@MassimoFaggioli attacks Judge Amy Coney Barrett and has his “beans” handed back to him

Even if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is NOT nominated by POTUS (in fulfillment of his duties and rights under the US Constitution), she is already being attacked by the catholic Left.  She deserves a good name, but catholic lefties have sold themselves to the Dark Side, including Big Business Abortion.

One attack on Judge ACB came from Massimo “Beans” Faggioli.

Beans is a professional bomb thrower on the faculty of Villanova.  Beans hails from a deeply Communist region of Italy. His M.O. is to launch flaming bags of poo at people and then watch the clicks roll in on his social media. He aspires to capture glances from the high ups of what I call the New catholic Red Guards.  His uncritical papalotry reflects a longing for acceptance among the cadres.  Perhaps, who knows, he may one day receive his own little mandarin hat and dicasterial desk one day.

While Beans lives in these USA – no, rather, lives off of these USA – he expends a lot of ink tearing this nation down, opining about how things ought to be here.  If he has ever sought or obtained American citizenship, I have not heard about it.

The more he writes and speaks, the less credible he will in the long run be.  Si tacuisses, Maxime….   I should add that Bean blocks me on Twitter, through he doesn’t hesitate to attack me there.

Beans had a despicable piece about Judge ACB at Politico.   Faggioli thinks that Judge ACB should endure a religious test, should be grilled about her religious beliefs.   He would not say that about Biden or Pelosi or Durkin.   He says this about ACB because he doesn’t like her or her strong Catholic identity or the POTUS.  Therefore, he – such a famous catholic wonk – has attempted to give cover to the members of the Senate whom he hopes will go on the attack with the ammunition he tried to provide at Politico.

The problem is, he botched it.  As usual, Beans issued errors and inuendos.

Excellent responses were posted by

Ramesh Ponnuru at National Review:

Faggioli’s Dishonest Questions about Judge Barrett


Sohrab Ahmari at New York Post:

Politico’s pretentious, error-filled hit against Amy Coney Barrett

I warmly suggest you read these responses to Beans.

Beans deserves the drubbing he received.   Sadly, he will probably shrug it off, since what he really wants is attention.

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  1. NOCatholic says:

    Mr Faggioli quotes the “no religious test” clause of the US Constitution — and then goes on to impose a religious test on Amy Coney Barrett.


  2. JustaSinner says:

    Don’t read Politico…when I try to post it says, “You are temporarily banned from posting on Politico. This ban will expire in 976 years.”. Wow! I got banned for AT LEAFT ten lifetimes!!!

  3. Padre Pio Devotee says:

    Increasing prayers for ACB and her family. Besides all the other nonsense her and her family has and will have to deal with, she has to deal with the unnecessary criticism from catholics who are supposed to support her.

    It has to be very tiring and depressing to see fellow catholics (CINO’s) rip you to shreds for standing up for some of its indisputable teachings.

    Alas, catholics vs. Catholics has always been with the church since the beginning.

    “The only thing I fear is bad Catholics.”-St. Bernadette

  4. tgarcia2 says:

    Latest attack is going after her two adoptive kids and wanting to know about their upbringing since they’re from Hati. Had a gem tweet that was sadly deleted

  5. Gaetano says:

    Faggioli’s hit piece on ACB is a new low, even for him.

  6. ChrisP says:

    “His M.O. is to launch flaming bags of poo at people and then watch the clicks roll in on his social media.“

    Ineffably true and simultaneously humorous.
    Absolute gold Fr Z and not uncharitable.

    Faggioli is likely past arguing with but not past praying for. Good Lord the posturing tattermedallion needs it.

  7. hwriggles4 says:

    Our founding fathers were a melting pot. Jefferson was a Diest, Adams a Unitarian, and Washington an Episcopalian ( I guess Church of England). Colonists at one time paid money to the Church of England, regardless of their religious practice, which was one of several reasons the Revolutionary War began.

    Looks like the days of 97-0 and 96-3 confirmations are over. One justice was confirmed in 33 days from start to finish. I don’t remember how fast Kagan was confirmed, but compared to Kavanaugh and Gorsuch, hers was fairly easy (by the way at least three times Kagan voted to uphold religious freedom). One question Kagan was asked “what do you do Christmas Eve?” Kagan replied, “I go out for Chinese like good Jewish people do in New York. ”

    It’s going to be a long 38 days, and the announcement is supposed to be this weekend. I hope and pray the Senate can get at least 51 votes for whomever Trump nominates from his list. One fear I have (seriously) is the Democrats planning a “sick out” or becoming so unruly that had they been in a courtroom, they would be held in contempt.

