Thanks to you all for the 2008 Catholic Blog Awards

The results are in for the 2008 Catholic Blog Awards.

Thank you!

How did WDTPRS do?

  • Best Apologetic Blog – 1st
  • Best Blog by Clergy/Religious/Seminarian – 1st
  • Best Designed Catholic Blog – 3rd
  • Best Group Blog – N/A
  • Best Individual Catholic Blog – 1st
  • Best Insider News Catholic Blog – 1st
  • Best New Catholic Blog – N/A
  • Best Overall Catholic Blog – 1st
  • Best Political/Social Commentary Catholic Blog  – 2nd
  • Best Written Catholic Blog – 1st
  • Funniest Catholic Blog – 2nd
  • Most Spiritual Blog – 1st
  • Smartest Catholic Blog – 1st

This wouldn’t be a WDTPRS entry unless I included my emphases and comments.

2008 Catholic Blog Awards Results Best Apologetic Blog

Jimmy Akin: 102  [Frankly, Mr. Akin does much more in the line of apologetics than I do, and he does it well! Perhaps people sense the connection of liturgy and doctrine?]

Best Blog by Clergy/Religious/Seminarian

What Does the Prayer Really Say?: 282  [For the 2nd time.  Thank you!]

Best Designed Catholic Blog

the new liturgical movement: 120  [Both NLM and AmericanPapist are outstanding! NLM had my vote.]

Best Group Blog

the new liturgical movement: 151  [I have often thought about a formal group blog.]

Best Individual Catholic Blog

What Does the Prayer Really Say?: 154    [Given the support I get from readers, it is almost a group blog now!]

Best Insider News Catholic Blog

the new liturgical movement: 45  [I must acknowledge NLM, here in the sphere of liturgy.]
Rorate Coeli: 35  [As well as Rorate for liturgical things!  They are great. I look at them every day.  You should too.]

Best New Catholic Blog 56  [I love their tag: "We laugh because we believe".  It seems that conservatives tend to have a sense of humor.]

Best Overall Catholic Blog

What Does the Prayer Really Say?: 170 [You are very kind.]

Best Political/Social Commentary Catholic Blog  

What Does the Prayer Really Say?: 82  [A bit of a surprse, here.  I almost never talk of politics, though I make social comments.]
the anchoress: 70  [I use several of these, frankly.]
the hermeneutic of continuity: 28  [Very helpful for me, especially for the UK.  Huzzah to the His Hermeneuticalness Fr. Finigan!]

Best Written Catholic Blog

What Does the Prayer Really Say?: 145 [Given how well written most of the blogs I look at are, this is a real shot in the arm.  Thanks!]

Most Informative & Insightful Catholic Blog

What Does the Prayer Really Say?: 185  [But this could be said about so very many.]
Most Spiritual Blog

What Does the Prayer Really Say?: 112 [I wonder if this isn’t really a sign that so many people are hungry for good liturgy, just having the Black and the Rd?]
et tu: 46

Smartest Catholic Blog

What Does the Prayer Really Say?: 183  [This could be said for so many others….]
The most important thing to take away from this is that all these blogs support each other.

Something is emerging from the Catholic blogosphere. 

There is a synergy being created between the printed media, TV, radio and the internet.  And, for the most part, this is a solidly Catholic synergy, wherein a strong conservative and traditional element is exerting a "gravitational pull" on Catholic media and on reporting of Catholic issues in the secular media.

The Catholic blog presence is not as big as some of the secular and political blogs, but it is growing.  I think people are paying attention.

I think awards like these create a greater sense if identity for everyone who reads them. 

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

    Congratulations on your well deserved wins!

  2. Peter says:

    Well done.

    I gave up on Whispers in the Loggia a long time ago. There’s something odd about it.

    I wonder what blogs Tablet readers read.

  3. Florentius says:

    Well done, Father! Your blog is truly excellent. I’m praying that the Pope will name you the first
    bishop of the blogosphere!

  4. Joseph says:

    Wow. That’s a lot of blue ribbons. Sincerest congratulations.

    I petitioned for an Eastern Catholic section for this year, but they have chosen to ponder it for next year.

  5. Kradcliffe says:

    My husband and I are reading your blog right now… he said to me, “I noticed you’ve been reading that a lot, lately. It must be really good.” I told him, “It’s amazing and way too absorbing… it’s like when you get sucked into Wikipedia!” I end up with a dozen tabs open in my browser as I read all the fascinating links.

    I am not surprised you’re a favorite, Father. I really love this blog… I am learning so much from it.

  6. Dave DeCleene says:

    I teach high school English, including AP Composition. Tone is one of the most important aspects of our analysis of writers. The tone of your blog, Father Z., is that perfect confluence of pedagogy, insight, self-revelation, shepherding, esoterica, and wit. Bravo!

  7. Guy Power says:

    Congratualtions and well earned, Fr. Z!

    I notice that your awards are posted waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down at the bottom of your page. Have you thought about relocating the awards closer to the top so they are seen sooner and easier?


  8. Jeff Pinyan says:

    Apostolic Nuncio to the Internet?

    Congrats, Fr. Z.

  9. Tim Ferguson says:

    Ad multos commentarios! (quomodo dicitur Reginalde modo “blurbs” vel “postings?” – fila? licia? tomices? capitulos? furta? fercula? morsus? axitias? – just kidding about that last one, though it may describe some comments….)

