Fishwrap’s MSW v. EWTN – paragon of self-parody

At Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) Madame Defarge (aka Michael Sean Winters – Tricoteuse of the New catholic Red Guard – aka Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left) has produced another masterpiece of irony.

Madame, who wants to watch his opponents guillotined or wants them to lose at least the livelihoods – in mercy – and who thinks that converts shouldn’t be allowed a voice in the Church, really hates EWTN.

You can guess why.

Anyway, to the irony….

He wrote:

There is nothing to be done about Fox News, but EWTN pretends to be Catholic. Is there no ecclesial mechanism for insisting that it not distort Catholic teaching so egregiously? Is there to be no accountability for its star’s hateful rhetoric?

It’s EWTN that pretends to be Catholic.  ROFL!   MSW is concerned about distortions of Catholic teaching?  This from a writer for the FISHWRAP?  Fishwrap never loses an opportunity to push the ordination of women and the normalization of sodomy.  If there were a primary example of an egregious dissenting publication in these USA, it would have to be the NCR.   As a matter of fact, in past they were ordered by the local bishop where it is produced and published not to use the word “Catholic” in their title, but they basically gave him the finger and did – and do – whatever the hell they want without any regard for authority.

And here is MSW lamenting that there is no mechanism to stop distortion of Catholic teaching.

Then there is his accusation about “hateful rhetoric”.   Please.   Friends, take a moment and go over to Real Clear Religion and read Nicholas G. Hahn’s 2013 piece specifically about the venom that Winters pours out on anyone he disagrees with.  HERE

Here’s a taste.

A cursory review of Mr. Winters’s posts reveals him to be a habitual name-caller. Papal biographer and theologian George Weigel is “noxious.” Bishop Thomas Paprocki is “pathetic.” The National Rifle Association is “poisonous.” Canon lawyer Ed Peters is “pernicious.” Catholics who opposed Pope Francis’s washing of female feet on Holy Thursday were “insane” and “crazy.” (Although, he may have a point there, as this website’s editor Jeremy Lott also ridiculed fears of this “dangerous bisexual foot-washing anarchy.”)

Winters’s trademark retort to conservatives is to denounce them as “venomous.” Winters’s favorite foe is George Weigel, who he claimed had “special venom” for former Democratic congressman Fr. Robert Drinan. Then, there are the predictable culprits: Vice President Dick Cheney, venomous. The Tea Party, venomous. The Thomas More Law Center, venomous. Audit the Catholic Campaign for Human Development? Venomous. Winters again used the moniker, “venom,” for National Review editors who opined against comprehensive immigration reform. Archbishop Charles Chaput, and others, spat “venom” when they criticized Notre Dame University’s decision to bestow an honorary degree on President Barack Obama. Almost any criticism, for that matter, was “venomous.”

And some of his quips about me are happily enshrined on the right side bar of this blog.

MSW, ladies and gentlemen.  A paragon of self-parody.

Sapienti pauca.

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  1. Gaetano says:

    Father, please post a warning about the need to put down any beverages one is drinking before reading a post like that. As it is, you nearly cost me a new keyboard.

    As for MSW, the immortal words of Big Daddy come to mind: “Didn’t you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room?… There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity… You can smell it. It smells like death.”

  2. frjimt says:

    new years suggestion: sponsor a contest to rename the fish wrap…
    e. g. Nothing Catholic to Report: No Catholic Reporters:… things that might earn fr z another coveted slap from the rotting fish…
    esp if pf gives us a fri universal fish wrap day in 2019…
    perhaps that’s the reason he has all the ‘mitres’ headed to the frozen waters in jan! i doubt many of them can swim, let alone ice fish… they’d starve & sink… with or without millstones instead of pectorals.

  3. Amerikaner says:

    Hey Fishwrap – thanks again for the good laugh. Better than The Onion! ROFL!

  4. William says:

    Shouldn’t we stop calling these people liberals, and certainly not progressives? They are illiberal to say the least, and despite the generally positive connotation of the word “progress,” they are only progressing toward…an abyss? a lake of fire?

    These people are authoritarians – but not in the way Aquinas (or even Confucius, if you want avoid Eurocentrism) would support – but self-appointed dictators in the dictatorship of relativism.

  5. NBW says:

    Pray for MSW. Pray for a true conversion for him. He is a very confused individual.

  6. Ellen says:

    He had some really nasty words about Bishop Robert Barron lately.

    [Which only raises Bp. Barron in my opinion.]

  7. jflare29 says:

    Mr. Winters’ thoughts certainly provoke chagrin with an unseemly frequency. I think it almost as interesting that NCR apparently has no interest in allowing rebuttal: I notice that the article does not provide any opportunity for comments. So much for an open exchange of ideas.

  8. FrAnt says:

    This is as good as the Left can get. The Left can’t do comedy, memes, satire, or anything else for that matter. The Left also has the great disability of a lack of self-awareness. An example: Planned Parenthood calling abortion a human right. Leftist economists calling Capitalism a great failure while at the same time living on the fruits of Capitalism. I could go on for eternity because evil is eternal.

  9. Dimitri_Cavalli says:

    Is MSW, Catholicism’s Rocky Dennis, one of those people who (lacking self-awareness) wants to increase civility?

  10. JonPatrick says:

    I have noticed lately a drumbeat by the small-c catholic Left against EWTN and in particular Raymond Arroyo. I only hope they can continue to speak the Truth in the spirit of Mother Angelica. Mother pray for us!

  11. teomatteo says:

    JonPatrick, I was wondering lately what the Vatican will do to take control of EWTN programing? I cannot imagine that someone in Rome hasnt thought of getting control somehow. That is the Marxist way. No?

  12. ALL: Yes, the catholic Left has lately been ramping up to a spittle-flecked nutty about EWTN. This demonstrates how frightened they are of its influence. MSW wants everyone whom he disagrees with silenced, one way or another. He doesn’t want them to come over to his position. He wants them gone, disappeared, silenced. He wants them “guillotined” (his image, not mine). He wants them to lose their jobs (Prof. Pecknold). He wants them “reined in” (Bp. Barron, me). This is the Left’s brutal group-think. As I have remarked before, he is a wannabe cadre in the New catholic Red Guards. We might pray for MSW’s conversion. They want to hurt people.

  13. GregB says:

    It would appear that there are some in the modern Church Militant who would like to subject faithful Catholics to the same fate as that of Uriah the Hittite. The new paradigm Church looks more and more like the church of Cain.

  14. Dimitri_Cavalli says:

    I often ask how progressives and SJWs who want to get “racists,” “Nazis,” “fascists,” “homophobes,” “anti-Semites” (except those among their ranks), “Islamophobes,” et al fired from their real jobs for sending out something mean on social media or being photographed at an Alt Right rally intend to keep them from collecting taxpayer-funded unemployment and other forms of public assistance?

  15. jaykay says:

    Dimitri_Cavalli: that’s what Gulags are for. They’ve a well-developed and still thriving expertise in that, after 100 years now.

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