Maureen Mullarkey Disgraces Herself One Too Many Times

Maureen Mullarkey Disgraces Herself One Too Many Times September 29, 2015

with her unhinged hatred of the Pope and First Things does the right thing and gives her embarrassing blog the ax.  Well done, First Things.

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  • neoconned

    Couldn’t even finish it. Downright ugly.

  • Aaron

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay overdue.

    • jroberts548

      This would have been impressive the first time Mullarkey wrote what I still hope is just a failed piece of satire.

  • smc

    First Pat Archbold…now Maureen…the neo-Catholic Stalinist hegemony continues. One may not question the beloved leader. Just remain enthusiastic as we rearrange the deck furniture on the Titanic.

    • jroberts548

      “Neo-Catholic Stalinist hegemony.”

      What does that even mean?

      • David W

        It means the comment is using the ad hominem fallacy 😉

      • chezami

        It means smc’s nuts.

        • smc

          Keep putting forth the party line, Mark. Keep repeating the mantra: “Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried is good and merciful.”
          Also remain in your sloganeering “Catholicism,” by reciting “sodomy has much to offer to the Church, as well as cohabitation.” The minor apostasy is growing, my friend, and many, many with itching ears will follow false teachers. The hierarchy has raised the white flag on many teachings, from ecclesiology, to Sacred Scripture, and scientism. This upcoming surrender is so predictable.

          • Dan F.

            what are you smoking (and can I get some)?

            Show me where Mark wrote/said “Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried is good and merciful.” or “sodomy has much to offer to the Church, as well as cohabitation.”

            put up or shut up.

          • Alma Peregrina

            “many, many with itching ears will follow false teachers.”

            I can’t, for the life of me, understand how someone can use this quote on a comment where they try to defend someone who preaches against the pope.

      • Joseph

        I’ll try.
        .
        Neo-Catholic = conservative Catholic or even neo-conservative (war mongers, torture defenders, death penalty advocates, Calvinists, etc.).
        .
        Stalinist = endorses state terror, rapid industrialisation, collectivisation of agriculture, cult of personality, destruction of the middle class, political violence (sounds pretty neo-conservative up to this point), centralised government, and class warfare (those last two are typically thought to contradict neo-conservatism).
        .
        Hegemony = political or cultural dominance or authority over others.
        .
        So, wouldn’t that mean that if such a hegemony be favourable to Ms. Mularkey since, based on her venomous writing, she pretty much embodies that nature?

      • Ken

        It means she’s a poor writer who throws intellectual sounding words in a blender to try to strengthen her absurd argument.

      • Alma Peregrina

        It means non serviam.

    • Dan13

      Oh please, getting fired from a blog isn’t exactly the gulag.

    • “Just remain enthusiastic as we rearrange the deck furniture on the Titanic.”

      What happened to “the gates of hell shall not prevail” against the Church?

      • Joseph

        Guys like smc don’t believe what Jesus has to say.

      • ivan_the_mad

        If the Church is really indefectible and the magisterium infallible, then we can’t light our hair on fire about this pope or the upcoming synod, can we?

    • ivan_the_mad
      • Artevelde

        American Exceptionalism – even with implied superiority – is well justified when it comes to cartoons. Just this once then 🙂

        • Alma Peregrina

          Not really. Japanese do much better cartoons. So keep being humble, America… keep being humble.

    • AquinasMan

      We’re actually rearranging deck furniture on the Ark. Don’t get sucked into the maelstrom of anger — God wants you to be at peace and know that, however deep your concerns and frustration, it’s going to play out as He sees fit. We can’t be holier than the Church. And in the haste to validate the things we might not particularly care for in the non-magisterial aspects of the Francis pontificate, we end up tarnishing the whole mission of making disciples. It brings to mind the words of Christ to Saint Faustina, and how deeply it hurts Him when chosen souls refuse to trust Him. Do we trust Him? We all think we do, but do our actions reflect it?

      Something to consider.

  • CorrectionsDepartment

    Annnnnnnnnnnd OnePeterFive picked her right up.

    • chezami

      The keen discernment of Reactionaries continues to impress.

  • thetimman

    So nice to applaud someone’s firing. Or maybe we will hear that she, like Cardinal Burke, was actually promoted.

    • chezami

      You mean by Che Guevara’s pope?

  • Re_Actor

    I love the smell of mercy in the morning.

    • Joseph

      It was merciful for her soul that she be *released*, if that’s what you mean. Blogging on First Things obviously wasn’t good for her… or First Things.

    • Artevelde

      Isn’t detaching the concept of mercy from that of repentance a ”Kasperite” heresy?

