"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
Father talked about the ideas of journey and Jerusalem, based on the first reading and the psalm. He pointed out that teaching was done in the synagogues, but that God was in the Temple in Jerusalem and was were the people wanted to go. Going to Jerusalem always meant going up because it was located on a mountain and he reminded us of the times Moses and Jesus went up to mountain tops. We must always be moving forward and upward. If we coast, we go only down.
He said we don’t live just day-to-day, but we are moving towards an end (our Jerusalem). Thanksgiving was like our trail camp where friends and family had joined us. Now it was time to break camp and move up the mountain. This way of speaking comes naturally to him because he has spend some time living in Nepal. It was much better than my summary of it!
Father spoke of “wake-up calls”. He said perhaps some of us have received one—and life was never the same again. He urged people this Advent to consider swallowing our pride (a big gulp) and forgiving that son, daughter, relative, friend who may have hurt us deeply, and start communicating with them again. He says we should do it because Jesus Christ has commanded us to do so, through Him.
Father has had two close friends die recently, including one suddenly the day before Thanksgiving, and I think he is impressing upon us the lateness of the Hour. And, it’s Advent.
Nice homily on God speaking the language of silence. There was some contrasting of before Noah, after Noah, after the Resurrection. Didn’t get all of it but it was great.
And I went to confession and only hurt myself a little kneeling and that’s part of the penance.
Father (ours, the second-in-command for our parish, is a “baby priest”!) spoke of preparing for the end of the world or the end of one’s life, whichever comes first. It was an excellent reminder to keep one’s focus on heavenly rather than earthly things (a constant challenge for me), and to go to confession frequently.
Monsignor ‘s homily was on recognizing hope in the focus on gifts and rather than complain of the materialism use the hopefulness to point people to the hope that is Christ. The anticipation of gifts can be directed to the anticipation of the coming of the messiah. He said it better than I.
“Adventus” means “the arrival”… and usually meant an important official or king, and usually involved anticipation before the arrival itself. How well do WE wait for anything in our daily lives?
OF at the local cathedral. There are two types of preachers–one is the popular type, who’ll tell you jokes and stories and assure you that God will understand, and loves you, and forgives you. These preachers aren’t wrong, for God does understand, and does love you, but they elide the truth of sin. (That was the very phrase he used, the ‘truth of sin’!) The other type is less popular, because they tell you the truth. They might chastise. They might ask you to do things for your own good, or for that of others. But this is the truth of things! We are not Christians so that we can be comfortable and self-serving, and so that we can feel good about meeting all our own needs, neglecting others, all the while going to Mass every Sunday!
Then he went on to talk about the archdiocese’s capital fundraising campaign (which is huge because of various local factors, including migrants and so on) and how urgent the mission of the local church is. 65% of Catholics in our country don’t go to mass, and nearly 90% of youth baptised as children leave. Vocations are dropping, priests are getting old, parishes are (still) packed to capacity (even with only 35% of baptised Catholics)… all in all, following the archbishop’s example he called first for prayer, and then challenged us to give what we can. The local Catholic population is pretty well off, so every fundraising really doesn’t have to be so painful, but well…
Msgr H is one of the reasons, by the way, not to give up on the Jesuits. (: