But Rod Dreher isn't merely a non-Catholic writer. He is an anti-Catholic writer who for more than five years has gone out of his way to heap abuse on the Church and on those Catholics who did not join in his abuse.
As recently as yesterday, he took the opportunity offered by a scandal in his own Church, the Orthodox Church in America, to attack Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone by means of an attack on Bishop Gerald Frey, who retired seventeen years ago and died last week.
Just an inkstained journo doing his job and going where the story takes him? No; in the very same post, Rod writes that he "made a conscious prudential decision to keep [his] involvement with and concern in [OCA] church matters at arm's length." So scandal in the OCA is out of scope for his writing; scandal in the Catholic Church is, if no longer his bread and butter, at least good for leftovers.
Them be some mighty moldy leftovers, Tom.
He concludes this section of his post by stating "And to recognize him as, of all things, a Catholic writer, is simply perverse." I would argue that viewing Rod Dreher as still basically a "Catholic writer" is a temptation that many bloggers fall into. We'll use the comments below to track the responses to Tom's post, be they agreements or further disputations. But in my opinion, no Catholic blogger who links to Rod's blog can simply ignore the well-supported fact of his anti-Catholicism.
UPDATE: Rod states in the comments: "Before I left the Catholic Church, I was a hero to many in this same crowd, for standing up in public on matters regarding the abuse scandal, and saying what many of them said in private, over and over." Indirectly he's praising the folks at OCA News for being heroes since they are standing up in public on matters regarding the Orthodox Church abuse scandal and saying what Rod only says in private.