Well this is interesting. Internet media powerhouse Buzzfeed has a lengthy piece going after Father Z. Go here to read it. Go here to read 1Peter5’s take on it. This is all very odd since Buzzfeed usually has as much interest in religion as a pig does in penance. The author of the hit piece writes about Catholicism with the same skill and knowledge as one would expect of a person blind from birth writing about the color green. So why would Buzzfeed do a piece on a topic of small interest to most of their readers? That is likely answered within the post:
Also, his critics say, he has rallied his followers to carry out harassment and no-platforming campaigns that directly recall the alt-right. In September 2017, in a post entitled “Should a seminary headline a homosexualist activist as a speaker?” Fr. Z alerted his audience to an upcoming speech by the progressive Jesuit priest Rev. James Martin at Catholic University, shortly after the publication of a new book by Martin urging dialogue between the Church and LGBT Catholics. Following Fr. Z’s post, and denunciations by other popular conservative Catholic and schismatic websites, Martin became the target of an online harassment campaign, including threats of violence. And two days after Fr. Z’s post, Catholic withdrew its invitation to Martin, citing “increasing negative feedback from various social media sites.”
“For me the saddest thing about Father Z’s blog is how cruel it is,” Martin told BuzzFeed News. “It’s astonishing to me that a priest could traffic in such cruelty and hatred.”
Fr. Z told BuzzFeed News that it was not his intention to sic the Zedheads — as he affectionately calls his readers — on Martin, and added that though he did not think it was appropriate for Martin to speak, he, too, had been disinvited from similar engagements for his views.
Father James Martin, SJ, that tireless crusader on behalf of homosexuality, is very, very well connected in the media. It is not fanciful to conjecture that he sicced some of his media friends on Father Z who had the audacity to actually hold Martin to account for what he writes and says. Those of us who have the temerity to be orthodox Catholics should expect more of this. Our adversaries have powerful friends within and without the Church and have few scruples in using them.
In response to this I have two words: Bring it.