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About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. “The LCWR said what?”

  2. CatholicintheAgeofAquarius says:

    How does one say “Aaaaah – choo!” in Spanish?

  3. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Lift up your hats — wait a minute, that’s not quite right.

  4. rhhenry says:

    *Jesus eye roll*

  5. acardnal says:

    Wow! This Summorum Pontificum is really great stuff!

  6. Paulo says:

    “With a larger headgear he too would fly, just like Sister Bertrille…”

  7. rhetoric57 says:



  8. Geoffrey says:

    When the day of Pentecost had come… a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind… and there appeared… white zucchettos, distributed and resting on each one of them…

    (With apologies to St Luke, Acts 2:1-3).

  9. LarryW2LJ says:

    “And the winner is …….. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf from the USA”.

  10. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    “The Red Scar on my forehead? Wrong man. See? No scar”

    (Sorry, but from that angle His Holiness resembles Mikail Sergeyevich Gorbachov.)

    Sursum Corda!

  11. Ed the Roman says:

    “Venite, pueri, et revolva petasi…”
    (I know that’s wrong. Sorry)

  12. OrthodoxChick says:

    Darned zucchetto. I knew I should have packed the triregnum!

  13. Suburbanbanshee says:

    The new Vatican drone program relies on a biodegradable, liturgically-friendly version of the classic flying saucer design.

  14. Massachusetts Catholic says:

    “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!” (Mary Poppins)

  15. lawoski says:

    #1 – A little dab of Acme Corp.’s industrially-tested, super-adhesive, easy-to-apply ZUCCHETTO GLUE would have prevented this.

    #2 – The Holy Father’s guardian angels picked an awkward time for a practical joke.

    #3 – ZOINKS! (Think Shaggy, from Scooby Doo)

  16. JustaSinner says:

    Everyone tips their hat to Jesus…EVERYONE!

  17. MaryW says:

    Okay. I take it back. Angels are superior to humans.

  18. Legisperitus says:

    “I somehow feel as if I have not quite grown into my office yet.”

  19. SPWang says:

    Go-go-gadget zucchetto

  20. Bea says:

    1. “My hat’s off to Fr. Z. and his followers.”
    2. “For my next act, I will pull the rabbit out of the zucchetto.”
    3. “If Levitation is part of the canonization process, I will begin the process for my zucchetto”
    4. “I really need to get a strap for my zucchetto.”
    5. “There goes my thinking cap.”

    My question:
    How come the zucchetto flew off and his hair is not in disarray?
    “Brylcreem, a little dab’ll do ya”
    “Brylcreem, you’ll feel so debonaire”

  21. YorkshireStudent says:

    That’s not an eye roll Our Lord is giving – that’s the pointed look away from someone which you reserve for when you’ve just played a prank on them…

  22. Elizabeth D says:

    Monsignor Marini gazed out at the devout faces, dreamily lost in the beauty of the work Christ was doing. “Ut unum sint!” this was the longing of the Lord’s Sacred Heart, and many hearts were being awakened, attuned like a great number of violins, as Francis, the holy lead fiddle, sounded the note. The music of the Church would flow forth ever more beautifully from this day.

    A swallow dipped past him not four feet away, and Guido’s reverie was broken then he realized the Holy Father’s zuchetto was still in his hands. He had a dizzy moment of intense self reproach… how could he space out like this, with the whole world’s cameras on Pope Francis? What could he do, surely not rush across the sanctuary?

    Veni, Sancte Spiritus, he prayed fervently, rege quod est devium. The skullcap was no frisbee, the white circle of silk soared wobblingly from his hand–he cringed! What had he done, pitching the Pope’s hat at him! Ángele Dei, qui custos est mei…!!! The zuchetto didn’t crash-land and skitter off the platform. Like a halo coming to roost, it settled neatly on the pate of the Servant of the Servants of God.

  23. Pope Francis to himself:

    ” . . . somebody please take that fishing pole away from Benedict.”

  24. Allan S. says:

    “I’m sorry, but this just isn’t working out.”

  25. Kerry says:

    With a deft turn of hand, 007 flicks Francis’ zuchetto towards the holy head where it gracefully alights, and says, “Now Moneypenny, for my next trick…”

  26. Hank Igitur says:

    God says no, hat moves quickly, go figure

  27. GordonB says:

    and the hat said “I’LL BE THE JUDGE, SEE YA!”

