Call to Action and other dissidents have developed a very close working relationship with the liberal press. Whenever the press wants a "Catholic" to quote, they turn to these people. The NY Times loved Fr. Curran, Fr. McBrien, Catholics for Free Choice, Mary Daley, Cdl Bernardin, Bishop Weakland, and the rest of the gang.
So, yes, I'm sure the campaign against pedophile priests was orchestrated by liberals hoping to weaken and discredit the Church. The announced goals were to eliminate clerical celibacy and bring in women priests, and in the early days the Boston Globe and the rest of the press pushed this agenda hard--including the liberal editor of The Pilot, Boston's diocesan newspaper, who was recently fired for writing an article on that subject.
IMHO the campaign has backfired serious on its perpetrators. It's been about as successful as the Enron campaign and the "What did Bush Know?" campaign. The results will be exactly opposite from what they intended. Instead, it has put the heat on homosexual priests and tolerant bishops. In the end, the scandal is likely to prove healthy for the Church, because it provides the impetus to clean out this nest of perverts and traitors.
No, they won't all get cleaned out. In this world, nothing is ever perfect. But the Church will end up in much better shape than it was before the scandal broke.
posted on 05/30/2002 12:15:32 PM PDT
To: Cicero ; Siobhan
It's fascinating that many of these liberal dissident "Catholic" organizations and celebrity heretic personalities are well-known in the media while there generally has been very little public exposure for orthodox and conservative Catholics. Many liberals know who Charles Curran, Richard McBrien, Bernardin, Matthew Fox, Sr. Maureen Fiedler, Frances Kissling, Andrew Greeley, and Robert Drinan are. Beyond EWTN, orthodox Catholics other than the Pope get very little secular media coverage - as if they don't exist. There is a tendency to make it seem like the majority of Catholics favor the most extreme liberal and dissident positions. As with secular American politics, the exaggerated emphasis on extreme and fringe liberals creates a distorted impression of their significance and relevance. Fortunately, the graying of Catholic liberals will eventually catch up with them or they will be taken out in other ways as in the case of the pompous and overbearing Rembert Weakland.
The press and police have been sitting on a lot of really bad things,time has run out for the losers and the press had much they kept until it was time,from what I read they really did not report.I knew stories that the average person does not hear.As far as the press goes and what they report,we are the press.We can start a paper,radio,TV,in our own local area.In the pro-life movement if you can put on a bandage you are the doctor,each one of you can go on locally and if you want info I can help.I would like us to have an online radio program,thats right us.
posted on 05/30/2002 9:16:55 PM PDT
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