Friday, July 11, 2008

I'm late on this but...


What happened to the guy who wrote The Cafeteria is Closed blog? When I first began reading him he was amusing in a catty mean high school girl sort of way but with frequent outbursts of deep thought. Then he seemed to grow up a bit and his blog became a daily must read. Then, some time after his marriage he really changed. He was still funny but he began making comments about Church teachings that were contrary to what you'll find in the catechism. Then suddenly he closed down the blog and has gone to a new format. It's not a about Catholicism anymore and is more of a general news blog. I used to think that the other bloggers who criticized him were just jealous becuase his blog was so popular but I guess they were right.

8 comments:

Soutenus said...

Gerald of the blog FKA Cafeteria Is Closed is now blogging at Gerald Naus. Some are finding interesting debate fodder to be his views of a year ago compared to those of today!

Athos said...

Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots - Lk 4,5-6

Viator Catholicus said...

It is sad.
I notice that he posts on Buddhism now. I wonder if this plays a role in what seems to me a dimished respect for Holy Mother Church.

A WASHINGTONDC CATHOLIC said...

Although I only read his blog for a few months, there seemed to have been this radical change in him about 2 months ago.

I don't go there anymore, simply because it is a "regular political/news" blog.

Sad.

Terry Nelson said...

I doubt people were jealous of his success, I think they were dismayed that he was workin' the religion thing for his own benefit.

The internet is jammed with charlatans of all trades.

Sanctus Belle said...

We are all weak and susceptible to such a fall from faith. When we give ourselves over to pride, we are blinded to the truth and given over to our disordered passions. Prayer and the grace of God alone can save any and all of us from a similar fate. Gerald needs our prayers.

Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

*in deep thought*

I'm still on Dymph's blogroll... life is good.

David L Alexander said...

Gerald was new to the Faith when he started, and gained a great deal of attention overnight. His blog was started in 2005. He was featured in the 2006 book "The Tide Is Turning Toward Catholicism" by David Hartline, on the short list with Amy Welborn and Mark Shea. By early 2008, he had two million visitors.

Gerald was a victim (and I use that term guardedly) of a "celebrity mentality" that pervades the Catholic media. Here was a guy who was built like Ahhh-nold, but who was loyal to Rome. It was his schtick, and it didn't take enough root to last.

Gerald's not a bad guy, he's just wrong. And his demise as a poster boy for Catholicism should come as a surprise to no one, who gets off the latest bandwagon long enough to pay attention.