Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Of seminarians, books, birettas, new vestments, and wherein Fr. Z is very pleased

Every summer the Extraordinary Ordinary of the Diocese of Madison, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, gathers all the seminarians for about a week of fraternity and conferences.  We are in full swing. Today, I celebrated Holy Mass for … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL: Sunday – Feast of the Transfiguration – special blessing of GRAPES

Go buy some grapes and take them to the priest  for the Feast of the Transfiguration (Sunday, 6 August), with a page from the Rituale Romanum (go to p. 345 – Benedictio uvarum), or cut and paste the English text … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Lay people using the Rituale Romanum to bless things

UPDATE: People don’t always read carefully before they react. Let me be clear.  It is okay – it is good – for parents to bless their children by tracing the sign of the Cross on their foreheads. Stop sending me … Continue reading

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Wherein Michael Sean Winters responded to Fr. Z’s gift of the Combat Rosary

The other day I posted about sending a Combat Rosary to Fishwrap‘s Michael Sean Winters, who had had a little nutty about “militaristic” imagery.  I wondered whether or not MSW would acknowledge receipt. Today, I see that he responded!  HERE Lastly, Fr. … Continue reading

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Sign of Peace as ratification of what has gone before or as reconciliation before Communion?

Today my friend Fr. John Hunwicke has a stunner of a post in which he detonates and explodes the present day commonly chaotic infra dignitatem group-grope “Sign of Peace” during Holy Mass. First, he writes of period during which the Our Father … Continue reading

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Knights of Columbus change Fourth Degree uniforms

I’m am irritated with the Knights of Columbus for a couple reasons. The KCs are changing their Fourth Degree uniform. I am not heavily invested in the KCs’ Fourth Degree uniform, mind you.  But consider the implications. Here is another reason … Continue reading

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Eating: a retrospective

I spotted this online:

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Lefeverist smuggling tunnel discovered by Swiss Guards.

From the sometimes amusing Eye Of The Tiber: The largest cross-boarder Lefeverist smuggling tunnel to date was discovered in a midnight raid earlier today by Swiss Guards.  The smugglers fled, abandoning contraband with a street value of over 3 million euros. … 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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The Cassock

Use of the cassock. In England… and in Wales?… it was illegal to wear the cassock in public.  Perhaps it still is.  I believe there is a tale told that Queen Elizabeth paid the fine for John Paul II.  Se non è … Continue reading

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Translating ICEL

One of you alert readers sent this…

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1 August – Holy Maccabees! “like an unfurling of their souls in a battle line”

I am sure you already know that today, in the new, Ordinary Form, calendar, is the feast of St. Alphonsus Maria de’Liguori, the Bishop and Doctor of the Church so famous for his contributions to moral theology. However, in the … Continue reading

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Advice from a saint, praise for a priest, explanation for a practice

According to the Novus Ordo calendar, today is the Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori.  In the traditional calendar it falls tomorrow.  He is a Doctor of the Church, whose writings set the Church’s approach to moral theology on a healthy … Continue reading

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Giant robotic spider perched on Notre Dame Cathedral

I spotted this on Twitter, with a great comment by Andrew Cusack: Best headline on Catholic twitter? — Andrew Cusack (@cusackandrew) August 1, 2017 From CNS: Ottawa archbishop surprised by negative reaction to robotic spider on cathedral OTTAWA, Ontario … Continue reading

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BITCOIN revisited – 2017

Back in 2013 I polled you about use of Bitcoin.  HERE With some imminent news about Bitcoin coming up this week, I thought I’d ask about it, and you, again. Are any of you mining and/or using Bitcoin? The combox … Continue reading

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