I predicted that the left would go into a grand mal twit.
Today’s number of Hell’s Bible has the perfect example.
The New York Times continues to showcase Maureen Dowd, whom I stopped reading a long time ago. But several people sent me the following. Normally I wouldn’t bother with the bilious Mo, but this merits attention because of its timing.
Maureen Dowd is whipped up into a froth of tears and spittle over Pope Benedict’s overture to those Anglicans who do not think women merit ordination or that active sodomites should be married or should be bishops.
Her article, however, is camouflage for her feminist dedication to abortion.
What is really pissing Mo off about Pope Benedict and the Anglicans is that Rome responded to a request from these Anglicans for a place in the Catholic Church. These Anglicans. This move undermines her deeper liberal social agenda: the Catholic Church should be nothing more than an instrument for her liberal goals, not what tradition and the Pope of Rome say.
For her, Anglicans shouldn’t want to be Catholics. She only has time for people who don’t want to be real Catholics. Since true Catholics are against abortion, she is against whatever is truly Catholic. The overture to Anglicans reveals the divide between true Christian values and faux values.
In what follows note how Mo smears Pope Benedict into a Nazi and a denier of the holocaust by association. He hates women. He is a misogynist homophobe. He protects clerical pedophiles (who are, ironically, a deeply weirder type of homosexual).
October 25, 2009
The Nuns’ Story [Ask yourself at the end: Why is this called "The Nuns' Story"?]
By MAUREEN DOWD
Once, in the first grade, I was late for class. I started crying in the schoolyard, terrified to go in and face the formidable Sister Hiltruda.
Father Montgomery, who looked like a handsome young priest out of a 1930s movie, found me cowering and took my hand, leading me into the classroom. [Men have been protecting her ever since, btw.]
Sister Hiltruda looked ready to pop, but she couldn’t say a word to me, then or ever. There was no more unassailable patriarchy than the Catholic Church.
Nuns were second-class citizens then and — 40 years after feminism utterly changed America — they still are. The matter of women as priests is closed, a forbidden topic. [Not forbidding. Just settled.]
In 2004, the cardinal who would become Pope Benedict XVI wrote a Vatican document urging women to be submissive partners, resisting any adversarial roles with men and cultivating “feminine values” like “listening, welcoming, humility, faithfulness, praise and waiting.” [I think she is referring to the "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the collaboration of men and women in the Church and in the world".]
Nuns need to be even more sepia-toned for the über-conservative pope, who was christened “God’s Rottweiler” for his enforcement of orthodoxy. Once a conscripted member of the Hitler Youth, Benedict pardoned a schismatic bishop who claimed that there was no Nazi gas chamber. He also argued on a trip to Africa that distributing condoms could make the AIDS crisis worse.
The Vatican is now conducting two inquisitions into the “quality of life” of American nuns, a dwindling group with an average age of about 70, hoping to herd them back into their old-fashioned habits and convents and curb any speck of modernity or independence.
Nuns who took Vatican II as a mandate for reimagining their mission “started to look uppity to an awful lot of bishops and priests and, of course, the Vatican,” said Kenneth Briggs, the author of “Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church’s Betrayal of American Nuns.”
The church enabled rampant pedophilia, but nuns who live in apartments and do social work with ailing gays? Sacrilegious! The pope can wear Serengeti sunglasses and expensive red loafers, but shorter hems for nuns? Disgraceful! [Yah... that's the Pope, alright. Really living it up! Imagine having sunglasses! Or shoes! In Italy!]
“It’s a tragedy because nuns are the jewels of the system,” said Bob Bennett, the Washington lawyer who led the church’s lay inquiry into the pedophilia scandal. “I was of the view that if they had been listened to more, some of this stuff wouldn’t have happened.” [You would think that the Irish Dowd would remember the Irish Sisters of Mercy.]
As the Vatican is trying to wall off the “brides of Christ,” Cask of Amontillado style, it is welcoming extreme-right Anglicans into the Catholic Church — the ones who are disgruntled about female priests and openly gay bishops. Il Papa is even willing to bend Rome’s most doggedly held dogma, against married priests — as long as they’re clutching the Anglicans’ Book of Common Prayer. [This is really the only point: "welcoming extreme right Anglicans". This is it. And so now it all has to be about misogyny and homophobia. So, you attack the Nazi-loving, holocaust denying Pope of Rome. She blames him for clerical pedophilia and AIDS in Africa. When she says "the Church" does bad things, she means "he", Pope Benedict.]
