Thursday, June 12, 2014


Juan Pablo Sonnendorf, who is from my native place, lived in Rome for a long time and was a tour guide there.  He is also staunchly traditional, not fond of women and loves to shoot with the guys.  He now has a tour company that will be doing a pilgrimage to Rome in October (the best time of year in Rome, btw) to coincide with the annual Summorum Pontificum event AND the second half of the Rome Film Festival. So much drama! A Pontifical Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica during the day and artsy fartsy films at night. He sent me some details.  I’ll just include them as bullet points with my EMphases and comments

  • In conjunction with the 7th anniversary of SP and the 2787th anniversary of the founding of Rome.
  • 11-day and ten wild night itinerary.
  • The absolute best chaplain available! Once 20 people sign up Father D. travels for FREE!
  • Deadline for registration: August 1. SO save your pennies or max out your Discover card.
  • Deposit of $1,000 required to register.
  • This tour will not be repeated. Once in a lifetime. Though if everything goes smoothly, and I can sucker enough people to sign on in the Spring, I'm up for another freebie
  • Inclusions:
  • Round-trip air transportation from NYC to Rome – direct.
  • 9 nights accommodation at 1-Star Hotel Galeno, where the young Fr. D. stayed upon arrival in Rome.
  • All breakfasts, two lunches, and four exquisite Roman dinners served with local wine. You can sign up to treat Fr. D for the other meals.  If you all pitch in, Father won't have to beg so much.
  • Complete sightseeing program which includes excellent local guides and escorts.
  • Private guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Sacristy.
  • Private guided tour of the “Scavi” to explore Rome's seedy underbelly.
  • Private guided tour of the Catacombs.
  • Private tour of ancient Rome to see Colosseum and Roman Forum. 
  • Deluxe 1974 school bus for airport transfers and sightseeing.
  • One day excursion to see the Major Minor Basilica of Ss. Prosciutto e Melone. With an Ordinary Form Semi-Pontifical Mass offered by the infamous Adolf Cardinal Klink.
  • Two opportunities to see the Pope:  on Wednesday and Sunday. Those not so interested in borderline heresy are free to visit the SSPX House in Rome during these times.
  • Daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form. An extraordinary experience!
  • A late afternoon visit to the Via in Selci to buy some relics from the Augustinian Convent,  followed by an evening visit to Rome's oldest night club, just across the street.  Ask your pastor. Chances are, he knows both places well.


  1. yuck. I just got back from Holy Week and Easter in Rome. Had no tour guides or buses, just a great Hotel location (Hotel Kolbe), free tickets to Easter Mass (4 rows back from the front), joined the plebes for Via Crucis at the Coliseum (Saw Francis 4 times, 2x up close). Lots of walking around and exploring on our own. Had great food. Easy. Why pay for someone else to tell me what to do and see?

    1. Certainly an ordained man would have made your trip twice as enjoyable. How could it not? Father knows you're thinking "But Father..."
      Not buts about it. Father has spent many years reviewing the cuisine and cathedrals of the Eternal City. As an ordained man, Father is in a much better place to not only serve as your tour guide, but to tell you exactly what to think and feel about the sights and experiences.

      Additionally, you will be given several opportunities to provide a first class meal for an impoverished servant of the church. So, not only will you have an awesome experience, but you will have ample opportunities to practice the corporal works of mercy. If you take Father to lunch and then buy him a new Italian suit, you will have done three of the seven in an afternoon. That's a bargain for both of us!

    2. But Father.. A local retired priest called Father Guido Sarducci is leading a similar tour to Rome. What makes your tour better than his?

    3. Guido Sarducci is a spoof caricature. So is Zuhlsdorf.

    4. It's not easy being the only REAL person in this soap opera.

  2. OORAH, Faddah Lacy Boy and ad multos kudos from all your French cuffed, waxen faced altar girl friends at the NCA, Roma.
    They'll in in near swoon mode, wetting themselves in anticipation of the parousia of the ontologically reverse engineered brick wall with eyes.

