Austen Ivereigh, like a papalatrous gnostic, calls converts who disagree with him “neurotic”
A couple weeks ago (HERE) the Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left, Michael Sean Winters of the Fishwrap sniggered with fellow lib Massimo “Beans” Faggioli about converts. To quote Winters:
I am so tired of converts telling us that the pope is not Catholic.
Typical. Converts don’t have the right to say anything because they’re converts.
Now Austen Ivereigh has a piece at CRUX (why the KCs pay for this rubbish is beyond me) against converts who disagree with him. He tries to be soooo nuanced, soooo sophisticated in his condescension.
My emphases and comments:
Pope Francis and the convert problem
The dog days of August are a time to smuggle in the kind of article you’ve been meaning to write but putting off because of all the trouble it’s going to bring you. But still, I hesitate even now to write about convert neurosis, and how it conditions critiques of Pope Francis. [He hesitates, but he’ll do it anyway, because people might not notice. It’s August, after all, and the internet is on vacation. Actually, he’s just being smarmy.]
For one, I don’t want to be seen to be sniffy and condescending towards people who become Catholic, which is how Dr. Stephen Bullivant, writing in First Things, said he felt about a comment in Michael Sean Winters’s blogpost. “I am so tired of converts telling us that the pope is not Catholic,” complained the sage of the National Catholic Reporter. [Oh no… he’s not going to be condescending. No, not at all.]
Winters was reacting to a debate on Al Jazeera between Matthew Schmitz, youthful literary editor of First Things, and me, on the perennial topic of the Francis pontificate.
Schmitz, a young convert, had undergone a second conversion since 2013. At first he welcomed Francis’s election. But then came a series of realizations.
He had now come to see that Francis was building his program of reform “at