Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Is the SSPX in “schism”?

Some people in the media, especially liberals, when the mention the SSPX, bray that they are “schismatic”.   No matter how many times this is clarified, they bray that the SSPX is “schismatic”. No. When I was at the Pontifical … Continue reading

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NRA v Hell’s Bible

This is great!  Thanks to the folks at the NRA for this great way to start the day. Let’s make popcorn and watch the snowflakes freak out. Dana Loesch: We’re Coming For You New York Times  

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LENTCAzT 2017 43 – Spy Wednesday of Holy Week: Final observation before Triduum

Today is Spy Wednesday of Holy Week. The Roman Station is St. Mary Major. Examine your consciences, please, and…. GO TO CONFESSION!

Today you will hear something from Lent at Ephesus by the wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Beer?” “No. Beir!” “Beer?” “BIER! BIER!”

Every one please mark your calendars: 9 September is International Buy A Priest A Beer Day.   Okay?  Got it? From a reader… QUAERITUR: Bier Plans Not beer plans, although completing this project may take a certain amount of beer … Continue reading

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Head of the Jesuits doubles down on his “no one had a tape recorder” remarks

We recent read the words of the Superior General of the Jesuits (them, again) which effectively emptied Christianity of its content.  HERE and HERE and HERE Fr Arturo (“Doctrine is a word that I don’t like very much”) Sosa Abascal is now back … Continue reading

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“Anoint therefore the Feet of Jesus by thy good life”

Yesterday there was a lovely reading in the Office of Matins in the Roman Breviary which I’m still struck by today.  I was going to post it yesterday, but life happened and I got busy. V. Grant, Lord, a blessing. Benediction. … Continue reading

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More fun with the 1773 Suppression of the Jesuits by Clement XIV!

In my searching about on the interwebs for tidbits about Suppression of the Jesuits by Clement XVI, Papa Ganganelli, of happy memory – a topic which never fails to delight – I found a wonderful engraving. Behold! Allégorie sur la suppression … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: In confession, must we say which sins are mortal, which venial?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I know, to make a good confession, we need to confess mortal sins and the number of times we committed the sins. But I am often confused about whether a sin I committed is mortal or … Continue reading

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A legendary living Latinist

Over at Laudator Temporis Acti, which I check every day, there is a great post about legendary Latinist Fr Reginald Foster, OCD, who for decades worked in the Holy See’s office of Latin Letters writing official documents in the Church’s language.  Fr … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2017 42 – Tuesday of Holy Week: The crucifix is my autobiography

Today is Tuesday of Holy Week We are in Holy Week The Roman Station is Santa Prisca. Examine your consciences, please, and…. GO TO CONFESSION!

Today you will hear something from Lent at Ephesus by the wonderful Benedictines of … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2017 41 – Monday of Holy Week: Jesus goes to Jerusalem

Today is Monday of Holy Week We are in Holy Week The Roman Station is Santa Prassede. Examine your consciences, please, and…. GO TO CONFESSION!

You’ll here something from one of the best chant discs I’ve ever heard, a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to build Catholic identity at a Catholic college?

From a reader… I am a dean at a Catholic college in the US. The majority of faculty and administrators are not Catholic. How does one work to make progress on Ex Corde Ecclesiae when there is passive / semi-active … Continue reading

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Maltese Bp. Scicluna: The Church’s teachings on contraception has softened

UPDATE 10 April: A friend in Rome texted me that he had heard that Malta Today retracted the article about Scicluna.  I went to look at found this.  The story was still indexed, but you couldn’t reach it. ___ ORIGINALLY Published … Continue reading

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Of public works

At Crux there is a story about the opening of a papal sponsored laundry available to the poor and homeless in Trastevere.  At the end we read… When a new McDonald’s opened a few months ago just a few yards … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Palm Sunday singing of Passion was long!

From a  reader… I attend the extraordinary form of the Mass every 6-8 weeks. I’d attend more frequently, but my wife isn’t there yet. So I have a general appreciation for the usus antiquior. That being said, at the Palm … Continue reading

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