      • Re_Actor

        I would have thought forgiveness requires repentance, whereas mercy is gratuitous. But then I’m no theologian, deo gratias.

        • Alma Peregrina

          I would have thought forgiveness requires repentance, whereas mercy is gratuitous.

          Not trolling here, but I really can’t grasp the meaning of this sentence. If that sentence be true, then doesn’t that mean that God’s mercy would mean universal salvation, even of the unrepentant?

          • Re_Actor

            Not trolling here

            A wholly unnecessary disclaimer. : )

            doesn’t that mean that God’s mercy would mean universal salvation, even of the unrepentant?

            If a king shows mercy and spares a criminal’s life, that gratuitous act does not mean the criminal has been forgiven in the eyes of God.

            God’s mercy — His gratuitous act — is surely the universal offer of forgiveness. Salvation would still require repentance.

            • Alma Peregrina

              Good comment, thank you.

  • neoconned

    And she quotes H.L. Mencken for good measure.

  • HornOrSilk

    The problem is what led to her being there in the first place. Have they learned their lesson? I doubt it.

  • Darryl Harb

    Even when I disagreed with her, MM provided stimulating discussion of depth and breadth and courage, especially when compared with the soporific intellectual slush that otherwise prevails at FT. Reno has shown time and again a willingness to bend over backwards to put the best possible spin on Bergoglio’s absurd Papal antics. If this was not her best moment, neither was it his. Still less becoming are the responses of those who rejoice in her departure. She has more guts and wit than you.

    • HornOrSilk

      No, it doesn’t take guts to go rah rah rah to the choir, all the while misrepresent and lie what the cheers are about.

    • Alma Peregrina

      Blessed are those with guts and wit, for they shall be wiser than the person to whom I have given the keys of Heaven.

    • petey

      “courage”

  • AquinasMan

    Ironically, it’s these increasingly hysterical diatribes that opened my eyes to the level of divisiveness that has crept into the so-called conservative/traditional spectrum of the Catholic blogosphere. I also have to credit St. Corbinian’s Bear, who apparently also had a moment of “Enough!” and has lost a great deal of readership for repenting of his dalliance with this divisiveness. He’s a good bear.

    I applaud First Things for drawing the line. It would be helpful if other publications on the so-called left would do the same. Nonetheless, I hope and pray MM will overcome her deep suspicion and distrust of the Holy Father. It’s not like God doesn’t know exactly everything that is taking place in public and behind closed doors. If we really believe that God is sovereign over the universe, it should be enough to know that our heartfelt prayers and concerns are heard — even when it involves distrust of the pope or the curia — and let God handle the rest. We deepen divisions at the peril of our salvation; and you only end up living at war with yourself. It’s a bitter way to go about things, and not, I presume, the will of God for anyone.

  • ivan_the_mad

    You mean the prayer is oremus pro pontifice, not contemnamus pontificem nostrum?

  • Eve Fisher

    You know, reporters/pundits keep pointing out that America is full of cafeteria Catholics – well, when you really think about it, every country is full of cafeteria Catholics, of cafeteria Christians. How many people really live the Sermon on the Mount 100%? I sure don’t. How many people even live the Ten Commandments 100%? I sure don’t. Now, don’t get me wrong: That’s not to say that we shouldn’t try. But to constantly fly into horror of cafeteria belief actually ignores the human condition. (That or they’re being dangerously naive, or the person is being deliberately horrified to show off their own purity…)

    Not to mention the fact that we all have our own vocation regarding our work, prayer, volunteer work, etc. And – although sometimes it’s hard to believe, especially when we’re up to our necks in our calling and feel like everyone must understand that this is the most important thing in the world and they need to quit doing what they’re doing and join you in what you’re doing RIGHT NOW – all of those vocations are necessary and called by God to make up the whole body of Christ.

    • Alma Peregrina

      I agree with you regarding cafeteria catholics… but we must distinguish between cafeteria catholics that know they’re sinning (even those that aren’t doing anything to change their ways) and cafeteria catholics that sell their cafeteria as Teh Real Catholicism (TM).

      • Eve Fisher

        True.

    • Mike Petrik

      I think that you are confused by the term “cafeteria Catholic.” The term does not purport to describe those identifed Catholics who follow some teachings and not others. That would describe all Catholics (indeed everyone) and render the term meaningless. It describes instead those self-identified Catholics who believe some teachings and not others. Big difference.

      • Eve Fisher

        Yes, you’re right. I hadn’t made the distinction – and there is one.

  • Joe

    I’m not familiar with her work, but based on what I’ve read, is it at all ironic that her last name most likely described the content of her postings? Or is that just a bad pun?