[The National un-Catholic Reporter hits a raw nerve, and Fr. Z rants – justifiably, although I would not call Fr. Z’s criticism of FrankenPope “scathing”]
Posted on 2 February 2017 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Over at Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) there is a hypocritical, mendacious piece which I bring to your attention.
Peter Feuerhard wrote about the eeeeevils of “restorationism”. This “-ism”, involves “bringing traditionalist approaches to liturgy and governance of parish life”.
Imagine such an evil thing! Connecting our present practices with our forebears experience and sacrifices in continuity!
First, Feuerhard says that he can’t really define this, but he slyly invokes Justice Stewart’s chestnut about pornography: “I know it when I see it.” Thus, he draws a slimy moral equivalence: “restorationism = pornography”.
Then, he indulges in insults, especially of young priests who don’t disdain their Catholic patrimony. “In parishes across the country, young pastors, raised in a post-Vatican II world, are incorporating costumes, vestments, music and other elements that have their roots in practices preceding 1965.” Costumes?
He gushes all over the ultra-liberal Anthony Ruff and gives him plenty of space. Then he merely mentions me. And he lies about me. He wrote:
Some seminary rectors have encouraged these developments, with their seminaries viewed as restorationist pipelines. Sometimes restorationist groups among seminarians are more informal. Some go to internet sites, such as one run by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of Madison, Wis., for inspiration. Zuhlsdorf’s site is heavy with photos of colorful vestments, liturgical regalia, and scathing criticism of Pope Francis.
This is a lie. This is detraction. This is part of a larger project that we knew would come sooner or later. This is a dog whistle.
What I write here is is NOT “heavy” with “scathing criticism of Pope Francis”. As a matter of fact, I even try to cut down the worst of criticism of the Pope in my combox, but using more and more the moderation queue. I do not, personally, write “scathing criticism” of the Pope. I never have. As a matter of fact, I spent a good deal of energy and time working to bring what Pope Francis was doing into harmony with Pope Benedict. Over time, that proved to be less and less possible, but I sincerely tried.
I am harshly criticized by a lot of readers here for NOT writing scathing criticism of the Pope!
This attack on tradition, on me, and on all who have what St. John Paul called “legitimate aspirations” regarding our tradition is born of fear, pure and simple. They hate and fear our Catholic traditions, our doctrine and law. Why? Probably because it is the last stand, the last bastion against the overthrow of the Christian mores of sexual morality in the Church and in wider society.
Let me remind you about something.
The National Schismatic Reporter, Fishwrap, has improperly used the word “Catholic” in its title even through years ago they were instructed by the bishop where it is published to drop it.
Fishwrap promotes homosexual acts, twisted gender identity, the ordination of women and all manner of notions that run contrary to Catholic doctrine and law.
Fishwrap engaged in years of attacks on Catholic doctrine and practice and resistance against the persons of John Paul and Benedict. Suddenly they are defenders of the Pope? What a hypocritical joke.
If you publicly detract from a person’s reputation, you must make equally public corrections and/or apologies.
Here is a screenshot of one of the comments under that very post by Feuerhard:
And yet by the combox form this is what Fishwrap announces:
National Catholic Reporter uses Civil Comments. Please keep your comments on-topic, focus on the issue and avoid personal insults, harassment and abuse. Read the user guide.
Apparently over there they don’t pay attention to their own guidelines even in their articles. They sure don’t in their combox.
I ask you all to pray to St. Joseph, patron of the diocese where the offices of the Fishwrap are located.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Dear St. Joseph, Terror of Demons and Protector of Holy Church, Chaste Guardian of Our Lord and His Mother, hear our urgent prayer and swiftly intercede with our Savior, whom as a loving father you defended so diligently, that He will pour abundant graces upon the staff of that organ of dissent the National catholic Reporter so that they will either embrace orthodox doctrine concerning faith and morals or that all their efforts will promptly fail and come to their just end. Amen.