Here's a quick immersion course to get you get started in the art of clerical dissing, all the way up to the pope:

Top bishop-bashing periodicals

On the left: National Catholic Reporter

On the right: The Wanderer

Oft-bashed bishops

From the left: Fabian J. Bruskewitz, bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska. Wears fuddy-duddy lace vestments; threatened to excommunicate Nebraskans who joined radical Catholic groups such as Call to Action

From the right: Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles. Likes liturgical innovations, such as Mass in the round; is building new downtown cathedral deemed way avant-garde

Favorite popes

On the left: John XXIII. Convened the liberalizing Second Vatican Council in 1962

On the right: Pius X. Blasted church modernists in his 1907 encyclical Pascendi gregis Dominici

Favorite nuns

On the left: Sister Jeannine Gramick, SSND. Lambasted the Vatican hierarchs who ordered her to sever ties with the gay-friendly New Ways Ministry

On the right: Mother Angelica, PCPA. Used her Eternal World Television Network to scold Cardinal Mahony over his fondness for liturgical innovations

Martyrs of bishop-bashing

On the left: Hans Küng. Censured by the Vatican for questioning the doctrine of papal infallibility

On the right: St. Athanasius. Hounded by other fourth-century bishops for refusing to tolerate the Arian heresy

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