When the National catholic Fishwrap indulgences in its version of hagiography, the results aren’t pretty.
Their latest liberal panegyric is an attempt to transmogrify Sr. Simone Campbell, Democrat party activist, bus rider, into a progressivist’s alternative to Bl. Theresa of Calcutta.
Consider, for example, how in hagiography throughout the centuries we read of encounters between saints and blesseds… Francis and Dominic, Philip Neri and Ignatius Loyola, Benedict and Scholastica, Damien and Marianne, John Paul and Teresa, Teresa of Avila and John, Catherine of Siena and Raymond, … hey!… the Lord during his Passion and Mary!
The stuff of imagination and dreams and lofty aspirations.
Here is an excerpt from Fishwrap’s second nocturn:
One Saturday after the convention, working at NETWORK headquarters, she heard her cell phone ring. Glancing at it she read a message: “Restricted number.” Answering, a male voice said: “Can you hold for the president of the United States?”
For a split second she found herself suspended in disbelief. Then two seconds later she heard a familiar voice on the other end of the line, the voice of Barack Obama, who thanked her for her speech and for talking about poverty before the delegates.
Obama then thanked her for NETWORK’s important work organizing for the marginalized, Campbell recalled recently. The president went on to say, “You must be the most popular person in the United States.”
Campbell replied with a chuckle: “I hope I’m not more popular than you.”
Consider how, for the Fishwrap, the President met his Nun on the way to his November defeat. Barack and Simone gazed at each other and their looks became as so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly … [Kneel… ooops… stay standing!]…
In the meantime, I think we have just seen NCR show their hand.