"Fr." John Zuhlsdorf is a one-time Lutheran minister who converted to the Vatican II sect and is now an invalidly ordained priest. In other words, his status didn't change, except insofar as he had more going for him as a Lutheran heretic, jumping out of the pan and into the fire. Known as "Fr. Z," he writes a blog "What Does The Prayer Really Say?" The title of the blog says it all. It's knee-jerk attempts to explain away every heresy that comes out of Modernist Rome. No matter how outlandishly heterodox the "pope" may act or speak, Fr. Z will perform the most incredible feats of sophistry in order to tell us what he REALLY meant. And, of course, what he really meant was completely orthodox.
What we have is not a Magisterium, or divinely appointed teaching authority, but rather words and writings that no one save Fr Z can correctly interpret for us. He even talks about "Reading Francis Through Benedict." In the good old days of Roman Catholicism, we didn't need to understand Pope Leo XIII through Pope St. Pius X, because each pope is the Vicar of Christ, and Christ does not contradict Himself, nor does He require mental gymnastics to figure out what He teaches. Nevertheless, we have Fr. Z to assure us that Modernism is really orthodox Catholicism if you spin it just right. Think of him as SSPX General Superior, Bishop Bernard Fellay-- minus the charm and valid orders.
Fr. Z likes Ratzinger, who was the very engineer of the Modernist take-over (along with his mentor, the diabolic Joseph Cardinal Frings of Germany) during Vatican II. Antipope Francis, needs much more PR than Ratzinger required from Fr. Z. After all, Ratzinger threw bones at Traditionalists, hoping we would be stupid enough to be engulfed into his One World Cult. Zuhlsdorf could talk about the "Extraordinary Rite" of "mass" given by Ratzinger to be freely used and then tell us how Herr Benedict was a "friend of Tradition." Francis is another story. He's openly and proudly attempting the final overthrow of all things Catholic, and doesn't even pretend to like anything traditional.
Here is a sample of MR. Z's (he's not a valid priest) spin-doctoring:
"The MSM and catholic left and the squishy center is running with Francis’s jump-out quotes (traddies could maybe call them “scare quotes”). If you look at MSM headlines, you take-away will be that Pope Francis is saying that abortion isn’t a big deal or that homosexuality is okay and that the Church doesn’t have a right to tell anyone what to do.
I don’t think that that is what he thinks or what he is doing or saying.
Let’s take a look at a portion of the interview in which Francis talks about homosexuality. Pay attention to the vocabulary, even though this is a translation. I haven’t yet verified the translation against the original. My emphases and comments:
“We need to proclaim the Gospel on every street corner,” [That's the public square.] the pope says, “preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing, even with our preaching, every kind of disease and wound. [Something that needs healing is not a good thing. Then he leaps immediately into the issue of homosexuality... ] In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’ because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this. [Which has been made abundantly clear in documents issued during the time of John Paul II from the office guided by Joseph Card. Ratzinger. The Church does NOT condemn homosexual people! The Church sees the actions as sinful and the orientation as a wound. I won't use the word "disease", because that gives absolutely the wrong sense of the wound. I'll go with Francis' point that it is something that needs "healing".] During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, [Where, Holy Father, where? On every street corner: the public square.] but God in creation has set us free: [We have FREE WILL. We can choose to go against God's plan and law.] it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person. [God doesn't use mind control. The Church doesn't use mind control. The Church proposes and we either freely embrace it or freely reject it.]"Got all that folks? "Traddies" just don't understand what Frankie really meant without using the "Z hermeneutic", i.e. heresy will never be heresy when spoken or written by the occupant of the Vatican. He attempts to explain away Frankie's lack of condemning the sin of homosexuality and supplies it for him in red. Ditto for "not interfering in the life of a person." The Church can and should do all in Her power to make someone realize that they are in sin, and secular laws, like the ones that used to exist against sodomy, should also be there to express societal disapproval for sins against the very nature created by God. Thankfully, we have Mr. Z, who tells us in red that Frankie really meant that God doesn't use mind control!! Reading his blog is kind of like reading a warped Missale Romanum, where instead of "Say the black, do the red" it's "read the black, believe the red."
After Bergoglio's election as antipope, Mr. Z wrote, "Be smart. There will be time in the future for people to sort what Vatican II means and what it doesn't mean," ... "But mark my words: If you gripe about Vatican II right now, in this present environment, you could lose what you have attained."
I see. After almost 48 years after it closed, and with a supposedly Supreme Teacher on the papal throne, we need more time for a place in the future where people can begin to sort out what Vatican II does and doesn't mean! What kind of Magisterium doesn't teach and leaves you in a lurch for almost half a century with no answers? What's the difference between that "Magisterium" and none at all? Griping about Vatican II will make us lose all we attained! And what would that be? Pseudo-traditional "masses" with Modernist additions offered by an invalidly ordained priest? Please. The Vatican II sect has stripped countless souls of the True Faith, True Moral teaching, and True Sacraments, thereby sending them on their way to Hell. There is nothing left to lose that already hasn't been lost.
So when you're tired of having to read an ex-Lutheran's blog explaining why heresy isn't really heresy, perhaps you'll consider losing faith in the Vatican II sect, join the Traditionalist Catholics, and leave the all the rest behind--from A to Mr. Z.