Turns out that Terry McAuliffe was just banging a couple of coconuts together when he claimed he was going to become a Knight of Malta on Hugh Hewitt's show. So I was right about that teapot tempest. Lifesite news was also properly skeptical at the time, and now they also confirmed Hugh's story here.
Friday, February 2, 2007
A friend of this blog noticed a bash in a recent post. It seems at first glance to be merely praising a Catholic Bishop for making a tough decision. On further inspection, though, the phrase "catches hell" gives it away.
The article cited mentions one angry parishioner from the removed priest's parish and the letter she wrote.
Our Lady of Guadalupe church member Julia Broyles said she wrote an angry letter to Vann when Father Gil was dismissed, telling him that she didn't approve of what he did and asking for his reasoning.
None of that mattered to Broyles, she said. "That was way back when he was a oung man," she said. "We see where Jesus forgave the adulterous woman. Why can't we forgive? The man's trying to be good."
She would not be inclined to hold her leader to a higher standard than anyone else, she said. "Jesus talked to the woman caught in adultery and told her to go and sin no more, your sins are forgiven. I think we should not even think about what was in his past. It's none of our business."
Heck, is that catching hell? Hell, that's not even catching heck!
I'm sorry, but one person writing a letter, even an "angry letter" to a bishop does not constitute a "hell-catching", even if contains (faulty) reasoning that the bishop is in error. Phrases like "Why can't we forgive?" and "It's none of our business," are mild compared to the kind complaints diocesan offices sometimes get. This is another effort to paint Catholics as insensitive to The Scandal™ using an isolated anecdote.
Andy Nowicki makes a good challenge when he asks me to "detail my problems with Dreher's commentary on the state of contemporary Catholicism." Actually I was in the minority agreeing with Rod on his critique of the light-saber fight Youtube travesty as was Kathleen. His recent citation of Father John Malloy's open letter to N. Pelosi was good also and didn't contain a spot of anti-Catholicism. Good show, Rod. [By the way, the way Rod gets pounced on in that combox by the usual hysterics from the left makes the entire Contra blog look like a Sunday drive in comparison.]
Granted I was a little bit miffed to find out Rod had left the church when he tore into the Catholic seminarians, but just a little bit. And luckily Jonathan saved him from being able to disguise his position shortly thereafter.
As one short example of what I detect in his alleged "commentary on the state of contemporary Catholicism", check out this post upon the appointment of Archbishop Wuerl:
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington will be moving on soon, and the Vatican has named Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh to replace him. Good, I guess. There was a time when I would have had a lot to say about this, but I can't muster up much interest. I wish the retiring cardinal many pleasant days of relaxing in prayerful solitude at his Jersey shore beach house.
Good, I guess. I'm just not interested anymore. But I'll report it anyway and mention that it's not interesting. To me. I know we've been criticized for trying to analyze Dreher's motives countless times, but this kind of writing invites, when it does not implore, the reader to do so. I was searching for a one-word description for the tone and all I could come up with is smug. The Vatican should be happy to receive a passing grade from Rod. I guess.
The "Jersey shore beach house" part is a jab which obviously could go under the "I'm just sayin'" category. Like two overheard old biddies on a bus talking: "Can you believe her? Well, she comes from money, doesn't she? Never had to work for anything." "Yeah, those people are like that. I'm just sayin'."
These are the impressions I get from this. I'll grant that another person with more simplicity may receive an entirely different impression.
To me, "church politics" news like this isn't incredibly interesting either, even though I had several occasions to personally speak to Bishop Wuerl. But I've often questioned whether Rod has a half decent Vatican source with this kind of lame, colorless reporting on church news when there's nothing negative to report. A quick glance at CathNews or Zenit will serve to demonstrate to anyone that there are interesting goings-on in the church beyond politics, gossip and scandal.
As a side note, Andrew Sullivan writes this way also. He's the blogger to whom I would compare Rod Dreher most closely.
FIRE WHEN READY!!