  8. IaninEngland says:

    I would suggest that, Mrs Barrett being a *woman*, Mr Faggioli is being sexist, which, as we all know, is a mortal sin among those of the Left.
    Shame on you, Mr Faggioli.

  9. Ms. M-S says:

    Thanks, Fr. Z. Read and shared. Unfortunately, that same Beans who’s blocked you has probably protected himself from an overdose of truth and sense by blocking Ponnuru and Ahmari as well.

  10. The Masked Chicken says:

    The points made in the National Review and New York Post articles are points I made in my long comment a few days ago. Prof. Faggioli has no first-hand knowledge of either Judge Barrett nor, I suspect, People of Praise, so I find it difficult to understand how he can make a judgement on Judge Barrett’s interaction between matters of secular law, Church law, and her individual conscience.

    That being said, I would like to clarify a few points. Mr. Ponnuru wrote: “ Francis has made a member of People of Praise into the auxiliary bishop of Portland.” This sentence makes no sense linguistically. The auxiliary Bishop of Portland is, I believe, a member of the group. I do not think he has any Canonical authority over the group as, say, a Dominican friar, appointed by a Provence, might have over a lay Dominican group. That authority would, at best, belong to the bishop of South Bend, Indiana, but as PoP are spread out in various cities, it is not clear who their authority is (cf. Can. 312 and 317 no. 3). It might be the local Bishop for a local Community.

    Second, Pope Francis was addressing the Charismatic Movement, in general, not a specific group and, certainly, not a group that operates by a Shepherding model. I doubt he even knows about that sub-category, so that quote really is somewhat non-germane.

    To be clear, unlike Faggioli, I have done research on these types of groups. Whether or not the involvement of a person in the group can affect their outside life is very dependent on the person, themselves. Indeed, it can have grave affects (and these have been documented) or it can have none. I cannot say anything about Judge Barrett, because I do not know her and such a discernment is a matter for a skilled and experienced spiritual director to evaluate, not members of the general public.

    The Chicken

  11. Fallibilissimo says:

    Trump and ACB are probably laughing it up as lefties have their heads explode. Who knows what will happen in terms of elections and nominations but, every once and awhile, take a step back, sit down in a comfy chair, savour your drink, smell the flowers and enjoy the screeching tantrums from petulant lefties.

    The more people like Beans overreact to reasonable decisions, like the nomination of a highly qualified Catholic woman to the bench, the more he reveals himself: his temperament, his character and his thinking.

  12. monstrance says:

    What amazes me about the Kagan selection is that her first day ever as a sitting judge was on the United States Supreme Court.

  13. Bob says:

    ” One fear I have (seriously) is the Democrats planning a “sick out” or becoming so unruly that had they been in a courtroom, they would be held in contempt.”

    There is no need to have a hearing(inquisition) of any kind. Mitch can call for a vote without right away. They have the votes. Once Mitt and Murkowski voted to back the GOP the Dems threw in the towel and were just set to besmirch her to no end in order to try to embarrass her and Senate for proceeding with a vote.

    Let the Dems do what they want. They will anyway whether we complain or not. The Dems have so smeared themselves with feces since the Kavanaugh inquisition that for them to even come close to stopping this vote is to outdo what ever they tried with Kavanaugh short of putting Barrett in front of a firing squad.

  14. Joe says:

    Methinks that Senor Faggioli wants to be a witness at a nationally televised senate hearing.

  15. Gabriel Syme says:

    Thanks for this Fr Z – I will check out the linked responses to Beans’ article.

    I had already read his article and was un-surprised to see that (at the time of my reading) two corrections had already been required. I almost felt embarrassed for him.

    Beans, Biden, Pelosi, Martin etc – these “catholics” represent the “ape Church ” spoken of by +Fulton Sheen, which materialised in the wake of Vatican II.

  16. Titus says:

    Also of interest are pieces from Michael Moreland (also, interestingly, a Villanova professor) here and from Rick Garnett here. Anyone who cares about Catholicism and the law should be reading Mirror of Justice, the site on which that second link is hosted.

    Disclosure notice: I had both Amy Barrett and Rick Garnett at NDLS and think they’re both the bee’s knees.

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