Saturday, October 31, 2009

Anti Catholicism; All American Pastime?

"It is not hyperbole to call prejudice against the Catholic Church a national pastime. Scholars such as Arthur Schlesinger Sr. referred to it as "the deepest bias in the history of the American people," while John Higham described it as "the most luxuriant, tenacious tradition of paranoiac agitation in American history." "The anti-Semitism of the left," is how Paul Viereck reads it, and Professor Philip Jenkins sub-titles his book on the topic "the last acceptable prejudice."
Archbishop Dolan of New York
The good Archbishop points out examples, mostly from the New York Times of blatant bias against Catholics. For example: public school sexual abuse statistics show rampant unreported child abuse which goes unreported while a Franciscan who fathered a child with a consenting adult woman is treated as big news.

Maureen Dowd goes ballistic, reciting a litany of presumed sins of the Church because the Vatican has the nerve in her opinion to visit communities of women religious, the way it visited US seminaries. Twice.

This is part of the fabric of American journalism. And they wonder why no one is buying the Times, while Fox News is having a banner year.

Read the entire article on Fox News Forum.

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1 comment:

bilbannon said...

I've seen many times when the Times was very fair to Catholicism even though I detest their pro choice stance. The Times knows that Archbishop Dolan has crossed the line here and that he apparently sees our suffering in the US as greater than that of blacks and Indians (Scholesinger quote) etc people who strangely have not advanced healthwise and income wise as Catholics have. How did we do that if our burdern was oh so great. One Bill Donahue...large angry Irishman... is enough. I do not want to see double like Yossarian in Catch 22.