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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 31, 2004

"Scare quotes" are a typographical "trick" used to express some authorial "distance" between a writer and a word he finds himself "obliged" to use. Often the "essayist" employs scare quotes sarcastically to "sneer" at the "suspect" term, and in so doing he reveals more about his own "inner life" than about his "target". Take a glance at "Catholic" polemicist Fr. Richard McBrien's "offering" in the LA Tidings and simply note which terms get the "treatment."

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  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Jan. 31, 2004 5:03 PM ET USA

    Interesting how these people scream "division" when someone disagrees with their ramblings. I wish that someone wpuld admit that the Catholic Church is divided even fragmented due to subjective ideologies. Perhaps, then we could begin dealing with the division. First of all, by calling heretics heretics. As a convert and in retrospect, it seems to me that when the Liturgy was so rapidly and brutally dismantled, it shattered the Catholic identity and no one has yet been able to reconstruct it.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 31, 2004 1:06 PM ET USA

    "Father" Richard McBrien is the Crowley-O'Brien "Professor" of "Theology" at the University of Notre Dame. What a shame.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 31, 2004 12:28 PM ET USA

    I wish Fr.Richard O'Brien and the rest of his dissadent Jesuit brothers would start their own Church and leave us Orthodox , pre-Vatican II, right wing reverts alone. He failed to mention Bugadini {Sp} who was the main hi-jacker of Vatican II

  • Posted by: - Jan. 31, 2004 11:47 AM ET USA

    I think there is surely an argument in favor of apostasy.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jan. 31, 2004 11:25 AM ET USA

    I can't decide whether he's a "heretic" or "Schismatic". Or, perhaps more tellingly, mortal or venial sin? Only God knows for sure.