I have already critiqued his statement:
. . . Catholic Answers, . . . Whatever good they do is far outweighed by the bad they do, . . .
He also wrote:
They don’t exist to win converts, they exist to play to their bases and shore up support.
These ridiculous (almost self-evidently false) observations occurred in his article, The Hijacking of the Catholic Mind, posted at Catholic Lane, on 24 February 2015. I wrote about it on my Facebook page; cross-posted to my blog, with much additional discussion there.
Kevin showed up in the combox, with his usual "attitude" and the obligatory chip on his shoulder, wherever I am concerned (i.e., if I dare to disagree with him). As of writing, in nine days he has steadfastly refused to retract the statement or even properly explain or clarify it. But here is the second dumb statement he made in the comments of my blog article about him (2-25-15):
Oh yeah, and it wouldn't hurt CA to talk about Catholic Social teaching that isn't pro-life related. But that would be in the best interests of most American Catholics.
Okay! It's simple enough to verify such things. Has Kevin ever heard of a site search? Catholic Answers has one, which makes it easy to determine what they address or do not write about. Kevin either didn't know that (which is inconceivable) or didn't care enough to do a search, in order to back up his bogus charge. If the latter, then what does that say about his journalistic ethics and the solidity of his research therein? He thinks he can just throw any undocumented, mindless accusation, as if no one would or could be able to check it out?
This is part and parcel of what I have criticized about him. He writes many good things, and has a lot valuable insights. But alongside those are (even if relatively rarely) these sorts of prejudiced, non-factual whoppers. I contend (based on long observation) that this sort of junk flows from his "love-hate" relationship to apologetics. At one point he wanted to be an apologist himself. I think that has something to do with his present oft-expressed animus towards it. What we ourselves have failed at, we tend to be a bit negative towards. It's human nature. Not always (I wanted to be a baseball player as a kid, but I don't resent major league baseball because I didn't make it), but many times this is the case. But of course I could be wrong in Kevin's own case, as it is mere speculation.
He also seems concerned with spreading the thought that apologists (including Catholic Answers) are far more divisive and contentious than the large group that includes mainstream "traditionalists" and the extreme, fringe radical Catholic reactionaries. He's in the former group, and it appears quite likely to me that he is attempting to create a narrative over against the widespread perception (and I would say, reality) that both "traditionalists" and the reactionary extremists tend to be too much on the "negative" end of the spectrum: naysayers, doom-and-gloom pessimists; always criticizing and complaining about the Church. This is all the more true today, with the ever-present bashing of and calumnies and disrespect towards Pope Francis (and not just from the reactionaries, by a long shot).
Kevin tries very hard to counteract that perception, whereas other "traditionalists" (David Alexander immediately comes to mind) freely admit that it is an internal problem of the movement, but try to be different themselves, and don't regard it as a deal-breaker (after all, sin and shortcomings are universal, and present in every social group). Kevin, on the other hand, seeks (it seems to me) to convey the idea that it's the apologists en masse, -- not the "traditionalists" -- who are the negative folks: the ones with the unsavory attitudes and approach to life and Internet discourse.
