Jeff Miller has a post up today criticizing the name Catholic Tea Party. LINK HERE
His criticism is that the name indicates the Catholics rising to clean out the stalls of dissent from their parishes, Catholic schools, Chanceries are somehow being bolstered, supported and led by the RNC.
I am not sure where to begin responding to that absurdity.
I certainly am not tethered to the name and am happy to accept suggestions.
Call it whatever one wishes. I'm happy to change the name. But the time to stand up and take control of what we are being taught has arrived.
Some people are called to focus on their own personal holiness. This is a beautiful vocation. Others are called not only to focus on that journey, but to also make sure other Catholics are not being scandalized.
For instance, when we see a woman who is confusing sorcery with the Holy Spirit heading to counsel the grieving, it is righteous to intercede on behalf of 300 people who may be spiritually scandalized.
It is righteous to raise a stink about a couple of proabortion marxists priests running a social justice conference in Boston with the full consent of the Cardinal. We care about the 300 souls and we act on their behalf. If you're a fan of St. Paul, he instructs us to give public warnings after you have exhausted every other venue.
Miller goes on to say he thinks the name should have "Trent" in it. This would't work because many would assume we reject the current forms of Catechism and the validity of the Novus Ordo.
The posts in Miller's comments are something to pay attention to.
Too many times, Catholics will start a good faith effort to lead people out of their cowardice and complacency and inertia, only to be nitpicked to death by curmudgeons who do not have anything constructive to add but they go on in perpetuity whining about the state of affairs. When somebody comes along to take a stab at doing something about it, they shift their energy to whining about minutia.
The attempt to characterize us as drunks is beneath contempt. I know every single person in the Boston effort and there isnt a single person who abuses alcohol. I may have a glass of wine 4 times a year. Years go buy when I do not even do that.
One person says they wont help just because of the name. This is the self-defeating immaturity we have to deal with within our own ranks.
I will not be intimidated into excusing myself from commenting on politics as an American, even if I am a Catholic. But this effort, at least in Boston, is about the right of our inheritance which is being imprisoned on every level.
Assuming Jeff doesn't have a problem with this, we are happy to take his suggestions for a name. The comments in his comments section should be then taken down, wouldn't you say?
Once a name is picked out that meets with his approval, if he doesnt want to help us, the least he can do is sit down and shut up.