    It is a pleasure to visit this blog daily and participate in the active, and very lively conversation about truly important things.

  10. Thank you, Father, for all you do to educate us . You are a treasure for those of us who truly do realize what we lost when the Tridentine Mass was surpressed for so many years. It will take time but once again the Mass will be restored to its former glory in many places with an able assist by your words.

  11. Flambeaux says:

    Conga-rats, Father.

  12. Mark M says:

    Congratulations, Father, and “ad multos annos!” to this blog.

    Peter: Sadly, ditto from me re Whispers. I do not want to sound mean-hearted, but when Rocco flaunted the media embargo on Summorum Pontificum I vowed not to read him again.

  13. Kim says:

    Congratulations! I’m a new reader, coming in from the Awards. But I am enjoying your blog – I wonder how I never came upon it sooner! :)

  14. Tim Ferguson: I think about this blog he would probably just shout: CAUDICIS NUGES!

  15. Joseph: I petitioned for an Eastern Catholic section for this year, but they have chosen to ponder it for next year.

    I’ll second that. If you need support on this next year, get in touch and I’ll back you.

  16. Guy: I notice that your awards are posted waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down at the bottom of your page. Have you thought about relocating the awards closer to the top so they are seen sooner and easier?

    I kept moving them down, because there were things of greater use to readers I wanted to be easier to find. Maybe if I moved to a theme that also had a right side bar?

  17. Vincenzo says:


  18. Bill says:

    While I congratulate this blog on its success, I do believe these awards should be limited to perhaps one or two per blog. There are many good Catholic blogs out there, and somehow it doesn’t seem very fair that one blog should win in multiple categories.

  19. Conor says:

    I’m surprised that the Young Fogey featured in the lists. Serge is Russian Orthodox to my knowledge. He uses the word Catholic a lot but in a general sense of Apostolic Churches – Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Assyrian.

  20. Conor says:

    Ah my mistake! Just clicked on the link. Different fellow entirely.

  21. Paul Murnane says:

    Congratulations, Father! Well deserved.

  22. Dove says:

    Congratulations, Father Z. All of the awards were well-deserved. You put a lot of time and effort into this blog. If the survey just wanted us to vote for one blog, it wouldn’t have allowed us to vote on multiple categories for each blog.

  23. Jose Wokng says:

    Congratulation, Father Z.

  24. Jose Wokng says:

    Congratulations, Father Z

  25. Clayton says:


    May the celebration of Holy Thursday renew in you gratitude for the inestimable gift of a vocation to the priesthood.

  26. Volpius says:

    Congratulations Father, the award (or is that awards?) is well deserved imo.

  27. ALL: That old phrase that I couldn’t have done any of this without you is absolutely true. You fuel the blog also!

  28. Diane says:

    Vincenzo! I love it. The Sabine Farm (lol)

    Fr. Z: You earned it.

    I know I probably speak for a good many in saying WDTPRS is the first stop I make and if I can only make one stop before heading off to work it is WDTPRS.

    Yes – it has much to do about the liturgy!

    Keep up the good work.

  29. Matthew M. says:

    Congratulations Father!

  30. Ebeth says:

    Yeehaww!! Fr. Z!! Congratulations, my 13 year old daughter and I had never heard of your blog before (blush) so now we will check out your place and maybe even blogroll ya!!

    Hugs and Easter Blessings!


  31. Ebeth says:

    YeHaWWW! Fr. Z! Congratulations on a grand success!! You are right in that I didn’t know your blog, so now I do and will come for a visit regularily!!

    Hugs and Easter Blessings!


  32. TerryC says:

    Congratulations, Father Z.
    I came to your blog originally through Amy Welborn’s old blog. I came to her blog after reading a MSM story which called her “The reigning queen of the Catholic blogosphere,” which she most certainly was at that time.
    I certainly agree that you and other Catholic bloggers are having a profound effect on the Church. I would, in your case, substitute orthodox, rather than conservative. Conservative is a political term. While there is nothing wrong with being conservative when it comes to matters of faith we should be orthodox.
    Through the Internet and the orthodox Catholic bloggers which are networked there many abuses that would otherwise pass unnoticed or at least uncorrected are being exposed and in some cases corrected. I also believe that members of the faithful, who were unaware that some actions are abuses, are being catechized. In this you all do a great service to the Church.

  33. Gregor says:


    Shawn has already done so over at the blog, but I would like to repeat here on behalf of the NLM: Congratulations! And thank you for your kind words regarding our site. And I like what you said about the Catholic blogs supporting each other. OAMDG!

  34. Gregor: Thanks! I meant every word I said. All our blogs must work to support each other. When one does well, we all benefit. Together, we can be a force!

  35. Karen Russell says:

    WOW! Congratulations, Father Z!

    It’s good to see that this very informative blog is getting the recognition it deserves.

    My prayers that your good work will continue and bear much fruit.

  36. Fr. Z, you just got lucky – we were only several dozen votes from overtaking you in most categories. ;-)

  37. Marcel: Any hanging chads?

  38. I don’t generally run in the stolen election population, but in this case, it is a justice issue…

  39. Marcel: Then I am glad you chose the side of the mandate!


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