Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Fr. Murray looks again at the Profession about marriage issued by the Bishops of Kazakhstan

Not long ago, the Bishops of Kazakhstan issued a document, a Profession of the Immutable Truths about Sacramental Marriage.   I wrote about it and provided an audio reading of it HERE.
At The Catholic Thing my friend Fr. Gerry Murray has written a … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 4th Ordinary Sunday: Billy loves bugs

Today’s Collect prayer for the 4th Ordinary Sunday (it’s Septuagesima in the traditional calendar) was not in the post-Tridentine editions of the Missale Romanum but it does have its origin in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary.
Were you to hear this prayer … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Septuagesima Sunday: BRING BACK PRE-LENT!

While in the new-fangled calendar Sunday is the 4th in Ordinary Time, and celebrated in green vestments,in the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Septuagesima, Latin for the “Seventieth” day before Easter.
Already!
The Roman Station today is St. Lawrence outside … Continue reading

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Fr @RayLBlake explains Peronism

My friend Fr. Ray Blake, intrepid PP of Brighton, has a strong post upon which you might reflect.
Peronism and Corruption
I had a lesson in Peronism from an Argentinian waiter recently, in Argentina he was a PPE graduate.
Peronism, he said, was … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Debate Edition

I’m on my way to NYC, for errands, fun, meetings and to attend a debate.

UPDATE:
Next leg… running a little behind, but I see that my bag is with me! These text notifications are helpful.

There is a new UBER Protocol in … Continue reading

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VIDEO: A remarkable vocation story.

A remarkable vocation story. Fr. James Mawdsley, FSSP.

For years I’ve written about how learning and celebrating the traditional form of Mass forms a priest. This priest touches on this transformative experience.
(He mentions that blogs played a role. I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest tells people to stand around the altar during Eucharistic Prayer

From a reader…
As an avid reader of your blog please first be assured of my prayers.
I recently attended an Engaged Encounter weekend in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the priest who said Mass had the couples surround him at … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a bishop forbid kneeling for Communion?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:

I have a few sincere questions and I believe answers to them may help other readers, too.
For years I have heard it said that the “universal norm” for receiving Holy Communion is kneeling and on the tongue. Therefore, even … Continue reading

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WRONG: Maltese, Germans, Argentinians and now Braga. “Patently and gravely wrong.” Ed Peters explains the situation.

My old pastor and mentor, Msgr. Schuler, used to say: When you’re right, you can’t be wrong.
The flip side is: When you’re wrong, you can’t be right.
There are a lot of people out there who are just plain wrong about … Continue reading

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Card. Eijk: Pope Francis should create clarity about ‘Amoris laetitia’

UPDATE:
I note that Mark de Vries has a better translation than the one someone has provided so far:  HERE
(In Dutch, the word for ‘thus’, and an informal word for ‘sister’
consisting of its first syllable, are homonyms…)
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Here’s some news…

BREAKING Cardinal Eijk: … Continue reading

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Bp. Schneider of Kazakhstan on Archbp. Lefebvre of the SSPX

The best English language vaticanista today is Edward Pentin.  He has an interview with Bp. Athanasius Schneider today at the National Catholic Register (that’s the good one that begins with “National”).  HERE
The whole thing is worth reading. However, I want … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Conversion of St. Paul: Comparison of Collects in 1962MR and 2002MR

In honor of the Apostle to the Gentiles let us make a rapid comparison of the Collects for today’s feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.
We’ll look first at the 1962 Missale Romanum and then the 2002 edition.
The Collect is … Continue reading

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Pilgrimages and Local Gin

This spirit-filled offering comes from the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald:
Meet Walsingham’s Catholic gin-makers
England’s great pilgrimage site now has a gin distillery inspired by the Faith
Every year 250,000 people make the journey to Walsingham, a remote village in … Continue reading

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31 Jan – Blue Moon Eclipse

This is from SpaceWeather:
BLUE MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE: On Wednesday, Jan. 31st, the second full Moon of January will pass through Earth’s shadow, producing a rare “Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse.” The Moon won’t look blue, however. Researchers are predicting a bright … Continue reading

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The Canon libs hate the most?

During the March for Life I saw this sign:

Interesting question.  The question might push the envelope a little, but there may be not nothing to it.
Canon 915… that canon which is so feared and hated by libs, such as the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest breaks the host during the consecration. FAIL!

From a reader…
A kindly retired priest offers morning Mass, ordinary form, at our parish occasionally. At the Consecration of the bread, father literally breaks the host in two when he prays the words ” . . . He took the … Continue reading

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Take Inspiration: 12-year-old builds a tiny house in his backyard

I have mused about finding a patch of land and setting up a couple of “tiny houses”, optimally self-sufficient.
Here is a great story forwarded by a priest friend from MNN:
Iowa boy builds tiny house in his backyard
Last summer, Luke Thill … Continue reading

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Your Good News

Do you have good news for the elevation and edification of the readership?  Let us know.

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Hitchens: We were told not to worry.

At First Things, Dan Hitchens nailed it.  Look at this.
When communion for the remarried was reintroduced into Catholic discussion a few years ago, we were informed that it was a “pastoral” and “merciful” initiative. Those of us who pointed out … Continue reading

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Card. Burke speaks up

Anger and frustration, fear and ignorance (and being a lib), can lead people to say stupid things.   The ignorant or sub-optimally bright would suggest that Card. Burke might “lead a schism”.
CWR has an interview with Raymond Card. Burke.  There is … Continue reading

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