“Most of the Anglicans who want to move over to the Catholic Church under this deal are people who have scorned women as priests and have scorned gay people,” Briggs said. “The Vatican doesn’t care that these people are motivated by disdain.”
The nuns are pushing back a bit, but it’s hard, since the church has decreed that women can’t be adversarial to men. [This is just dopey.] A nun writing in Commonweal as “Sister X” protests, “American women religious are being bullied.”
She recalls that Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, who heads one of the investigations, moved a meeting at the University of Notre Dame off campus to protest a performance of “The Vagina Monologues.” “It is the rare bishop,” Sister X writes, “who has any real understanding of the lives women actually lead.” [Yah.. because that play really helps.]
The church can be flexible, except with women. Laurie Goodstein, the Times’s religion writer, reported this month on an Illinois woman who had a son with a Franciscan priest. The church agreed to child support but was stingy with money for college and for doctors, once the son got terminal cancer. The priest had never been disciplined and was a pastor in Wisconsin — until he hit the front page. Even then, “Father” Willenborg was suspended only because the woman said that he had pressed her to have an abortion and that he had also had a sexual relationship with a teenager. (Maybe the church shouldn’t be so obdurate on condoms.)
When then-Cardinal Ratzinger was “The Enforcer” in Rome, he investigated and disciplined two American nuns. One, Jeannine Gramick, then of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, founded a ministry to reconcile gays with the church, which regards homosexual desires as “disordered.” [Actually, I think she didn't just try to "reconcile", she condoned homosexuals acts.] The other, Mary Agnes Mansour of the Sisters of Mercy, headed the Michigan Department of Social Services, which, among other things, paid for abortions for poor women. [How UNJUST to go after Mansour! How UNJUST to object to abortions! Imagine objecting to paying for abortions for poor women! Because that is what they really need isn't it, state-paid abortions! That's what our nuns should really be doing. Get them out of those habits and convents out there fighting for homosexual marriage and abortion! This is what young Catholic girls should grow up aspiring to. Mo Dowd's idea of Mother Teresa: Sr. Mary Agnes Mansour, making sure that Michigan pays for abortions of poor women! That's what women religious should be doing. Why isn't the Pope applauding them for it? Instead he is welcoming Christians who would also be against that. He must be a Nazi-loving, holocaust denying, pedophile-protecting, Africa-hating, misogynistic homophobe.]
Marcy Kaptur, a Democratic congresswoman from Toledo and one of Bishop Blair’s flock, got a resolution passed commending nuns for their humble service and sacrifice. “The Vatican’s in another country,” she said. “Maybe people do things differently there. Perhaps the Holy Spirit will intervene.”
The address of Hell’s Gate is 620 8th Ave.
Is the Pope of Rome the only figure who can be so maligned without the world rising up in protest? You can accuse a Pope of anything, no matter how false or stupid. She doesn’t care. Nor does the Times.
Maureen Dowd is rather like a bilious female Julian of Eclanum. Incapable of countering Augustine’s sharp theological retorts led Julian to call the saint a Manichean and the son of a drunken woman. But even this comparison is beyond Dowd, so let’s move along.
Ask yourselves a question. Can anyone who resorts to her despicable comments really be interested in any authentic religious … anything?
Dowd writes about religion as if she really cares about it. But she doesn’t. This is camouflage. If she can write these manifest lies, whatever Catholicism Maureen Dowd once had wound up with a forceps shoved through its skull a long time ago.
Back to the question. She uses a cute title, "The Nuns’ Story". We can dispatch the nuns thing quickly: What are the liberal sisters doing that is so great? If they are so wonderful, why are their orders dying off and the traditional groups rapidly growing? Tell us, Mo, why, if the liberal nuns are so great, are they so quickly and conspicuously dying off? Why do they have no vocations?
Dowd holds up as a religious paradigm Mansour’s campaign for state-paid abortions.
No, this is not the Nuns’ Story. This is about Ratzinger, Pope Benedict. This is about abortion and other sacraments of the left. Card. Ratzinger, she says, is the one who persecuted the fabulous abortion providing Sr. Mansour. Pope Benedict is Catholic.
Dowd’s loogie hocking smear of Pope Benedict was sparked by his acting like a Pope. He welcomed traditional Anglicans asking for a home.
And remember: this week this is why Benedict is bad. Next week it will be something else.