Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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ASK FATHER: People say Mass prayers together with the priest

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve been attending daily mass when I can at a particular parish. When at Mass I often hear some people in the pews who whisper to themselves every single word the priest says at mass. I would like … Continue reading

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POLL: For whom will you vote in the 2016 Presidential Election?

I’m curious.  How are you denizens of these USA (who can vote legally) leaning right now regarding the upcoming presidential election. Make your best choice.  If you wish to comment, the combox is open to registered and approved participants here. … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 14th Sunday after Pentecost: healths, hands and the finger

This Sunday’s Collect for the Extraordinary Form survived the snipping and pasting of the Consilium and the late Annibale Bugnini’s liturgical experts to be used in the Ordinary Form on Tuesday of the 2nd week of Lent.  Figure that one … Continue reading

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New art from Daniel Mitsui: The Mass of St Gregory

The “Mass of Saint Gregory” is a common subject of art across many centuries, beginning in mid-14th c, though the subject matter dates back to the 8th c with variations.  The essentials are these: Pope Gregory I, “the Great” (+604) … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time: When “values” replace “virtues”

Let’s look at the Collect for the upcoming 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time: Deus, qui fidelium mentes unius efficis voluntatis, da populis tuis id amare quod praecipis, id desiderare quod promittis, ut, inter mundanas varietates, ibi nostra fixa sint corda, … 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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Bp. Zubik (D. Pittburgh): “The No. 1 priority has to be, ‘We need to make our worship better.’”

I was sent an article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about Bp. David Zubik and his view of, plans for the Diocese entrusted to his care. Apparently the horizon is pretty dark for the Church in Pittsburgh (as it is in … Continue reading

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Pre-Order Pope Benedict’s new book – Last Testament: in his own words

I, for one, want to know what he has to say. PRE-ORDER NOW! US Hardcover – HERE – Release 15 November 2016 $24.00 UK Hardcover – HERE – Release 15 November 2016 £16.99 US Paperback – HERE – Release 1 November 2016 – NB: by A & C … Continue reading

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14 Sept – Solemn Mass in the Bronx!

I had some great news yesterday about a Solemn Mass in traditional Roman Rite which will be celebrated on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 14 September, in the Bronx, NY. Announcement: “There will be a celebration … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z has a little fun with Jesuit mockery

A few days ago Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese, who had been relieved of his post as editor of America Magazine when Card. Ratzinger was Prefect of the CDF, and who now writes for the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) came … Continue reading

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Italian Islamic leader wants legal recognition of polygamy

Now that “gay” (I hate that word now)  rights are secured, thanks to a feckless few unelected justices on the SCOTUS, the next barriers to be broken down are, first, polygamy, and then pedophilia. I saw at Crux … Italian … Continue reading

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In the depths of August, Pope Francis makes surprising appointments for Laity and Family

There were a few interesting appointments made today.  Check The first interesting thing is that this is just after Ferragosto. Today, Pope Francis appointed Bp. Kevin Farrell of Dallas to be the Prefect of the new dicastery for the Laity.  Farrell … Continue reading

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Swetland v. Spencer: Is Islam a “Religion of Peace” – a hot debate

UPDATE: As a follow up, John Zmirak at Stream weighs in on Swetland’s position that you, dear readers, as Catholics must accept that Islam really is “Religion of Peace” because, he says, Vatican II and other documents, says so.  If you don’t … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can Lectors still bless bread and fruit?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Recently I have just read regarding the minor order of Lector (I know it has been abolished). It is said that the lector can bless bread and fruit. My questions are: Is the blessings reserved only … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: 15 August – Assumption Solemn Mass of Reparation for Sacrilege and Blasphemy

Tonight at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, minutes to the west of downtown Madison, we had a Solemn Mass for the Feast of the Assumption (the parish’s patronal feast), which I offered in reparation for sacrilege and blasphemy, especially that … Continue reading

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