Fishwrap & Winters (aka Comrade Coyote) “struggles” Fr. Weinandy, Card. DiNardo

同志 Coyote, Wile E., (aka Michael Sean Winters… indelibly dubbed by Robbie George as the Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left) and the National Schismatic Reporter, has fulfilled his duty as a cadre of the New catholic Red Guards today, by piling on with others in a “struggle” against Fr. Thomas Weinandy.

Here is a taste:

Hypocrisy marks DiNardo‘s inadequate response to Weinandy [Translation: Card. DiNaro is a hypocrite because he does hurt Weinandy as much as Comrade Coyote would.]

I am not sure which is worse, the fact that Capuchin Fr. Tom Weinandy, a former director of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, could pen such a ridiculously presumptuous letter to the pope, or that the current leadership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops could respond in such a thoroughly inadequate way [See? He’s attacking DiNardo.  He has already recently criticized the bishops – because he can criticize in his role as New catholic Red Guards cadre – because he doesn’t like the USCCB fall meeting agenda… as if they asked him.]

Mgsr. John Strynkowski, Weinandy’s predecessor at the doctrinal committee, has already published a striking response to Weinandy’s letter, with a point-by-point rebuttal. I need not repeat Strynkowski’s arguments and I most definitely wish to associate myself with them. [Strynkowski accompanied Chicago’s Archbishop Cupich as a theologian to the Synod on the Family.]

Still, I have some other concerns. Weinandy did not merely object to this or that thing Pope Francis has said or done; the whole tone of his letter, his choice of words, showed a lack of respect and humility that was appalling[And yet here we are reading Comrade Coyote remark that Card. DiNardo is a hypocrite and the USCCB is inadequate. But! The “tone” of Weinandy’s letter was lacking in respect. Go read the letter and see for yourselves.]


Weinandy and his ilk fret about all those faithful Catholics who are scandalized by Francis. Bosh. Francis is probably the most popular pope in history, [Jesus said it’s all about “popularity”] maybe not at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, [the cadre whistles and points at yet another place for the Left to attack] but in most areas where loyal Catholics [“loyal”… no, you don’t want to go against Mao Thought… believe me!] warm to the pope’s refreshing pleas for more mercy and less judgment. [Just like the mercy and lack of judgment Comrade Coyote is now showing to Fr. Weinandy.] Most conservative Catholics love this pope. There are opponents, to be sure, and they are well-funded and very noisy, but they are a sliver of the population.  [See Fr. Hunwicke’s reaction to this.  Priceless!]


Not once does DiNardo distinguish between Weinandy’s malicious ranting and the Holy Father’s magisterial teaching. [He’s already accused DiNardo of being a hypocrite.  Now comes the implication if not being “loyal” enough.] Indeed, the word magisterium does not appear even once in the statement. [COMRADE COYOTE ladies and gents!  From that perennial defender of the MAGISTERIUM the National Schismatic Reporter.] A Jewish friend, upon reading DiNardo’s statement, observed, “I thought your church was hierarchical.”  [Because the Fishwrap, which used to want popular election of bishops when JP2 and B16 were Popes, is not all about being “hierarchical”.  ]

Don’t get me wrong. I am all for civility and dialogue.  [This from Mr. Venom himself!  HERE.  Be sure to go to that link!]


It almost writes itself as self-parody.

Some time ago I was given a poster from the Cultural Revolution in 1966, when it was really getting underway.   Given the times we are now living in, I just had it framed and I’ve put it on a wall, to remind me of the violence that Catholics are up against from the liberal Left.

In the Cultural Revolution, when someone was identified for disloyalty to Mao Thought, cadres would point them out and their troops of zealots would then “struggle” against them. A “struggle session” involved public humiliation and torture to humiliate, persecute, or execute political rivals and, thus, to shape public opinion.

That’s what the catholic Left is now doing at Amerika, Fishwrap, on Twitter, etc.

They – the New catholic Red Guards are engaging in cyber “struggle sessions”.

In Comrade Coyote’s piece, there is even a hint that Card. DiNardo and the US Bishops aren’t “loyal” enough to the New Thought.

Sometime read through the Sixteen Points which were the 1966 guidelines of the Cultural Revolution.  A taste:

Although the bourgeoisie has been overthrown, it is still trying to use the old ideas, culture, and customs, and habits [the “Four Olds” that must be “smashed”, literally] of the exploiting classes to corrupt the masses, capture their minds, and endeavor to stage a comeback. The proletariat must do just the opposite: it must meet head?on every challenge of the bourgeoisie in the ideological field and use the new ideas, culture, customs, and habits of the proletariat to change the mental outlook of the whole of society. At present our objective is to struggle against and crush those persons in authority who are taking the capitalist road, [the magisterium of John Paul II, etc.] to criticize and repudiate the reactionary bourgeois academic “authorities” [like Fr. Weinandy] and the ideology of the bourgeoisie and all other exploiting classes and transform education, literature, and art and all other parts of the superstructure that do not correspond to the socialist economic base, [INVADE Franciscan U!] so as to facilitate the consolidation and development of the socialist system. The masses of the workers, peasants, soldiers, revolutionary intellectuals, and revolutionary cadres form the main force in this Great Cultural Revolution. Large numbers of revolutionary young people, previously unknown, have become courageous and daring pathbreakers. …

Sounds like Comrade Coyote.

