The professional Catholic

And when I say that working for Catholics is a truly horrible way to make a living, I’m, heh heh, of course not referring to, heh heh, any of the Catholics that I work for . . .

I’m fired, aren’t I.



  1. Simcha,
    I was censored over at ncr apparently so I’ll say it here. There is a drawback to be aware of in getting paid in the Catholic realm. You’ll notice no paid Catholic writers will criticize Popes or their thoughts. Corapi never did it…Bill Donahue never did it….etc. etc. They’ll criticize Bishops, nuns, priests, other laymen. But no one criticizes Papal writing of any level….because it can mean the end of money flow. That is not good for the Church. In 1454 AD, Pope Nicholas V gave Portugal permission to perpetually enslave “enemies of Christ” who they met in their voyages to the new world ( see Romanus Pontifex, mid 4th paragraph). Four subsequent Popes reinforced that document and one included Spain. Catholics went along silently. Pope Paul III fought their slavery permission work in 1537
    in Sublimis Deus. Catholic apologetics people praise Paul III without mentioning the five Popes he overturned on the slavery issue. John Noonan gives a long tretise on it in ” The Church that Can and Cannot Change”.
    In 1520 in Exsurge Domine, Pope Leo X made opposing burning heretics as matter for automatic excommunication ( art.33 condemned). Now the entire Church opposes burning heretics. But when Pope Leo X defended it, no one spoke up.
    Popes now are not mean people as some were then…partly because the media is watching now and Cardinals would never again vote for a Borgia Pope e.g. If anything present Popes are soft on all human beings so what’s the worry? At some point in matters not scriptural or infallible, a Pope may write something you think is off key…maybe twenty years from now. When that happens, be ready to not be silent no matter the financial results for you. It may never happen. But it could.

  2. Bill:

    You mean like this criticism of the papacy on slavery by my friend Dave Curp––which I have mentioned on my blog several times because the Church’s history with respect to slavery tends to get cleaned up by apologists?

    Or are you referring the numerous times on my blog that I argued with torture enthusiasts that their appeals to Exsurge Domine as an excuse for supporting torture were bullshit?

    Somehow I don’t think you are really urging us Profe$$ional Catholic$ to bravely stand against slavery or torture. I suspect, as these things usually have to do with the demand that the Pope be chewed out for something you don’t like.The main problem with this thesis is that I don’t have problems with what the recent Popes are saying and I think that, compared with the blinkered obsessions of contemporary Faithful Conservative[TM] and Forward-Thinking Progressive[TM] Catholics, they are the picture of sanity.

  3. So, Simcha and Mark, who signs your checks during the sedevacante? Tarcisio “Scusi, I forgot mi checkbook, could you cover lunch?” Bertone? Good luck.

  4. Profe$$ional Catholic$ are not paid by check or with American currency. We receive small chests full of Vatican gold scooped by the Sacred Trowel of St. Pecuniary from the Treasury of Merits in the immense vault beneath St. Peter’s. How do you think I keep my Scrooge McDuck pool full?

  5. Wow. It took me twelve minutes to find a way to send you a message. I guess non-Franciscan friars already know about these things. Because we have no internet in the friary and I am trying to write a thesis–about the mother and infant as the center of man’s understanding of being and of God a la Hans Urs von Balthasar–I don’t read blogs. But I read the posts that my family sends me, which are always Simcha Fisher posts.

    You are right about money. No one should begrudge you your pay. See, it’s easy for me. I have a vow of poverty, which means: other people pay my bills.

    My mom used to say, when asked what she was doing, “Math.” “What? Math?” “Yes. When you have more bills than money, you do math, over and over, all day.”

    My sisters, who have families, tell me, “This isn’t fair. You have the vow of poverty, and we are the ones who are broke. Do you want another donation?”

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