"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
Yes, Rocco has been getting more and more self-absorbed and self-congratulatory since I started reading him a few months ago. I get embarrassed for him just reading his blog sometimes. Also seems to be unhealthily obsessed with “Church queens,” of which he would probably suspect you and me of being instances. Sometimes does indeed have good “scoops,” but his analysis is not usually an example of careful thinking, but rather of sentimental reaction. In his defense, he is just a very young man, and also appears to have spent too much time growing up hanging around the clergy.
Serves you right, for wasting your time on the Twirp’s dribblings. After telling us just the other morning how busy you are.
I second Henry :), except that you intrigued me enough that I actually clicked over to read that opus to self-importance. Incredible that he boasts of taking 15 – 18 hours per day to write what he does….but it’s a Friday in Lent and I’ll say no more.
I used to comment quite a bit at Whispers when Rocco had open comments. I’ve never been one to be awestruck by bloggers, even admirable ones like Fr. Zuhlsdorf who are respected for good reason. So here’s my unedited take on today’s post with attached comments.
Rocco has some problems, but he’s very entertaining and very good at what he does. Most blogs that drive one crazy never get read at all. But even those who complain about Rocco read him–they wouldn’t have to “limit” themselves otherwise.
I move in orthodox circles–tending toward the traditionalist as a matter of fact. And even those who are irritated as all get out by Rocco’s attitudes and beliefs read him regularly. One well known and completely orthodox author who publishes regularly in Catholic journals and has a best-selling book just out always says to me at the Sunday church coffee after our indult mass, “Did you read what Rocco wrote yesterday? (two days ago?).” Orthodox bloggers like Amy Welborn and Zadok the Roman are on friendly terms with him and link to him regularly. He’s made some very good calls–including Levada and the last consistory.
Rocco didn’t say everyone read him. He was quoting what a bishop said about him and I have no trouble believing that a bishop said that very thing. It was a compliment and perhaps exaggerated a bit therefore, but Rocco is read and read very widely. He’s young and it goes to his head a bit–so what?
Rocco’s hardly above some sharp, pointed criticism about his understanding of the Faith and his attitudes toward other Catholics. When he wallops, he often deserves to get wallopped back twice as hard. And occasionally he gets a bit full of himself. But sneers that pretend that there’s no there there are unworthy and unfair.
There’s no question that if I wanted advice about how to be a good Catholic I might go to Fr. Zuhlsdorf and would never think of asking Rocco Palmo’s advice. But as one of the commenters pointed out, it’s a Friday in Lent. Perhaps we could afford to abstain from tittering, self-congratulatory superiority as well as meat.
Jeff has spoken well.
I call him the ‘Joan Rivers of blogging’.
Rocco’s pen drips viper venom. Read him, fine, quote him, no. I shudder to think who and what his sources are, and publically quoting
him only gives them the impression that their foul jig isn’t up. It is, and it’s our duty to ensure it.
For my money, read Rorate Caeli. They’ve been beating Rocco to the punch by days. They’re accurate, and they’re orthodox.
I guarantee it makes his pink face green.