Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Supper For the Promotion of Clericalism and a NOTE to MS. Winters – UPDATED

UPDATE 17 July 2017:

Some of you are writing to me to ask for CCW cards.  I’m not the guy.  However, I passed the word to Fr. Heilman, who responded:

They’ll be available at within the week. They must possess a “Combat Rosary” to purchase a card.

I don’t know exactly how they’ll work that out, but – hey!


Originally Published on: Jul 16, 2017

Last night I invited the bishop and some priests for another Supper For The Promotion of Clericalism.  The priests are in the regular TLM rotation for Sundays at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, where my friend Fr. Richard Heilman is pastor. You will recall that Fr. Heilman moved his parish to ad orientem worship, put in an altar rail, and integrated the Extraordinary Form into the regular schedule side by side with the Novus Ordo.  Great things are happening there.  Fr. Heilman is also responsible, inter alia, for the now legendary “Combat Rosary which is now being carried by all of the Pontifical Swiss Guards.

Anyway, during the supper, Fr. Heilman unveiled of his new fun item for future distribution with the Combat Rosaries.

wile e coyote knife forkI bring this up in light of the snarky attack on my person and on all you readers of this blog made by the Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left, MS. Winters of the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter).

MS. “Wile E.” Winters arose from his fainting couch to engage in a celebratory chicken dance in the wake of the attack on Americans by the Jesuit-run Incività cattolica.  Among Wile. E.’s comments (my emphases, comments):

Finally, someone took on Church Militant by name and called it out for its “shocking rhetoric.” I am tired of those in positions of authority hiding behind the rationale that they don’t want to “elevate” a fringe group like Church Militant by even calling attention to it, when they really just do not want the flak that will now descend upon Fr. Spadaro and Rev. Figueroa. Hundreds of thousands of people [That’s “fringe”?  That’s more than read MS. Winters!] watch that garbage, and it is not just them: [NB] Yesterday morning, Fr. Zuhlsdorf had an article with the headline “ASK FATHER: Can I wear a Rosary like warriors wear weapons?[HERE] That kind of militaristic, and profane, language is not uncommon at right-wing Catholic websites, all of which feed into the mainstream through less outrageous, but decidedly conservative, media outlets like EWTN and the National Catholic Register.


I find it hilarious that he wants “authority” to do something, when for decades the entire purpose of the Fishwrap has been to defy authority.

Wile. E. Winters ignored my response to the questioner, of course.   I responded that the questioner should consider carrying his weapon/Rosary concealed.  Get it?  Concealed carry?  The very fact that someone might ask about the Rosary as a weapon was enough to freak him out. The Rosary as weapon?!?  Oh deary me!  That’s militaristic! That’s outrageous!  That’s … that’s… shocking!

What comes to mind is what St. Padre Pio said, namely, that , “The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.”  He also said, “Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.” St. Josemaria Escriva said, “The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.”  St. Jose Maria also said, “For those who use their intelligence and their study as a weapon, the Rosary is most effective. Because that apparently monotonous way of beseeching Our Lady as children do their Mother, can destroy every seed of vainglory and pride.” [I wonder if MS Winters prays the Rosary. He uses his intelligence and study as a weapon, after all.]  Pius XI wrote that, “The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.”  [You have to believe in demons, acknowledge that there are sins, and love your country to get this.  Again, I wonder of MS. Winters prays the Rosary.]  Bl. Columba Marmion said, “Here is an example to help you understand the efficacy of the Rosary. You remember the story of David who vanquished Goliath. [Uh oh!  Didn’t David use a … a.. weapon?!?] What steps did the young Israelite take to overthrow the giant? He struck him in the middle of the forehead with a pebble from his sling. If we regard the Philistine as representing evil and all its powers: heresy, impurity, pride, we can consider the little stones from the sling capable of overthrowing the enemy as symbolizing the Aves of the Rosary.”

Well, here’s a little something for Wile E.’s next case of the vapors after all this shocking, outrageous, militaristic imagery.

This is what Fr. Heilman trotted out last night.

Behold the Combat Rosary Concealed Carry Card.


In your wallet, this could go next to your old “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” membership card.

I would be delighted to send  to MS Winters both a Combat Rosary and one of these Rosary “Concealed Carry License” cards.  All I need is a good postal address.

As far as the Clerical Supper went, it was a great success.  Clericalism (properly understood) was heavily promoted.

IMG_2552We started with our pre-prandials (nuts, chips and refreshing Mules).

The primo was “Whore-style Priest-stranglers” (aka Strozzapreti alla Putanesca).  Thanks to the reader who, quite a while back now, sent the pasta from my wishlist! I remembered you while preparing the meal.

