Left Wing National Catholic Reporter Comes to Defense of Fr. Rosica

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.

8 thoughts on “Left Wing National Catholic Reporter Comes to Defense of Fr. Rosica

  1. The National Catholic Reporter is waaaay out of touch with Catholic doctrine. Fr. Richard McBrien in particular is bordering on heresy:

    * He was a paid consultant for the movie The DaVinci Code:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382625/fullcredits

    * He said “Eucharistic adoration, perpetual or not, is a doctrinal, theological, and spiritual step backward, not forward”:
    http://ncronline.org/blogs/essays-theology/perpetual-eucharistic-adoration

    * The US Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine blasted his book called “Catholicism”: http://www.ad2000.com.au/articles/1996/jun1996p3_796.html

    * He has spoken out in support of women’s ordination and married priests. He said: “I have no problem with people being gay, but the Catholic Church officially does”. He said: “Abortion shouldn’t be a litmus test defining whether one is a good Catholic or not”. Read it all here: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2008/12/28/a_talk_with_the_rev_richard_p_mcbrien/

    * As a teenager, I remember seeing him on ABC’s television show called Nightline (April 5, 1991) where he openly denied the existence of the devil. Other people remember that show too. See: http://angelqueen.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6087&highlight=&sid=6101dfc7878eee0d7064495ac0989f64
    and also here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/649018/posts

    So this is the news source that Fr. Rosica runs to for a pep talk when he’s in trouble?

    “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Proverbs 13:20)

  2. What Neil says. At least you know where people stand. I prefer this to the mealy-mouthed typical clergy responses you get. If he thinks we suck, better that we should know.

  3. “If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” (Mark 3:25) Seriously, I am baffled at how rarely anyone see the hand of Satan at work right now. There’s a difference between admonishing a brother and slashing him and it’s evident on both sides. Truth is perfected in charity and charity reaches its fullness in truth. Some, in the name of Truth, have brushed off charity and regardless of their good intentions, come off as hypocrites. The same can be said of those who water down Truth in the name of charity. Rather than biting each other’s heads off and throwing the other’s shortcomings to their faces, we should all first and foremost get on our knees and beg the Lord for forgiveness– Forgiveness for our pride.

    It seems our dear Holy Father’s words continue to speak with fire:

    “Do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’. But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you are not consumed by one another.” … sad to say, this “biting and devouring” also exists in the Church today, as expression of a poorly understood freedom. Should we be surprised that we too are no better than the Galatians? That at the very least we are threatened by the same temptations? That we must always learn anew the proper use of freedom? And that we must always learn anew the supreme priority, which is love?

  4. The only persons that are being TRULY devoured are the unborn. Yet, for some reason false charity and false compassion precludes their defense.

    There’s a time for everything under the sun. And right now it’s war.

  5. By the way, I’m sure the money changers and Pharisees felt the same way about Our Lord’s use of His Freedom too.

    If you want to lecture someone about the proper use of freedom, by all means, do so. Just be sure to start with those who began this scandal, and do not presume to lecture those who are standing for some basic justice.

  6. Let’s see this Christ guy was outside of the church and he did pretty good. So if McBrien is outside the church calling it to task he’s probably on the RIGHT side too.

    Twist your beads and bend your knees all the while you ignore the message of the Gospels and justify your lack of actions by resoring to your man made rules………

  7. Christ outside of the church? He founded the Church. The Church wrote the New Testament that you rely on for your Gospel beliefs. The Church is the pillar and bulwark of truth. There is no other Truth out there.

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