So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Michael Coren, like Saruman, doesn't like hobbits.

As anticipated, Mr. Coren has compounded his confused behaviour by attacking his critics in a piece entitled "How a change of heart led to a backlash from the ‘Church of Nasty’"CLICK HERE for Mr. Coren's article.

Well, Mr. Coren has only succeeded in proving, once again, that progressivist-anythings have little or no concept of ownership of their actions. Instead of embracing the consequences of his actions, he has registered a litany of blame that should have been an occasion for full disclosure without the cliché liberal-progressivist 'it's not my fault I behaved badly, it's your fault' mantra.

He is right to reject the ad hominem attacks levelled against him by uncritical meanies behaving like neanderthals (... Why do neanderthals always get blamed for homo sapiens' misbehaviour? What did they do to us to merit such blame?!). However, Mr. Coren is missing the point of the justifiable criticism levelled against him. That criticism exposes he is avoiding the fact that he misrepresented himself while collecting a paycheque from the Catholic faithful. There is a word to describe the conduct of those who behave in the manner chosen by Mr. Coren. That word is
parasitic.
parasite: noun
1.
an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.
2.
a person who receives support, advantage, or the like, from another or others without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others.
3.
(in ancient Greece) a person who received free meals in return for amusing or impudent conversation, flattering remarks, etc.—dictionary.com
1530s, "a hanger-on, a toady, person who lives on others," from Middle French parasite (16c.) or directly from Latin parasitus "toady, sponger," and directly from Greek parasitos "one who lives at another's expense, person who eats at the table of another," from noun use of an adjective meaning "feeding beside," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + sitos "food," of unknown origin. Scientific meaning "animal or plant that lives on others" is first recorded 1640s (implied in parasitical).—Online Etymological Dictionary.
To be sure, the word parasitic (behaving as a parasite)—if used pejoratively—is not a nice word. Parasites are not nice things, mind you. If one takes the temperature of the online Catholic faithful, many faithful Catholics are weary and/or angry that Catholics-in-name-only are getting away with doing real damage. Of course, faithful Catholics understand God has matters in control. Faithful Catholics lament the damage done in the name of the Church by dissenters and liberal-religionists who are about as Catholic as, truth be told, Michael Coren.

RE: "nice". What has 'nice' got to do with the truth spoken in love? The demand for verbal or written niceties as one so often finds in polite Canadian parlance is typically the vacant plea of the guilty who, frequently tolerating no other opinion than their own, demand niceness from their critics but accord none in return. Fairness, on the other hand, asserts what is true and just using decent language directed to the integrity and dignity of the individual. Mr. Coren's velvet-gloved deflection is an attempt to leave no fingerprints on his own ad hominem weapon-of-choice aimed at Catholics who have been betrayed by his anti-Catholicism (i.e., his rejection of Catholic teaching) while in the employ of Catholic organizations. H.E. Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco is currently dealing with people like Mr. Coren who misrepresent themselves as faithful Catholics while employed by Catholic organizations with the understanding they must adhere to Catholic teaching in word and deed, in private and public.
A Catholic is a public Christian living his or her personal faith in Jesus Christ at home and in the public square. A Catholic is called to holiness in Jesus Christ. A Catholic is in communion with Jesus and the one true Church that He Himself founded.
Mr. Coren, speaking of his critics, writes:
If any single characteristic dominates the mindset and ideology of such people it is fear. They have built themselves a hobbit-hole of seclusion (hobbits... "really are amazing creatures...", and are remarkably resistant to evil!), a bunker of protection against the outside world (In the middle ages these hobbit-holes were known as monasteries, the same Benedictine monasteries that rescued civilization from the tyranny of the dark-minded politically correct elitists of that day and age). Nor can this simply be blamed on their age because some of the fiercest and cruellest of them are fairly young (Yep, there are a few sharp-tongued young whippersnappers out there armed with smart phones!). The fear is a result of their socialization, their mingling of church and state and their desire for a cause in an era they see as corrupt and immoral (If an intruder breaks into your house, it's reasonable to be fearful and to anticipate certain outcomes and to act to protect oneself and one's family. Yes, Mr. Coren, much of Canadian society is morally bankrupt. Only an ostrich would stick his head in the proverbial sand of the 'I'm OK, you're OK' logic of the rainbow sophists).

