"By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another".There has been an unfortunate incident in the Catholic blogosphere. It isn't the first time, just a repeat performance.
Much has been said about all this already, about the differences of opinion that may exist between the faithful, and the acceptable bounds of discourse, what opinions may fall within and without the limits of faithful Catholicism, and about the duties of sons and daughters of the Church, to our pastors and to each other.
Though there is little I can add, it must be said that none of this ugliness was necessary, but rather came to pass because of one particular reason, which should not go unmentioned.
"Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar".
Mark Shea is a bully. While his body of work would seem to indicate a keen ability to form, enunciate and defend cogent ideas, he calls all of it into question when frequently he abandons reason and eschews both debate and Christian charity, engaging instead in low, dirty, behaviour, frothing and raging away at his brothers in Christ with all the self-control of the beasts, and none befitting a Catholic gentleman. Mark says he is enjoying it. I do not believe him.
That Mark has turned his wrath on a woman in this case is especially shameful.
"As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
Simcha Fisher, despite ostensibly writing to uplift and ennoble Catholic motherhood, hiding behind charming anecdotes of laundry and dirty-faced angels, spews, with venom befitting a Mean Girl, at anyone who catches her whim, and living up to all the worst stereo-types of a nasty popular girl, marshals her followers to imitate her base and graceless example.
And her husband, whose name escapes me, far from restraining the worst habits of his wife as every good husband ought, instead encourages them, with his own foul-mouthed and frankly pitiful toadying.
If we know Christs' followers by their love, what conclusions remain to us here?