Friday, July 14, 2017

Fr. Z says it like it's a bad thing.

No doubt there are Catholics who dislike Jesuits - @AntonioSpadaro, Jesuit-run Civiltà Cattolica ...

Several Catholics seem to be upset with the most recent Civilta article for its criticism of the United States,  “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A surprising ecumenism”.

Fr. Z obviously does not like Fr. Spadaro, S.J., and more than once has referenced his study of the late Italian author Pier Vittorio Tondelli, as if it was a bad thing.

The vicious attack piece is penned by Fr Antonio Spadaro, the Jesuit editor of Inciviltà cattolica. Fr. Spadaro is so interested in the life and works of Pier Vittorio Tondelli that he created his own website about him (HERE). - Z

 Tondelli died a holy death - he repented of his former way of life, embraced chastity, declaring it 'a mystic virtue' and died in the Lord - receiving the sacraments and a Catholic funeral.

Speaking about chastity after his conversion, Tondelli called it “a mystic virtue for those who have chosen it and perhaps the most superhuman use of sexuality.”” - Catholic News Agency

So much could be said about Fr. Z's attitude here.

Although, I have already said enough - I don't need to repeat myself - go here instead:  Fr. Z on Fr. Spadaro.

"There are going to be good responses to this attack on Americans and our nation by the Argentinian Presbyterian and the Jesuit expert on Tondelli."

Huh?  Attack on Americans and our nation?  The Jesuit expert on Tondelli?

I will repeat this however.  Catholics online can be mudslingers - just like politicians.  This type of jock-seminarian shaming explains why many priests can be less than willing to promote Courage or sign on as spiritual directors. Years ago when I tried to find priests to help persuade the local ordinary to establish a Courage chapter here, the priests I spoke to sought to preserve their reputations and wouldn't get involved. They didn't want to be labeled as gay or gay friendly.

These days there are angry priests online, often with an ax to grind. Perhaps thrown out of 'liberal' seminary, or kicked off the faculty of a Catholic university, they remain angry, often cloaking their bitterness in traditional vestments and clerical-wear they know will goad Novus Ordo bishops. Believe me when I tell you that.  Others may even hide behind traditional piety - cloak and dagger style. It's a great way to legally and boldly one-up their 'liberal' superiors and critics and gain donations and support - and kudos - from the very traditional and influential. When they resort to gossip and mudslinging - they are careful to stop just short of public defamation, detraction and calumny - to avoid reprisal from their local ordinaries. They know who they are.  Do not trust them. Not. At. All.


  1. all my spiritual formation & all my devotions I learned from DEAD Jesuits!

  2. This is not specifically aimed at Jesuits or Fr. Z, but if priests do not respect each other, how can they expect us to respect them?

    God bless all here - Susan, ofs


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