The editor of the Fishwrap, the paper of record for schismatics and heretics now to be known as the National Schismatic Reporter, responded to the bishop of the place where they are headquartered. His Excellency Most Rev. Robert Finn called the NCR out in a column in which he reiterates what his predecessor said: the National catholic Reporter must not use the term “Catholic”. HERE I wrote on that HERE.
The response from Fishwrap?
Lie a little.
FACT: Finn’s predecessor, Bishop Helmsing, in 1968 determined that the NCR could not use the term “Catholic”. They defied him and continued to use it.
FACT: That was never changed by any of Bp. Helmsing’s successors.
FACT: Bp. Finn has publicly reminded everyone of this FACT.
NCR now says:
Finn seems to imply NCR has had bad relations with its local bishops since 1968. [Non sequitur.] This has not been the case. Helmsing’s successors — Bishop John Sullivan and Bishop Raymond Boland — had cordial relations with NCR. Once, Boland came to our Kansas City, Mo., office and blessed our building as we consulted with him about use of new emerging media technologies. Later, Boland spoke at NCR‘s 40th anniversary ceremony in Washington, D.C.
To which everyone must reply, “So what?”.
If a bishop went to bless the office, that does not give them permission to use the term “Catholic”. The bishop could bless a fishmonger’s shop and all the NCR newpapers in it. That wouldn’t make the place “Bob’s Catholic Fish Market”. A bishop talked about technology with someone from NCR. Ooooo! Therefore Fishwrap can use the term “Catholic”? A bishop spoke at their party. And? In 1975 Paul VI met with Idi Amin Dada.
Now the bishop of the place says “NO!” Again.
Furthermore, the Fishwrap‘s editor claims cover from being a member of the Catholic Press Association.
NCR is proud to call itself a Catholic publication. We report and comment on church matters, including official teachings. We also report and comment on those who call into question some of these official teachings. Meanwhile, we belong to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ sanctioned Catholic Press Association. CPA judges have repeatedly cited us with awards for our coverage of the church.
WOWIE! A CPA membership means they are Catholic!
That’s like trying to use your Blockbuster video rental card to get through a TSA checkpoint at the airport.
Is the Catholic Press Assocation ”sanctioned” by the USCCB? Is it?
I don’t find anything like that on the site of the Catholic Press Association. You would think that that would be touted on their site. No? I looked through the history of the CPA on their site. HERE. I found not a mention after I searched “NCCB”, “USCCB”, and only one of “bishops” because they gave an award to some bishops in Florida. They once had a little to do with a three times removed incarnation of the USCCB, the NCWC, but that count’s for nothing. See my remarks about Blockbuster.
Should we accept that because the liberal CPA on a yearly basis gives awards to the liberal Fishwrap they are, therefore, a “Catholic” publication?
Repeat after me… and I invite all bloggers to pick this up…
National Schismatic Reporter.
And now I will go back to reminding myself that young people don’t know or care about who and what Fishwrap is.