The fun thing about being Catholic…

The fun thing about being Catholic… May 1, 2012

is that you can write posts in which you try to think with the Church on some complex moral matter and be rewarded with combox commentary in which you are simultaneously informed that you hate gays *and* that you shamefully excuse their sin, that you hate Jews *and* that you are blind to the genius and brilliance of nutty anti-semitic conspiracy theorists and the demagogues who labor to mainstream them.

For further reference, I am also a right wing nutjob who is a communist Obama supporter, a secret Protestant mole who is an uber Catholic traditionalist, a Vatican II stooge who is stuck in the 16th century, a feminist who hates women, a Nazi Jew-lover, an anti-abortion zealot and stooge of the pro-choice movement, an anti-Medjugorje fanatic who is so obsessed that I comment on it once or twice a year if I think of it, a modernist who often points people to Tridentine liturgies and polyphony videos, and a superstitious person incapable of understanding Reason who admires the work of St. Thomas.

Fun! For those interested in wandering even further into the labyrinthine complexity of my mysterious mind, go here.

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  • You’ve had it pretty rough the last couple of days. I’m praying for you!

  • Gary Keith Chesterton

    And you hate Sarah Palin. But doesn’t seem to matter as much any more.

    • Mark Shea

      I cracked up, went sappy, and returned to my charism.

  • Gary Keith Chesterton
    • Mark Shea

      This is a true public service.

    • Irenist

      That. is. awesome.

  • thomas tucker

    Not to mention that you have embraced and internalized Jollyphobia.

    • Mark Shea

      I’m not Jollyphobic. I’m trans-fatty. I’ve chosen a different Slender Identity. You have to affirm me or you are a bigot.

      • Anya

        I affirm that you are a rare species of idiot savant 😉

      • thomas tucker

        I’m beginning to think you are trans-fatty acid , due to your corrosive wit.

  • ivan_the_mad

    There you go having fun, Mark. Fun is not permitted. All things must be Serious. Deadly Serious. And you just made it worse by bringing Chesterton into this. How will you ever manage to be Deadly Serious with Chesterton nearby?

  • Michelle

    Catholic= universal. Often universally despised! But Catholic nonetheless!

  • Dave E

    You were on the Grassy Knoll, weren’t you? Admit it!

  • Ted Seeber

    Seeber’s Law- when you are too extreme, the center looks to be the opposite bank of the river.

  • kmk

    You sound very well-balanced to me. 🙂

    Thanks much for the column on concupiscience (sp?).

  • I wonder if everyone feels that way.

  • As Chesterton says “Christianity declared [that virtue] was in a conflict: the collision of two passions apparently opposite.” If you’re criticized for being too liberal AND too conservative, too tall AND too short, too just AND too merciful, too fat AND too thin, Chesterton says you might be actually the right man, seen by mad men. Way to be, Mark!

    • Kevin

      agree. did he not accredit the Church with the same phenomenon?

  • Those reasons are certainly why *I* have you bookmarked.

  • Hey, Mark, this is all a product of being wrong and stubborn in such a myriad of fascinating and paradoxical ways. 😉

    But then again, you’d be pretty boring reading if you were right all the time. You’re at about 75% which ain’t so bad, really.

  • Bethany

    This made me laugh out loud… FOR REAL!

  • Bren

    Sounds to me like you’re wishy washy! lol

  • Billy Bean

    As long as I’ve been reading you, you are simply Mark being Mark. That’s why I keep reading.

  • john

    I would like to thank you for the tremendous aid your blogging has been to me in my growth as a Catholic. Your focus on being Catholic over being tribal in either direction has been a light in the darkness and mire of tribal infighting and chest beating that comes with the issues that face us in this world. I find in your writing an inspiringly sensible and balanced approach to seeing the world through a Catholic lense. This world and the Church could use at least a few more like you
    Thank You and may God Bless You in all that you do!

    • Mark Shea

      Thanks, John. You greatly encourage me! God bless you and yours!

  • Thank you, Mark for all you do. Some of us find you one of the few truly sane voices on the interwebs.

  • Costernocht

    I bet you’re a vivisectionist, too. AND a member in good standing of Peta!

  • James

    Mark, you wouldn’t know Saint Thomas if he came to your bedside tonight and hit you upside the head with the Summa. That is perfectly clear by your writing. Your pathetic five cent gossip tabloid diatribes are not fit for consumption. Get a real job and quit hoodwinking people for a living.

    • Andy s

      Interesting, James, that you are here reading this “pathetic…gossip”.

    • Mark Shea

      God bless you.

    • Zac

      You’re meant to add a smiley face or something so people understand that you’re joking. XD

  • You are definitely the best worst Catholic I’ve ever read. Bad Catholic Marc is going to be mad.

  • So, Mark…you admit you’re the problem, huh?

    Keep kicking butt! Your description just means you’re making a difference, and the *real* fans will always affirm you, even if they disagree with you at times.

    You’re the real Magilla!

