We are underfunded by over 50% this month. $17,759 short—a serious deficit. Your support needed NOW!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

The lady doth protest too much, methinks

By Fr. Paul Mankowski, S.J. (articles ) | Jul 06, 2003

Card-carrying intellectual Anna Quindlen joins Maureen Dowd in crayoning for us in bright orange letters that she is not, repeat not, in the least rattled by the reasoning of Justice Scalia's dissent:

The most notable aspect of Scalia's decision was not its prejudice or its prurience but its politics. His words were openly partisan, designed to call to arms the social conservatives who have long insisted that an activist court is the aim only of the left. ... Actually, the good news is that the reaction to the decision showed how far out on a right wing Scalia has gone. ... When Scalia shuddered, "What a massive disruption of the current social order," he seemed to be channeling the social order of the 18th century.

Anna dear, what's all the fuss about? If Scalia is the oddball you make him out to be, if he is merely penning ineffectual nonsense that convinces no one, why not sit back and enjoy the show, much as the "great right-wing conspiracy" enjoyed watching Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders score her wonderful series of own-goals against the Clinton administration? Why this elaborate affectation of confidence that you own the future? During the Bork confirmation hearings, an ACLU lawyer was reciting the party line about Bork's judicial extremism when David Broder -- no conservative, he -- checked the hyperbole by saying, "Wait a minute. You're worried about 5-4 decisions, not 8-1 decisions." Bull's eye. The intellectual feebleness of the majority opinion in Lawrence is an acute embarrassment to its supporters, with even Andrew Sullivan and Jeffrey Rosen fingering their collars uneasily and casting about for a plausible line of defense. Scalia's well-articulated contempt for the majority's reasoning scored a large number of hits, and it is likely that his derisive reference to Casey's "sweet-mystery-of-life passage" will become an enduring catchphrase in law schools and courtrooms, viz., as a synonym for fatuous and disingenuous emotivism. Quindlen's and Dowd's cock-a-doodle of victory sounds hollow, because at some level they must sense the fragility of the victory itself. Their sneers at Scalia, like those of Robert Bork's earlier detractors, being singularly ill-aimed, exemplify the very fear they pretend to scoff at.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our January expenses ($17,759 to go):
$35,000.00 $17,240.70
51% 49%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The best argument against the 'celibate gay Catholics' 12 hours ago
Church Fathers: St. Polycarp and St. Papias January 24
On News Both Good and Fun January 23
Guess who thinks Pope Francis shouldn't give so many interviews? January 23
A rare “win” in the Venerable League: Laity 4, Priests and Religious 3 January 23

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals CWN - January 5
In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12