Secondary detonations

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 06, 2003

In a piece on Cardinal Mahony, American Prowler columnist George Neumayr forgot the cardinal rule of Catholic journalism: if you provoke conservatives you're a prophet, if you provoke progressives you're a hate-monger.

You can almost hear Neumayr frothing at the mouth in this column. He hates gays; he hates Vatican II; he hates contemporary Catholic education; he hates the liturgy in languages that people can understand; he hates the new cathedral; and he hates Cardinal Mahony. I wouldn't be surprised if he also hates air conditioning, automobiles, telephones and indoor plumbing, too. ... When it comes to his misinformed and specious claims that the church is not seeking reconciliation and healing, Neumayr might as well be talking about himself. He doesn't give a hoot what happens to victims, as long as he gets to use them to pummel the church back into the 14th century, where he undoubtedly believes it should have stayed.

Sober, judicious, balanced, carefully reasoned, conducive to order and mutual good will. Exactly what we expect from the director of the Office of Media Relations of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. (Thanks to Amy Welborn for the head's-up.)

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  • Posted by: Saved by Grace - Jun. 07, 2003 11:16 AM ET USA

    I recently read that it is more accurate to refer to people as orthodox and unorthodox rather than the vague "conservative' and "liberal". And that would be more descriptive here. I consider myself conservative, but that means that I love the pope, tradition, Vatican II, the Church, etc. That's because I am also orthodox.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2003 12:15 AM ET USA

    "Injustice results as often from not doing as from doing" -- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 9, 5) -- a new translation by David Hicks and Scot Hicks

  • Posted by: - Jun. 06, 2003 11:18 PM ET USA

    Oh, I'm sorry Cardinal Mahony, I was looking for Cardinal Virtue, have you seen him anywhere? Perhaps he's not in Los Angeles, do you know where else I may find him? I wouldn't want to suggest that you lacked fortitude or that you had somehow misunderstood the order and rank of Justice. St Thomas Aquinas, after all, never ascribed any power to wrath did he?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 06, 2003 11:07 PM ET USA

    The director of the Office of Media Relations of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles should rent the movie "LA Confidential" sometime and, along with a few Jungian archetypes, help us discern. Of course any resemblance to characters living or dead would be purely coincidental.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 06, 2003 10:49 PM ET USA

    The next time Cardinal Mahony is looking to dedicate a Chapel in Los Angeles [the City of Angels after all] perhaps he could dedicate the next one to the poet Dante. Then while reading aloud from the Divine Comedy, with a particular emphasis on Inferno, standing beside The Thinker, he could go over the treatment Dante had reserved for the miscreant clerics that riled him. Just imagine the press conference.