I think the first time I ever heard of “Catholic Taliban”, it was years ago in an editorial by Al Matt, editor of The Wanderer. He was referring to a brand of traditionalist who is, as I sometimes identify them, “happy only when they are unhappy”… and they share it all too willingly.
Then a while back my friend John Allen, sadly still writing for the National Catholic Fishwrap, took up the epithet, applying it to those who practice “a distorted, angry form of the faith that knows only how to excoriate, condemn, and smash the TV sets of the modern world.” Not to far from what Al Matt intended, as a matter of fact.
Continuing the trend, Austen Ivereigh, former spokesman for Card. Murphy-O’Connor of Westminster and now a journalist, donned the burnous in an interview with the aforementioned John Allen. Ivereigh is discussing the different groups who applied to participate in the Catholic Voices project he was involved with.
We didn’t get an application from a Lefebvrite. We did get a few from what you would call the “Taliban Catholics,” who of course have become very vociferous on the blogosphere in the last few years. They’re very critical of the bishops for compromising too much with modernity and not promoting Catholic truth as they see it. We also had applications from people in favor of the ordination of women, and who in general believe that the reforms of Vatican II have been insufficiently implemented, and who are angry at the bishops for the opposite reasons.”
I’m safe,… I think. After all, I like The West Wing, Battlestar Galactica, Spooks (MI-5 in the USA), and look forward to the final season of Smallville.
And I watch b… ba… base…
…baseball, too! And the news!
So, some of you WDTPRS readers had better examine your …. AIYEEYEEE! AIYEEYEEE! … consciences … AIYEEYEEE! …. sorry, I can’t help myself….
I have been tempted, of course. I know where I can f… fi … AIYEEYEEE!…. find these groups of TALIBAN CATHOLICS!