Catholic Answers has informed me that the previous thread on this topic was inadvertently erased in its entirety. Unfortunately the thread cannot be restored, but I thought it was important, given the current climate, to make sure that the disappearance of this thread wasn’t “spun” in a certain direction.
I am not interested in prolonging this discussion beyond its usefulness, but I am re-posting a small exchange with Mark Wyatt that, I think, gets to the heart of the matter for me:
Mark Wyatt: “Do you feel it is valid for Catholics to question these things?”
This has never been about refusing to question things, as Mark knows perfectly well. This has been about plagiarism, lying, slander, broadbrushing and mischaracterizing one’s opponent, double standards, Nazis and white supremacists, false claims to be an “authentic prophet of God”, and a whole bunch of other ugly stuff. Mark can fluff it all off as “a few roughly worded statements”, but all this does is highlight his own disconnect from the reality of what has happened here.
Mark Wyatt: “Why don’t you debate Robert on this topic?”
The reason, as Forrest and others have said over and over, is that that Bob is not qualified to speak or write on these issues. He approach has lacked any semblance of Christian charity; he has shown a reckless disregard for his colleagues, his opponents, and for the Jews in general. That has been thoroughly documented. Therefore, if these issues are to be discussed, it ought not to be with him.
My most recent commentary on this whole affair may be found here:
A CAI supporter e-mailed me recently to say he thought that article is fair and convincing. So perhaps I should just let that speak for itself.