Socrates opined that the unexamined life is a tragedy. The same goes for blog writing. Let’s take a look at the lament by Mark Shea over the canning of Simcha Fisher:
Msgr. Charles Pope, has a piece warning us to prepare for persecution.
Prophetic considering that a very good Catholic woman named Simcha Fisher, faithful to the Catholic Church, a mother of *ten* children who has worked tirelessly as a witness to the greatness and goodness of our Holy Catholic Faith, a fine writer who could be making a million bucks somewhere but who is spending her prodigious gifts in the service of the gospel, has been kicked out of her job to the salacious screams of a mob, all for using the English equivalent of “skubala” (Philippians 3:8) now and then and for making a couple of bawdy dick jokes on her private FB page (you know, like when St. Paul remarks to the Galatians that he wishes the circumcision enthusiasts would castrate themselves).
Look, I *get* that I’m abrasive and I get the rejoicing over my losing a job. Fair enough. But don’t hand me a load of bushwah about how Simcha Fisher had this coming. Somehow or other, the anti-abortion-but-not-prolife movement has mutated into a thing that eats its young and imagines that the unborn are being served by punishing a mother of 10 children with loss of her livelihood.
This. Was. Wrong.
Simcha Fisher is an ornament of the Church. She has been such a gift to so many and I will be grateful to God for her till the day I die. Punishing a mother of 10 with loss of income over something this utterly trivial is a judgment, not on her, but on the mob of bullies across St. Blog’s rejoicing over her humiliation. She does none harm. She says none harm. She thinks none harm. Nevertheless, it is not for the bawdy jokes that this mob have sought her blood, but because she would not bend to the marriage of the Faith with a fraudulent disgrace like Donald Trump.
If you value her witness, check out her book and think about hiring this funny, earthy, humble, godly and orthodox woman to come and speak at your parish.
Let’s parse this out shall we?
1. Shea starts out by comparing the persecution of the Church with a writer losing a writing gig.
2. He goes on to say that Fisher could be making a million bucks somewhere unnamed. (I guess then that losing a minor writing job is not an immense tragedy for her?)
3. Shea is unable to see why a Catholic publication would find it problematic to have a writer who makes “dick jokes” on her Facebook page.
4. Shea utilizes the old pro-abort technique of condemning people who oppose abortion as not being pro-life.
5. With no evidence other than his assertion he proclaims Fisher an “ornament of the Church”.
6. Once again he laments the loss of what I assume was a fairly modest income to someone who could earn a million bucks elsewhere.
7. Shea concludes by comparing Fisher to Saint Thomas More and Donald Trump to Henry VIII.
Having blogged here at TAC for almost eight years, and usually submitting several posts a day, I understand that blog entries are not philosophical treatises, pure in logic and perfect in argument. However, there should be some attempt to persuade. Shea offers his readers nothing other than the fact that he is really ticked that Simcha Fisher will have to seek employment elsewhere. Unless you already agreed with Shea, reading what he wrote was a waste of time, and for any writer that is a cardinal sin.