It’s no secret that Sally Quinn (who is not Catholic) has a problem with the Catholic Church (save for soup-kitchen Catholics). But today she outdid herself: Of the three lead stories on her Washington Post blog, three are on Catholicism. One is positive, and two are decidedly negative.
The one positive piece doesn’t count. Why? Because it’s about Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, a Catholic, who is about to sign into law a bill to outlaw capital punishment. The reason this issue doesn’t count is because it’s all window-dressing: exactly one person has been executed in Connecticut in the past 37 years. Now if Malloy were to outlaw abortion in Connecticut, that would be big news.
Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo raises the question, “Is the Church Corrupt?” You already know the answer. He ends by saying, “Catholics are loyal enough to Jesus and to each other to prevail against the Gates of Hell that now besmirch the institutional church.” Then they are no longer Catholic. Being Catholic means belonging to, and faithfully participating in, the Catholic Church. Even a fraternity insists on fidelity.
Sally herself contributes the other rap. Entitled, “A Catholic ‘War on Women,’” she begins with this startling insight: “The Roman Catholic Church is a hierarchical institution if there ever was one.” Perhaps she knows of an institution that is flat. And is she not the hierarchical leader of her blog post? Then she accuses the Vatican of “condemning nuns, including those among the 55,000 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).” But the Vatican condemned no one and only 3% of nuns belong to the LCWR. She also says the nuns were punished for supporting ObamaCare. As I pointed out earlier today, this is another sham: the reform initiative began before Obama even became president.
Get it straight: There is not a single media outlet in the nation, or university, that deals so gently with dissent as does the Catholic Church.