Commonweal on the state of the question

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 25, 2006

These are real tough days to be a Vatican III Catholic. Conventional ammunition is in such short supply that the editors of Commonweal, baffled in their attempt to find a substantive and intelligible reason to denounce the Sam Alito Supreme Court nomination, were forced to shame his supporters into silence by resort to the ultimate weapon.


Those like Alito who deplored the excesses of the antiwar, women's, and civil-rights movements were also among the last to concede that President Richard Nixon authorized the burglary of his political opponents' headquarters and then lied about it.

Take that, Federalist Society partakers of communion on the tongue!

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2006 9:03 AM ET USA

    frjimc: You speak the truth. A couple of years ago, the Bishop of Reno, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, gave the school kids a pro-life homily USCCB style: a quick nod to abortion, then to the REAL issue--not smoking is pro-life. If Alito is a cigar man, no wonder we don't hear our bishops supporting him--he's not pro-life!!!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2006 12:23 AM ET USA

    Those like Peggy Steinfels who deplored pro-life activists, EWTN, and the Knights of Columbus were also among the last to concede that Archbishop Rembert Weakland snuck $450,000. of diocesean funds to pay off his former boyfriend after being accused of attempted date rape and then lied about how much money he had donated to the diocesean coffer.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2006 7:29 PM ET USA

    The way I figure that statement is guilt by association three times removed. And to think that they call Joe McCarthy names!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2006 5:37 PM ET USA

    Patriot - "cigar box"??? If anybody thought Alito smoked cigars, he NEVER would have passed muster! You realize, of course, that while Vatican II mostly did away with the concept of sin, there is still one cardinal sin remaining: smoking.

  • Posted by: Gil Bailie - Jan. 25, 2006 3:02 PM ET USA

    In a recent essay in the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars journal, Fr. Stanley Jaki of Seton Hall University referred to people who, in the last few decades of the 20th century “thought nothing worse than Watergate could ever hit mankind.” The Commonweal editors demonstrate once again how resistant to reality that mindset is.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2006 12:41 PM ET USA

    Breaking news, all the news, just when you need it! One must only wonder if Judge Alito has his old "Nixon-Agnew" buttons lying about in cigar box in his attic.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2006 12:15 PM ET USA

    Like all the other aging liberals they dream of that golden age of Viet Nam and Watergate when their moral superiority was recognized by all, or at least by all who counted.