Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Background support for the Five Dubia

Edward Pentin, probably the best English language journalist working around the Vatican these days, posted at the National Catholic Register a piece about support for the Four Cardinals and the Five Dubia. Yes, he writes about Card. Müller’s TV interview which … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “I was filling out a family liturgical calendar and got to thinking…”

From a reader… This doesn’t really apply to next year, but I was filling out a family liturgical calendar and got to thinking. My wife and I have recently started abstaining meat on Fridays. We were married on the Feast of the Dedication of … Continue reading

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Magister: Comments on the state of the Curia

Some time ago I issued a serious rant.  HERE  I think you should take it to heart. From Sandro Magister: A Firing, a Demolition: Behold the New Curia The reform of the Vatican curia that Pope Francis is carrying out … Continue reading

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Card. Burke’s interview in ‘La Verità”: More Cardinals are completely with the Four

Lots of lefties are hopping up and down in little circles because the Four Cardinals (Burke, Caffara, Meisner, Brandmueller) offered Five Dubia (questions, narrowly framed, asking for yes or no clarificatory responses) arising from the objective lack of clarity in … Continue reading

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St Paul – Argument Of The Month – Live Stream

I am at St Augustine’s in St Paul where my old friend Fr Echert reigns.  Years ago they started something called the Argument Of The Month – a moderate fight in front of a few hundred men in current topics. … Continue reading

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Order of Malta to Pope Francis: No thanks.

From the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta comes a statement to Pope Francis.  HERE The statement is pretty thick, but in effect SMOM is standing up for itself. The conclusion (but read the whole thing there)… […] … Continue reading

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Another look at Fr. Cameli in Jesuit-run ‘America’: Use of Scripture

The other day there was misleading piece at Jesuit-run America by a Chicagoan Fr. Louis Cameli. He launched an ad hominem attack against the Four Cardinals of the Five Dubia.  Cameli continued with a not entirely honest defense of his personally preferred … Continue reading

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Card. Sarah’s new book available in ENGLISH

I warmly recommend that you – especially clergy – read everything you can get your hands on by His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah. I’m delighted to announce that Card. Sarah’s new book, Le Force du Silence, hitherto only in French, … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters explains situation to Crux priest. Important info for priests, confessors.

The other day at Crux there was a piece by Fr. Paul Keller about a theoretical (Deo gratias) case study in which the writer – basing himself on the objectively unclear notions of Amoris laetitia Chapter 8 – figures out how to … Continue reading

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Variation on the dreaded Christmas gift sweater

This almost needs a caption call. From The Onion: Pope Francis Wearing Sweater Vestments He Got For Christmas Moderation queue is ON, of course.

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FEEDBACK and REQUEST from seminarian

From a seminarian: Thank you kindly for the biretta program you set up. Because of this program, another seminarian and I (both attending the same seminary) received our birettas. Please pass on my thanks to our beloved benefactors and our … Continue reading

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Card. Müller: “a possible fraternal correction of the Pope seems to me to be very remote”

UPDATE: Newly appended to the end of Pentin’s article on Card. Müller… Update 12 January 2016: A spokesman for Cardinal Müller told the Register that he was “speaking out of his authority as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point during the sermon you heard at your Mass of Sunday Obligation? Let us know what it was.  Many people out there don’t have an opportunity to hear sermons that are content rich (or even coherent). For … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Reception of Eucharist multiple times with same Mass formulary

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Would it be wrong to receive the Eucharist attending the Saturday Mass of Anticipation & Sunday Mass? [Both with the same Liturgy]. Since matters of reception of the Eucharist in Communion more than once in a … Continue reading

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“Learn to love as I love thee.”

Real Epiphany was on 6 January.  In the traditional calendar, however, we are in the Season of Epiphany.  Hence, I’ll go on talking about Epiphany for a while. At one of the blogs I now eagerly follow, A Clerk of Oxford, I … Continue reading

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