A recent exchange on Twitter (pictured above) between @MichaelCoren and another man illustrates in stellar fashion what I said in a recent posting about Coren. Perhaps it just never caught my attention before but I'm wondering if this indicates a developing trend with Coren's perspective on "fair" and "loving" treatment of homosexual persons, a perspective outside the range of healthy Catholic thought on the subject.
In the exchange above, a faithful Catholic is disparaged by Coren for simply echoing Catholic teaching in a matter of fact kind of way. I don't think that calls for rebuke or sarcasm from a fellow Catholic. Apparently it places a Catholic, or really any Christian, in Coren's category of "fanatic."
According to this exchange, a Catholic who now believes that the use of contraceptives is contrary to the natural law is fair game for jokes and sarcasm from Coren. He also implies that his Twitter follower is being disingenuous in his comments but then goes on to mock that fellow Catholic's efforts at evangelizing, then requests that his follower stop commenting on his feed! Then comes the coup de grace. He makes a highly offensive accusation that is certainly worthy, in my opinion, of an apology and retraction:
You're making Jesus look bad. I'm sure (more sarcasm?) you mean well but your ignorance and hatred are shameful.Coren's follower appropriately responds:
QUOTING the Catechism and professing Church doctrine is hateful and hurtful now, is it? Laughable.I find Coren's words and underlying attitude to be clearly uncharitable and I think it really undermines his witness as a Catholic.