The secondo was frenched-ribeye steaks, which I dry-rubbed with salt, white pepper and oregano.  (Biretta trip to K&MA for that preparation.) They went on the grill at about 700° – just to get their attention – after which I backed the temp down to finish.  After resting for a while they were just as I wanted, butter-knife tender, dressed in a red-wine and shallot reduction and accompanied by green salad with tomatoes macerated in balsamic vinegar and touch of dry vermouth.  Wines included a super sturdy Chalbis and a Malbec that you could have mistaken for a Petite Sirah.


Afterwards we tried my homemade limoncello, which is strong enough that I was tempted to extinguish the candles when I brought it out.

Great clerical fun was had by all.

I am dedicated to the custom of priests having steaks together on a regular basis.

And let’s get those Rosaries carried, concealed, and then USED!  And please say one for the Fishwrap, along with this prayer HERE.

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  1. JustaSinner says:

    Bless me Father for I have sinned. I visited the Fishwrap’s website and can’t seem to get the smell of sulfur off my hands.

  2. Fallibilissimo says:

    MSW’s nastiness is cringeworthy…it’s good you have a sense of humour Fr Z, because otherwise such incessant attacks and hostility on the part of MSW and NcR would make one cry.

    [Thanks. I’ve been at this for a while. You develop a thick skin. Also, if you want to go down onto the sands of the arena, you had best be ready to take some hits. Mostly, however, I am bolstered by the words of my late pastor, Msgr. Richard Schuler, who said, “When you’re right, you can’t be wrong.” I’m right. MSW is wrong.]

  3. Marion Ancilla Mariae says:

    ” . . . a fringe group like Church Militant by even calling attention to it . . .”

    But we *are* the Church Militant. All of us sojourners here on Earth *make up* the Church Militant.

    Hasn’t the Church always taught that there are Three Great Branches of the Church: The Church Victorious (in Heaven); The Church Suffering (in Purgatory); and The Church Militant (we here on Earth) . . . who are, as the Apostle (Paul) said, “fighting the good fight!”

    Or would Mr. Winters be bringing us up to speed on the new, reformed list: The Church Victorious; The Church Suffering; The Church Militant (those of us too-agressive Catholics here on Earth), and the Church Invertebrate (also here on Earth, but not agressive *at all*).

  4. ghp95134 says:

    **I WANT ONE**

    CCW card, that is; I’ll keep it next to my other CCW card.

    Who/Where/How Much?????

    Thanks Father!

  5. MrTipsNZ says:

    Iron for the soul, Iron for the stomach. A hearty feast indeed!

  6. mike cliffson says:

    “and a Malbec that you could have mistaken for a Petite Sirah.” sentences like this make up for -necessary I fear – reports on inhouse attacks . (Not enough of the following on my part , mind you , but I report the attitude…..)Somebody once asked me why I should pray for priestbloggers. …….

  7. Deacon Jason says:

    Fr. Z,

    Though I may not always completely agree with every post on your blog, I am in full concurrence with your culinary choices. They are (without sarcasm) a mark of sound judgement.

    I would love to see such healthy expressions of clerical identity at my own parish, especially if the lowly deacons were invited to participate!

  8. Ignatius says:

    I keep on reading about Mr. Winters outrages at things that stem from the Catechism, common sense, tradiotional piety and whatnot. Though I know what “the Fishwrap” is, I knew almost nothing about Mr. Winters and why he was always so incensed about simple Catholicism. A cursory search yielded a Wikipedia article about him that says (without naming sources, perhaps he wrote it himself? If true, wouldn’t that be a display of vanity?): “On Catholic issues, he is frequently ranged in opposition to the conservative “culture warrior” approach, favoring positions that are both orthodox and pastoral”. So, if he wrote this article himself, he is a sort of card carrying anti-“culture warrior”… but I do not see him supporting Catholicism (“pastoral” or not) in any meaningful sense of the word…

    Focusing on more important matters, as an Argentine, I would love to know which Malbec you had with the steaks!

    Regards to all?

  9. originalsolitude says:

    Fr Z,
    Where is the Rosary concealed carry card sold?
    I just checked the romancatholicgear website and they don’t have it.
    I need to buy a gift for an 80th birthday.

  10. Amerikaner says:

    RE: Card
    Great idea and I would buy one…

  11. Amerikaner says:

    The Swiss Guard need an official auxiliary for men to join to pray the rosary, like a sort of Public Association of the Faithful.

    [Interesting. I’ll mention this.]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  12. Scott W. says:

    I wouldn’t be too concerned with Mr. Winters, it seems he is a “man” of limited talent, with a small audience, writing for a condemned paper, and motivated only out of hatred. Having Fr. Z comment on his “thoughts” is probably the highlight of his week.

    Even less than that I would say. I call articles like MSW’s as being written in a hangover-meets-looming-deadline style.

  13. graytown says:

    Word of caution….
    If you plan on purchasing a Combat Rosary this Christmas, don’t wait till December like I did.
    The gun metal version was sold out for several weeks.

  14. majuscule says:

    An occasion of sin probably…I went over to read MS Winters’ screed and, more importantly, the comments on it. I believe they have shut the comments off for that “article”. (I have been saved from that near occasion!)

