I've never challenged another blogger before. Rarely, if ever, have I mentioned anyone by name unless it has something to do with current affairs in the Church. Rarely do I read Mark Shea. I simply don't find him interesting and worth my time. However, yesterday, I visited because someone posted a link to his page with the title giving a hint as to an update on Father John Corapi. Well, it turned out, I erred in visiting. Mark Shea of the Patheos blog portal posted an opinion piece out-of-the-blue wherein he slagged Father John Corapi and Michael Voris. Father Corapi has not been in the news for months and months. Michael Voris is daily active on his own, of course, but there is nothing out of the ordinary that should have attracted Mr. Shea's attention.
Instead, for no reason, Mr. Shea engaged in a shrill, trite and unjustified ad hominem attack on both of them. When individuals left comments in the blog post about it, even frankly polite ones, he let loose on them all with accusations that simply were figments of his mind.
How sad that an obviously intelligent and educated Catholic blogger needs to lower himself to attack, without any justification, two other Catholics -- a priest who clearly deserves our love and support and prayers and a Catholic layman who as far as I know has never preached heresy or dissent and as I know personally, is a fine gentleman and a devoted Catholic.
I think I know why he does this. Patheos pays on every hit; the more outrageous Mr. Shea is in the combox, the more people will go back there to see what he says and thus, drive up his hits and his income. For that reason, I will not link to the article or anything else for that matter that Mr. Shea writes.
As for his views on Michael Voris and Father Corapi, they were unjustified and if he wants to see an example of meanness that he accuses others of, he only has to read his own words.