The wonderful and persistent Anna Arco of England’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, has an amusing observation about Mo Dowd’s Sunday contribution to anti-Catholic bigotry.
It is a rare occasion that finds Fr John Zuhlsdorf of What does the Prayer Really Say on the same side as Michael Sean Winters, a journalist who writes for the Jesuit America Magazine — but it’s Dowd what done it.
Both men have censured her, even if the reasons they give are somewhat different.
MSW ended his post on the America with this: “It is not that she is wrong, it is that she is so contentedly wrong, so confident in her ignorance, so comprehensively prejudiced against the Church. Why doesn’t she just become a Protestant and have done with it? If you heard her rant on the street, you would give her a dollar and hope she doesn’t spend it on booze. Reading her rant in the Times, you can just flip the page.”
For my part, I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Winter’s comments at Amerika this week. Here is an example:
I have long been puzzled by the fact that the Times gives such prominence to Ms. Dowd. Her columns almost always have the snide, “I know more than you,” parochialism that haunts Manhattan alongside an astonishing ignorance.
Ah… that unbeatable combo of ignorance and arrogance.