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"the nation's expert"

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 11, 2003

If William Dinges is "the nation's expert on Roman Catholic traditionalists," as Knight-Ridder reports, how come none of my Roman Catholic traditionalist friends have ever heard of him?

I suppose not many potatoes ever heard of Luther Burbank, and he was an expert (from my home town, I might add).

The difference is that traditionalists, unlike potatoes, are human beings, and someone who seeks to understand them can actually talk to them.

I suspect that the expertise of Professor Dinges regarding traditionalism is like the expertise of the USCCB (see here) regarding authentic Catholic thought: indirect and distant.

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