Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

REVIEW: The Nightingale – Wherein Fr. Z suggests good movies

I’m a fan of Chinese cinema. I’m sort of a fan of French cinema.  With the help of Netflix today, to the accompaniment of stir fried pork and vegetables I watched a Chinese-French film (in China, on Chinese themes, by … Continue reading

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God the Son teaches about adultery (HINT: He disapproves)

Today in the Ordinary Form, the 6th Ordinary Sunday, the Gospel is from Matthew 5. First, the Lord says that he did not come to abolish the law and prophets but to fulfill them. He has stern words for those … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass of Sunday Obligation? Let us know. I didn’t preach today, since I was the deacon for the Mass and I didn’t have another scheduled Mass.  Had … Continue reading

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FOLLOW UP PHOTOS – Septuagesima: Burying the Alleluia for Pre-Lent

The other day I posted about burying the Alleluia on Septuagesima Sunday.  As Pre-Lent (aka Fore-Lent) begins, in the traditional Roman Rite we sing the Alleluia for the last time at 1st Vespers of Septuagesima.  There was a custom of … Continue reading

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Good books for Lent

In another entry, the book The Heresy of Formlessness by Martin Mosebach came up.  I warmly recommend it.  I mentioned that book together with some others back in December. US HERE – UK HERE Some other books I’ve recently mentioned, … Continue reading

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More on the “mutual enrichment” theme: West meets East Edition

More about “mutual enrichment” comes from Catholic World Report. First there was a piece Fr. Peter Stravinskas, who made suggestions about how the older, traditional form of Mass should be altered.  HERE I think he was wrong in the very … Continue reading

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Where were you 4 years ago?

Where were you four years ago.  This is the fourth anniversary of Pope Benedict’s announcement that he would abdicate. My blog that day HERE You might also remember that on 11 February 2013 lightning struck St. Peter’s Basilica. The photo from Agence … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mass texts for Pope Benedict

From a priest… QUAERITUR: While I mourn the resignation of Pope Benedict I also mourn the fact that there is no particular Mass text with which I can pray for his health. If there were to be a Mass for … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Septuagesima Sunday: “What am I getting myself into?!?”

In the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Septuagesima, Latin for the “Seventieth” day before Easter.  Already!  It is quite early this year. The Roman Station today is St. Lawrence outside the walls. This number, 70, is more symbolic than … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ – #HamRadio Saturday : On a Catholic note

A DX contact from a fellow Ham Radio Operator…* Remember that one of our readers here has made his Echolink node available to us: 554286 – WB0YLE-R  (Thanks!) Remember: You must be licensed to use Echolink. BTW… there is a great iPhone app … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time: “kissing the porch”

For this Ordinary Form calendar Sunday, we have reached the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time.  In the Extraordinary Form this Sunday is the purple-draped, pre-Lent Septuagesima Sunday (Alleluia Buh-bye!). In the Ordinary Form we have a Collect based on a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father doesn’t make Sign of the Cross when giving absolution

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Whether an absolution is valid if the priest prays the form of the sacrament correctly, but does not make the sign of the cross. This might just be scruples, but recently, I went to confession to … Continue reading

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The liberal juggernaut … libbernaut? … is well-connected and organized.  They work together. Perhaps you saw the NYT’s piece (aka Hell’s Bible) which managed (through fake news) to make an absurd connection between Card. Burke (whom libs hate with the … Continue reading

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A clear and present danger to Catholic doctrine, practice, identity

There is a clear and present danger to Catholic doctrine, practice, identity which has already risen over the horizon and which looms larger as the weeks pass. The exaltation of “conscience”, no matter what. We are not talking about properly … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can priests serve as and vest as deacons in the Novus Ordo?

UPDATE: I’ve received quite a bit of mail about my response.  The preponderance says that I was right in my argument, but also that the Caerimoniale‘s directions do NOT prohibit priests from vesting as deacons.  Here is an example: When the … Continue reading

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