THANKS TO PROTESTERS!

As St. Augustine said in s. 238, a vigorous sermon preached during the Octave of Easter about heretic errors:

Nemo tibi fabulas uendat, non latret rabies haereticorum de angulo.

Thank many readers and donors for the signs of support for WDTPRS and, just as important, marks of protest against the Fishwrap, which – according to a recent editorial – is proud of their promotion of heresy.  They fancy themselves to be “watchdogs”.  But they are proud of promoting support of women’s ordination, artificial contraception, homsexual marriage, etc.  That’s more than being a “watchdog” and therein lies the problem.  Many of the things the write we can simply disagree about.  But on some issues, they are simply heretical.

I don’t mind watchdogs, but I do mind them when they are infected with rabies, a nasty condition which their bite passes on.

They wrote:

[Bp. Charles Helmsing of Kansas City-St. Joseph years ago] moved to have the word “Catholic” removed from our banner. He tried to shut us down. Emergency board meetings were held, compromises considered (I know because I’ve read the minutes). But it soon became clear that NCR had moved beyond the need for an episcopal imprimatur. We kept publishing, Catholics kept subscribing, and we’re still here.

So is rabies, I’m afraid.  Still around.

Here is a list of the initials of those who have recently sent donations.

HE, CB, DG, BKC, FH, EC, LL, WH, RL, AN, BJ, SW, MPO,
JN, KW, CO, MM, JP, LF, MT, MAR, VR, NS, DT, CC, VS, CC,
RC, TM, DM, DG, MR, CB, TS, CL, SL, MF, JC, JC, PF, GM, RS,
JC, JP, DM, PM, JS, CT, PK, JB, BP, DH, DC, KT, WR, JH, DS,
JC, RH, AH, KGA, LQ, DH, JC, RS, DS, RA, KB, RS, JE, DH, MC,
MH, RK, MP, CS, BAH, DT, TM, ZB, MY, SS, BE, DS, BE, DS, AE,
JL, PF, EP, SB, JV, NS, KP, BW, CW, CH, LH, FH, JB, MBD, iga,
GL, JK, JD, HPH, ML, JPP, MC, CS, SC, PS, KS, PG, MK, SS, CF,
MJ, DM, AT, SG, ED, JFD, JL, ELj, BVB, PS, SG, RT, MHW,
JF, BKC, WvZ, KT, JN, RJ, DE, JG, DL, GM, VB

These are the people… people, behind each set of initials… who have sent signs of support, each one giving a little boost.  And, though these are only initials, since I am a representative of the “Temple Police” I have taken down NAMES.

I will remember those names when I say Mass for benefactors, my pleasure and duty.

I have been trying to write a short note to every protestor.  I hope so many of you will send $5 (or more) that you force me to beg you to be excused.  Go ahead… I dare you.

Furthermore, many people added, with their donations, a request for a prayer for some intention dear to them.  I stop at the moment and say a prayer for that intention.  This is all very electronic and mediated through screens, but, as St. Augustine said, where there is charity there are no distances.

Also, a new volume of Augustine’s sermons came today, the long-lost and long-awaited vol. III/4 I thought I would never see.  The sender also sent a volume of the Exposition of the Psalms.  Thank you GPF.  CAS sent a DVD of The Natural and KS sent The King’s Speech.

One of the fruits of your donations is that, today, I will go get new glasses which I very much need.  And they won’t have rose-colored lenses.

So… let me put the bite on you now.  Keep protesting!

UPDATE: 7 May 0103 GMT:
From a donor and noble certain athlete and scholar protester:
I’ll take you up on your dare, Father. Consider this a thank you for what you do. I’ve been remiss in sending in donations to help support your efforts. But, I can’t not let a dare (hey, I lived in the Bronx, after all) just sit there. God bless. B

HAH! Say I.

Do your worst.  I can take it.  Donate.  Just keep donating.  I can write those notes.  HAH!  I laugh.

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