Recently, there was a spectacular illustration of that failure, courtesy of Catholic Answers contributor Leila Miller. Catholic Answers, as I mentioned “taught a generation of Catholics that the only moral issues they need concern themselves with were abortion, euthanasia, ESCR, human cloning, and gay marriage–which eventually got whittled down to the de facto belief that Opposition to Abortion Taketh Away the Sins of the World. And from there, we arrive at the grotesque spectacle of an MAGA Qatholic subculture in the Church that actively labors to fight the Church’s teaching.”
The teaching I focused on in the previous piece was capital punishment, but nearly any aspect of the Church’s social teaching or prudential guidance is equally opposed by most of the apologetics industrial complex if it collides, as it so often does, with the agenda of the MAGA freak show. Be it racism, care for the earth, a living wage, health care, or sanity about the Pandemic, most of the conservative Catholic apologetics community can be reliably counted on to take the disastrously wrong position, up to and including war on the Holy Father himself if it threatens GQP priorities.
So we find outfits like Liesite News, kooks like Archbishop Vigano, Bishop Strickland, and Fr. James Altman (and that’s just scratching the surface) all doing their level best to spread Pandemic, attack vaccination, poison minds and hearts, panic over dumb conspiracies like the Great Reset, and wallow in self-pity rather than do the obviously right thing, get the shot, and wear the mask when needful.
So, for instance, on this score, Catholic Answers writer Leila Miller weighed in with this deep thought:
After all, who hasn’t set out to give their bathroom a good scrubbing and accidently annexed the Sudetenland, overrun Poland and France, bombed London, conquered North Africa, driven deep in the Soviet Union at a cost of millions of lives, all while gassing six million Jews with Zyklon-B? I’m sure we all remember when the anti-polio crusade in the 50s led to Eisenhower’s massacre of millions of innocent men, women, and children. Cleanliness is next to Holocaust, you know.
There is so much wrong here that it is hard to know where to begin.
There is the idiotic suggestion that those who favor vaccination are morally indistinguishable from Nazis.
There is the equally idiotic suggestion that Hitler was just somebody with a well-intentioned cleanliness fetish who got carried away.
There is the stupid suggestion that Nazi “race hygiene” was the moral equivalent of, you know, hygiene.
And above all, there is the utterly appalling manifestation of what I spoke of in my previous piece: the deeply internalized narrative of self-pity that has the utter narcissistic gall to see itself as a victim equal to the dead of Auschwitz while selfishly promoting a filthy falsehood that has helped to kill nearly a million Americans.
And, as somebody who cares deeply about the Faith, there is piled on top of all that stupidity, falsehood, and narcissism the idea that any of this has the slightest thing to do with a reasoned defense of the faith and not an irrational defense of spite, self-pity, narcissism, and the idiot MAGA cult.
That this selfishness is combined with an image that says, “Let us love the cross very much” is obscene.
That an organization like Catholics Answers does not instantly stop publishing this dangerous woman’s stuff is bad enough. That they continue to platform her as some kind of guide to the Catholic Faith is absolutely scandalous.
God’s Name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of it.