A couple of times I considered doing a post on Mark Shea because he can be an irritating jerk about politics but never did because (surprise!) I am often an irritating jerk about politics and it just isn’t worth getting annoyed. It is the internet, people. Shea is an important voice for American Catholics because he points out all the myriad reasons that they should mistrust the Republican party which has been leading them on for years on the Pro-Life thing while screwing them on other issues.
Doing an internet search on exactly what triggered the NCR firings I found all sorts of victory dances by “conservatives” and tut-tutting by “progressives”. I suppose the Catholic Church is my “tribe” but these things are reminders that there are tribes within tribes engaging in their own little civil wars, coups, and purges and a reminder that the Church in America is in a bad position: the majority uneducated and indifferent, and too many in the serious minority easily caught up in stupid reactionary behavior or fighting for influence over an ever smaller number of believers.