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- Fr. John Hunwicke
"Some 2 bit novus ordo cleric"
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"Father John Zuhlsdorf is a crank"
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"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
If something like this happened today, the MS Winters fainting couch would get quite the workout! I imagine the media would be, for once, initially speechless at such an amazing sight.
In case you are wondering who the sweet lady is:
A Protestant friend sent me this opinion piece by Maureen Dowd who thinks Pope Francis is the coolest Pope ever except for one little thing. It is all about bringing the Church into the 21st century
Thank you for posting the video of Pope Pius XII, Father.
I am amazed at the emotionalism over the Pope. I don’t get it. Especially on Facebook, phrases like “his gentle smile melts my heart.” or “he’s a breath of fresh air for the Catholic Church.” It puzzles me. It seems so contrary to the Catholic tradition of Rational thought, and comes across as so shallow. The danger of a cult of personality is a real danger. Is this really what the New Evangelization is about?
Finally, I have been left with the impression, the Holy Father doesn’t seem to care much for priests. He is very critical of them, and I think he is forgiving of sinners but, boy is he into tough love for his priests and bishops.
SKAY, that Dowd piece is exactly what Fr. Z has been telling us all along. The liberal media turning on Francis. Taking heed of his album title, “Wake Up!” they have awoken to realize that the Pope is, after all, Catholic.
i am underwhelmed by the Pope. no words on abortion—but boy, he was eager to talk about human life in terms of capital punishment. its amazing to me that he squanders his authority as spiritual leader of the world talking about climate change which is not even a proven science. however the church will survive despite this weak pope- the church has survived anti semitic popes, murdering popes, and sinful popes i guess francis seems like an angel compared to pope alexander of the borgias
CPT TOM: Yup. I feel the same way. And everyone saying he’s so “humble.”
To quote the Princess Bride: “I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Dear Capt. Tom,
It occurs to me that priests and bishops are sinners too. Ordination does not innoculate them from temptation and sin. We could even say that it is precisely because of the status we afford them that the clergy may be subjected to special attack by Satan and his minions. Even the greatest of saints were sinners who struggled and were granted grace to endure to the end (to paraphrase St. Paul). The best and most holy priests we know struggle, like the rest of us, with temptation and, like us, on occasion fall. And, because they are of the human race and subject to the consequences of Original Sin, there are priests and bishops who have gone seriously astray. We have seen a number of examples over the course of history and are living in a time when there have been all too many examples. When these sin (and especially when they sin publicly and in a manner that justly draws disdain) the fact of their status within the Church casts a cloud on the entire Church. It is for this reason that priests and bishops especially need our prayers.
I never said they were without sin. Yes, they are sinners, like anyone else. In fact Satan hunts them. So shouldn’t they be given the same mercy the Pope gives to the fringe? In fact, since he is their spiritual father, he should give them MORE support and prayers not just chastisement to strengthen them. Pope Francis has been very critical of the priests and bishops, harping in fact. Certainly not publicly praying for them. In the Army they taught us as officers to apply not only a kick in the backside, but also to apply talcum powder and praise…leadership is knowing when and how much. I think this is an area that the Pope could use some improvement and is at odds with his merciful attitude he has normally extols. God’s peace to you.
Fr. Z , and the observant reader, thank you! So the cover-photo on my copy of Franz Werfel’s Der veruntreute Himmel (which I have yet to read…) is of Annie Rosar from Ernst Marischka’s film (which I had never heard of till now, but which I see opened 57 years ago next week – exactly a week before the death of the Venerable Pius XII). I see too that the whole film is in one of the places one might think to look, I am not sure how legally…
It would be fascinating to know more about this scene – it looks like excerpts from an actual audience are intercut with sections featuring the actors. That pan from the Holy Father greeting the cardinals (as I take it) to Annie Rosar behind the barrier is striking – it looks like she was really present at the audience. I wonder how much of the sound-track is added independently, too? Was the Hallelujah chorus (in English!) already so popular in Catholic circles for formal occasions? (In the opening credits is the acknowledgement that “Through the benevolence of His Holiness Pope Pius XII it was possible to film an audience in St. Peter’ s Basilica and the Apostolic Apartments of the Vatican”.) I can’t get every word of the Pope’s greeting in German to the dear sons and daughters of Austria: what is it about the last 200 years, exactly?
Not this again…People may think soemone is getting jealous. If Francis attracks this amount of joy, hteen good for him and for the Church. Unfortunately other Popes have not…..
And he could even smile and bless babies while wearing ermine!
John Paul II was also a “cult personality” pope, as I recall. Mother Teresa drew that kind of popularity, as well. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is using Pope Francis to touch hearts and draw people to God, as those two did.
A striking Pope St. John Paul II example in this context:
marcelus ends, ” Unfortunately other Popes have not…..” Well, it looks from the clip like at least the Venerable Pius XII did, too! It is interesting to consider the Pre-Vatican II combination of traditional and modern aspects in that clip (note the microphones) – and in his appeal, in reading Prince Constantine of Bavaria’s book about him from the early 1950s, translated into various languages (the English one was called The Pope: A Portrait from Life).