Hi. I’m Kat, your blog administrator. I’m also an asshole…

… Gah! I feel like the Grinch whose heart grew three sizes. I should to stick to mocking faceless and nameless entities to avoid the after effects of a guilty conscience. Pro-abortion advocates are still free game, as are misguided misogynistic feminists. Other than that I no longer derive the same pleasure at other’s expense as I used to. Blame the Catholicism or the spirit of Christmas or maybe it’s the old age making me all soft but I was up half the night riddled with guilt over a stupid post about an even stupider cruise.

Then I was all set to write a post mocking this… this… I’m not quite sure what’s going on here.

I had it all planned out, a magnificent post oozing with witty mockery and commentary suggesting the Church sell ad space on altar cloths and vestments to boost revenue. Then we wouldn’t have to sit through the annual Lenten Shake Down every year or those endless Diocese support appeals. I was even going to photoshop I nice kitschy picture of the above altar with a few paypal donation buttons and big adverts. Something eye popping and splashy to match the garden hose. But half way through I just looked at that picture and felt tremendously sad. Sad for the priest and even sadder for myself. Where is the virtue in picking on an old man? The priest in the photo is 90+ years old. I should live so long.

Really there would have been nothing to gain from that except a few chuckles and maybe a couple of shares around the old social media. The greater damage would be in giving the “if it ain’t Latin it’s a sacrilege” crowd more fuel to throw on their ever raging fire against the novus ordo missae.

Reputations are a serious business. I should worry more about my own.

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • http://www.facebook.com/fathererik.richtsteig FatherErik Richtsteig

    Kat, there are ass—-s, but you’re not one. The 90 year old Jesuit is. He is old enough to know better. The Progressive Catholic Collation looks to be full of them. Highjacking the Mass to advance their political agenda. The poncho gal is too; sacrilegious simulation of the Mass. Kat, don’t go all wobbly on us.

  • Christine

    That heretical picture DESERVES your snarkiest post!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      He deserves our prayer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Lee/1362427184 Susan Lee

    “Jesus wept”

  • Mo D

    I love you, Katrina Fernandez! and I love your blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christian-LeBlanc/1279637969 Christian LeBlanc

    “…maybe it’s the old age…” It’s the old age.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      From ole coot to the other, eh?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christian-LeBlanc/1279637969 Christian LeBlanc

        You are about my daughters’ age. I win. Nobody out-olds me.

  • tj.nelson

    Fr. Erik is right.
    But it is good to curb your enthusiasm as well. It’s better NOT to be like everybody else.
    I love you too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Walsh/100001176374011 Michael Walsh

    I’m inclined to agree: the snark just doesn’t do it, anymore. Caritas is the only proper response. The Master told us to pray for our enemies, and our enemies are most often as close to us as our friends. Besides, the Gramscian march through the institutions of the Church has become more and more a march to the graveyard. Such tottering old Quislings are more to be pitied than feared.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

    I’m not God or a pope with a pius name. My motive is not quite the same so it doesn’t apply.

  • Cordelia

    Oooo, now you’re making my own Inner Snark squirm!

    I still don’t find your cruise post to be in excessively-bad-caritas – which says more about me than the post, probably – but I do know all about laying awake writhing from Snarkers Guilt… Somewhere there’s a balance! Were there any snarky saints we might take lessons from?

  • tpd

    He’s been stripped of his duties. Good. I wish they had done likewise when children were being abused.

  • Christopher Lake

    Kat, you may be “better known,” to some extent, as a blogger, for your humorous posts (and I do enjoy much of your humor), but there is wisdom in this post. Snark can be easy. Pathos is harder. You struck a tone of pathos here, and it was helpful and instructive, at least for me. St. Paul was good at acerbic humor, but it’s hard (in my opinion) for many of us in the laity to be very snarky without sin. Or maybe it’s just hard for me. Mea culpa. Thank you and God bless.

  • James H, London

    Well done, Kat. And thank you for the reminder of caritatis!

    Nothing shows up hate so well as refusing to hate in return. We don’t use the Ring against Sauron. Instead of the usual heady outrage that pic would provoke, your post relaxed me. Thanks!

  • KyPerson

    When I looked at that priest I thought of my own 91 year old father (who thank heavens has more sense). Poor man, But what deserves the snark is the ummm altar. Have you ever seen so many progressive slogans squeezed onto a banner in your life?

  • Dr. Eric

    That’s the Scribes and Pharisees. King David and Samson dealt with the Philistines.

  • nitnot

    I think the old age is an important factor here. For good reason, we hold children and the elderly to a softer standard in many areas of life. It’s as good a motivation for charity as any.
    Now, as for those older-middle-aged poncho princesses … mmmm … sorry, not so much.

  • dianathetraveler

    Ah, your Guardian Angel is busy these days, pokin’ atcha, pokin’ atcha (reference to Paula Poundstone). Good for him. And good for you. Why waste energy being angry. Find something good to look at. There’s plenty out there. :)

  • Vicq_Ruiz

    Gee whiz, Katrina, yer lookin at th’ USCCB platform of 2025. What’s not ta like??

    BTW, this right-wing atheist thinks you have the wittiest blog on Patheos by far. Keep up the good work…..