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The MoDo blitzkrieg continues

“It doesn’t seem right that the Catholic Church is spending Holy Week practicing the unholy art of spin.

Complete with crown-of-thorns imagery, the church has started an Easter public relations blitz defending a pope who went along with the perverse culture of protecting molesters and the church’s reputation rather than abused — and sometimes disabled and disadvantaged — children.

The church gave up its credibility for Lent. Holy Thursday and Good Friday are now becoming Cover-Up Thursday and Blame-Others Friday.

This week of special confessions and penance services is unfolding as the pope resists pressure from Catholics around the globe for his own confession and penance about the cascade of child sexual abuse cases that were ignored, even by a German diocese and Vatican office he ran.


If church fund-raising and contributions dry up, Benedict’s P.R. handlers may yet have to stage a photo-op where he steps out of the priest’s side of the confessional and enters the side where the rest of his fallible flock goes.

Or maybe 30-second spots defending the pope with Benedict’s voice intoning at the end: ‘I am infallible, and I approve this message.'”

Maureen Dowd, Spy Wednesday, 2010

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Bryan Healy

posted March 31, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I am sorry, but anyone who actually believes what Ms. Dowd writes needs to have their head examined. She is just a spiteful person who feels a need to attack the church. To these people, the church will never do enough nor will it ever please them.
Perhaps she needs to find a new home since she is so unhappy being one of us? The church is not a democracy.

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posted March 31, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Maureen Down picked a perfect day to betray her Catholic faith: Spy Wednesday! I urge her to read some of the excellent article links on “The Anchoress” blog. The truth is a light. When I read Maureen Dowd’s column, I thought of Judas, leaving the Last Supper, “and it was night!”

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Dana MacKenzie

posted March 31, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Breathtaking, staggering ignorance. I feel sorry for Dowd. What a pathetic creature.

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posted April 1, 2010 at 7:54 am

It’s not just Maureen Dowd. I went to all girls Catholic School. Maureen Dowd reminds me of that really popular girl who said what we all were thinking outloud but we were too afraid to say it. Why were we afraid – we knew we would be rude and get in trouble. Our consciences bothered us about our own thoughts but we also didn’t like whatever the situation was-we didn’t like it because of our own vainity. That’s when our classmate would speak in some over the top way which would allow the cork to come off.
So, Ms. Dowd is speaking some truth to some in the crowd – maybe all of us. But, the other half is also true – it’s rude and is about vanity, hers and a collective mindset. What vanity – her thoughts on this topic are more important and are right. This is where Maureen Dowd currently fails – when our classmate went too far – someone would recognize it and stop her. No one is stopping her – as she progressively gets ruder and ruder – we see the hate, anger and viciousness that underlies her and others thoughts about the Church and the Holy Father. She would no doubt claim it’s about abuse and women’s rights. But it’s not – it’s about having the floor and saying whatever you want to rile up your supporters and bully the rest of us.

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Frank Hannon

posted April 1, 2010 at 9:52 am

Are you for real, Ms. Dowd?
I’ll admit that I’m not well versed re the case of the abusive priest moved around in Germany under Ratzinger’s watch, but I do know that decades ago, NO one, not professionals, churchmen all the more, had any idea that this sort of evil is beyond rehabilitation.
The case re Murphy is entirely another matter; your employer got the story entirely wrong, to the extent that it is nothing short of slander. You must know that, and yet you’re using it as fodder for your opinion?!
Nobody doubts the actual sins committed by priests, bishops and Judas Iscariot. That said, you really need to form a book club with the Globe’s James Carroll, another professional, ostensibly Catholic, Church basher. You’ve both honed to an art form the perpetuation of lies to vindicate your and many others’ faithlessness. Still, neither the gates of hell will prevail aganst Jesus’ church, nor will your keyboards.
Happy Easter.

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posted April 1, 2010 at 10:24 am

It would be nice on Holy Thursday to acknowledge the thousands of wonderful priests who have served the church faithfully. Too often people paint all priests with the broad brush because of what a small percentage did.

