It appears that Salt + Light’s spin machine has not let up. Fr. Rosica has tapped his buddy over at the ubra-liberal National Catholic Reporter in the U.S., John Allen Jr., with putting out a fluff piece in support of his little tirade about LifeSiteNews.
The National Catholic Reporter is an extremist leftist periodical which houses well known dissenters from Catholic teaching including radical feminists like Joan Chittister, known disenters like disgraced theologian, Richard McBrien (whose book “Catholicism” was rejected by the U.S. Bishops), and retired auxiliary bishop and cheerleader for the pro-abortion, pro-gay Call to Action, Thomas Gumbleton, who was pushed out of active ministry by the Vatican. You can see their pictures and bios on the sidebar of NCR’s website.
It’s quite revealing that Fr. Rosica has chosen the National Catholic Reporter as another venue to launch his attack on a solid pro-life news portal, like LifeSiteNews. It says something about the company he keeps. I hope the Vatican is watching.
I’m not sure just who Fr. Rosica is trying to impress. He should be trying to win over pro-lifers, not a constituency which is largely pro-abortion. John Allen Jr. is not very well respected in the pro-life community…quite the opposite actually, so his opinion counts for very little. But what this does show is that Fr. Rosica is really quite worried about the fallout of his blogposting (and Salt + Light’s position) concerning the Kennedy funeral. I’m not the media guru that Fr. Tom Rosica is, I know, but I just can’t figure out why you would try and impress the pro-life community by asking for a defense from one of the most anti-life “Catholic” rags in North America. Beats me. Maybe it’s something superduper complicated that I just can’t figure out.
This is the money quote from the article:
When Rosica wrote a commentary appealing for calm, LifeSite posted an article setting him in opposition to Raymond Arroyo, a news commentator for EWTN who was openly critical of the funeral. (For the record, Rosica says that Salt and Light actually has good relations with EWTN.)
Actually, that is not correct. Fr. Rosica wrote his infamous commentary BEFORE LifeSite posted their article exposing Rosica’s not-so-veiled shot at Raymond Arroyo. Fr. Rosica should own up to who he had in mind with his baseless critique, if it was not Raymond Arroyo and EWTN.
That piece, according to Rosica, generated more than 500 hostile messages from people whipped up by the “LifeSite” coverage – some so ugly and threatening that they couldn’t be published for fear of triggering legal repercussions.
Rosica wrote a commentary appealing for “calm”? Mr. Allen seems to be a little short on the investigation side of his reporting lately. Perhaps, he should trouble himself to start doing a little research before he blogs about the antics of his friend. Here is how Fr. Rosica appealed for “calm”:
Leading up to the Kennedy funeral last weekend, and in its aftermath, many so-called lovers of life and activists in the pro-life movement, as well as well-known colleagues in Catholic television broadcasting and media in North America, have revealed themselves to be not agents of life, but of division, destruction, hatred, vitriol, judgment and violence. (Source)
Is that what you call “appealing for calm”, Mr. Allen?
By the way, lots of people wrote comments that never got published which were not hateful at all. Perhaps Fr. Rosica can tell us why he chose not to publish those ones as well.