Or do we have to?
Does the end justify the means?
To convince people of the truth, shall you insult them?
As an apologete myself, I make sure that when I engage people of other faiths in the discussion about the fallacy of their beliefs and the beauty of the Faith I profess, I make sure to remember what I learned as a debater in college. TO NEVER COMMIT ANY LOGICAL FALLACIES, one of which is to result in name calling.
It saddens me to read and learn of how one apologete, a PRIEST, at that, results in NAME CALLING and CURSING just to get his point across. And he does not even know proper Net-iquette.
And it is even sadder to know, that this priest has even fallen into the same criticism of the Traditional Mass, as if he took it out of the books of Fr. Anscar Chupungco!
The last thing you would want to see is a priest cursing a fallen away Catholic or Christian. Aren't priest taken from the people of God, "Shepherds after the Lord's Heart?" I know that Christ publicly condemned the Pharisees because they were obstinate. But for Christ's sake, it was in a blog! I can imagine how he dispenses the graces in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Does he bad mouth his penitents before he absolves them? As far as I could remember, Christ would say "Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more."
Never read in the Gospel, curses and name calling in ALL CAPS!
It was said before that in ancient Sparta, the man who wins his case is the one who shouts the loudest, not the one who presents and defends a logical case.
Dear Father, tell me if cursing, bad-mouthing, and hot heads ever work in converting people, of bringing them back to the One Fold of Christ?
I learned in history that St. Paul and St. Francis Xavier did not employ such tactics.
Hitler did, and look at his results.