I saw a discussion on another Catholic blog about the right (and calling?) to be blunt in defense of the Faith. I say "blunt" but that word doesn't really describe the way some Catholics use and comment on blogs. One commentator argued that since St. John the Baptist was described by Jesus as the greatest who was ever born, and he called some of the pharisees and scribes a "brood of vipers", we should be able to do the same when defending the Faith. Others, of course, mentioned Our Lord's own condemnation of a similar group ("whitewashed tombs" etc) and His cleansing of the Temple. Because Our Lord Jesus Christ sometimes spoke hard and angry words (to Peter for example) and John the Baptist did not mince his words, we Catholic bloggers (and it seems to be those of us of a "traditionalist" mindset) should follow their example. WRONG!!!
There are other things Our Lord said and did. For example, He told us not to judge lest we ourselves should be judged (according to the same criteria?). He commanded us NOT to be angry; indeed we are not to call each other "fool". He commanded us to pray for those who hurt us and to forgive our enemies; indeed we are to LOVE our enemies. Of course, I can hear someone thinking, "yes, but this means 'tough love' doesn't it?" Sometimes it does mean that, but these occasions are RARE. Let's remember Christ's meeting with the woman caught in adultery - "Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone!". We forget, I think, that Jesus was in a good position to show occasional anger - He is GOD!!! John the Baptist was His prophet and was called to be a "voice in the wilderness". That calling included giving a resounding WAKE UP call to everyone, to prepare them for the coming of the Lord. Who do some Catholic bloggers and blog commentators think they are? We are told that we must answer for "every word". If we are going to claim the right to berate people, to insult them, to denigrate them - all in the name of the Faith, it seems to me that we should have some good answers ready.