Neo-Catholic Witch Hunters - The Remnant
I think a question that needs to be resolved is why the 'Neo-Catholics' gravitate towards attacking Traditionalists like the SSPX. While the context if Neo-Geo's (no I am not 'one'), the tactics remain the same.
I think it is fear that motivates them, fear that the Trads may actually be right and by extension they are wrong.
Courtesy of the Remnant
To Discredit the Traditionalist Movement: What Really Motivates the Neo-Catholic Witch Hunters FeaturedWritten by Christopher A. Ferrara
Under the Federal Rules of Evidence “[e]vidence of a person’s character or character trait is not admissible to prove that on a particular occasion the person acted in accordance with the character or trait.” Fed.R.Evid. 404 (a)(1). That is, a lawyer cannot argue that Witness Smith, a purported expert on geocentrism, is a crackpot as shown by his various opinions in other matters, so that his scientific opinion on geocentrism is just another crackpot theory from a crackpot. The only character evidence properly admissible for impeaching the credibility of a witness is “the witness’s reputation for having a character for truthfulness or untruthfulness”—that is, evidence of a reputation for lying, not “unreliable judgments” on various extraneous matters. Fed.R.Evid. 608(a). See also Rule 609 (on admissibility of certain criminal convictions as evidence of a character for untruthfulness). Of course, an expert witness can always be attacked on such relevant grounds as lack of degrees or peer recognition in the pertinent field, defective scholarship or errors on the matter at issue, a prior criminal conviction for perjury or larceny, and so forth.
In view of these basic rules of fairness in the courtroom, let us consider a hypothetical attempt by Keating to impugn the credibility of Mr. Geo on the witness stand in the same way he did in his book. Assume Mr. Geo has just testified about what one Caltech physicist, echoing innumerable others, admitted in Discover magazine: