First let me share with you a little gem that I read this past summer.
Now that you've taken a stroll through that diatribe, I'd like to point out a few things. There is, of course, the socialistic kvelling about the "gap" between the wages of CEOs and their employees. In the right-hand column she asks, "what will it take to bring executive pay under control?" My reply to that would be another question: "under the control of whom or what?" Well, you get the drift..
This thing reads like coursework from "socialism 101" or maybe the Pravda. But it isn't, as you see in the top and the bottom. I was at Maryland's eastern shore this past summer. That area lies within the Diocese of Wilmington and the clip above is from the Diocese's official newspaper, The Dialog. Moreover, you see at the bottom that this article came from the Catholic News Service, the official propaganda arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. One would hope that a Catholic newspaper would be printing things designed to encourage use of the Sacraments or meditation on the Last Four Things: in other words, matters pertaining to our eternal salvation, for the salvation of souls is the Church's mission. Sadly its dereliction of duty is not the exception, but the rule.
And that, George Weigel, is why we bloggers and - how did you so eloquently define us? - "hysteria-mongers and propagandists" must continue our work. We have to counteract the communist codswallop (such as the Dialog piece above) and advise our fellow Catholics of the true dangers that threaten our Church, many of those dangers being inflicted by the current pontiff.
As another "case in point" regarding the absolute uselessness and even dishonesty of the "reliable Catholic news" that Weigel lovingly extols. recall the horrific way in which Father Marcel Guarnizo was treated at my parish almost eight years ago. This was in the Archdiocese of Washington and much of the thuggery that he endured was at the hands of the DC chancery, then headed by Cardinal Wuerl. Neither the Catholic Standard or Our Parish Times uttered one peep over that disgraceful incident, although in the secular outlets, it was broadcast world-wide. The two Catholic publications in the area, by their silence, not only showed themselves to be utterly useless but patently dishonest as well. By the way - I understand that George Weigel resides in Montgomery County MD, within the Archdiocese of Washington. I just tried to google anything that he might have written about the matter, but my search yielded nothing. If any such work exists, please advise via the combox. Otherwise, I might find such absence to be quite telling.
The LifeSiteNews piece gives a summary of Janet Smith's rebuttal of Weigel. I think it is excellent, but I do have one minor disagreement with her. She writes, "those who are excessively troubled by the relentless revelations should lmit themselves to reading only safe sources". No. For one thing, what constitutes "safe"? Those sources that paint happy-clappy pictures of Church situations sin by dishonesty. Moreover, I would challenge those "excessively troubled" to stop playing the wimp, to stiffen the spines, thicken the skins, harden the noses and just plain grow up. We are the Chuirch Militant, not the Church Mellow nor the Church Miserable nor the Church Milquetoast. We are to fight for the Church, not take flight and run.