  28. GordonB says:


  29. GordonB says:

    “And away to the existential margins!”

  30. Giuseppe says:

    His first miracle.

  31. Andreas says:

    “There was a fine gentle wind, and the Holy Father’s hat rolled sportively before it. The wind puffed, and the Holy Father puffed, and the hat rolled over and over as merrily as a lively porpoise in a strong tide. ” Ruthlessly adapted from Dickens, Pickwick Papers (as originally found in

  32. “Now a man could, if he felt rightly in the matter, run after his hat with the manliest ardour and the most sacred joy.” ~G.K. Chesterton

  33. Andkaras says:

    Devout Jews , in an avalanche of charitable support, swamp the offices of the Vatican Secretariat ,with tips for the Holy Father on how to keep his yarmulke – like headgear on in a windstorm.

  34. James C says:

    Pope St Pius X: “Okay, Francesco, you’ve had your fun. It’s my turn now. No more Mr Nice Zucchetto!”

  35. Grateful to be Catholic says:

    “I told Gammarelli to put more grip in these things!”

  36. Grateful to be Catholic says:

    From my brother:
    Pope’s cap makes independent bid for sainthood.
    “You cannot imagine my astonishment at how some have interpreted what I have said.”
    “And for my next trick.”
    At economics conference, the Holy Spirit prevents Pope from talking through his hat.

  37. Franko says:

    *Pope Francis has reached level 34!*

    *Pope Francis casts Levitate!*

  38. GordonB says:

    … and just as he said “There are not enough miracles to canonize Pope Pius XII” his hat began to levitate for all to see.

  39. NBW says:

    @GordonB: I love it!!!!

    my contributions:

    1. “Use the force, Francis.”

    2. “This wouldn’t have happened if I had worn my papal tiara.”

  40. FrDulli says:

    John the Baptist says: “Now let me see how that would fit on me…”

  41. jbryant says:

    Top o’ the mornin to ya all – oh wait, wrong country

  42. iowapapist says:

    “Let’s see Ray Walston do this!”

  43. Supertradmum says:

    Opps, que se suponía iba a suceder pareja después de la charla en la conferencia de prensa!

  44. RJHighland says:

    The Pope is giving us an example of an appropriate wardrobe malfunction.

  45. Elizabeth D says:

    RJHighland, if only limited its obsession with wardrobe malfunctions to ones like this.

  46. acardnal says:

    “Whoa! Is it me or is this the rapture?”

  47. Kathleen10 says:

    I so enjoyed these thoughts by everyone! Elizabeth D., nicely done! Your comment reminded me of a book I thoroughly enjoyed, “Salvation” by Valerie Martin. It was about St. Francis of Assisi and was wonderfully descriptive, as was your comment.

  48. Elizabeth D says:

    Kathleen, I am glad I am not the only one who found myself highly amusing for a moment but you do not do a complement to any writing that is good by comparing my vignette to it since it was intended to be purple and ridiculous.

  49. RJ Sciurus says:

    I thought this problem went away when I took off the propeller.

  50. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    “Now I know why Msgr Marini advised me to put the invisible triple tiara on top of the zucchetto, and not the other way around.”

  51. unavoceman says:

    Ahem, I am going to suspend my cap…and my judgement as well, eh?

  52. unavoceman says:

    I believe that Vatican Two is something we can all hang our hat on. Even if it is thin air.

  53. nasman2 says:

    Ugh, there’s no hiding my bad hair day now……..

  54. teejay329 says:

    No, it’s the other way around. He left his at the hotel and it’s the drone delivering another one!

  55. LarryW2LJ says:

    “What does he mean …..un-resign?!?”

  56. Polycarpio says:

    Ascension Wednesday.

  57. Michelle F says:

    The USCCB is adopting Summorum Pontificum?! WOW!

  58. pseudomodo says:

    Jesus: OK… Who threw the zuchetto!?

  59. Eric says:

    When I yank your hat off, just keep reading. I’ll look to see who laughs.

  60. cdnpriest says:

    “Who am I to judge, if you prefer to remain seated for the Gospel?”

  61. Chon says:

    Where’s my hat pin?

  62. slainewe says:

    “Look, Virgin Mother, no hands!”

  63. bobk says:

    Your turn, Bartholomew.

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