I get lots of mail, some of it supportive, some of it, less than supportive.
This one is from an unsatisfied and yet cowardly, anonymous reader using a fake email address.
Why do you insist on covering up for all Francis’ heretical and blasphemous attacks on the true faith. You are no better than some 2 bit novus ordo cleric.
Spineless and very disappointing Fr Z. I will never recommend your site to anyone for your betrayal. You just go with the flow don’t you
To which I respond….
That’s right, I just go with the flow. I never go against the grain, or the current, or the tide, or whatever it is. I never write or do anything controversial or edgy. And, I admit, I do say the Novus Ordo. As a matter of fact I have said Mass with the Novus Ordo 3 times since… last October, I think.
What way to win me over to his side.
Then there’s this fellow, another fake email address, whom I suspect to be a reader of the Fishwrap judging from the comboxes over there:
Arrogant conservative **** ******
Really? Is that all you have?
This anonymous guy, another coward, fake email address, who reacted to my upholding the Church’s teaching about homosexuality:
*** YOU AND YOUR STINKING HATE FILLED SACK OF *** LIFE, YOU STINKING FILTHY MONSTER.
Then there are the types who send me photos of where I live.
On the other hand, I also get this sort of thing… and this was signed by the sender and sent from a real email address:
Fr. Z- just a quick note of thanks for what you do on this blog. I went to confession for the first time in 14 years yesterday, my marriage is being convalidated on Saturday, and my wife is being received into the Church on Sunday. The details are unimportant here, but your blog has played an influential role (along with others, Catholic radio, a couple of really, really good local priests, and of course–ultimately–the grace of God) in my journey home. Thank you for your vocation and for your eternal impact on my soul and my family.
I get more of this, by far, than the other kind. This sort of thing makes it all worth it.
And then there is this!
I have been a long time reader of your blog and as of three weeks ago I am hooked on the Extraordinary form. I have been wanting to email you with a word of thanks and your recent post about the mail you often receive was the impetus to do so. There are a number of reasons why I was cautious about attending the Extraordinary form but eventually my curiosity won out, thanks in large part to the encouragement I received reading your blog. THANK YOU! I have never seen anything as beautiful as the Extraordinary form of Mass, save perhaps the first time I laid eyes on my children. There is no other way to describe how I feel other than astonished. Astonished that this gift has been hidden, astonished that it took me so long to find it. I felt myself transported to the time of Moses for the Asperges, than transported to Calvary before being taken up to glimpse Heaven. There are so many words to describe what took place and yet none that will suffice. Thank you for your vocation. Thank you for your work for the Kingdom. Thank you for leading me to the TLM.
My work here is done.