Maureen Dowd has written another wearisome diatribe against the Church (if you really must read it, look here, and don't blame me; I warned you), comparing the Catholic hierarchy to the Saudi government.
There is a similarity: both systems are all-male. Got that, Maureen. Thanks for the perceptive observation.
Ms. Dowd once wondered how intelligent women could be content under the Saudi regime, until she had the utterly novel idea that she too lived in a repressive institution: the Catholic Church.
Here's a thought: Let those bright Saudi women live under the rules of the Catholic Church, while Dowd moves to Riyadh and lives under Shari'a law. Schedule another conversation after a couple of years, and let them compare notes. Even Dowd might notice a few distinctions.
(Meantime, the rest of us wouldn't groan quite so much over the Times op-ed page.)
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Posted by: a son of Mary -
Apr. 18, 2010 9:17 AM ET USA
Maureen Dowd is so completely exhausted. She gave up her faith and her mind a long time ago...I lived in Saudi Arabia and she will enjoy the mental and physical prison that it is. Good riddance.
Posted by: Chestertonian -
Apr. 12, 2010 7:38 PM ET USA
Has anyone suggested going after the Times for promoting hate speech? If all the recent attacks on the Pope and the Church don't qualify, since they're full of false claims and insults, I don't know what does.
Posted by: wolfdavef3415 -
Apr. 12, 2010 2:18 AM ET USA
Given the existence of articles like this, it is silly to point out that the Church feels defensive. It should be obvious. Imagine replacing her 'criticisms' of Catholics with 'criticisms' of Jews. You would never see such an article. Tolerance also dictates that we would never see such an article about Muslims and violence. But, give the NYT a club and a chance, and the Catholic bashing is in session.
Posted by: Lucius49 -
Apr. 11, 2010 11:55 AM ET USA
I guess Dowd sees herself as the bile duct for NY Times anti-Catholic bile. The anti-Catholic Know Nothings had nothing on this crowd. Of course Times readership and circulation continue to decline as the dinosaur media like the Gaderine swine rush off the cliff possessed. Columnists like Dowd are one of the reasons. I imagine Dowd wants to lead the charge to oblivion angry and full of discontent. We should pray for her conversion.