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Kathleen gets full credit for coming up with this great idea. It will accomplish a number of goals, but primarily it will enable people -- especially Catholics (1) -- who are a little bit tired of the rampant Catholic bashing over here to turn each bash into a little bit of prayer and action. Every time there's a bash we'll track it here and it will be added to The "Catholic Bash Watchlist" for which I've added a feed on the sidebar. Then you have to say a Hail Mary, or another suitable prayer, in reparation for sins against the Holy Church for each bash. And at the end of the month you multiply the number of bashes by your pledge amount and write a check out to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights (2).
I'm pledging $1.00 per bash. To start out, at least.
This is not a joke. It is basically in response to a Catholic guy who said "Contras could be doing a lot more for good than simply ganging up on one man and venting their spleen at him and searching for whatever they might bash him with." He went on to say in the same comment "[Grace] will eventually lead these kids to find something else to do with their time, possibly something constructive." (emphasis mine) Well, here is the fulfillment to that prophecy. This "kid", erstwhile Contra Crunchy blog contributor, is finally going to do something instead of just mocking the hysterical rantings of an anti-Catholic like Dreher. I guess Divine Grace must have smacked me upside the head and whispered forcefully, "Time to get to work, say your prayers and shell out the big bucks, Buddy Roe!"
And not a moment too soon. Because, kids, looks like I already owe $2.00 to the Catholic League! We had the Catholic School bash on Monday and the Morally Incoherent Maltese Catholic Leadership bash today. (Kudos to Bill H. and John McG for questioning in the combox whether the Knights of Malta constituted "Catholic Church Leadership".) But don't bog the man down with details, Malta, Rome, Knights, Cardinals.... whatever....
But I'm going to need some help here from the regulars here, so listen up Diane, Andy, et al. If you can't afford to make the donations you can still say the reparation prayers and help me by monitoring the blog. I placed a feed on the side bar to help. And at least consider pledging a dime per bash and throwing a buck in the poor box on Sunday. This can be fun, too, and instructive as it will hopefully "raise awareness" that Jack Chick doesn't have a monopoly on cartoonish Catholic Bashing.
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(1) Bubba, Barb and other non-Catholics, you can help, too; feel free to select prayers and charities of you're choosing as well as point out bashes of your own religions.
(2) Or any other suitable charity of your choice.
UPDATE: Hilariously enough, sounds like Dreher got his facts confused and the so-called "Church Leadership" (i.e., the Knights of Malta) have not accepted McAuliffe's application as of yet. Reported by Joshua in the combox and he provided this link also. But you see, this still counts as a bash; we'll wait and see how sincere the apology is though. Certainly there will be one, right? I'll let someone else start a drive where folks donate to the press club everytime Rod fails to check a source.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Here's a new feature included with your annual membership. Our first online poll is over on the right. If you've never been to the Crunchy Con blog, well, now's your chance to check it out. It's truly an amazing place -- kind of like Disneyland except there's more arguing, none of the roller coasters work and there's no Mickey Mouse.
Granted it's not the best online poll ever, and I really apologize to the ladies that the powder blue color clashes with the dog-poo brown theme of this blog. I'll remedy that in the next one... I promise. In the comments here, please give me some suggestions of future poll questions, I'm dying to hear them.
These are really easy to set up -- this one is from Micropoll. Not easy to multiple vote on either, so don't try to cheat!
Monday, January 29, 2007
Coming off a totally lazy weekend where all I did was finish painting the living room and survived the big Bishop Bash at our church for St. Angela's feast day. I have some reflections on embarrassment which I'll post later.
In other news, Cubeland Mystic is leaving the blogosphere to pursue fiction writing. So we wish him good luck, even though we'll miss him.
The most important thing going on tonight next to dinner & a six-pack and kissing your kids will be 24, of course. Here's a piece I did on the supporting actors sounding off on the Season 5 bonus DVD. So my weekend wasn't completely wasted. BTW, I upgraded the Shuttlecock blog to the new blogger and it really was practically seamless -- I was impressed.