I don’t get too many negative emails. Though when I do they are usually from some tolerant open-minded liberal Catholic. Today I got a good laugh when I opened up one email that started.
I happened to run across your misguided, fanatical website which condemns the Rev. Deb Halter for leaving the Roman Catholic church and writing about it in National Catholic Reporter.
Someone suggested I add “misguided, fanatical website” to my site’s metadata tag after I posted this opening line on Twitter. Surely the author has read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” with such a charming intro.
You need to understand that you shouldn’t criticize someone unless you’ve been in their shoes, …
I was wondering where my shoes were. I guess the author of the email must have gone off walking in them. Though this is a very common thread in emails I do get from liberal Catholics in that I am taken to task for judging or criticizing someone while they are judging or criticizing me. The guy goes on to call me a “Yahoo”. They will quote “Thou shalt not judge” while at the same time judging my motives and then insulting me.
Now I don’t mind criticism when it is in the area of ideas. I try for the most part to make my commentary about ideas and actions and not resorting to making personal attacks on people. G.K. Chesterton managed to make sharp criticisms of his friends ideas while still remaining friend with them – that is my model. The article my emailer seemed to be upset about I think I did just that and then asked my readers to “pray for her.” Pretty mean I guess.