Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

BEER @MONKSOFNORCIA PROGRESS

We have to support our good religious orders, especially the newer communities.
Today I read about a solemn profession at Norcia, in Italy, where there is a great foundation of Benedictines (including not a few Americans).  You might recall that they … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Note Belated

Here’s a little challenge.  Instead of asking this on Sunday, let’s try for Tuesday.
Was there a good point in the sermon you heard last Sunday during your Mass of obligation?
Let us know!

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Are you downsizing? Be careful!

I’m in a process of downsizing. You know how this goes. You have it in your head that, if you haven’t opened that box of stuff for a couple years, you don’t need it and you won’t miss it. Right?
I … Continue reading

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Just to put your day into perspective

Just to put your day into perspective.

Of course, that’s all well and good, but a human soul has greater worth. Christ died for souls, not stars or background radiation.
It seems to me that the material cosmos is so big … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Celebrate Prudence and not “Pride”!

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can a Pastor/Religious Superior mandate that the Associate Pastor/other Religious priests use only particular options in celebrating Mass with the congregation. Of course, saying Holy Mass ad Orientem is one matter. But what about the Pastor/Superior saying it … Continue reading

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Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Why we Say The Black and Do The Red

Let us begin with an understatement.
The revitalization of our Catholic identity will be an opus magnum et arduum.
Most of us reading this will not see but the first fruits.
We have to be smart and persistent, using all the tools at … Continue reading

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Disturbing short film “The Confession” that somehow won Catholic award

I was sent the link to a short film that, apparently, won and award at the International Catholic Film Festival in 2017.
Fail.

It starts with some good point.  Never mind that the priest is not wearing a purple stole: validity of … Continue reading

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Father’s Day gift idea – from the “hearts”

Seeing that, in the Novus Ordo calendar, today is the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (the day after the Sacred Heart of Jesus), I point once again your attention to the wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles whose … Continue reading

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PHILIPPINES: To arm priests or not to arm?

This is interesting from the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald:
Philippine Church resists calls to arm priests
Church leaders in the Philippines criticised a proposal to arm priests as a protective measure in the wake of recent attacks on clergy … Continue reading

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Posted in Going Ballistic, Semper Paratus, Si vis pacem para bellum!, The Coming Storm, The Drill, The future and our choices | 20 Comments

ASK FATHER: What does the comma really say?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When listening to a Collect (or any similar prayer) in Latin, whether OF or EF, I notice that the priest tends to “punctuate” the final phrase as such:
“in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.”
But in English, … Continue reading

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

In the Novus Ordo calendar, today – the day after the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – is the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Before Mary conceived Our Lord beneath her heart, she conceived … Continue reading

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A “puzzled” and “surprise” Card. Kasper is “furious”

You know how Communion in the hand was accomplished.  You know how the use of “altar girls” was achieved.
Libs intentionally violate the law until the law is changed.  That’s what happened. Moreover, even the restraints and caveats in the modified … Continue reading

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Posted in B as in B. S as in S., Liberals, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, Pò sì jiù, The Coming Storm, The Drill | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments

Fulton Sheen’s body to return to his native Diocese of Peoria

Such is the news from WGLT and the NatCathReg:
PEORIA, Ill. — On the evening of June 8, the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, announced that earlier in the day the Supreme Court of New York had ruled for the second time … Continue reading

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Who are the real Neo-Gnostics?

It often happens, at least to me, that when Pope Francis starts swinging pejorative labels around like so many clubs, it’s hard to know just whom he means to lather.
That said, when Pope Francis uttered the epithet about Self-Absorbed Promethean Neo-Pelagians, I … Continue reading

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8 June: Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom

Today is, of course, the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is also – as it is 8 June – the Feast Our Lady, Sedes Sapientiae… Seat of Wisdom.
Seat of Wisdom is an ancient title of the … Continue reading

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