Speaking of Celebrity Pastors

I don’t know how many times I’ve read Roman Catholic authors complain about Pope Francis’ treatment in the press. Here‘s one of the latest:

Following Jesus without deviating will get you smeared every time.

I think it’s a rule of some sort, written by Satan a couple of thousand years ago.

It even happened to Jesus Himself when He walked this earth.

So … if somebody calls you names for following Him, say thank you. It’s always nice when someone notices your fidelity to Christ and pays it the ultimate compliment.

Pope Francis, who has been following right down the line on this Jesus thing, has drawn the usual verbal lightning down his own head by doing it. Just this morning, I read an article calling him, once again, a Communist for speaking out on behalf of the poor.

I believe this particular article accused him of “following Lenin” in response to the Holy Father’s linkage of economics and war. Because, you know, war has nothing to do with economics. By this logic President Dwight Eisenhower followed Lenin, too. . . .

At the other end of the wing nut comedian scale, we have a writer over at Salon who wastes a lot of band-width on her angst at learning that Pope Francis is Catholic. You know: pro life, pro traditional marriage and family; that kind of Catholic.

This author goes, alongside her right-wing-nut buddies, right past common sense and lands splat in a big barrel of mud. Instead of saying that the Vicar of Christ is in cahoots with Lenin, she informs us — with rageful venom that almost leaps through the screen and scorches the reader — that the pope is … ummmm … you know … a bigot, sexist, oppressor who supports pedophilia.

Nice shot, that last. And one that’s beginning to weary. I’ve been and will continue to be as outspoken as anybody about the failure of bishops to protect children from predatory priests. But there are pedophile protectors in just about every nook and cranny of this world of ours. We actually help victimize kids more by using this issue as a club to beat the Church with and ignoring everyone else.

In fact, I’m beginning to come to the conclusion that at least some of this outrage is just Catholic hating. The reason? I’ll give you two: Woody Allen and Roman Polanski. You need another reason? Go read Coreyography. Try the defense in trendy circles of egg harvesters who prey on young girls barely out of their teens. Or, consider the easy way the media pushed the baby-bodies-in-the-septic tank hoax. I could go on, but the examples rapidly get so ugly that I don’t want to talk about them.

If you want a pastor with universal jurisdiction to speak on all the problems in the world, do you really also think that he’ll get universal adoration? Not even “loyal” Roman Catholics give that kind of devotion to the pope. If Francis did not speak up so much or make himself so accessible to the press, he could avoid the cheap shots. But he would then be suspect for being too parochial or too spiritual.

Every celebrity is subject to scrutiny by the press. Look at Joe Paterno. You don’t like the limelight, get out off the stage.

Then again, in the world of Protestant celebrity pastors, the press doesn’t care and no one is asking hard questions. Rebecca Hamilton should be grateful that the pope is getting some scrutiny. Celebrity Protestant pastors hardly get any.

8 thoughts on “Speaking of Celebrity Pastors

  1. I don’t know how many times I’ve read Roman Catholic authors complain about Pope Francis’ treatment in the press.

    Actually, Dr. Hart, they complain that most anti-Catholics don’t understand jack about Catholic theology and social teaching. The rest follows, ignorance, distortion.

    The worst go hunting down the least learned [albeit sincere] Catholics on say, some Patheos blog and pick fights with them, as though that makes their own religion true.

    A miss is as good as a mile–you have not scored here–but maybe you should indeed go practice your polemics on Rebecca Hamilton. Or maybe you should go educate her instead of arguing with her, you being a college professor and all, and putatively a Christian.

    Have at her!

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/publiccatholic/2014/06/the-pope-is-catholic-catholic-haters-hate-that-about-him/

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  2. D. G. Hart
    Posted June 29, 2014 at 7:36 am | Permalink
    vd, t, you mean I should go to mainstream sources like you do.

    You are too good to be true.

    Feel the love.

    When in Geneva, I do as the Genevans do. Stick with your bottom-feeding and punking on bloggers. [And as usual, you elided the point of the other references.]

    Still calling me “VD?” Shame shame, Dr. Dirty Mouth.

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  3. D. G. Hart
    Posted June 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Permalink
    vd, t, you really want me to bring up again how you were barred from other blogs? No Genevans over there to blame.

    Sometimes the first step to recovery is to admit you need help.

    You know the whole story. A half-truth is as good as a lie.

    http://sonnybunch.com/thoughtcrimes-ca-2012/

    Ninth Commandment, Darryl.

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  4. In fact, I’m beginning to come to the conclusion that at least some of this outrage is just Catholic hating. The reason? I’ll give you two: Woody Allen and Roman Polanski. You need another reason? Go read Coreyography.

    How about, “The Roman Catholic hierarchy, by impressing its form of Roman pagan doctrine and practice on Europe for more than a millennium, has been the most harmful influence upon Christianity since the time of Christ”. And they still get a pass as somehow having a legitimate leadership role. That’s a good reason for not liking them.

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