Saturday, 26 November 2011

Somebody reviles Vox; Blest am I

A few days ago, whilst working on some other tasks on the computer, I heard in the background a program on Salt + Light which I blogged about here.

The next day, a pretty strange comment appeared in the combox.

Our good friend "Anonymous" either knows me or knows of me. Not only did he mention my name, which is not too hard to find, but he actually mentioned my employer and questioned my employment and my work ethic. I don't care about that, I won't respond to his calumny. But I do care about my employer and to those whom my work serves so well. I deleted the comment to protect my employer from scandal. I am re-posting it below with necessary censored parts to reveal to you, dear reader, the ugliness that the truth brings out.

Salt + Light has many, many good people working there. They are good Catholics, faithful and see their work as a true apostolate. Notwithstanding that, there needs to be more care on their parts for canned, non S+L produced programs and that was the point of the blog post.

Sometimes shining a light on a problem is helpful. It is not to attack the people or their organisation but to bring attention to a problem so that they can do better in the future.

There are people who resent Catholics who blog because our keyboards and our computer screens give us the ability to address issues in the Church which our predecessors were unable to do. You don't need to be a bishop or a liturgist to understand and to communicate the truth. Some resent this ability because it means that they can be challenged in the public square for comments they make and things that they do.

I make no apologies for my criticism elsewhere on this blog of Celebrate in Song or the National Liturgical Commission or the Bishop of Calgary's blatant disregard for the GIRM and I make no apologies for making you aware that a pro-abortionist, church-hating, anti-Catholic bigot appeared on a Catholic television station, no matter that there is no support for her position by the people at the network.

But who would leave such a message in public, in writing and in the combox?

Surely friend, if you wanted to write to me you could have done so in private, my email address is available through the blog.

Instead, you have committed public calumny.

I am not offended by it, but I am disturbed that someone who obviously took offense to my highlighting of the truth and my asking of an honest question would debase themselves in such a manner.

The tone of the letter is familiar to me.

Debate the point friend, but why would you stoop to such a low point as this?
Anonymous at 1:54

"My question(s), perhaps more relevant:

"Why would the XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX employ Mr. XXXXX.XXXXX - at $90,000 per year -to sit on his fat ass and blog all day long instead of working? I mean, isn't he just stealing from xxx xxxxxxxx at this point?. shouldn't he at least have some type of task or deliverable work to do? Shouldn't he at least have to show up at work to get paid?"

As per Matthew 1, these are not my questions to judge. But I'm guessing that St. Peter doesn't look too kindly upon those who take from the Catholic Church and give nothing back.

Good luck, Mr. XXXXX, in your quest to judge others before judging yourself."
Oh, by-the-way, thanks for the raise.


Young Canadian RC Male said...

Remember this dear Vox:

Matthew 7:15-23: 15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their friuts. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 So every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. 18 A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will know them by their fruits. 21 Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? 23 And then will I delcare to them 'I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers."

Anonymous said...

I think we know who wrote that post.

John Pacheco said...

Don't worry. Such an unbalanced individual will get his comeuppance, when the time is right.

I'm shocked, really, that people can be so stupid as to think they can remain "anonymous" forever.

Obviously this person is someone who knows you very well and has a hate-on for you. I very much doubt you have many enemies, Vox. You appear to be hard working guy, who promotes Catholic liturgy. That's hardly a threat to a lot of people.

Boy, the pool of suspects is sure shrinking, and the affiliations make it even a smaller pool.

One're going to be outed. I just pray I have something to do with it.

Patience said...

Wow that's harsh attacking you at your place of work. Prayers that you don't have any further harassment. It's a free country and no one's business that you blog in your spare time.