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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 22, 2004

Feel the need for penance? Got a strong stomach? Check out the way some editorial cartoonists have portrayed the Catholic Church post-Crisis. My hunch is the one, two, three, four sites linked here account for roughly a third of the U.S. volume, since many of the most prominent and most anti-Catholic contributors aren't included. Be forewarned that, if you make it through all 231 cartoons, you're in for a battering.

Note carefully what aspects of Church teaching are held up for ridicule, and what subset of generous, gifted, compassionate clergy gets a total pass. Ask yourself who, in terms of what they want the Church to become, are better off today than they were four years ago.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Mar. 24, 2004 12:10 AM ET USA

    Richard, Diogenes is right on as usual... He notes well that it's one thing to attack the hierarchy, but it's quite another for the cartoons to attack Church teaching and for the cartoons to totally ignore the fact that 80 percent of the cases of abuse in the past 50 years have involved homosexuals being predatory on young men (a common behavior in the "gay" subculture). You might want to reconsider your commentary... Thank you, again, Diogenes...

  • Posted by: - Mar. 22, 2004 6:57 PM ET USA

    I consider myself a devout Catholic, and I didn't find those cartoons that horrifying. The few dozen I looked at mostly attacked the bishops who deserve the treatment. Of course they're going to be attacked, they're in the news. And yes, the huge majority of the priesthood are fine people, but that's not newsworthy. If you're a journalist, you ought to know that. Get off your self-righteous high horse, Diogenes.

  • Posted by: Stonewall - Mar. 22, 2004 6:48 PM ET USA

    Another example of why Bishop McCormack of Manchester and other bishops that are guilty of enabling homosexual priests to fulfill their fantasies should be axed. If it weren't for these bishops failure to do their job all this fuel wouldn't be out there for the bigots to use against the faithful.

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