Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Commandments are NOT mere “ideals” from which some people are excused because they’re hard! Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Look. I’m the first one to admit that I am a sinner.  I sin and I go to confession with a firm purpose of amendment.  When I fall, I get back up, again with a firm purpose of amendment.  I … Continue reading

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Card. Burke goes to Guam – What’s up with that?

You may, by now, have read new stories about how His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke has been “sent to Guam”.  He will preside over a canonical trial of a bishop who has been accused of sexual abuse of minors. This … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: St. Patrick’s Day 2017 on Friday in Lent

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am responsible for a brunch which is served after the Saint Patrick’s Day Mass at the Cathedral in my Archdiocese. This year, Saint Patrick falls on a Friday of Lent. I believe this means I … Continue reading

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Fr. Murray on Card. Coccopalmerio’s booklet defense of Communion for mortal sinners

I direct the readership to dash over to The Catholic Thing for a new column by my friend Fr. Gerald Murray.  He drills into the booklet offered to the public through the intermediary of the Vatican Press by His Eminence … Continue reading

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Knights of Malta to elect a new Grand Master – with a twist?

This is interesting.  Is someone backing off a little? From the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta (SMOM): The government of the Order of Malta to convene the Council Complete of State on 29 April to elect the … Continue reading

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100th Anniversary of Fatima, Your Parishes and You

What are your parishes planning for the months of the 100th anniversary of the Fatima events? Let us know.

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ASK FATHER: Praying for the Holy Father’s Intentions

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When praying for an indulgence, is it better / okay to pray for Holy Father’s HOLY intentions, rather than simply his intentions? These days it seems that – laying aside his published universal intentions – some … Continue reading

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More news of The Religion of Peace v. Christians

From The Christian Post: ISIS Covers 3 Families in Tar, Burns Them Alive for Fleeing ‘Caliphate’ As IS continues to lose ground and suffer huge losses in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul at the hands of Iraqi-led coalition liberation troops, … Continue reading

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And now for one of the dopiest things I’ve heard in a while

This is just plain dopey. From that perennial purveyor of blech, RNS… ‘Glitter Ash Wednesday’ sparkles for LGBT Christians and others (RNS) Lighten up, Ash Wednesday. A New York-based advocacy group called Parity is asking Christians who favor LGBT equality … Continue reading

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“…let him be anathema.”

This quote came up in the combox: A reading from the 13th session of the Council of Trent: “CANON XI.- If any one saith, that faith alone is a sufficient preparation for receiving the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist; let … Continue reading

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UPDATE: White Pontifical Vestments Project

UPDATE 14 Feb: The next phrase. I just finished, with the help of the Vocations Director and his assistant, the unfurling, cutting, and folding of the last bolt of fabric that remained here in The Cupboard Under The Stairs.  As … Continue reading

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FANTASTIC New Sacred Music disc from The @LondonOratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir!

The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir has a new sacred music disc and it is wonderful: Sacred music from the Tudor era. It is the beginning of a series. I want every one of them. Run, don’t walk, to … Continue reading

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Card. Coccopalmerio’s booklet: The Response™? Apparently not.

Yesterday, I posted HERE about the release of the booklet by Card. Coccopalmerio, Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. It was ballyhooed as The Response™ to the Five Dubia of the Four “intransigent” Cardinals, who are dissenters because they … Continue reading

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Disaster always happen to somebody else. Right?

Every once in a while I post about BOBs, “bug out bags”.  It’s time again. I received a note: Here in Sacramento, Ca and outlying areas are in danger of life threatening flooding. Nearly 200,000 have been evacuated from Yuba … Continue reading

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It’s hard to find a purer liberal ideologue than this one.

Last night on FNC Tucker Carlson had an exemplary guest.  It is hard to find a purer ideologue, deeper into Leftist tactics than this one.   Watch this for a lesson in what we will see increase as the Left gets … Continue reading

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