raw piety

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 30, 2005

The National Catholic Reporter, like most of the Catholic Left, has been abnormally tongue-tied on the Schiavo affair. Hearing editor Tom Roberts's embarrassed language on the matter, it's hard to avoid the impression that concern for un-pretty people is in deplorable taste, and, not to put too fine a point on it, lower class:

Joe Feuerherd's reporting on the Terri Schiavo case is worth the time even if, by now, you think you don't want to hear or read another word about it. Why? Because his reporting goes in a different direction from the 24/7 onslaught of emotionalism, raw piety and three-year-old video clips of a woman in a sad and desperate situation. Whatever happens in this case -- and it is uncertain at the time of this writing -- it is clear that such matters are far more complex than any collection of sound bites. It is also a certainty that medical technology will continue to hand us these awful dilemmas. It’s important that we continue to educate ourselves, to hear from our tradition as well as our ethicists and to learn how to think about these things.

Three-year-old video clips! -- let's move on to the plight of Cuban transsexuals. It's important, insists Roberts, that we "to learn how to think about these things", the most important point being that Susan Sarandon will not be starring in an NBC mini-series in the role of Terri Schiavo.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2005 3:58 PM ET USA

    Why don't they just take CATHOLIC off their masthead!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2005 9:04 AM ET USA

    Strike 1: Legal murder of the unborn Strike 2: Legal murder of the handicapped Strike 3: Legal murder of embryos for cloning, the ultimate sacrilege? Has asking God to bless America become a sacrilege as well?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2005 8:31 PM ET USA

    dad2dlj - Being a Christian means believing certain things, one of which Christ said simply, "He who is not with Me is against Me." The way I see it, no matter where you go, you don't have to go blindly. You can take the Truth path, or the False path. One way you are following God, the other way you are following Satan. Which path have you chosen? For this reason I hope you were joking.

  • Posted by: dad2dlj - Mar. 30, 2005 6:03 PM ET USA

    Heaven forbid we allow more "raw piety" loose on world. The ACLU would have to triple their number of law suits in their efforts to stamp it out. Thank goodness the NCR is there to help them restrain such outbursts by encouraging us to learn how to think instead of blindly following the Church.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2005 11:24 AM ET USA

    "National CATHOLIC [???] Reporter" Anybody hear that one ?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2005 11:13 AM ET USA

    "Complex" = moral relativist term for "let everyone do his/her/its own thing." This lady has been on a feeding tube for years and was not in the process of dying. Removal of the tube was an act of homicide. Those are the simple and uncontraverted facts. The "quality of life" folks are trying to make the complex to defect attention from the truth.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2005 10:16 AM ET USA

    I notice they are having an indepth look at the 25 anniversary of the execution of Salvadoran Archbishop Romero. Will they have a 25th anniversary look at the execution of Terry Schiavo?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2005 10:13 AM ET USA

    Terry Schiavo is the NCR's Million Dollar Baby.