Schadenfreude f (genitive Schadenfreude, no plural)1. Malicious enjoyment derived from observing someone else’s misfortune.2. Satisfaction derived when an individual has misfortune for disregarding rules or conventions.
Donald R. McClarey admits to having enjoyed the dismay and melodramatic anger with which various people, writing in the National Catholic Fishwrap, have reacted to the announcement that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has called for a reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Certainly, Father Z has a talent for fisking, although the self-righteous blather of Sr. Joan Chittister and Jamie Manson is almost self-parody, so I can’t grudge McClarey for enjoying it.
For me, though, if there’s any satisfaction in the news, it’s sour. Again with the fake-pious, self-serving portrayal of the LCWR nuns as tireless, holy workers for the poor and oppressed; again with the villainous, even libellous portrayal of the bishops as an evil patriarchy bent on keeping them down, keeping them intellectually enslaved.
- “The Absolute Monarchy of the Roman Republican Church is ALIVE and not so well.”
- “By all means, let us stifle all independent thinking in the Holy Roman Catholic Church. How dare ‘these women’ help the poor, comfort the marginalized, and worst of all, use their brains. They should absolutely let the holy men of the church do all their thinking and talking for them.”
- “The rich and powerful bishops are riding high on the backs of the poor, with no one to stop them.”
- “Have [the hierarchical types] checked their calendars? Do they know this is the 21st century, when all the issues of NETWORK are crying out for action?”
Sigh. Any more tropes you care to regurgitate?