Those are the tags from Rod Dreher's latest bit of Catholic news reporting. Mr. Dreher is known in some circles to be a "religion writer", although I think his official title is Senior Content Provider.
Anyway, in the thread someone called who knew wisely comments: "Those who can't do, do shock value, those who should be shocked don't want to appear prudish." Another commenter, Alicia, ironically states the following:
Good post about "those who can't do, do shock value." I like that. My way of putting it is the artist is stuck in the anal phase - he has the desire to cover everything with his own excrement, and actually thinks other people will be just as fascinated by his excrement as he.
Hey! I like that, too. Well.... I'm sure Alicia's intention is to describe the homosexual artist responsible for the stupid weirdness in the cathedral, but I think her word "artist" can be replaced with "journalist" and the wisdom will still apply. As the old joke says, "If the Foo shits, wear it."
But you know here's some silver lining. I just realized that Rod's Catholicism tag can be used to summarize what he's been reporting on vis-a-vis the Catholic Church. Read those headlines — pretty fair and balanced, huh?
In other Catholic news, Pope Benedict is visiting America for the first time. But that's a whole 2 weeks away.
Update: I did just notice that Rod had put up a post about Pope Benedict's visit, but he didn't tag it with his usual "Catholicism" tag. So to be fair, OK, but is it a little fishy that he doesn't use the tag on the good and neutral news on which he uses the Pope Benedict tag, but reserves it for bad news? After all, he does acknowledge that the Pope indeed is Catholic, using the tired cliché.