The Defense Rests
The Bizarre Case of Catholic Answers Live vs. “Radical Traditionalists”
Peter Crenshaw POSTED: 9/17/13
On May 31st, Catholic Answers Live radio host Patrick Coffin and apologist Tim Staples launched a two-hour attack on “radical traditionalism” which I responded to here. Apparently, the overall response to the show was not favorable. In a July 12th blog post entitled “Meet the Mad-Trads” host Patrick Coffin described the reaction as follows:
We found ourselves on the business end of a nasty backlash. Of all the hot-button issues we’ve tackled head-on with me behind the mic (start the list with abortion, sexual sin, feminism, and homosexuality) no previous topic generated the kind of vitriol from (some) listeners. 
Coffin then exposed the “vitriol” by posting excerpts from e-mails he received after the show. Some examples are as follows:
“Amazing! Wow! I am deeply disappointed by this apparent arrogance.”
“That show was an embarrassment to all Catholics.”
“I was extremely annoyed with the . . . program criticizing the “radical traditionalists,” which is a reference that in and of itself makes no sense whatsoever” (sic).
“I finally turned the radio off in disgust.”
“To treat anyone in such a manner—much less our fellow Catholics—is a serious failure in justice and charity, and I seriously doubt you would indulge in this kind of careless and misleading attack on any other group.”
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