I bring to the readership’s attention a piece by Fr. Robert Sirico of Acton Institute. He responds to a ridiculous piece in Rolling Stone, in which Acton and he are mentioned. HERE
Rolling Stone, that bastion of journalistic professionalism, declined to publish Sirico’s response.
The Rolling Stone piece depended in part on the musings of MS Winters of the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap). Winters, the Wile E. Coyote of liberal catholicism, is obsessed with Acton and Sirico to the point of spittle-flecked nutties.
I was amused by this paragraph in Sirico’s response to Rolling Stone. Great line here:
The deeper journalistic problem with this piece is its sheer superficiality in understanding Catholicism or what the Acton Institute (which, incidentally, is an ecumenical organization that works with people ranging from like-minded Evangelicals to observant Jews) does. This is understandable given that Mr. Benelli relies to a great extent for his research on the hyperbole from the fainting couch of one M.S. Winters who writes a breathless blog for the Rolling Stone of Catholic journalism, the National Catholic Reporter.
NB: Fainting Couch. HERE
Speaking of hyperbole, in yet another loooong piece today the venomous MS Winters drew a moral equivalence between those who don’t think that our borders should simply be opened to illegal immigrants, or business owners who have to fire employees, and Planned Parenthood workers who sell baby parts. HERE Just so that you know how the liberal mind works:
We are called to solidarity with the unborn and with the undocumented and with the unemployed, people who are defined by what they are not, but we are also called, hard though it may be, to be in some measure of solidarity with the Planned Parenthood worker, or with the opponent of immigration reform, or with the employer who sometimes fires workers.
Think about the employer “who sometimes fires workers”.
What possessed him to add the adverb “sometimes”? What does “sometimes” add to the thought?
Is there something wrong with firing a worker “sometimes”? How about “anytime? What if the employee is dangerous and incompetent? Example: How about that reporter fired by his TV station who then shot two of his former coworkers?
In the View From the Fainting Couch employers who fire employees – sometimes – are morally equivalent to big-business abortion execs who sell baby parts.
At least we can guess that MS Winters is against selling baby parts. After all, that’s as bad as controlling our borders and sometimes firing employees.
I guess mercy now means that employees can never be sometimes fired.
There is, by the way, a galaxy of distance between the selling of baby parts and, on the other hand, employment practices and border control.
Finally, what does this mean for Fishwrap‘s English counterpart The Tablet who fired Winter’s liberal counterpart Robert Mickens? Maybe that’s what MS Winters had in mind. Perhaps Wile E. is worried about his job with the Rolling Stone of Catholic journalism.