It appears that Father Z is getting criticism on a level that merits a blog post, so I thought I should write a note of support for him, not because he helped raise $2300 to fix our heat when it went out recently, but because he deserves to be respected in all that he is doing on his blog…even the stuff you disagree with.
But my adversaries – liberals and conservatives – are trying to paint me as a Francis-bashing rad-trad, and therefore to take me down.
I want you readers to know that this is going on – not because I am concerned about myself - but because the position that I have taken over the past few weeks is highly nuanced and, therefore, should not be misrepresented, wittingly or unwittingly, as that of an extremist.
I don’t get (at all) why anyone would characterize Father Z as being anything other than exceedingly nuanced…and intentionally so.
For the record, I have no idea who he is referring to in his post, and it doesn’t really matter to me who it is. His explanation of himself is accurate, though. Take that for what it’s worth.
We should all be praying for our priests, including (and maybe especially?) Father Z. Father Z is, well, a father. If you treat him with less respect than you would a family member, you’re doing it wrong.
When I was five years old, I had five older brothers who were aged 11, 12, 14, 16, and 16 (twins). That environment had a big impact on me. Arguing and disagreement are okay. Hating is never okay. We fought a lot…but we all deeply loved each other, just the same, and we all knew it.
Thanks, Father Z. God bless you…and thanks so much again for helping us in our time of need.