"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
This reader has my prayers. The Church Militant needs more faithful men to heed His call to the priesthood. May Our Blessed Mother pray for the Holy Father, all priests, seminarians and those men who are discerning. +JMJ+
There’s probably a lot to say for that. Less frequent Confession times and less frequent vocations do seem to have gone hand in hand in the Catholic Church in the US. Logically, it would be hard to see God beckoning to you with an understanding darkened by sin. Even lots and lots of little sins.
To the writer of the note, thanks for the willingness to follow the call! I pray that yours is a priestly vocation, and that you are given the graces needed to overcome all obstacles in service of Our Lord!
I wonder how many spiritual children Fr. Z will have in Heaven – I pray there are many, his is a unique vocation with plenty of room for tireless lasoo’ing of wayward digital (and real) souls. :)
To all the Priests that may read your blog: I hope they would consider offering confessions more than once a week at their parish. They’d be pleasantly surprised at the response from the faithful!
Very true! Time and again, I’ve seen at my own parish and at others I’ve visited, that people respond to a priest in a confessional.
One practice that priests have had at my parish is that when there is something like Eucharistic Adoration going on, they will head into the Confessional for a time. As soon as people hear the keys rattling for the confessional doors, they get up and go. Other times are when there is a spiritual talk or conference in the parish Church. There’s something about people seeing a priest go into that Confessional, or seeing the light on, that is inviting. Perhaps these visual cues are one of many avenues of grace.
Dear Fathers – don’t limit Confession times to posted hours. Even if you sit in your Confessional for a while and no one comes at first, give it time.
Your calls to confession echoing at the back of my mind recently pushed me to “make the leap” too. I made my first confession in a while in Holy Week. Thank you.
I hope you follow the call. I was away from the church for over 20 years, and went back to confession on a Wednesday of Holy week. My penance was to attend Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil Masses, and enjoy them! Eventually I heard the call and continued to run for a time, but Mary always gets her way! On the 8th of June it will be 16 years as a priest. I also have confession before every Mass – including the weekends! Welcome home!
I love when these stories are posted. Our family prays for good vocations to the priesthood every day before our rosary.
Regarding confessions – since having FSSP priests serving us a couple times a month, we’ve been encouraged to go to confession every two weeks. We’re still only making it about once a month, but when the opportunity presents itself, my children will jump at the chance to go. We need priests to talk about confession often.
Added thought –
At our parish, there’s a sign on the confessional doors. There were no confessions this past Saturday because of the celebration of First Holy Communions of the school kids. There are no confessions this coming Saturday because of some other “liturgical celebration,” and there are no confessions next Saturday for the same reason. In a large parish with several priests, is it really impossible to offer confession?
We’ll go to another town where there are Oblates this evening for confession.
I will pray for strength of purpose and God’s Grace to remain upon you, to follow and be true to your vocation. I often yearn to be back in the solitude of my monastic cell, deep in prayer or reading the works of the early Fathers of the Church. If I outlive my beloved wife (doubtful) I will most probably seek out a hermitage or other austere foundation to live out my remaining time in this vale of tears.
I still remember my first confession after I came back to the Church. It was morethan 15 years in between confessions. Our parish of 2,000 families “advertises” confessions on Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 8:00 PM and Saturdays from 4:00 to 4:30 PM. I see people there on Wednesday nights. Never been there on Saturday’s. I have to believe that the shortened hours occurred due to lack of “demand”. I would find it difficult to believe that it was because our parish priests didn’t have the time.
Since returning to the sacrament I have found it beneficial to have a confessor, a priest that I go back to so that he is familiar with me (and my sins!). Rather than take u pthe 30 minutes during posted hours I would call the rectory and make an appointment. Now you can probably use email or text messages to schedule confession if your priest is willign to share their contact infromation.
Most recently I have been graced with a spiritual director which has brought a whole new “light” to my sinning ways.