I don’t see that corruption and immorality (neither does he see his own hypocrisy). I see the same challenges, the same greatness and the same brokenness that has always been. But here’s the paradox: while Canada may be less explicitly Christian than ever before, it has arguably become in its sense of equality, fairness and downright decency more Christian than ever (That is, if by "Christian" Mr. Coren means the status quo that demands orthodox Christians accept as dogma certain secular policies that are morally untenable. Are we more Christian when we flip morality on its head and refer to a sin as a virtue?). Perhaps that’s why my new friends are so angry with me, with Canada and with pretty much everything (Mr. Coren's attempt to make himself the paragon of virtue aside for the moment, his attempt to deflect criticism of his misrepresentation of himself while working for Catholic groups is beneath the intelligence of his critics who, having called him out on his misbehaviour, are justified in their righteous indignation when anyone attempts to obfuscate and to impose destructive social policies while hiding their evil agenda behind a veneer of social justice).—www.thestar.com
Earlier in the same article, Mr. Coren comments:
Let me stress here that this is not about Christian orthodoxy (The fact he is speaking out of both sides of his mouth is stressing me out!). I know orthodox Christians, evangelical as well as Catholic, who are self-denying and saintly. (Here it comes... Messiah Coren Superstar). Historically it was such people who battled against slavery, racism and exploitation, who worked for a welfare state, public medicine, shorter working hours and peace. (Bingo!) I myself am orthodox in my faith (Mr. Coren rejects Catholic teaching about human sexuality) and it was precisely because of and not in spite of my Christian beliefs that I felt the invincible (Yikes! - there goes the invincible ignorance  defence!) need to change. Christianity is a permanent revolution, a constant questioning of what is around us and who we are (One might argue that Christianity is keeping Christ's commandments—If you love me, you will keep my commandments [John 14:15; 15:10].).

The pain of another is personal pain, we are our neighbour, we exist and live in a collective of grace and to exclude any other person is to exclude God (... and if someone excludes himself from communion with Holy Mother Church by sinning, e.g., by luring someone into their sin, what then?). It’s a message that should positively bleed from our very soul. It’s when orthodoxy melts into paranoia and reaction and when it adopts a political face that we see problems (One wonders if Michael Coren can truly understand the irony or contradiction in his statement). To my shame I was sometimes guilty of that, part of a group that revels in pious outrage and constant failure (As mentioned in a previous post, Coren will have to jettison any semblance of orthodoxy lest he offend his new hosts. It seems that prediction has come true. He now characterizes his former apologetic as 'pious outrage'. Ya gotta love the neck snapping speed with which he has denied his former constituents. Oh, and btw—Mr. Coren did a whole lot more than being "sometimes guilty". He made a whole television career out of his lust for controversy. It should not come as any big surprise that Mr. Coren is attempting to absolve himself from his protracted foray into partisanship. Self absolution is to be expected from the liberal-religionist.).—ibid.
However noble Mr. Coren is attempting to paint himself, his credibility has been undermined by no one other than himself. He should be looking at his own actions, not the actions of the over-zealous whose excessive frothing at the mouth is at least honest frothing at the mouth.

Lastly, Mr. Coren may have finally found himself the company he wishes to keep. His attempts to characterize himself as the victim are as transparent as the liberalist agenda which revels in victimhood but by so doing only demeans people who are the real victims of other people's actual violence. In that regard, Mr. Coren's recent article should insult anyone who truly defends the innocent from progressivist licence and permissiveness.

Keep praying for Michael Coren and his family.

Postscript

Since the acquisition of profit is the obvious motivation for almost every online company it seems, we can probably expect the publication of additional mildly entertaining caricatures stories of his defection as long as Mr. Coren's flight of fancy continues to attract interest.

That said, when consumers have doubts, they shift their purchasing priorities to more credible sources. Media moguls know that product integrity (or at least the illusion of it) is paramount to attracting and keeping one's clientele. Immediate distance is created between bad press and producer/product to minimize liability and loss. That is why men like the former NBC news anchor Brian Williams are shuffled off to the hinterland. That is why Michael Coren
was fired from three regular columns in Catholic magazines, had a dozen speeches cancelled and was then subjected to a repugnant storm of tweets, Facebook comments, emails, newspaper articles and radio broadcasts(.)—ibid.
Mr. Coren probably could have done without the tweets and other "repugnant" comments. No one needs to live with vile remarks. As for his being released from his jobs and having his speeches cancelled, there can be no doubt as to the justness of the reasons why he was fired.

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