Who’s a Fundie?

Catholic blogger pokes the hornet’s nest. Watch the fur fly.

We should separate the paranoid hate mongers from the rest of the traditionalists. They are not traditionalists. They are Protestant fundamentalists wearing traditionalist Catholic clothes.

No, I think they’re Catholics. Misguided, embittered, and angry–but we don’t marginalize people for that. Unless we want to become like them.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Who’s a Fundie?

  1. Liam says:

    Makes me think about division. Not mathematical division, but division as a spiritual value. Our Lord refused to indulge in certain divisions blessed by the religious authorities of his time, yet exhorted division on other occasions. What this tells me is that division is not per se bad or per se good, but its merit in a specific context depends on motives and ends.

    Human beings are, typically, mixed matter – combining wheat and chaff, with theosis being the normal means of burning off the latter, typically over a long period of time and not without pain.

    So, we typically have mixed motives and mixed ends when we either advocate for or against division. If turn up the heat in our advocacy, we may be trying (consciously or subconsciously) to avoid a probing of how mixed we ourselves are.

    We can start by probing to see how our ego can be taking a ride along with good motives/ends.

    This came to mind as I read this paean to division: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2016/03/priest-shortage-self-inflicted-wound/. Teasing out valid or worthy motives/ends from egoistic ones requires patience….

  2. Melody says:

    Liam, I took the bait and followed your link. Some things don’t change. Fr. Z is still bloviating in bright red letters. You can read one of his posts and pretty well know what any of the others are going to say. Methinks he mixes up cause, effect, and the fact that nothing happens in a vacuum.

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