You may have already heard that National Catholic Register has fired bloggers Mark Shea and Simcha Fisher. The firing seems to me an appropriate response to an article at The Stream by Stephen Herreid; not that it was a direct response to it. One can only imagine the number of complaints the Register has received over the years. As for me, I am pleasantly surprised by the decision.
Herreid offers several quotes from Shea and Fisher that alone stand out as legitimate reason for firing. Indeed, the debate in the blogosphere on the subject seems centered around whether it is okay for a Catholic writer to use vulgarity. Why is there even a question about that? Of course, it’s not okay. Hello? We’re not talking here about a simple lapse where a word is blurted out in haste. I plead guilty to that, especially considering that I have Bipolar Disorder. I’ve lapsed. No, we’re talking about frequent use of vulgarity, and not only that but a demand that we approve of this vulgarity else we are “less than Catholic” in some way.
I side also with those who say that it is even more disturbing for women to use vulgarity than it is for men to do so. See this post on Facebook by Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong. Listeners of Patrick Madrid’s radio show may also have heard him discuss it. Women should be held to a higher standard than men in the area of dignified speech.
I have not been a reader of National Catholic Register precisely because they have employed Simcha Fisher as a blogger. I look forward to reading the Register again now that she is gone.