Non-Catholic working for a Catholic institution—say what?!
Why are people getting so bent out of shape by the fact that a non-practicing Catholic has been working for Catholic organizations? Many non-Catholics and Catholics-in-name-only work
(Coren) has taken the money of the Interim, Catholic Insight, The Catholic Register, Legatus, the Toronto Traditional Mass Society, Una Voce Hamilton... whilst not believing what he was saying.
Must be nice to play both sides of the tracks. Taking $$ from Catholic World Report, Catholic Diocese of Calgary... at the same time writing puff pieces about Shaun Proulx.
“Everybody” included the editors at The Catholic Register, Catholic World Report and The Interim. None of them had been told by Coren that he had ceased to consider himself a Roman Catholic. They assumed, as they continued to publish his columns, that he was still a Roman Catholic. In these tolerant days, dissent on “the pelvic issues” is not considered a formal act of schism. Coren had continued to describe himself as “orthodox” and “a Catholic.”Karl Keating at Catholic Answers
I think a man ought to be whatever he says he is. If he is a bus driver, he shouldn’t hold himself out to be a race car driver. If he has a fat bank account, he shouldn’t hold himself out to be poor. And if he’s something other than a Catholic, he shouldn’t hold himself out to be a Catholic. To claim to be a Catholic when you’re not is to lie. When you lie, you aren’t true to your listeners, to your readers, or to yourself. ... .
I don’t know Michael Coren and haven’t followed his career, but I think I’m safe in saying that it no longer will be a Catholic career.
He no longer will write for the National Catholic Register or Catholic World Report, and EWTN won’t go ahead with a scheduled interview of him. He will be persona non grata at websites where he once was persona grata. He no longer will be praised by beleaguered Catholics for speaking or writing in defense of the faith.
Much of Coren’s audience will vanish. He will be distrusted, because he acted distrustfully. People accept a change in religion more readily than prevarication about a change in religion. They may not like the one, but they really dislike the other.
Mr. Coren—crypto-Anglican until his recent reveal—lined his pockets with Catholic cash while still wearing the Catholic lapel pin. Perhaps he needed the cash to pad his transition? He does have a family to think about! However, living a double life never sends a good message to one's spouse and family.
We've lost someone whose voice we thought we could rely upon to defend the Faith in a public square hostile to people of faith and Catholics in particular. Michael Coren was a warrior to many people, an individual who stood at the front line of the culture war in Canada.
Faith in mouth disease?
A practicing Catholic defends the (F)aith and offers a passionate response to current anti-Catholic opinion (Amazon, 2012).
One such teaching that might attract a look of disapproval from an Anglican priestess might be the following that Mr. Coren defended with verve:
The idea that the Church could contradict Scripture and ordain women as priests, for example — remember, the prime role of a Catholic priest is to represent Christ at the Mass — would simply mean the Catholic Church was no longer the Catholic Church. This is not change but destruction.—Coren. National Post, November 12, 2013. Excerpted from The Future of Catholicism.
Catholic teaching is not the same as a dinner party opinion or a water-cooler suggestion, and just because it might be difficult to accept does not mean it is impossible to justify or vital to believe. Change, then, is often a euphemism for compromise, if not downright surrender.—ibid.
Coren, I can only guess, is tempted by the sin that every political or religious writer is tempted by — the sin of writing to increase something in my life (money, fame, social media shares, pride) instead of writing to increase something in my reader’s life (understanding, love, conviction, joy).
The sin is both more universal and more banal in the blogosphere than it was in 14th-century Florence.
Ironically, Coren and Dreher both started out as spirited defenders of the truths of the Catholic Church — and ended up inadvertently championing relativism.