His short piece on Nancy Pelosi is excellent. Excerpt:
Then there was the carefully choreographed January 3 Mass at Washington’s Trinity University, where Pelosi had attended college. At the Speaker’s invitation, the celebrant and homilist was Father Robert Drinan, SJ, who would succumb to pneumonia a few weeks later. Father Drinan was the man who, more than anyone else, gave the moral green light for the Democratic Party to tarnish its modern civil rights record by embracing the abortion license; the man who, during his years in Congress, consistently defied the canons of public justice (and the Church’s settled conviction) on the great civil rights issue of the day; the man who helped turn Senator Edward Kennedy from a potential champion of the pro-life cause into the desiccated, Wolsey-like specimen he is today. If Father Drinan’s record provides insight into the Pelosi speakership, then Nancy Pelosi has betrayed the great public lesson of the Baltimore Catholicism in which we both grew up.
This is insightful commentary on the new Speaker and the kind of hopscotch these dissenting Catholic politicians play. But I cite it also a good example of very strong but controlled criticism of a clergyman who did significant damage to the Catholic Church; Weigel deals forcefully with the subject without once overheating. Weigel's tone remains sad rather than mad and that's why this I believe this kind of criticism is constructive. It leads to a deeper insight into these problems and hopefully more informed prayer and action, not simply anger which does not accomplish God's righteousness.