@MichaelSWinters nasty remark about converts. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Posted July 28, 2017 2:09 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

@MichaelSWinters nasty remark about converts.  Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Today there is a “Defense of Converts” in First Things.  
There is a defense because there was an attack.
A couple days back, at the Fishwrap (aka National Sodomitic Reporter), the Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left, Michael Sean Winters, attacked converts.
At Al Jazeera, Austen Ivereigh debates Matthew Schmitz from First Things. I am so tired of converts telling us that the pope is not Catholic.
What a snotty thing to say. Typical Fishwrap.  Liberals have a streak of moral superiority which leads them to all sorts of  humorless, condescending lapses.
Leaving aside whether or not any converts really are saying that Pope is or is not Catholic, why should converts not have the right to respect from cradle Catholics?
WINTERS: They can’t say anything because they’re converts.
Guess what.  I know a heck of a lot of cradle Catholics who couldn’t tell you what a sacrament is. And some of them would then object to its definition if you told them.  What’s so automatically great about being a cradle Catholic if the majority of them have only a vague notion of the tenets of the Faith, neglected as they have been for decades by their cradle Catholic non-observant, contracepting, parents, their cradle Catholic priests, their cradle Catholic bishops?  Let’s compare Mass attendance of converts and cradle Catholics.  Let’s compare rates of marrying in the Church and of divorce and remarriage.  Name your category.  How about the number of cradle Catholics who are going to “mega-Churches” compared to coverts?
Let’s see the piece at First Things with my usual:
IN DEFENSE OF CONVERTS
by Stephen Bullivant
Over at the National Catholic [sic] Reporter blog, Michael Sean Winters [aka Wile E.] is pointing readers to a recent Al-Jazeera clip discussing Pope Francis’s record as a reformer. The clip itself I’ve yet to watch; it’s Winters’s gloss on it that I wish to discuss: “I am so tired of converts

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