“Christ Almighty: Tangy, yet nauseating?”

The misbegotten blog-confession (there must be a juicy neologism in there) of the Washington Post’s “On Faith” co-founder, Sally Quinn, that she took communion at the funeral of her friend Tim Russert has provoked a pretty healthy web-storm. As it should. Quinn is by all accounts a fine person with many longtime friendships in Washington, of all places. But she is not Catholic, she is writing about religion, and she should have known better than to take communion and say silly things about it. Now Slate’s very own Melinda Henneberger offers her take on the episode–one with which I am in hearty agreement, not least because she quotes me. Read “How Sally Quinn Made Me a Better Catholic.”

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Reaganite in NYC

posted June 28, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Can’t the executives at Washington Post/Newsweek find something else for Sally Quinn to do? As annoyed as I am (as are most Catholics) with her comments, I also feel embarassed for her. She’s made such a hash of things. A classic case of speaking without thinking.
When the announcement was made a year or so ago that she was going to become the co-editor for the “On Faith” religion blog, I got the sense that this former “atheist” had become something of a “seeker” for the good and the truth. That she was finding “religion” after so many years. Let’s keep her in our prayers and hope that she will eventually find what she’s looking for. In the meantime, howevr, perhaps she should look for other ways to use her talents as a journalist.

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Charles Cosimano

posted June 29, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Well, considering that her brother has a doctorate in comparative religion from the University of Chicago, she could always ask him for advice.

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