Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Simcha Throws a Tantrum

Just when the Bear swears off dealing with personalities, a Big Name Professional Catholic announces that her writing strategy is to lie on her back drumming her heels on the floor with her fingers in her ears going "nah nah nah nah."

Fortunately, St. Louis Catholic has it covered.

So that's how you get in The Register and make money as a Catholic, huh? How would that work elsewhere?

Weatherman: "There's a hurricane approaching landfall, but I'm not going to tell you where, nah nah nah."

Political Reporter: The President made a major policy announcement today, but I deliberately skipped the news conference, nah nah nah."

Defense Lawyer: "Mr. Johnson has an ironclad alibi, but I'm not going to tell you what it is, nah nah nah."

Well, you get the idea.

Traddies and their worries are simply easier to dismiss and make fun of if you don't consider the merits of their concerns. And, oh, yes, I'm soooo above it all, don't you know!

To anyone tempted to say, "But Bear, you just did the same thing, like, one post ago!" he answers, no, he did not.

It is one thing to admit there are problems and conduct appropriate discussion, but try to keep perspective. It is quite another to simply throw a childish tantrum and dismiss an entire segment of the Church and their sadly valid concerns. That such a person is able to maintain any standing at all as a writer is hard to explain. The Bear guesses there is a profitable segment of Catholic moms who need constant reassurance that everything is just dandy, and that traddies are weird and wrong.

The Bear has to say it: the article is just a nasty piece. It's one thing (and probably not the best) to spitball other bloggers if they deserve it, but to just maliciously ridicule a large segment of good Catholics is mean spirited. The Bear doesn't read this blogger, and can only hope she was just having a bad day.

Oh, and:

Catholic Blogger: "They're attacking the bedrock beliefs of the Church but I'm going to throw a tantrum in my corner nah nah nah."


  1. Replies
    1. Really, if you can't bother to care, or inform yourself about events, write about cookies or something.

  2. I have wanted to say "What the h*ll is a Simcha?" but that would be unkind. Patheos and Register seem to rely a lot on converts. They're supposed to inspire and stoke the latent fires in our cradle Catholic souls I guess. And I have to say I found Shea's work helpful in my own reversion, but I seem to have kept moving toward learning about our faith and its traditions and roots. Shea seems to have stopped or changed direction altogether.

    No offense against converts, I should say. But having these particular ones preach to me about these particular matters is getting annoying. Fr Z on the other hand is a convert who kept converting to more and more traditional (can I say authentic?) expressions and appreciation of our faith.

  3. The Bear is of course a convert, but her behavior would be unseemly were she a cradle Catholic. I understand that it might grate a little more to you. At least the Bear is, right or wrong, unique as the only Real Bear Catholic Blogger (TM) while former atheists aren't really that rare.

  4. Bear, right on. I meant when I said in my combox that I really liked your last. Threading the needle between the truth in that and the need to sometimes name names is difficult indeed. It is easy to start over-personalizing. I could do about 15 snarky Shea-fisher posts in a row if the gag were all there was.

    But that job should be, and God willing will be, sporadic.

    What I'm trying for, and what most of the faithful side of blogdom is trying for, is best summed up by Roberto de Mattei, whose latest insights are over at Rorate:

    "Faithful Catholics are not discouraged: they close ranks, direct their eyes to the perennial and immutable Magisterium of the Church, which coincides with Tradition; they look for strength in the Sacraments, continue to pray and act, in the conviction that in the history of the Church, as in the life of men, the Lord intervenes only when everything appears lost. What is asked of us is not resigned inaction, but a confident struggle in the assurance of victory."

    That's the ideal. True even when we fall short of meeting it.

  5. Being a a convert has nothing to do with it. Simcha Fischer comes off as a wrathful person, period.

    1. Yes, I realize I was walking a fine line there.

    2. I have found converts tend to be better informed about the faith than many cradle Catholics. That's because they have often studied the faith before coming in, and have a special appreciation for the Church. Many cradle Catholics -- I hate to say it -- take the Church for granted and were poorly catechized. However cradle Catholics who are traditionalist are usually very knowledgeable and faithful. The Bear knows that he answers questions from his cradle Catholic mate, not the other way 'round.

      So you're okay, Pete. We know what you mean.

    3. You are quite right. I agree that converts have usually done the research on things we've taken for granted or were poorly taught. As a revert, I did my homework and then some because I was either IN or OUT, for good. No more change or confusion. I shudder to think how limited the education is of many PSR (and diocesan) teachers, including some recent converts who teach in our parish program. One mom (who teaches one of my kids) didn't know that women ever wore veils, head coverings. She doesn't know about communion on the tongue. She can't imagine altar boys only. Yet, she's a kind, faith-filled person. In this more loosy-goosy Church today, especially in our modernist parishes, the converts aren't getting the whole story unless they do the research on their own.

