That is what Father Peter J. Daly, pastor of St John Vianney Parish in Prince Frederick MD, displayed in his article in the September 2nd issue of the Catholic Standard. Unfortunately (maybe deliberately??) that article is not on the Standard's website. It's on page 12 is entitled "The Mosque Controversy". The gist of the article is that Catholics who oppose this mosque should know better, since we were victims of persecution earlier in this country's history.
He cites examples of our churches being burned and/or opposed. Herein lays his first logical flaw. Catholics in this country were never implicated in acts of terrorism that resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocents. I point out that in Ireland, from which my ancestors hail, saw some terrorist acts by Catholics affiliated with the Irish Republican Army - by and large, though, such acts have been denounced by Catholic Church hierarchy. Where have been the "moderate" imams who should have denounced loudly those terrorist acts (and subsequent ones)?
Is Father aware that the imam of this mosque, Feisal Abdul Rauf, has ties with Hamas? Mr. Rauf is presdient of the Cordoba Initiative. Does Father understand the symbolic significance of the word "Cordoba" in Muslim culture? I urge one and all (Father particularly!) to study this last link, as it does a very good job of pointing out that Islam isn't just about a person's "relationship with Allah", but also an entire cultural imperative that all the world be subject to this false god and Sharia law or face extinction. The article also reminds us of the significance in the Islamic culture of building mosques in "conquered territory". Might that not be at play here? If not, then why, oh why, is the opening slated for September 11, 2011??
I now must object to Father's objections about "sensitivity". Ad infinitum, ad naseum, the American citizenry at large is badgered into being "sensitive" to this minority or that special interest group. Catholics at large have also been called upon for such "sensitivity", and have often complied (rightly or wrongly). For example, how many remember the controversy about the Carmelite convent very close to the Auschwitz Nazi death camps in Poland? The Jews were outraged. Pope John Paul II relocated that convent - out of respect to the Jews who did lose loved ones at the camp.
Now when some consideration is being asked on behalf of the families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks, Father pooh-poohs that request. That said, I think there are larger issues at stake here, issues that Father ignores.
A reminder.. One reason for the existence of this blog, and of the earlier website, was that I found puzzling the Standard's cessation of its "letters to the editor" feature. It ended at the time that Cardinal McCarrick made plain that he would not adhere to Canon 915. I know for a fact (yes, inside information!) that hundreds of letters poured into the Standard's offices (mine being amongst them) - yet not one saw print. I cannot believe that I'm the only one aghast by Father's article. If anyone would like to write a "letter to the editor" for the Standard, please feel free to do so in the comment section here. They do read this blog!