But anyway, I did a search at Catholic Answers. It was tough to initiate, but after I thought a long time about it, I came up with "social teaching." The following articles and radio shows came up in the search (with a few that I found associated with others from this primary search, and additional searches such as "Rerum Novarum" and "subsidiarity," etc.):
Illegal Immigration and Catholic Social Teaching [video by Tim Staples]
Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching [Anthony Esolen on Catholic Answers Live, 11-26-14]
Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching [Christopher Kaczor, This Rock, April 2007]
Who's Afraid of Catholic Social Teaching? [Mark Brumley on Catholic Answers Live, 4-22-09; "Encore" on 7-6-09]
Social Justice Isn’t Left or Right; It’s Catholic [Leon J. Suprenant, This Rock, May 2011]
Did the Church Change Its Teaching on the Death Penalty? [Christopher Kaczor, This Rock, July 2010]
The U.S. Bishops, Health Care, and Public Policy [Jeffrey A. Mirus, This Rock, November 2009]
If You Want Justice, Work for Chastity [Gregory R. Beabout, This Rock, July 2008]
Pope of the Worker [Matthew E. Bunson, This Rock, December 2007]
Catholic Charity: Something New Under the Sun [Thomas E. Woods Jr., This Rock, July 2007]
Is the death penalty permissible for criminals who are violent in prison? [Jim Blackburn, Quick Questions]
Religious Liberty [Tim Staples, Catholic Answers Blog, 9 January 2015]
What About Waterboarding? [Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers Blog, 1 May 2014]
Waterboarding Reconsidered [Michelle Arnold, Catholic Answers Blog, 3 May 2014]
Hasn't the Church destroyed an entire continent by preaching against condoms for protection from AIDS? [Catholic Answers Staff, Quick Questions]
The Care and Feeding of Poor Souls [Michelle Arnold, Catholic Answers Blog, 26 January 2015]
When Is It Okay to Disobey? Catholics and Civil Disobedience [Fr. Frank Pavone, This Rock, March 2010]
Interview with a Besieged Bishop [from Nigeria] [Patrick Coffin, Catholic Answers Blog, 13 February 2015]
Jesus is Not the Property of Liberal Commentators [Trent Horn, Catholic Answers Blog, 6 November 2014]
How to Argue Against Women in Combat? [ Karl Keating, Catholic Answers Blog, 29 January 2013]
Women in Combat: Contra Naturum [Christopher Check, Catholic Answers Blog, 4 February 2013]
Should Catholics Be Environmentalists? [Ron Rychlak, This Rock, October 2008]
The Alliance of Narcissus and Leviathan [Anthony Esolen, This Rock, March 2011]
A Fair Account? The Golden Rule in Catholic Journalism [Russell Shaw, This Rock, April 2009]
The Church and the Native Americans: The Real Story [Margaret Bunson, This Rock, April 2009]
There and Back Again: A Catholic Homesteader's Tale [Devin Rose, Catholic Answers Blog, 1 October 2014]
Islam and Sex Slavery [Robert Spencer, Catholic Answers Blog, 2 June 2014]
Defusing the Population Bomb [Steven Mosher, Catholic Answers Live, 4 December 2009]
Population: Explosion or Implosion? [Steven Mosher, Catholic Answers Live, 12 October 2011]
--- Note: This Rock is the former name for what is now known as Catholic Answers Magazine ---
And of course, this list is nowhere near exhaustive. It is from what is now available online. There is still also a huge backlog of articles and radio shows no longer available for free on their sites.
I guess all this, too, is part of the miniscule (?) portion of "good" that Catholic Answers does, that is, of course (sez Judge Kevin) "far outweighed by the bad they do" (my italics). When you're out to tar a person or group with a false stereotype, what you do is ignore everything that doesn't fit into the caricature: pretend that it doesn't exist at all.
We apologists supposedly do nothing but [hyper-]"rational" analysis and we don't care about things like prayer, social justice, care for the poor, etc. (i.e., anything in the faith not directly related to reason and logic). For Kevin and those who cynically categorize as he does, it has to be an either/or analysis. Catholic Answers represents the apologetics world, therefore (in Kevin's mind) it doesn't deal with Catholic social teaching, because, well, apologists don't do that!
See how the "reasoning" works? It's preconceived ideology and putting folks into a box before even examining them to see if the facts line up with the mythmaking. And (don't forget!), Catholic Answers also must not care for the poor, either, since it raises money and offers cruises peopled by mostly well-to-do folks. So Kevin would have it (or so it seems, from his rhetoric).
The stereotype doesn't apply to me, either (using my case as a second illustrative example, since I am also a full-time Catholic apologist). From the beginning of my website in 1997 I have had four large "social" web pages:
1) Life Issues
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
--- John Adams, 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770
See also the cross-posting on my Facebook page and further discussion there.