"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
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Seems like he is more into “downward facing Dogma.” So sad to see.
[I could kick myself for not seeing that one.]
I am not aware of the danger that yoga poses to our souls. Yoga, as practiced in Western countries, has been stripped of its original meaning. It’s no more than physical exercise – stretching. People who teach yoga and those who practice it, do not invoke Hindu deities. I admit that I do yoga regularly because it helps my lower back and completely takes away the pains in my legs (I hike and run a LOT). In addition, I do a lot of work on the computer and I used to get regular shoulder and neck aches. Yoga has greatly diminished these pains.
If, however, the Church tells me to stop doing yoga, I’ll stop.
Researchers have clearly shown that modern yoga has nothing to do with the yogis of ancient Sanskrit texts. It was Swedish exercises and English calisthenics, adapted by Indian revolutionaries after taking classes at early 20th century Indian YMCAs. They decorated these exercises with some very superficial Indian mysticism, and hey presto! Instant ancient tradition!
However, anybody invoking Hindu gods is playing with fire, and there are also variants of yoga that are supposed to stir up sex drives (which seems rather foolhardy in an exercise class, unless you’re a creepy teacher!). There are also all kinds of occult junk that gets attached to yoga. So I’m sure there are all kinds of reasons to avoid non-sanitized forms of yoga.
[Or… to avoid yoga.]
I am not sure why some Catholics, especially Catholic religious, feel the need to explore different Eastern religions and meditation practices. We already have a very rich tradition of spirituality. Each year, I and my brother priests go on retreat at a retreat center owned by the Redemptorists.
It’s a beautiful center and we have been lucky so far in having solid retreat masters. But I find it a bit disconcerting that one of the Redemptorists who was there, who has since passed on to his eternal reward, was a Zen Master. There is a Zen meditation hall on the grounds of the retreat center.
The Redemptorists also have a very rich tradition of prayer. Their founder, St. Alphonsus Liguori was one of the Church’s great teachers of prayer. It’s a tradition worth re-discovering.
“I am not sure why some Catholics, especially Catholic religious, feel the need to explore different Eastern religions and meditation practices. We already have a very rich tradition of spirituality.”
In many cases (not all of course) it is a way to search a shortcut to arrive to mysticism avoiding many of the difficulties of Catholic spiritual life (for instance, a personal God, personal sins. etc.)
I think the famous Thomas Merton had a bit of this mixing religions.