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Times editor: disaffected Catholics should leave Church

Catholic World News - June 18, 2012

Bill Keller, former executive editor of the New York Times, is not a fan of Bill Donohue, the head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. Keller's sympathies are generally with the critics of the Church, which Donohue always defends. Yet in reviewing Donohue's new book, Why Catholicism Matters, Keller admits that he agrees with his sometime adversary: leftist Catholics should be honest enough to leave the Church:

Much as I wish I could encourage the discontented, the Catholics of open minds and open hearts, to stay put and fight the good fight, this is a lost cause. Donohue is right. Summon your fortitude, and just go. If you are not getting the spiritual sustenance you need, if you are uneasy being part of an institution out of step with your conscience — then go. The restive nuns who are planning a field trip to Rome for a bit of dialogue? Be assured, unless you plan to grovel, no one will be listening. Sisters, just go. Bill Donohue will hold the door for you.

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  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Jun. 19, 2012 9:15 AM ET USA

    I'm not a fan of the combative Bill Donahue, but I agree with his message. Dissident voices on the left -- those who support Obama's assault on freedom of religion, for instance -- are enemies within. If they aren't with Holy Mother Church, they are against Holy Mother Church. They should go (but they likely won't because torturing the Body of Christ is their raison d'etre).

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Jun. 18, 2012 6:57 PM ET USA

    We have a saying in Arkansas about a blind hog rooting up an acorn every once in a while. Mr. Keller, I think you found your acorn.

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