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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Wednesday, March 19, 2003 "This farrago of sanctimony and weak sophistry." The moral idiocy of Bishop Botean and Cardinal Martino is given a sound and well-deserved fisking by David Mills at Touchstone.
I wonder if these men, speaking as they do, realize what they are doing not only to their own authority but to the authority of the Church herself. (I write as a Catholic, but anyone in the mainline and Orthodox churches will have the same problem.) They are staking their authority -- their practical authority, I mean, their power to influence and guide their people and the trust their people have in them -- on political judgments the Catechism itself gives to the state.
And not only that, but they are staking their authority using arguments and claims that are just not...terribly...bright, that make specific judgments with the cloudiest of arguments and the least bit of evidence, that show almost no real engagement with the questions to be answered, and that often come with slanderous and mean-spirited descriptions of Americans and American interests (but rarely with equally critical descriptions of Hussein and his interests). They are simply begging their own people to blow them off.
To read more, go to March 18 and scroll down to 4:35 p.m.