How about…

The masses of the workers, peasants, soldiers, revolutionary intellectuals, and revolutionary cadres form the main force in this Great Cultural Revolution. Large numbers of revolutionary young people, previously unknown, have become courageous and daring pathbreakers. They are vigorous in action and intelligent. Through the media of big character posters [tweets… some get 280 characters, btw] and great debates, they argue things out, expose and criticize thoroughly, and launch resolute attacks on the open and hidden representatives of the bourgeoisie. … Since the Cultural Revolution is a revolution, it inevitably meets with resistance. This resistance comes chiefly from those in authority who have wormed their way into the party and are taking the capitalist road. It also comes from the old force of habit in society. [again, the Four Olds] At present, this resistance is still fairly strong and stubborn. However, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution is, after all, an irresistible general trend. There is abundant evidence that such resistance will crumble fast once the masses become fully aroused. …

If you want to read more about that desperate time try Mao’s Last Revolution – US HERE – UK HERE.

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  1. Eugene says:

    Father I cannot bear to read Winter’s opinion on this.
    Under this pontificate injustice to Faithful Catholics has once again proven to be very swift.
    Do you Father or any of the readers know of some contact information for Fr. Weinandy to send him some moral and material support.
    I would gladly give him a year’s worth of support I currently give to my Jesuit run church of nice parish.

  2. Aquinas Gal says:

    It’s so bizarre for Fishwrap to suddenly be so concerned about magisterial teaching, as if it ever mattered to them.
    And the funding, well, in 2013 Fishwrap received a 2.3 million grant to cover the LCWR story:

  3. richiedel says:

    Cardinal Cupich very recently gave a talk entitled “Dialogue in the Key of Pope Francis”.

    What happened to Fr. Weinandy is a very good example of the type of “dialogue” they’re talking about, so for Winters to respond this way is only a desperate attempt to spin the state of affairs to continue to make it look as if Fr. Weinandy is the bad guy. God forbid Weinandy is perceived as remaining in the position to play the left’s own hallowed fall back of the victim card. As Fr. Weinandy himself pointed out, he was responding to Pope Francis’ own exhortation to “speak with parrhesia and listen with humility”. But apparently to Winters, only certain people get to speak with parrhesia, and certain others are the ones who need to listen with humility.

    However, Winters’ comments then unwittingly beg the question: exactly what sort of response would have been apt to Weinandy’s actions? Defrocking? Solitary confinement? Burning at the stake? How exactly could have DiNardo’s response more radically conformed to true “dialogue”?

  4. Anneliese says:

    Fr. Weinandy seems like a good man and faithful man. I’m not sure about Michael Sean Winters. And James Martin seems to have an opinion as well.

    [So, there’s a measure of pay back going on here.]

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    That’s exactly what they are doing Fr. Z., and I’m not sure what exactly is so annoying about their tactics, but their tactics are super annoying. Maybe it’s because they are so obvious, but believe themselves so clever. The Left wails about bullies, but they are the worst kind of bullies. They isolate, they use ad hominem attacks, it’s so…Marxist. These dogs have been loosed, they have been encouraged to attack anyone who questions this pope. Division, chaos, confusion, cruelty, these are all hallmarks of Satan. These things are not coming from the traditionalist camp.

  6. Eric says:

    I have read 4 of Weinandy’s books. They are wonderful. If anyone wants deep and scholarly reflection, that are also very pastoral, in the true sense of the word, buy his books!

  7. iamlucky13 says:

    “A Jewish friend, upon reading DiNardo’s statement, observed, ‘I thought your church was hierarchical.'”

    As another extension of the Red Guard comparison, his anecdote suggests he and his Jewish friend hold a very different understanding of hierarchical relationships than is generally held in western democracies.

    Hierarchies where those lower in the organization are permitted to openly disagree with (although still abide by the authority of) the judgement of those higher in the organization are, despite the structural similarities, wildly different from those where disagreement is punished, and where those in authority are excoriated for failing to punish harshly enough.

  8. OldProfK says:

    It happens that I just finished Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World. Msgr. Benson saw with clear eyes, I think.

  9. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    I’m always struck by the irony when the guardians of tolerance and diversity spew hatred at “intolerant” people.

    Surely, following His Holiness, MSW should reply to Fr. Weinandy, “Who am I to judge?”

