The enemy of my enemy?

The wonderful and persistent Anna Arco of England’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, has an amusing observation about Mo Dowd’s Sunday contribution to anti-Catholic bigotry.

Thus, Anna:

It is a rare occasion that finds Fr John Zuhlsdorf of What does the Prayer Really Say on the same side as Michael Sean Winters, a journalist who writes for the Jesuit America Magazine — but it’s Dowd what done it.

Both men have censured her, even if the reasons they give are somewhat different.

MSW ended his post on the America with this: “It is not that she is wrong, it is that she is so contentedly wrong, so confident in her ignorance, so comprehensively prejudiced against the Church. Why doesn’t she just become a Protestant and have done with it? If you heard her rant on the street, you would give her a dollar and hope she doesn’t spend it on booze. Reading her rant in the Times, you can just flip the page.”

For my part, I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Winter’s comments at Amerika this week.  Here is an example:

I have long been puzzled by the fact that the Times gives such prominence to Ms. Dowd. Her columns almost always have the snide, “I know more than you,” parochialism that haunts Manhattan alongside an astonishing ignorance.


Ah… that unbeatable combo of ignorance and arrogance.

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  1. People who think they know what they’re talking about, make life impossible for those of us who actually do. Don’t you agree, Father? [I dunno!]

  2. lofstrr says:

    Hmmmmm, Fr.Z and America Magazine on the same side.

    So that make Mz. Dowd a kind of ecumenist as well, of a sort. So who is going to be the first to tell her that she is obviously on the Pope’s side and just didn’t realize it? :)

  3. Not ignorance and arrogance – rather arrogance and more deliberate arrogance. The more those like Dowd scream, whine and apoplex-ize, the more good that is being done. Keep pressing the Truth.

  4. Tominellay says:

    She won’t announce she’s left the Church, and it angers her that she is so wrong…

  5. Hamburglar says:

    Wait, she considers herself Catholic?!?!

  6. Roland de Chanson says:

    To be fair, here is the definitive list of all of Mo’s anti-Mohammedan and anti-Jewish columns:


    Nu, you expected a list? Hey, it’s the NY Times. Mo keeps the first commandment of “journalism”: Thou shalt kiss the podex that feeds thee.

  7. AnnaTrad51 says:

    These tirades are more like the death rattle of these dying orders and what makes it even more tragic is that they don’t even realize it. Our Lord has left these unfaithful brides a long time ago.

  8. Timbot2000 says:

    “Ignorance and arrogance, how efficient of you general!”-Londo Mollari

  9. Traductora says:

    Ignorance and arrogance are liberalism in a nutshell. I’m not sure how old Mo Dowd is – late 40s? early to mid 50s? – but she is trotting out truly antiquated “feminist” hogwash and it amazes me that there’s even a readership for her tired old screeds.

  10. Susan the Short says:

    Roland de Chanson,
    oooh! podex! I like that. I’m always learning new words on this site.

  11. Richard says:

    A minor disagreement with AnnaTrad51: Our Lord will never leave us. We, however, can leave Him, ignore his call, refuse to follow Him, reject Him and not return – of our own free will. The lost sheep could have kept running away. That is the tragedy of sin.

    To quote (probably slightly incorrectly) a Talmudic proverb:

    You can’t break the law of God. You can only break yourself on the Law”

  12. Andy F. says:

    I don’t know if anyone is reading this post or has looked over to the comments section of Mo’s article, but they are quite good. Especially number 7 with its lengthy defense and humorous conclusion. Don’t forget to look at the equally hilarious number 8.

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