Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Happy 244th Birthday USMC!

Raising a glass, especially to those now actively carrying the torch of freedom! Have a ball and no heel-taps. Today, instead of my usual daily carry coin, I’ll haul this one around.      

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@DouthatNYT interviews Card. Burke

May I preface this by saying that I am still angry at the way former-cardinal-bishop-priest Theodore McCarrick was handled?  For his punishment he was made again a lay person?!?  REALLY?  Most of you reading this are lay people.  THAT’s a punishment?  And if the … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Dedication of St. John Lateran

This is the Feast of the Dedication of the Papal Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior and St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist, which we call St John Lateran.  Rome’s Cathedral was solemnly consecrated on 9 November … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Saturday: ZedNet revived

ZedNet has been quiet over the last month. I had sketchy internet in Rome. However, I saw a registration recently in which the registrant, also a ham, specifically mentioned ZedNet. We should get this going. For more on ZedNet – … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z maps weird things, connects dots, rants a lot, and offers an ACTION ITEM!

Yesterday evening I wrote about “creeping incrementalism” which can manifest in different ways, namely, the slow removal of things, until something is changed, and the slow addition.  Think of removing grains from a heap of sand until there is now … Continue reading

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UPDATED: United Nations published environment, population control children’s book called “Pachamama”

Do you know about the so-called “Sorites or Heap Paradox”? Imagine you have a heap of sand.  You begin one by one to remove the individual grains of sand.  One by one. QUAERITUR: At what point is that collection of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’ve lost all desire and motivation to pray, fast, etc. It all seems so pointless.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve lost all desire and motivation to pray, fast, etc. I’ve become apathetic towards the spiritual life. It all seems so pointless. God stopped listening and caring about me years ago, and I feel as though … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 32nd Ordinary Sunday: Your mission as a Christian

Let’s look at the Collect for the 32nd Ordinary Sunday, keeping in mind that Monday, 11 Nov 2019 is Armistice or Veterans Day, also called Remembrance Day. DONATE to the Archdiocese for Military Services! Sunday’s Collect has an antecedent in the … Continue reading

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Earthquake near Rome

Pachamama is a gift that keeps on giving. There was an earthquake near Rome today. HERE This came one day after Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, described on EWTN how Pachamama is worshiped above Jesus in Peru, and how an earthquake … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Gaining indulgences and “the Pope’s intentions”. Prayer for the Pope, or for what the Pope designates?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: The people in the chapel I attend – lay people and even the priests – insist on saying that the rules for indulgences include praying for the pope. [No.] I have tried and failed to instruct … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I accept an invitation to be installed as an acolyte?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: First, thanks. Your blog helped me find my way back into the Church after many years and was very formative for me. I and several other men I’m close with have been asked by our pastor … Continue reading

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LATIN MASS MADNESS!!!!

Just a little lighter fare in the wake of some attacks on the TLM… no… on the PEOPLE who love the TLM. Do you DARE to find out for yourself?

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Archbp. Viganò speaks: “We are in the grip of a religious chaos of gigantic proportion….” – a “satanic plan”

For all of us Catholics, the landscape in the Holy Church is becoming darker by the day. The ongoing progressive offensive portends a real revolution, not only in the way the Church is understood, but also in the apocalyptic images it … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: For Communion can I chose to go only to the priest and not the lay ministers?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I felt very uncomfortable when I attended a weekday Novus Ordo mass and the priest called up 3 EMs (when there was maybe 40 people) and then positioned himself on one of the sides to hand … Continue reading

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Wherein Austen Ivereigh channels his inner Hillary

Speaking of the Fishwrap, they embraced the ever-more papalotrous Austen Ivereigh as he channels his inner Hillary Clinton. Austen Ivereigh said the pope remains popular with Catholics in the pew, but a well-funded opposition comprised largely of ecclesial elites are … Continue reading

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