Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

ASK FATHER: Should we open our business on Sunday?

From a reader…
My family and I are considering buying a business. One point of debate within the family is the idea of opening on Sunday. The business is a candy store, but more than that will also provide a place for people to sit, … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a GOOD point made during the homily you heard for your 7th Sunday of Easter or Sunday After Ascension (I hope) or for Ascension Thursday Sunday?
Let us know!

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Concerning concelebration

At his excellent blog, Mutual Enrichment, Fr. Hunwicke has a few posts about concelebration.
Pope Innocent III on Concelebration:
Innocent III takes it for granted that “from time to time many priests concelebrate” and adds “the Cardinal Presbyters of Rome have been accustomed … Continue reading

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Some Monday Vatican drilling

You all should check out today’s Monday Vatican by Andrea Gagliarducci.
This week Andrea drills into the circumstances and implications of the recently election of Card. Tagle of Manila as head of Caritas International.
Here is one section:
The progressive wing likes Cardinal … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 3: Sunday edition

This morning I had an important errands to the Augustinianum to finish off a couple things I am working on, then I rambled to Ss. Trinità where there was to be a Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool for the Sunday … Continue reading

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“Oh give me a home….” Nuns on the range.

For your Just Too Cool file…
From CNS:
Benedictine nuns make their home on the range
By Jim West
Catholic News Service
VIRGINIA DALE, Colo. (CNS) — Sister Maria Walburga Schortemeyer is at home wading through the mud and manure of a barnyard in boots, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Marrying first civilly, later sacramentally

From a reader…
I have been married for a few years. When I came to the States a few years ago as an immigrant, I entered on a fiancé visa, and could not work until I was married and obtained a Green Card. … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 2: Mozarabic Edition

This morning I was back in the library for another round. I think one more morning out to do it for me.
Meanwhile, on my way to meet folks for lunch I went by a favorite bookstore. You … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is baptism by fake women ‘priests’ valid?

From a reader…
While discussing the ecclesial status of someone baptized by an SSPX priest (is the newly baptized person Catholic?), I had a troubling thought: what about someone who is baptized by a Catholic woman who has pretended to be ordained as a … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants and cracks the whip

I received word a few weeks ago about a move that was to be made in the Diocese of St. Petersburg in Florida, by the local bishop, to reduce the celebration of Holy Mass using the 1962 Missale Romanum.
Now I see … Continue reading

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