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Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

posted April 1, 2010 at 11:48 am

I hate to be unkind during the Triduum, but that woman is insufferable. She, like many other commentators, from both sides of the divide, spew vitriol and hate.
God have mercy on us all!

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posted April 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Dowd is the simple definition of demented. She is a serial plagiarist and an obviously deranged individual who needs serious counseling, hormonal therapy and an intense regimen of medication to control paranoid delusional and psychotic behavior. Her own family dislikes her since she makes Ann Coulter look like St. Margaret by comparison. The fact that the New York Times has mis-represented the facts in the Wisconsin matter and the author of the piece had a pre-existing relationship with both of her sources, and that those sources were themselves tainted and highly unreliable should sink the Times into the category of gossip rag. However it is obvious that there is a hidden secularist agenda here from the left and the progressive MSM to attack this Pope at all costs, by whatever means, in order to defeat the church as a voice that is usually antithetical to their views. The Sulzburgers have long hated the Catholic Church, but this situation is simply indefensable. They, their editors, and Dowd should all be forced to resign for the lies and defamation they are perpetrating.

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posted April 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm
From Archbishop Thomas Collins
“People expect that one who is consecrated with the holy oil of Chrism, will act in an exemplary manner, and never betray the trust which people know they should be able to place in a Catholic priest. At his ordination we pray: Bless this chosen man, and set him apart for his sacred duties. And yet to our shame some have used the awesome gift of the holy priesthood for base personal gratification, betraying the innocent and devastating their lives. When that happens, our first concern must be for those innocent young people who have been abused, to help them overcome their suffering, and to resolve to take whatever steps are needed to be as sure as is possible that this does not happen again. We have all had to learn through failures and mistakes and that is especially true of bishops, who have sometimes failed in their responsibility to act effectively.
For this diocese, anyone who looks at our website can see the policies that are in place to help us to act rightly, but we must never be satisfied.
We cannot escape the horror of this by pointing out that almost all priests serve faithfully, though that fact is a grace that gives joy to the Catholic people, whose love and prayerful support sustains us all. But even one priest gone wrong causes immense harm, and throughout the world priests have done unspeakable evil.
We should be grateful for the attention which the media devotes to the sins of Catholic clergy, even if constant repetition may give the false impression that Catholic clergy are particularly sinful. That attention is a profound tribute to the priesthood which we celebrate at this Mass of the Chrism. People instinctively expect holiness in a Catholic priest, and are especially appalled when he does evil.”

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posted April 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm

If you are going to berate the NY Times, you may as well cast Voice of America in that lot as well, folks.
1963 Letter Shows Vatican Knew About Child Abuse by Priests for Decades
“A copy of a 47-year-old letter was released Wednesday, in which a Roman Catholic official who dealt with treating pedophile priests recommended to the Vatican that such clergymen should be expelled from the priesthood.
Lawyers representing victims of clergy sex abuse in Los Angeles released the letter written to the late Pope Paul VI in 1963 by the Reverend Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald wrote that priests who appeared to have recovered from what he calls “sins with the young” be returned to duty only under careful supervision.
But he recommended that those who apparently cannot be be reformed be ordered to leave the priesthood.”

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Reaganite in NYC

posted April 1, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Deacon Greg:
We all already know MoDo is a miserable misandronist, so why bother talking about her anymore? She has nothing useful to say.

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posted April 2, 2010 at 4:16 am

When that letter was written in 1963, the church often referred to ‘professionals’ in the psychiatric community for guidance on how to resolve such cases. I can assure you that the prevailing wisdom of the time was therapy and counseling. That letter is nothing new or revealing. Abuse is an age old problem. But considering that the age of consent in this country was generally 12 at the turn of the century, not very surprising. Times change and so do the understanding and comprehension of what such abuse can do to a youth unprepared for such an encounter. If the VOA finds relevance in that letter as further ammunition to demean the pope, then they are just as guilty of journalistic irresponsibilty as the liars at the New York Times. I suggest the church file a defamation suit against the Times for its malicious article and simply sue Maureen Dowd for being vile.

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