ACTION ITEM! (Have some fun.)

At Fishwrap Michael Sean Winters launched a smarmy attack on Samuel Gregg of Acton Institute. It seems that MSW read at least a few pages of Gregg’s book this time and came up with some negative conclusions.

To say that Samuel Gregg’s new book “Tea Party Catholic” is a bad book is a bit like saying Liberace was flamboyant. The adjectives are apt, to be sure, but somehow inadequate. Regular readers will recall that I reviewed Gregg’s previous book, Becoming Europe,” which you can find by clicking here. That book, too, was more agitprop than scholarship, and the Acton Institute, where Gregg serves as Research Director, seems determined to be to capitalism what Pravda was to Marxism.

Everyone, please do me and Sam a favor or two?

First, read this.

Buy me!

Then, would you please consider buying a copy or two of Gregg’s books?

Even just to annoy the Fishwrappers.  It’s worth it.

Samuel Gregg’s Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case for Limited Government, a Free Economy, and Human Flourishing which, remarkably, has very little to do with the Tea Party as such.

Click me.

Also, take a look at the other book MSW mentioned: Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future.

Those of you in the UK can cut and paste the titles into the Amazon UK search box at the bottom of the page.

I’d like to be able to post an update tomorrow that we sold a few dozen books.

And don’t forget to refresh your Mystic Monk Coffee supply while ordering the new CD of music for Lent from the Benedictines in the Diocese of Kansas City who are such a great spiritual support to Bp. Finn, so hated by the Fishwrap.

BTW… MSW wrote:

N.B. I am in Kansas City today meeting with the rest of the NCR editorial family. So, the timing of posts is late, and I apologize. Also, unsure how many links I will get to put up today.

The Fishwrappers are circling the wagons.   They have lost their solitary boast John Allen.  They also lost their columnist now-ex-Jesuit John Dear.  They closed their comment boxes.

In the meantime, I doubt we will be upset if he doesn’t post very much.

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11 Responses to ACTION ITEM! (Have some fun.)

  1. Iacobus M says:

    Thanks for the link to the Nicholas Hahn profile of MSW, Fr. Z, it explains a lot. As does What Jesus says in Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters.” And Liberalism, whether or not one identifies as a liberal Catholic, is a jealous god: no deviations from its orthodoxies are permitted unless one wants to be cast out as “venomous” or a “hater”. I’ll take the Real God, thank you!
    -James Milliken http://vitafamiliariscatholica.blogspot.com/

  2. ordered, as requested…

    Just a thought, though…Father Dear must have REALLY been off the rails for even the Jesuits to not want to have anything to do with him. Wow.

  3. acardnal says:

    Oh . . . and Fr. Greg Reynolds is still excommunicated as a famous blogger once wrote.

  4. Eugene says:

    “The Fishwrappers are circling the wagons. They have lost their solitary boast John Allen. They also lost their columnist now-ex-Jesuit John Dear. They closed their comment boxes.
    In the meantime, I doubt we will be upset if he doesn’t post very much.”
    I will add to my daily prayers that this most unCatholic enterprise will soon meet its demise. “by their fruits ye shall know them”

  5. NoraLee9 says:

    What, exactly, is a “bad book?” Does it have dirty pictures, bad grammar, factoids? Or is this author labeling the book in question “bad,” because he does not agree with the ideas postulated therein. I mean, really? Can any liberal label a book “bad,” just because he doesn’t agree with the author? How utterly unliberal of him!

  6. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    “The Fishwrappers are circling the wagons. They have lost their solitary boast John Allen. They also lost their columnist now-ex-Jesuit John Dear. They closed their comment boxes.”

    Man, you’re right.

  7. wmeyer says:

    “The Fishwrappers are circling the wagons.”

    Did you mean circling the drain? ;)

  8. RafqasRoad says:

    hey Fr. Z.,

    I’ve just had a somewhat wicked and subversive thought…

    if the Fish Fry are losing staff at a rate of knots, why not apply for said position/s??? After all, only Nixon could go to China…

    Liberals should be ‘liberal’ enough to tolerate all sides of the argument (oh, I forget myself; they are only ‘liberal and tolerant’ to those like themselves whilst expecting those not like themselves to bow and scrape to any number of their golden calfs that they have erected to replace eternal, universal truths). So, if they are verily true to their ideology, they ought embrace the good Fr. Z. on staff – redeem the ‘Fish Fry’ from the abyss and from itself???

    Just thinking, ‘tsall…

    Blessings,

    South Coast Catholic.

  9. Mojoron says:

    I grew up in KC and remember when the NCR was a decent paper in the 60′s. In fact it was considered very pro-papacy in those days. I don’t know what happened. I make fun with the Deacon at mass when the free copies of NCR are on the left table and OSV is on the right at the rear of church when you walk in, I told him that his wife/parish secretary placed them that way for a reason. She is much more conservative than the Deacon. Since the Deacon reads them both I asked him how he can stomach NCR, and since he is a Obama supporter, he said he kinda likes the NCR rag. I told him not to like it too much Jesus will ask him someday why he read that stuff and agreed with some of its heresy AND why he voted for Obama. OBTW he is a lawyer in real life, that kinda, sorta explains it all.

  10. AnAmericanMother says:

    Whoa, lay off the lawyers – 99% percent of them give the rest of us a bad name . . . !
    It may just be the folks I hang out with, but I know several very fine Catholic lawyers.

  11. pannw says:

    Mojoron says:
    “I grew up in KC and remember when the NCR was a decent paper in the 60?s. In fact it was considered very pro-papacy in those days. I don’t know what happened. ”

    Humanae Vitae in 68?