One Day At The National Catholic Reporter

Hieronymus Bosch, "Hell", Detail.

Below are some of the comments in the comment box of the National Catholic Reporter. Let us see what kind of deluded humanity we find there.

There is the one who has decided that 2000 years of Tradition are just wrong, whereas he himself is, of course, right:

The whole system of leadership appointment needs change and should come from the bottom up not the top down.

Then there is the one who doesn’t need the Church, because the Church doesn’t serve him and doesn’t accommodate his needs:

I answer to God not to any priest, bishop, or pope. I find less need everyday for a non-responsive, self-serving hierarchy.

Interesting is also the one who thinks that God himself has been conned these last 2000 years. Thankfully, we now have him to tell us what God always wanted:

The “Way” that Jesus showed us and invited us to follow had no hierarchs, not even the Temple priests

Amuse yourself with the one who says himself a Catholic, whilst also saying that being Catholic is bad (hey, his ex-Lutheran wife, but rather still Lutheran wife, “taught” him so). One wonders who has converted whom:

I was raised as a Catholic (Big C) and married a Lutheran, who converted to the big C. She has taught me that the word ‘catholic’ should never have the big C. The day we accept that we are catholic, and not Roman Catholic, we will all be better off.

Or do you prefer the obsessed trendy with nightmares of Trent restoration:

Benedict is doing a more disgusting job than John Paul II in trying to drag Catholics back to Trent.

What about the Pentecostal “the Holy Spirit directs us” chap, who at the same time is obviously not directed by the Holy Spirit to write in proper English (emphases mine):

Since Vatican Council II—the People of God have implemented what the Council was directing them to do. It was JP II (the Grate) and Benedict the Panzar Pope, who were/are trying to drag people back to where THEY were comfortable—a Church of subserviant people—who are “little people, simple (read stupid) who need their bishops to point out the way for them (this is a synopsis of Benedict’s thoughts)

Finally, there’s the anarchist revolutionary, believing in Revelation through the Internet. Unfortunately he misses the signs of the times, big time. He also seems to believe that higher education is a modern invention:

When all is said and done, I think point #4 in your critique is the bedrock of the revolution that is now happening in the modern church. The current so-called leaders are still living in the ages where only members of the clergy could read and only members of the hierarchy could make spiritual decisions. Now, in the modern age, vast numbers of people are thinking for themselves because of the effects of institutions of higher learning and the availability of research and documentation.

This is just the result of a couple of minutes of browsing, and all the comments are taken from merely two blog posts.

You’d never say this come from the site of a magazine calling itself “Catholic”.


Posted on June 10, 2011, in Catholicism, Dissent and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Mundabor I hope you’ll not be annoyed but I nicked the ‘mystique’ theme. All the other themes either didn’t work well or squashed (or overly expanded) the pamphlets.

    Many thanks.

    • On the contrary, I am flattered! 😉

      Mystique is really good as it allows things to be clean, but keeps all the settings of Twenty Ten. I have found other layouts I liked a lot, but they mixed all of my links together…


  2. Your header really goes well with the title. Nice and flashy.

    • Why would you want to do that?

      In my eyes, an avatar is an important part of the identification with a blogger.


    • I actually wanted the title outside of the photo as it used to be, but I can’t change that I am afraid.

      That it works is more a coincidence than design, as I really love that photo.


  3. I think I might change my avatar too. Bye bye Pius IX

  4. Yeah you know you’re right. That photo of Pius IX suits me I think.

    What do you think of my header. Does it suit in your opinion?

    • I am not sayin that it suits you…. I ma sayin gthat it is you.. 😉

      Let me visit your site and see how much I like it.. 😉


  5. The header is from the Rock of Cashel, which includes a (monastic) round tower and Cormac’s Chapel, supposedly where the King of Munster was converted to Christianity by St Patrick:

    • ahhh, beautiful…

      No beautiful Cathedrals in Dublin or the Like, though?

      Something imposing, monumental, expressing the greatness of the Church? More recognisable, tw?

      Just my personal thoughts of course.. 😉


    • by the by,

      your page loads even more slowly than mine, which is saying something.. 😉

      Is there a way to load all the videos/booklets without making the page too heavy?


  6. Dublin has two cathedrals – both of them Anglican (and ex-Catholic!).

    I might actually put up high crosses, old monasteries, monastic beehive huts or old manuscripts.

    • Shane, I am confused now,
      how can it be that they are both protestants?

      I have googled and found both Christchurch and St. Patrick beautiful,

      how about some easily recognisable image of St. Patrick himself?

      And what about the Shamrock? It is only a symbol of Ireland or is it charged with religious meaning?


  7. Happy birthday (and two days) to your blog! Are you going to do a post reflecting on where the blog’s at, and its history (And what you’ve learned?)? I think you should — would be very interesting.

    • Thanks Shane!

      I have actually wrote a post about catholic blogging with the experiences of what I learned a couple of weeks ago.

      I have decided not to have any “anniversary” and the like as I believe in promoting Catholicism, not myself 😉

      Besides, the circumstances which gave birth to the blog still make me angry (I am the kind of chap who tends to keep score, you might have noticed) and I do not think it would help me or anyone else to discuss about it in public.

      What I can say, is that having one’s own blog is hands down superior to anything one can have by commenting elsewhere:

      1) you pick the arguments you want to talk about
      2) no one can censor you
      3) you write in your own time, and publish at your convenience with the wonderful, wonderful “timer” option
      4) you don’t lose time with endless repetitions of the same things with people who don’t want to get them
      5) you can kick out (or not allow in) the trolls and public nuisances.

      To make an example, there was a feminist idiot over at “homo smoke” (I can’t write “homo smoke” over there, for one…) who insulted me because I didn’t write over there anymore. One wonders why one should write on forums (fora?) where you can be censored and cancelled, when you can have your own space anytime you want….

      If you like to write, have something to say and don’t want external interference, your own blog is the way.. 😉


  8. Mundabor they were both robbed from Catholics. The CoI still owns both of them.

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