BISHOP RODIMER RESPONDS

Catalyst March Issue 2001

Most Rev. Frank J. Rodimer, Bishop of Paterson, New Jersey, didn’t appreciate seeing the above cartoon in his local newspaper, the Herald News, and shot off a letter to the editor explaining why. He cited the cartoon by Benson for its disparaging portrayal of a religious Sister and our Catholic schools. The cartoon was a commentary on President Bush’s voucher plan.

“I can only suggest that the reaction to the President’s proposal as portrayed in the cartoon you reproduced is something that we could have expected from the Ku Klux Klan,” said Bishop Rodimer. Well said.

The offending cartoon appeared in several newspapers. We wrote a letter to the editor in each instance.

It never fails that a public discussion of school vouchers winds up with an anti-Catholic remark being made by someone opposed to the idea. They just can’t stick to the issue.


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