  • Tominellay

    SERIOUSLY, WHAT HAS MEDJUGORJE GOT TO DO WITH IT?????????? (paste Smiley here)

  • Nick R

    You should use that epic description as an author blurb for your next book. 😉

    Keep up the great blogging, and remember, Aristotle says the virtue is the mean between two extremes, so when you have people on both fringes lusting for your blood, you just might have gotten it right.

  • Ed

    Oh lord not another pity poor Mark post! We always get these after a big combox brawl. 😉

    “Yes Mark!” “your accused of so much Mark” “No one understands you Mark” “God bless you Mark” “your such a joy to us all Mark!”
    Excuse me, but: (follow link)
    I can’t take it anymore! Enough butt kissing! It’s bad to be a butt kisser, but even worse to kiss your own! 😀
    I will read this blog, but dang it that does not mean I have to like it!

    • Mark Shea

      I feel the same way about your carping. Bye!

      • Edd

        Maybe I’m just tin-earred, but you do realise this post was all in jest, right?

        • Edd

          oh my god! I was wondering why my comments were not coming up, you gotta be kidding me! You banned me, for what?
          That last post was a joke, hence all the happy smiling faces, I thought that was obvious. All the bad mouthing you let others do here and you kick me for joking? Sheesh mark you need to take a chill pill. I thought that internet diagram was just a joke, guess not.

        • Mark Shea

          What post?

        • Mark Shea

          No. Just read like passive aggressive insults to me. As did all your other tediously critical posts. Also repellent is the trait of repeatedly insulting somebody and then telling them to lighten up when they take the insults you meant to give them. Sorry, don’t need you on my blog if you act that way. Life’s too short. If you want to find some other way of conducting a conversation than the passive-aggressive “joking” insult you are welcome to do so.

          • Hear me out-Ed

            Okay, hold up. Your misreading this. First, I apologize, what I said was meant as jest, no more, or else why would I have bothered to post it in the first place? Passive aggressive? Please! I don’t make passive aggressive insults. You joke all the time on this blog, that was a joke post, again why bother to stick in the stupid smiley faces if I meant it as an insult (I like anyone else, can make insults on my own just fine, I don’t need to beat around the bush)

            “As did all your other tediously critical posts”
            Okay, now your just going too far. What posts? The ones about the Lorenzo? They were ‘tediously critical’? How so? I think I made two posts, here is the first:
            “Now your calling him a combox jerk? Good God mark, your proving his point. I LIKE YOU AND THIS BLOG, but you really need to take it down a notch when responding to those who disagree with you. Your language is too enflaming to be helpful.”
            Was that critical? Yes, but without reason? No. You sounded to me like you were insulting the guy, and your language is way too enflamed at times, like it has been in these last posts, it’s not helpful to any of us, some of us had no idea where you were coming from. I made no ‘combox inquisitor comments this whole time!
            The second was my commenting on someone’s parody of what you wrote, I thought it was a well done parody, and that is what I took it as, but I said nothing insulting to you, and then I explained myself, much of what you said, I have NEVER heard my whole life as a Catholic before. Honest.
            Others have said far worse than I have, and been far more critical (like saying your causing a scandal) I did no such thing, nor have I ever. How many trolls you let go for a long time, if ever you ban them, and I’m the one to get kicked? Even before the ‘combox inquisitors’?
            “Also repellent is the trait of repeatedly insulting somebody and then telling them to lighten up when they take the insults you meant to give them.”
            Weird seeing as how I never meant to insult you to begin with. If I really did, would I still be here discussing this with you? No, of course not. All one has to do is change their info on this site and then can keep coming back and commenting more. Yet here I am, defending my case, rather than being sneaky, that does not sound like someone who meant to tick you off on purpose.
            “If you want to find some other way of conducting a conversation than the passive-aggressive “joking” insult you are welcome to do so.”
            Again, no, just no. I linked to a push-the-button-hear-Darth-Vader-scream site for god’s sake! THAT WAS A JOKE! That was supposed to be obvious, I’m sorry you did not take it the way I meant it. When I was reading all the stuff you posted, I was in more heated mode, but not at you personally. I had been reading blog stuff for a long time, and then I was hit with something completely out of left field. But by the time I made the joke post, I had totally cooled my nerves, and wanted to throw in some humour to lightne the mood.
            Look if you want to keep me banned, that is your business, it’s your blog after all. But your reading of me was way off. Maybe some of my comments or their timing did not help with that, but here I am now, saying I meant no offense, and that I apologize regardless.

            • Mark Shea

              Okay. You’re unbanned. It’s been a long week with a lot of flak from jerks and Pharisees.

              • Ed, the UnBanned!

                Thank you!
                Like I said before I like you and the blog: funny, informative, insightful, helpful, etc So I was quite suprised to see me kicked from it, first time that has happened. I’ll try to be more articulated and less critical sounding in my future comments as to a avoid a situation like this again.
                I understand your point, running a popular blog and having to deal with plenty of negative commenters (and on occasions mean spirited people) can be taxing, suffice it to see I don’t consider myself one of them. God Bless, take care.

                • Mark Shea

                  Okay. Sorry I was testy. My apologies.