    His humility of course arrives Jesus-donkey-like in the peasant section of the flying machine. Understandably, this will be the last piece of self-abnegation - the young priests and seminarians love this stuff - for the duration.
    The very bestest Roman ecclesiastical ruins guides evvhurr will receive what he is entitled to as the metaphysically superior being: the generous three squares per diem with lashing of the finest vino especially at breakfast, the adulation, mini-crowd hysteria and acclaim.

    The Lacy Boy of course will demand and receive gifts not only of the Epiphany type but also the very pragmatic and attractive liturgical drapery such as elaborately needled albs hand crafted underwater by virgin boy children in Equador. He just adores little things like that.

    Keep those Euros coming in and remember, Lacy Boy's needs are very modest. Just look at the $ gauge and the Wishlist.

  3. Readerette here, and as you know I'm a serious foodie.

    So the thing that I find really mind-boggling-ly silly about his last trip were posts detailing a quest for the perfect, "authentic" Carbonara.

    It's not pre-Columbian cuisine of ancient Latium. America supplied powdered eggs and bacon as relief following the collapse of Fascist Italy. The Romans did what they could with it. Got that Z? Carbonara is 50's food, right up there with Chicken-a-la-King and Jell-o molds.

    Z said "I am on the hunt for the best carbonara. Just when I think I am getting a good grasp on it, the terrain changes under foot." Of course the terrain changes underfoot, that's what chefs do with a good idea made with bad ingredients. All this guanciale and bucatini and freshly laid quail eggs from the papal dovecote came later. The best Carbonara is by definition has to be not "authentic" because it's not made with Uncle Sam's processed WWII relief rations.This is like an Italian going on a quest to find the best noodle hot dish in Wisconsin and waxing eloquent over how you can really taste the Camden Delaware River waterfront in the can of Campbell's Cream of MSG. Please, Z, find something worthier to be all pretentious gourmet about.

  4. Wow! It took less than one week for the malignant narcissist to be the queen bitch to NCR and to make political hay from the crimes committed against the two priests mentioned in the above post. His behavior, while predictable, is still shocking.

    1. Yeah. I was really saddened by that shameless use of the tragedy for his own selfish purposes. So very political-- and outright tasteless.

  5. The commemorative mugs, key-rings, socks and Tee-Shirts will be next on Captain Lard's Swag list.
    And the observer never ceases to be staggered at just how much contempt Lacy Boy has for his disciple as he explains, exegetes, defines, bleats his way - with lashings of red commentary - an article on the unfortunate priests.

    True to form, His Turgidity, also throws in the trade mark self-serving and sefl-referencing 'persecution/martyr' party piece about Latin Mass drapery and accessories.

    His narcissism will bring him down within about two years max. Either that, or he will be dispatched to Chad as the flag bearer for the Ottaviani New Evangelization
    advance guard.

    1. Your mouth to God's ear.

  6. Foodie readerette, your interesting comment about "carbonara" sent me looking around for more information, and I found this:

    Meanwhile please keep the Zzzzzzz donations $$$$$$ flowing. The Sacerdotal Stomach needs frequent refilling and there are unmet holy needs on the holy gift wish list, like his $769.99 gunsight.

    1. That's interesting.

      I was at an Italian-American friend's home for a Christmas party. Her Italian grand-uncle was at the stove, stuffing giardineria peppers with cheese, dropping them in batter and frying them in olive oil. I asked what that recipe was called, and he told me "Zeppelini." Which coincidentally is the name of a marscapone-stuffed eclair-ish pastry at my local bakery. How old are these dishes, given that they're named after Graf Zeppelin's airships?

      That's the essential problem food historians have with carbonara. The first time that food historians are sure the dish was described is in 1957. Other dishes may have been called carbonara, and perhaps they were even the same dish but it seems very unlikely with what is known about American powdered eggs being distributed in Rome. In any event, the canon of what we know as carbonara was definitely popularized in the 1950's. I'm sticking with it, spaghetti alla carbonara is the Turkey Tetrazinni of Rome.