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Re: People who love to hate

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 14, 2003

You know what's funny?

CWN has an angry critic: a man who has regularly denounced our coverage, and finally announced to the world that he was letting his subscription lapse. But he still seems to check back regularly, to get fresh fuel for his outrage.

Well, everybody needs a hobby.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2003 7:36 PM ET USA

    As one who is occasionally offended by the editor's critique of Catholic Social Teaching and approved pastoral practice, I have written to Mr. Lawler that I have considered dropping my subscription. Irritation and fraternal correction is not hate, and adults should know the difference. I continue to subscribe because the editor occasionally publishes information that is relevant to my own ministry. It must be a slow news day if Phil has nothing better to do than nurse an old wound.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Jul. 15, 2003 8:49 AM ET USA

    One of the things I learned as a radicial feminists and a primary reason I left the movement is that hate makes you a slave of the thing hated. As long as lived life as a reaction to what had , either in reality or imagination, been done to me, those persons and things continued to control me. As a Catholic, there is an even better reason not to hate. It consumes a person from within and becomes an idol that replaces God. Secondly, is this the state in which I want to spend eternity?

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jul. 14, 2003 9:10 PM ET USA

    Only ONE!!!??? Lord have mercy, Phil! I knew I was more aggravating than you, but only ONE!!!??? And then you pinch the poor man's cheek harshly and lead him around like a two year old! There is a certain respect that must be given to a grown man, even his hate. So you think its a big deal that one man hates you (or your website)? I suggest you do a "Bible study" on Jesus' teachings regarding the word "hate" and "hatred." The kitchen hasn't even begun to heat up yet!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2003 11:59 AM ET USA

    I think it's probably more an addiction than a hobby. Intense hating gives an emotional "high" that blots out the tedium that one inevitably experiences, at times, in life. And, if you're going to hate a website, it's best to go all the way and hate a really good, effective and professionally presented website. There's not enough return on investing one's hate in a lousy website.

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