"The great Father Zed, Archiblogopoios"
- Fr. John Hunwicke
"Some 2 bit novus ordo cleric"
"Rev. John Zuhlsdorf, a traditionalist blogger who has never shied from picking fights with priests, bishops or cardinals when liturgical abuses are concerned."
"Father John Zuhlsdorf is a crank"
"Father Zuhlsdorf drives me crazy"
"the hate-filled Father John Zuhlsford" [sic]
"Father John Zuhlsdorf, the right wing priest who has a penchant for referring to NCR as the 'fishwrap'"
"Zuhlsdorf is an eccentric with no real consequences" - HERE
- Michael Sean Winters
"Fr Z is a true phenomenon of the information age: a power blogger and a priest."
- Anna Arco
“Given that Rorate Coeli and Shea are mad at Fr. Z, I think it proves Fr. Z knows what he is doing and he is right.”
"Let me be clear. Fr. Z is a shock jock, mostly. His readership is vast and touchy. They like to be provoked and react with speed and fury."
- Sam Rocha
"Father Z’s Blog is a bright star on a cloudy night."
"A cross between Kung Fu Panda and Wolverine."
Fr. Z is officially a hybrid of Gandalf and Obi-Wan XD
Rev. John Zuhlsdorf, a scrappy blogger popular with the Catholic right.
- America Magazine
RC integralist who prays like an evangelical fundamentalist.
-Austen Ivereigh on Twitter
[T]he even more mainline Catholic Fr. Z. blog.
-Deus Ex Machina
“For me the saddest thing about Father Z’s blog is how cruel it is.... It’s astonishing to me that a priest could traffic in such cruelty and hatred.”
- Jesuit homosexualist James Martin to BuzzFeed
"Fr. Z's is one of the more cheerful blogs out there and he is careful about keeping the crazies out of his commboxes"
- Paul in comment at 1 Peter 5
"I am a Roman Catholic, in no small part, because of your blog.
I am a TLM-going Catholic, in no small part, because of your blog.
And I am in a state of grace today, in no small part, because of your blog."
- Tom in comment
"Thank you for the delightful and edifying omnibus that is your blog."- Reader comment.
"Fr. Z disgraces his priesthood as a grifter, a liar, and a bully. - - Mark Shea
For purpose of comparison, each line of Fr. Z’s text (in italics) is followed by the corresponding line of the ICEL version of today’s collect:
O God, who granted to blessed Anthony the Abbot
Father, you called Saint Anthony to renounce the world
to serve You in the desert with a wondrous way of life,
and serve you in the solitude of the desert.
grant now to us by his intecession,
By his prayers and intercession
that we, denying ourselves,
may we learn to deny ourselves
may always love you above all things.
and to love you above all things.
ICEL usually does a much better (i.e., more faithful) job with propers on saint’s days than on Sundays. After all, in praise of a saint there’s not so much opportunity to muck it up — nor ordinarily any pernicious reason to try it — as in the typically more doctrinal context of Sunday prayers. Even so we see here a few typical ICELisms:
— However God is addressed to open a collect, he more often than not becomes “Father” (line 1) in the ICEL version.
— The Latin original is always a single sentence, but ICEL obligingly breaks it down into smaller bites (only two sentences here, thankfully) for us presumably cognitively challenged English-speakers.
— In line 2 it may appear that ICEL helps us out with the information that it was Anthony’s solitude that was wondrous. But it may the “wondrous way of life” that had to go; life in the world of ICEL runs more toward the prosaic than the inspired.
— Any request of God that he grant or concede us anything typically gets replaced (at least in emphasis) by our learning (line 4) to help ourselves (even if here by self-denial – it’s still us doing it). See also line 1.
— Of course, the word “love” appears in every ICEL prayer (usually, as here, in the final line), but this prayer is unusual that the word “love” (diligamus) actually appears in the Latin as well, so that ICEL gets a chance to be uncharacteristically faithful to the original.