Mark Shea is a writer I used to respect and look up to so much. I also think he's a nice guy. I asked him to plug a few different things on his blog and he always did, and also to make a prayer request of his readers which he obligingly did. Fair dues to him.
His Mary, Mother of the Son trilogy is a book I've read at least three times, always with pleasure and profit. Indeed, it really unlocked the whole idea of sacred tradition for me. (The title is even mentioned in my famous-to-fifteen 'purple notebook', though I'm seriously thinking of excising that particular line.)
So I'm deeply saddened at his recent descent into militant leftism and (amongst other things) his demonizing of Donald Trump and Trump supporters.
Look; you can ardently dislike Trump if you want. I get that. You can think he's a sleazebag and a braggart. I get that. But to pretend he is some kind of civilizational threat, to make him out as a uniquely terrible President, seems ridiculous to me, especially when his policies are supported by so many millions of ordinary Americans, many of them Catholic. He's acting entirely within his democratic powers. There's no reason to suppose he's any more likely to start a Third World War than any previous President; it seems perfectly obvious that his apparent hot-headedness is actually very calculated. I think the world was probably saved from a Third World War by the defeat of Hillary Clinton.
Also, Shea has been very uncharitable towards those who are worried by the whole Amoris Laetitia controversy. He seems to think they are proponents of Fortress Catholicism who want to push as many people out of the Church as possible. In the post to which I was replying, he argued that Catholicism is about "here comes everybody", not doctrinal purity.
say 'here comes everybody'. What about the millions of people who you
seem to lump in with the Alt Right, who are extremely tired of the
mud-slinging of "racism" and "sexism" at every opinion that doesn't
dovetail with political correctness, who might be more or less
sympathetic with Breitbart's angle? Are they "Alt Right filth" too? I
say this as someone who doesn't even read Breitbart.