you say you want a revolution?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 27, 2005

Rea Howarth of Catholics Speak Out came to Rome to convince the Church to renounce patriarchy. She -- Ms. Howarth, I mean, not the Scarlet Woman -- kept a diary of her adventures. The following paragraphs, which I swear I'm not making up, were posted in response to the flop:

About 40 people turned out for the Dr. Valerio's presentation, but few came from the Italian press and there were no cameras from Italy's three stations, which are owned by Berlusconi who owns three television stations and the government controls two of the three public stations. The government-controlled press and Berlusconi's media empire totally ignores anything that women or anyone else has to say that is the least bit critical of the church.

The fiendish cunning!

Robert Blair Kaiser pushed the organizers of the conferences to go to the streets and do some sort of public protest, such as burning bras, to compel the press to turn out in greater numbers. Frankly, it's too cold to take off my shirt here, but I am considering burning my supply in the public square. Kaiser also was critical because the organizers have not yet sent "these important speeches" to all the cardinals. He said we should be working furiously to email them to all the cardinals before they are shut off from the world.

Burning bras? We're in a serious time-warp here. While you're at it, Bob & Rea, why don't you stage a mass Teach-In next to the Domus Sanctae Martae while playing an eight-track tape of Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" and destroying your draft records. That'll bring out the press. Also some discreetly-marked ambulances crewed by quiet, purposeful, white-jacketed men with syringes.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Apr. 29, 2005 12:14 PM ET USA

    (continued from earlier blog): Isn't it clear who wants to "go back" to an earlier time? Let's prayerfully encourage, with love, the traitors/dissenters, many of whom are stuck in the 1960s-70s, to come back to the Faith or let us cut their dingy's tethered line so that they can see that (1) they're not on the Ship (2) they can call for help to come Home to the Church & (3) this is Jesus' Church, His Word, His Liturgy, His Vicar of Christ, & there is no salvation apart from Jesus & His Church.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Apr. 28, 2005 6:30 PM ET USA

    We younger priests often get accused of wanting to "go back" to an earlier time in the Church, of being "rigid" & "pre-Vatican II", when all we're really doing is moving forward with Jesus, His Church, the Magisterium & Holy Father. Isn't clear that Bob & Rea & JoanChisttister et al are the ones who want to "go back" to the acid-dropping-snoopyvestment-rootbeer&pizza-"liturgies" & dissent of the 1960s-70s -- tethered in a dingy, behind the Ship (Holy Mother Church), trying to pull Her backward.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 27, 2005 6:23 PM ET USA

    jchrysostom, your favorite little nun also appears to be that of the press. It occurred to me last night that in the coverage of the election of the Pope I have seen, she probably ranks second in appearances on American secular TV. Most appearances would probably be of Benedict XVI; second-most, Sister Joan. (Don't worry: I understand you are kidding.)

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2005 8:54 AM ET USA

    "The Quixote Center is both shocked and saddened that the cardinals did not take the time to carefully reflect on the challenges facing the church today." Even Diogenes could not write a parody that is as good as what they themselves believe to be serious. Don Quixote? Is this a subliminal wish for failure? Hmmm. Don Quixote versus the Catholic Church; who will win?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2005 7:59 AM ET USA

    I opened the link to the "diary." I suppose the typos, the split infinitives and passive voice are an effort to lend verisimilitude to a banal set of observations. Then again, maybe not. I also note that Ms. Howard considers herself part of a "conclave team" that included my favorite little nun from smalltown Erie, PA, Schwester Joan Chittister, who "defied the Vatican" not so long ago, to her personal ruination, the tyrants. Right.