  10. JabbaPapa says:

    Francis is probably the most popular pope in history

    hmmmm, so he thinks Francis would “win” a “popularity contest” against St Peter ?

  11. Ave Crux says:

    Father Z: Some time ago I was given a poster from the Cultural Revolution in 1966, when it was really getting underway. Given the times we are now living in, I just had it framed and I’ve put it on a wall, to remind me of the violence that Catholics are up against from the liberal Left.

    Wonderful idea! We may do so as well….together with Henry V’s beautiful quote: “We few….we happy few….And gentlemen abed in England will think themselves accursed they were not here!”

  12. Fr Mark Elliott Smith says:

    I think you do that nice Mr Winters an injustice. It’s refreshing, in these disloyal times, to see someone so vehement in defence of the Magisterium. And I’m sure that when the next Conclave elects a Benedict XVII, a John Paul III, or a Pius XIII, we can expect to see the same unswerving obedience.

  13. Benedict Joseph says:

    Things surely are not good at all.
    Your very pertinent references these past days, Father, brought to mind a report I read in “Carmel” magazine, published until a couple of decades ago by the Discalced Carmelite Friars of St. Joseph Province (California/Arizona).
    The author was recounting a visit to China during the eighties. In visiting a camp for persons released from forced labor he came upon a woman, a Chinese woman, who had been “liberated” from Carmel by the Maoist Communists in 1949. The author relayed to her the splendid news of all that had transpired in the Church and in Carmel in the intervening decades.
    How enlightened everyone had become in the flourishing Church renewed. Grilles gone, baptismal names reclaimed, habits hung out to dry… of the people, you know…
    She was bewildered.
    She relayed the enormity of her loss in being forcibly “liberated” from monastic life. The author finally recognized the tailoring and fabric of the vest on the venerable Sister Helen Thérèse of the Child Jesus as the remnant of her precious habit, her woolen scapular that she had managed to covertly maintain as her daily garb, summer and winter, spring and fall, for well over thirty years…perhaps over forty.
    She left her interviewer and returned to her duty.
    Our guards in red would release us from our authentic ecclesial life. Let us maintain our duty, and don’t abandon our scapulars and all they represent – once termed by a priest from my high school days in the mid-sixties as “pious nonsense.”
    Pious nonsense. The words burned my ears then as a kid and continue to this day. It is their unrelenting litany as they rampage through our Church. Treasure dismissed as garbage by barbarians.
    I recall St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi running through her monastery in Florence screaming in a heightened state of mystical experience “God is not loved! God is not loved!”
    God, indeed, is not even acknowledged, let alone loved.

  14. Tiber Swimmer 2012 says:

    A disturbing trend displayed by the adherents of a ‘Revolutionary Church’ (and the ensuing ideology therein) is that their Mercy is often far colder than their Justice.

  15. SKAY says:

    “The Left wails about bullies, but they are the worst kind of bullies. They isolate, they use ad hominem attacks, it’s so…Marxist”
    I agree Kathleen10. Father Z’s reference to the Red Guard reminds me of the White House Christmas tree decoration with a picture of Chairman Mao prominently displayed during the first year of Obama’s presidency.

  16. Filipino Catholic says:

    Tolerance paradox strikes again — intolerance of perceived “intolerance”. These who claim to uphold the Magisterium and yet chip away at it are like termites slowly eating away at the beams and timbers of a house (this is the Church). And how shall God renovate (reform/renew) His house? By first demolishing the damaged parts (persecution) so that the termites will be brought to light, and thus are forced to flee and be destroyed.

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  18. iamlucky13 says:

    Something said elsewhere reminded me of a particular part of Mr. Winters’ piece that grates on me increasingly the more I think about it, so I have a late addition to the conversation. First, the excerpt:

    “Finally, because Weinandy chose to disclose the manner in which he sought a sign from the Lord, it is incumbent upon the bishops’ conference to distance itself from that crackpot superstition. Or are we to expect that, instead of holding a vote for a new chair of the doctrinal committee, as they plan to do in Baltimore week after next, DiNardo will kill a chicken and see which nominee the blood flows toward?”

    Perhaps we should emphasize what this “crackpot superstition” is. It is prayer.

    Fr. Weinandy prayed for a sign, and he believes he received it. It would be a reasonable counterpoint to note that we are not obliged to believe particular claims of private revelation, and it certainly is a possible explanation that what happened was merely coincidental.

    Regardless, Fr. Weinandy chose to write the letter believing that God answers prayers when it is providential to do so. And for that, not only did Mr. Winters label his hope in prayer as “crackpock superstition,” but he even went as far as mocking a Cardinal as believing in pagan bloodletting rituals due to his failure to publicly denounce the efficacy of prayer.

    Forget Wile E. Coyote. Such inflammatory mockery of not only his opponent, but even a Cardinal’s response to controversy and hope in God’s consideration of our prayers isn’t merely clumsy. It’s despicable.

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