Wednesday, August 24, 2016

National Catholic Register Makes Its Move

So Mark Shea and Simcha Fisher got fired from National Catholic Register. When you are a contractor/employee and you bring discomfort to  your boss which in this case is EWTN, the corporate owner of National Catholic Register, you lose your job. Here in Virginia a cook refused to prepare food for a police officer last month. News of this denial of service spread and the restaurant chain made a public apology and fired him. A few years ago a CFO (a very big position) of a company videotaped himself screaming at a young woman clerk. His employers announced that he'd been fired before the week was out.  Last year a woman traveling to an African country on company business posted a joke on Twitter about AIDS that implied that everyone in this particular country was infected. She was fired before her plane landed at the airport. You don't foul your own nest.

Fisher and Shea will both be fine and will probably have new jobs by the end of the month. I'm not interested in what finally did them in but it is a real puzzlement to me as to how these two people became important in Catholic circles in the first place. Fellow lay people, we need to be more discerning about whom we turn to for spiritual guidance and daily advice.

7 comments:

Lynne said...

"but it is a real puzzlement to me as to how these two people became important in Catholic circles in the first place."

+1000

Steve Dalton said...

Why did they become important? The dumbing down of religious and secular education played a big part in why foul mouth railers like this became media stars. If Catholics and others were better educated in theology and history, these garbage mouthed misfits never would have made it to first base with a Catholic audience.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

I think it has a lot to do with social media which is training people to be rude, crude, loud-mouthed and nasty. What ever happened to the meaning of argument in the classical sense where ideas are discussed in a civil manner and disagreements take place agreeably. It is a lost art. We need more Socrates and G.K. Chesterton in our schools (and on the internet).

newguy40 said...

Mary Ann - I think that this generation is no more rude and self centered than any other.
I think that we're at another tipping point in our countries history. Feels very similar to pre civil war 1850-1860. There were/are two sides with very firmly entrenched ideas of how the country should be. I've found folks can't even be talked to let alone have a reasoned argument with. Certainly, in my own job I have to be very careful with how I respond to what are now called social issues. I think we're close to some big change coming. Maybe next year with the anniv of Fatima. I've been reading a book on the apparitions at Akita. And, I think Mary is telling us that God is running out of patience for us to amend.

Secondly, I don't understand why certain blogger priests are so popular either.

Manuel Cherian said...

Beware,Catholics as a whole(including me) are obsessed by dogma.Not only loud mouths,even rationals are dumped by them.

Manuel Cherian said...

Beware,Catholics as a whole(including me) are obsessed by dogma.Not only loud mouths,even rationals are dumped by them.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Mark Shea does some good apologetics stuff against Protestantism.

(Why not Bible alone? Why Church? Why believe the Real Presence? Why believe Sacrifice of Mass? Why the Blessed Virgin?)

He is even rather brilliant at that.

Simcha is more like "look, Catholics are regular guys and especially gals" ... I presume. I did not much read her.