    I was able to see comments on other articles but not this one.. Hmmm….maybe some one (or ones) posted Father’s lovely prayer. Or too many inquired about MS Winters’ rosary use.

    Dear St. Joseph…!

    [Looking at the combox under any of Wile E.’s offerings is an education in malice. What some of them write about me is howlingly inaccurate. At the same time, that can and did happen here, too, until I tightened up the moderation (“my cross”). There’s something about the combination of ignorance and arrogance fueled by anonymity that brings out the hellish worst in some people on the left or the right.]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  15. Sword40 says:

    Ooooo., Ooooo. where can I get one of the Concealed Carry cards? I both want & need one. The wallet doesn’t have enough plastic in it.

  16. msc says:

    Marion: I think the reference is to the media organization / lobby group of the same name.

  17. RonaldPinheiro says:

    Fr. Z, God bless.
    I’ve got one of those AMAZING rosaries. Truly an eye-opener. BUT, I wonder: how could I get that funny “concealed carry permit”? Do I need to buy another one, or Fr. Heilman would sell them separately?

  18. RonaldPinheiro says:

    In Time: greetings from Brazil ;-)

  19. bar3 says:

    The menu sounds (and looks) amazing, but I have to say that I would not be interested in a Malbec that could be mistaken for a Sirah. The drier the better in my book, so I would have preferred a Malbec that could be confused with a Chianti or a 100% Sangiovese.

  20. Eugene says:

    The biological solution will soon take care of the fish wrap and Winter’s employmt as a journalist
    I can’t see that paper surviving much longer as the VII liberal CINO generation keeps dying off

  21. Matt Robare says:

    No one had better tell Mr Winters about St Michael, St James the Moorslayer, St Joan of Arc, St Martin of Tours, St Louis of France, St Henry the Emperor, Bl Charlemagne, St Bernard of Clairvaux or dozens of others. Or about St Paul’s exhortation to “put on the armor of God”.

  22. teomatteo says:

    RE; limoncello, does a man drink it straight or mix it? other than using it to moisten my cannoli i’m not much of an after supper ‘sipper’ Mix suggestions?

    [You can do as you please. Usually you would sip it straight, and straight from the freezer. Most store bought limoncello is quite sweet, by the way. Homemade limoncello can be a bit more virile. The stuff I make causes eye-teeth to lengthen and hair to sprout and turn to bristles.]

  23. Elizium23 says:

    Delicious, Reverend Father!

    Our erstwhile parochial vicar makes homemade limoncello as well. Our annual Easter Roots Rock Reggae bash, hosted and DJed by our illustrious pastor, are a good opportunity for him to serve little shots of the limoncello and impress everyone with his mad liquor skillz.

  24. Elizabeth M says:

    Homemade limoncello can be the best. Alas, I have Meyer Lemons and they do not do the job.

    Wait, aren’t all Baptized Catholics the Church Militant? And since when has militant garnered the same negative connotation that the word propaganda has? He can think of nothing worse to call the active and faithful Catholic? I think he was directly speaking about that website.

    Poor thing is walking around this vale of tears with no weapon to battle the enemy who will eat him alive! That’s like throwing yourself into the pit with your hands out saying, “oh well, I tried!”

    First they make the devil & hell seem like a fairy story, now they try to take away our armor, shield, and sword. I don’t get it. I really don’t. Our Lady said pray the Rosary. Why? Because it will bring you health, wealth, & all the worldly things you need and makes you feel better, calm & fluffy inside? Not even close.

  25. Amerikaner says:

    Fr. Z – thank you for the “Gold Star of the Day”. Yes, please do! It would be awesome if they started that!

  26. Fr_Sotelo says:

    Ms. Winters deserves a gift for such hard work–saving the Church from all things rubrical and clerical.

    Perhaps, not a combat Rosary, but a string of pearls to clutch, for each time he reads wdtprs, would be a cherished gift for him. LOL

  27. Paul_S says:

    While I am interested enough in a Gun Metal Combat Rosary to have paid $39.99 (plus at least $4.19 in shipping) to get one for myself, this price point is cost prohibitive for getting them for the dozen members of my men’s group or for the celebrants and altar servers of Juventutem Michigan.

    If there is ever a volume discount sale where the per-unit cost gets closer to $5 or $7, please be sure to promote it on your blog, Fr. Z. :)

    [I can ask. I suspect that your suggested price won’t cover production, etc. ]

  28. Semper Gumby says:

    “…arose from his fainting couch to engage in a celebratory chicken dance.”

    That’s gold, Fr. Z. Gold. Speaking of vivid imagery, perhaps one day you could complete that SVVAS novel…

    Fr. Heilman’s CCW is an excellent idea. One wonders what he has planned for the reverse side of that card (or maybe I missed it in my reading here.) The destruction of the Turk at Lepanto in 3-D hologram would be kinda cool.

    Great post and great chow.

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