The catholic Smear Machine is getting a lift from non-catholics. At Christianity Today, in their “Society” section of all places, comes a piece from someone named Henry Farley, whose name I have not yet encountered. He is, apparently, a Junior Staff Writer who has done some other things.
You know the smear drill by now. They of the Machine use the standard scare-labeling (in this piece, Card. Burke is an “ultraconservative”) along with an unflattering photo. They cite their darlings (here, the infamous Timothy Radcliffe). They make their goofy surmises based on their deep knowledge of Catholicism (“first step to declaring the pope a heretic the Church would be in unprecedented situation”). They psychologize the ones they want to belittle (“An emphasis on “personal and pastoral discernment” among local priests and bishops seems dangerous to those who would prefer the comfort of a top down dictate.”)
It’s all so very thin and … greasy.