Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Another helpful suggestion (heaven help us)

The Iranian Supreme Leader has a solution for the problem of violence in the Middle East.
From the Daily Caller:
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on Wednesday that the only solution for the region is the destruction of Israel, and … Continue reading

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Napa Institute Conference: Day 1

I arrived last night in Napa for the Napa Institute conference.  I got here, despite the interference of Pres. Obama.  I digress.
The digs are elegant, the weather, perfect.  I know quite a few people, since there is some cross over … Continue reading

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Latin America needs a revolution: a liberal and Catholic revolution

Liberation Theology is having a bit of a revival.  Is this good?  I am skeptical.  The problem with the Left is that they talk and talk with all sorts of grand words but they don’t explain how to create wealth … Continue reading

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“Annulments” and a distinction: juridical and/or sacramental

Ed Peters, distinguished canonist, has come out of hibernation to post this helpful distinction. See his outstanding blog In The Light Of The Law, where there is no open combox.  Check with him often.
My emphases.
Confusing validity and sacramentality in marriage
by … Continue reading

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Just Too Cool: Leo XIII’s Latin Riddles

I have known about Pope Leo’s poetry for quite a long time. But this is great!
From CNS:
Papal puzzler: Leo XIII anonymously published riddles in Latin
Pope Leo XIII, born in 1810, is credited with being the founder of Catholic social teaching. … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Left Coast Edition

Off I go again. Conference. And I don’t have to speak. Which I can just take it in, as Killick would put it.

Paco de Lucia is being played. Nice not to have shapeless Muzak.

Happily, I have a layover which will … Continue reading

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22 July: St. Mary Magdalene (and homonymous cookies!)

Today is the feast of St. Mary Magdalene.
The 3rd c. writer Hippolytus in his Commentary on Song of Songs identifies Mary Magdalene with both Mary of Bethany the sister of Martha and Lazarus (Luke 10:38-42; John 1:10) and also the … Continue reading

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Many illegal aliens flooding across border have criminal records

In Texas, Gov. Perry is about about to activate elements of the National Guard as a force multiplier on the southern “border”.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst made comments in the media, including…
I saw this at Breitbart:
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Dewhurst asserted that the media’s portrayal … Continue reading

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Fed Court rules Obamacare subsidies ILLEGAL in 36 states!

From Catholic Vote:

FEDERAL COURT GUTS OBAMACARE
Remember when Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass Obamacare to know what’s in it?
She wasn’t joking.
Four years ago partisan Democrats rammed through the passage of Obamacare in the middle of the night. Now their … Continue reading

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Pope Francis prays for success of initiative to convert Anglicans

In the wake of the decision of the State tethered Church of England to have wyshyps (female bishops), the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham set up a “Exploration Day”.
You know that the Ordinariate was created according to the provisions … Continue reading

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