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Formation of a new “Latin Mass Society of Central NJ”

For a while now, I’ve been working with the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison. Since I’ve been mentioning it on the blog, I’ve received notes from all over that people are forming their own societies where they … Continue reading

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View From The Venomous Fainting Couch

When liberals run out of ideas, they resort to personal attacks. Such is the case of Michael Sean Winters of the Fishwrap. We’ve seen his venom before. HERE and, especially, HERE Winters doesn’t like the K of C’s politics, and so he … Continue reading

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Fr. Murray on Card. Coccopalermio’s odd utterings about validity of sacraments

Today at TCT my friend Fr. Murray drills into the implications of Card. Coccopalmerio’s stunning statements which undermine our understanding of sacraments. Coccopalmerio characterized the Church’s teaching on the question of Anglican orders as follows: “We have had, and we … Continue reading

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A diocese entrusted to Our Lady

His Excellency, Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison and the Extraordinary Ordinary, recently consecrated the diocese entrusted to his charge to Our Lady of Fatima. He said: “Jesus, we now want to imitate you and entrust ourselves to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Near occasions of sin when dating

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Fr. Donald F. Miller C.S.R.R. wrote in the pamphlet “Questions Young People Ask About Marriage” among other things that dating with no intention of marriage in a reasonable time is a near occasion of sin [high … Continue reading

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests by … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI SPEAKS: “With Cardinal Sarah, a master of silence and of interior prayer, the liturgy is in good hands.

In the spirit of GMTA… Great Minds Think Alike… I offer you the following. Benedict XVI has written a brief essay as an afterword for a future re-printing of Robert Card. Sarah’s great book The Power of Silence: Against the … Continue reading

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