Thursday, October 13, 2011

To defend the low shall we go?

Or do we have to?

Does the end justify the means?

To convince people of the truth, shall you insult them?

Will you?

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.


  1. Hebrews 10:31

    "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

  2. This priest has truly lost the splendor. Very uncharitable! It is sad that he used to celebrate and defend the TLM. When now he accuses it as fabricated by St. Pius V by his experts (much like Paul VI and the Novus Ordo). For him the Traditional Mass is a mere fashion show for nobles, and scandalous to the poor today - which makes you wonder why the majestic header on his site? Maybe offending the poor no? Tsk, tsk

  3. I think I know who this is--I had a discussion with him in a Yahoo group a few years back. I had to beg off from the discussion when he began using all caps. I thought it was uncalled for, coming from a Catholic priest. Some groups use such tactics in debates, but for a Catholic priest to resort to it...

  4. And I have been receiving emails from his angry fans, and expectedly all contained name calling.

    Ah, just like their idol.

    I love what the priest is doing to defend the Faith.

    But I hope he does it with charity.

    Someone please tell him that using all caps in online chats and blog posts is the same as raising your voice and shouting.

    And before he even writes anything about the Traditional Mass, he studies the matter first. Sad to read what he wrote. A layman like me can trump him flat with his arguments against the Latin Mass.

    Does not say well for an apologete.