From “The Private Diary of Bishop F. Atticus McButterpants” – 23-02-28 Encounter the Encounter

Feb 27th, 2023

Dear Diary,

Push-back on the new program “Encountering the Encounter”.  Their main grousein the finance meetings is the money for hiring those two gals to do some online site for it, plus printing pamphlets and “worship aids” and the like. All this was the advice of Fr. Algernon – the one they call “Mr. V.F.” all the time – who goes on and on about how successful his parish is, how he brought it back from the brink, how he’s raking in the dough, etc.  “Just throw some Adoration at it, Bishop!” Not bad advice.  Adoration is a lot less effort for everyone involved: no choir to pay, no exhausting preaching, … that sort of thing. People just sit there and pray, so it’s not bad. NO WORKSHOPS or MEETINGS!  At the last parish I was at with this, everyone sat. I have no idea where the kneelers went, but there weren’t any. Great new carpet, though. For the most recent “Holy Hour” I went to (“Holy Hour With The Bishop” – hey, that’s me!). I got things going and then got myself away for a sandwich and then come back with my uplifting reflections. Mostly older ladies with rosaries, but God love ’em, that’s what we got.

Note to self: be subtle, but ask Fr. Tommy what the heck V.F. stands for.  I hope it’s some flaky undergrad degree, like the MDiv.

Note to self: Should I use D.D.?

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  1. j stark says:

    I am wondering if the Adoration chapel had beanbags, candles galore, and background music like the sound of water hitting the shore, or beautiful hymns such as Here I am Lord, or Be Not Afraid

  2. Not says:

    Love it, Been reading it to my wife, she loves it but said when he says “old ladies with rosaries..” ,he is talking about me. Thank God for older ladies with rosaries

  3. giveglory says:

    Thank you so much for all these latest updates from Bishop McButterpants. More and more I feel as if I really know him!

  4. Gregg the Obscure says:

    methinks Fr. Tommy ought to prank him that it’s “Very Fat”.

  5. ReadingLad says:

    Can’t wait for +Atticus’ Easter Letter!

  6. L. says:

    “Encountering the Encounter” is hilarious.

    I expected His Excellency to be puzzled upon hearing that several of his Priests were proud of having an S.T.D.

  7. InFormationDiakonia says:

    This is hilarious to read each time. Let’s see, D.D. must mean Doctorate of Drivel, Dunce Deluxe, Doctorate of Dialogue or some other meaningless degree. And V.F, I can only imagine – Very Fun perhaps? Maybe I’m trying to read too much into this but I can’t help it!

    I can imagine the risk the mole is taking to send these out at great personal and professional expense!

  8. Humilitas says:

    I bet the Choir and Organist just loves the new carpet. It doesn’t do much for the acoustics of the church but it must look pretty.

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