Notice what Winters does. First, he indulges in a simply nasty ad hominem attack (which I don’t cite here) on Fr. Robert Sirico, head of Acton Institute. Later, he suggests that Pope Francis – yes, the Pope – should censor Acton… why?
Pope Francis said on the plane back from Latin America that before he comes to the U.S. in September he will read some of the criticisms of his words. Here are two candidates for his reading. Gregg and his colleagues at Acton are ideologues, pure and simple, and the pope need not address their arguments, only their influence. Well funded, they try to spread their laissez faire Gospel throughout the ecclesial world, flying in bishops from developing nations to their seminars and lectures. Anything the pope could do to clip their wings would be welcome.
Scratch a liberal and a fascist bleeds.
Winters wants his enemy to be repressed by papal authority.
It is marvelously ironic that anyone at the Fishwrap wants an intervention of papal authority. When has the Fishwrap respected ecclesial authority?
Moreover, the claim that Acton pushes “laissez faire” capitalism is a lie, but the Wile. E. Coyote of contemporary liberal catholicism is willing to tell it boldly and repeatedly. HERE
What else might lie behind MsW’s fascist approach to Acton?
Think about what is at stake for Fishwrap and its writers.
Who will hold the line on the Church’s moral teaching at the Synod of Bishops? Bishops from “developing countries” (read: Africa).
Bishops in developing countries are willing to listen to Acton because what Acton promotes (not laissez-faire capitalism) helps to lift real people from poverty.
Finally, what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
To the Catholic Bishops of these United States:
Please require that the Fishwrap remove the word “Catholic” from their title.
Require them – finally – to stop pretending. Require them to follow the ruling of the bishop of the place where they have their offices, Kansas City.
“Hey… does that look like a snake to you?”
“Yah… it does kinda!”
“No, it’s a viper.”
“Yah, a viper. You know.. it’s a kind of snake. Poisonous. With venom.”
“But… it’s still a snake… right?”
“You know the old Persian proverb….”
“Okay, I’ll bite. What Per….”
“He has eaten so many snakes that he has become a viper.”
“What the hell are you talking about?”
“I thought we were talking about the Fishwrap.”
“We ARE talking about…”
“Shut up and watch the movie!”