in which i praise Mark Shea?
i’ve said before how much i loves me some good ol’ fashioned righteous anger. but coming in at a close second has got to be the glorious feeling of shadenfreude i get at seeing different brands of fake “catholics” ripping into one another and inadvertently exposing the sham that is the novus ordo amchurch.
although there are examples of this all over the place, a particularly favorite source is the self-described “jolly” Mark Shea, who is forever taking shots at his fellow fake “catholic” fraudsters for not thinking exactly like him.
don’t have a gay best friend? anathema sit.
don’t oppose the right wars and military practices? anathema sit.
don’t abhor the tactics of certain pro-life groups? anathema sit.
don’t hate faithful laymen and love everything the n.o. bishops say and do? anathema sit.
don’t love everything about his superawesomefakecatholic web portal? anathema sit.
now please don’t get me wrong: despite the protestations of “Fr.” James Martin, there isn’t anything inappropriate about appointing yourself ad hoc to the CDF or the magisterium and condemning everything that falls short of the standards of the real catholic faith, SO LONG AS YOU ARE A REAL CATHOLIC.
obviously, given his condescending stance toward those who love tradition and conspiracy theories, Mark Shea is not.
personally, and despite his ignorance of the true faith, i have the utmost respect for Herr Shea’s tactics, which would otherwise make him a natural frothing traddie troll if it wasn’t for his broader fidelity to the “pope.”
perhaps there is hope for him yet.
then again, perhaps not.