"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
Nothing new I suppose.
Back in the mid-70s I worked with a charming young lady – perhaps the most serene and saintly person I have ever met. She desperately wanted to join a religious order. She was constantly turned away, basically because of her orthodoxy.
Because they’re overtly and proudly Catholic? How do liberal, double-knit dinosaur orders spin this? I guess they don’t get many vocations like traditional orders because they just didn’t explain the beauties of liberalism enough!
What is so striking about this video is that they are close to the land from which we came. The simple chores of everyday life. Praising God. Singing to God, of God, and for God. Reading and studying Scripture. Baking wonderful bread. Tilling the soil. Tending the grapes. Sewing the robes. There’s something profound in doing these simple things to live that we are missing out on in our crazy world.
Most, but not all young people, are idealists. They want to do the big, hard thing-that is, they want something to which they can sacrifice their lives in a just and wonderful cause. The traditional orders appeal to that heart-felt desire, and just as Ss. Thomas Aquinas, Dominic, Benedict, Augustine, Clare, Rose, etc. felt the call to do the “difficult” for the love of God, so too, the young people joining strict orders are responding to the same call as did St. Francis.
The problem with today’s priests is that they give in to the soft life, and do not challenge the youth. Look at the youth day in Kansas City last year. It was “all about me” stuff in Catholic dress, instead of the hard truth. I do not think that many rich, young men turn away from Christ because they are too rich. Some do. I think they are not asked, or have not seen the examples in their own areas.
My parents, who are in their eighties and sacrificed all their lives for the Church, are scandalized that their PP goes to Las Vegas three times a year for vacation. My aged Ps have tithed all their lives, been involved in many ministries, including Serra Club, working as volunteers in the parish and school as a lunch lady, my mom, and an unpaid accountant, my dad, only to be upset by the laxity of the clergy. They were also scandalized when a temporary priest was offered their parish and he said NO to the bishop, as he did not like parish life. Good grief. And why Las Vegas for vacxations over and over again? These priests do not take over from other priests while they are there. As my old mom states, “Why can’t they just go to Minneapolis, or Chicago for holidays?” Or the Poconos….
Youth want to see Heroes…..not self-indulgent men who have not responded to Christ’s call to give up all and follow Him.
Supertradmum-Amen and Amen! What you said!
You hit it m’dear; the fact that it is ‘difficult’ is why I’m speaking to the M.Carm monks in Wyoming (have a phone conversation with their superior on the 3rd Jan WHOOPEEEE – good news,) the Norbertines in California and considering talking to the Cannons of St John Cantius. I am NOT talking to a congregation that shall not be named which is fairly lax, nor am I talking to the Diocese anymore which whilst it boasts some very Holy Priests is overly dependent on Religious orders ( can you believe that the vocations director wanted me to wait 3 months after our initial chat before talking again?).
Super T Mom, I third that! Right on!
Jack, I will keep your discernment in my prayers!
I was told in the 70’s the story of the (now deceased) very traditional Abbot Jean Roy of Fontgombault, who was asked by one of his brethren at an international conference of Benedictine abbots: “How is it, Father Abbot, that we now have so few vocations, but Fontgombault is overflowing with novices?”
“Ah, said the abbot, that’s easy: we follow the rule of St Benedict!”
“We could, of course, refuse to accept new vocations. But that, to us, would be like a married couple refusing to accept the gift of new life: it betrays a lack of trust in God’s promise to provide for our every need if we seek only to do His will.”
It’s easy to see why they’re being blessed with vocations beyond their means. Thank God for these sisters!
It’s like a friend of mine said, “If it’s o.k. to believe anything, I believe I’ll sleep in on Sunday!”
You hit the nail on the head — ardent young people want to be challenged to do the difficult, if not the impossible. If they aren’t being called to prayer and holiness, then they can do . . . whatever . . . from the comfort of their own home.
I will continue to pray that you find your vocation.