      I find myself wondering what authority people like Shea, Fisher, and Akin have been given or have declared for themselves to be Catholic apologists, spokespersons for the faith in some way.

    4. "One mom (who teaches one of my kids) didn't know that women ever wore veils, head coverings. She doesn't know about communion on the tongue. She can't imagine altar boys only."

      They don't even know what they don't know.

      We must admit: The Revolutionaries of '68 did their work very thoroughly indeed. And it didn't take them very long, either.

    5. I can think of a few good reasons for women to wear veils and no good reason they shouldn't, except that the suggestion elicits a violent response even in otherwise sensible women.

  6. There's certainly a large amount of cognitive dissonance and perhaps even projection suddenly manifesting among our mainstream Catholic friends.

    Two stories from Catholic Answers:

    1. Michelle Arnold wrote a laughable hit piece taking aim at Rorate's Ten tips on how to survive a calamitous pope and remain Catholic. The Rorate piece is all We've had bad popes before. Don't panic. Don't overreact. Don't go into schism. Pray., From Arnold's description, you'd think Rorate was completely flipping out and calling Francis the worst pope ever, but she's the one evidently in need of a fainting couch.

    2. Patrick Coffin, host of the Catholic Answers radio show, has decided that the media is the problem. But mind you, not just the Old Media, but all those darn ordinary people with their blogs and Twitter accounts (he even chided Cardinal Napier for tweeting from inside the Synod!), muddying the waters with all this instant news and information and analysis. Apparently we would be better off maintaining a respectful silence and accepting whatever crumbs the Vatican Press Office sends our way.

    So if you were speculating (as I was) on how the Mottramist diehards would react to the increasing clarity of the situation in Rome, wonder no more! They're doubling down on the shame-and-blame game!

    1. Please permit me to pick a nit. In order to feel the discomfort of cognitive dissonance (an indispensable term for Catholics these days, and one I've written about), one must have a mismatch between reality and what one believes. I'm not sure the Franciscans think there's anything wrong at all.

    2. No, I think they're beginning to feel it. Prior to the Synod, the normalists were floating all sorts of hopeful hypotheses, such as Perhaps Francis is encouraging all this open debate in order to better expose the heretics, or Maybe he's preparing for his great Humanae Vitae moment, when he will come down firmly on the side of orthodoxy, or The poor pope is being manipulated by unscrupulous advisers. And so on: a great puffy pink cloud of airy speculation and starry-eyed wishful thinking.

      The publication of the interim relatio and the ensuing revolt peeled off a large chunk of the more clear-sighted normalists, including some pretty influential ones (Fr. Z, Robert Royal, Fr. Schall, Raymond Arroyo, and Phil Lawler, among others). Some of these were partially glued back on by the pope's triangulating closing address, but the damage was done. There's been a perceptible shift in the center of gravity among Catholic commentators, and discussions of how best to oppose a potentially wayward pope are no longer the sole purview of radtrads and blogging bears.

      The Mottramists aren't stupid people, and can discern the intellectual climate change as well as anyone else, but for whatever reason, they lack the ability (or the will) to incorporate the new circumstances into their schemas. Perhaps they fear that their faith could not survive a wayward pope. Perhaps--in some notorious cases--they can't bear the thought of having to admit they've been calumniating fellow Catholics in service of error. Whatever. They're dug in, and I predict things may be about to get very shrill indeed.

  7. Murray: yes; Mottramism, exactly. Simcha and Shea would have us believe it's spiritually raining. We're just too sinful to see it.

  8. I think Murray has it right. Wish I were a blogging bear. I'm just a man.

    1. Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities, forget about your worry and your strife.

      And I would trade anything to be a man. Funny how that works.

      P.S. Simcha says she was baptized at age four, and therefore not a convert.

    2. Interesting. I had understood her to be presented as a convert.

    3. That's what she said on a recent post on her FB page. Was it Jennifer Fullwiler who was the atheist or Simcha Fisher? Whatever, they seem to be the backbone of Catholicism, Inc. Not that they can match MY conversion story 1500 years ago!

  9. "The Bear guesses there is a profitable segment of Catholic moms who need constant reassurance that everything is just dandy, and that traddies are weird and wrong."

    I think that's almost certainly a large part of her audience.


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