Bishops and priests who succumb to the temptations of money and the vanity of careerism turn into wolves “who devour the flesh of their own sheep”. Mincing no words to stigmatize the conduct of anyone who, the Pope said, citing St Augustine, “takes the flesh of the sheep to eat it, exploit it or trade in it, and who is attached to money, becomes a miser and frequently also a simonist”. Or else he makes use of the wool for his own vanity, in order to boast. Pope Francis, May 2013
The folks at the Leonine Institute didn’t like that I’d screenshotted Tony Fernandez’ comments yesterday and they unloaded both barrels on me today on Twitter; research assistants, associate fellows, even a seminarian who accused me of lying. For those of you who remember the Church Militant doxxing, it’s a familiar pattern.
What in the world is it that gets into these Catholic apologists (often recent converts), that causes them to go so far off the rails so quickly? They lack even a basic grasp of Catholic morality, prove it through their detraction and calumny, but presume to lecture the faithful on finer points of fringe theories?
Who funds these people? (Oops, not supposed to ask those questions, right?)