I needed to point that out since this blog post, by Scott Eric Alt, defends a fellow who makes the claim that, for conservative American Catholics, the line between Scott Hahn and the real pope is a fine one. For the record, that sort of thing, a title proclaiming that 'Conservatives think it's good to rape teddy bears' followed by a book on why conservatives are wrong about the environment and school vouchers, has never impressed me.
I have no doubt the actual book will be more nuanced than the click bait title suggests, or that Alt's click bait defense suggests. Alt, who considers himself a conservative Catholic, defends the inflammatory title with 'gee, isn't anyone allowed to disagree with Scott Hahn?' Sure, but when a book begins with a calumnious accusation, one can react and probably should react.
I find that sort of duplicity and slick rhetorical sleight of hand to be of the Devil. The 'let your yes by maybe, just in case' approach to discourse is antithetical to what we should be as Christians. He knows darn well why people would object to a title like that. He knows that sort of title is an attack. I know this because he doesn't come off as the level of idiot needed to miss the obvious. Just say you don't like Hahn or American conservative Catholic anymore, and be done with it. Stop with the adolescent rhetorical parlor games that boys in middle school lockers rooms think are so awesome.
For the record, am I surprised that Hahn, like EWTN, once beloved shining lights for orthodox Catholics and Catholic converts, would now have a crosshairs on his back? No. Discarding and attacking that which you once cherished is as sure of a sign of loyalty to the modern Left as any leftwing pledge pin on your uniform could ever be. But that's for another post.
I apologize for not understanding this post, but I am as orthodox as anyone else I know and I respect and admire Dr. Hahn, keeping in mind that he is a post VII convert.ReplyDelete
If you had the chance to click the link, it was defending a hit piece against Scott Hahn by acting as if 'it's only criticism' when it's clearly a dig against Hahn as well as those who admire Hahn. I'm seeing more and more go after Scott Hahn when, once upon a time, he was highly respected. It's worth noting that I've not seen Hahn blast Pope Francis much, but he's still not aligned with the political Left, so I suppose that's why more are targeting him.Delete
1. "Catholic fundamentalism" is a nonsense term.ReplyDelete
2. The fellow he's promoting is an aspirant member of the faculty wing of the church-o-cracy.
Yep. Never heard of the fellow. But it wasn't hard to see what he was trying to say, and then, trying to deny.Delete