Saturday, December 10, 2005

Is it ignorance or distortion?

The front page story in today's Globe concerning last night’s Catholic Charities dinner begins very badly:
Mayor Thomas M. Menino, responding to critics who have questioned his Catholicism…
Beginning an article this way shows either utter incomprehension or willful distortion. Of course no examples are given of any statement that “questioned his Catholicism” because I suspect there aren’t any.

The Archbishop’s absence was in response to this statement by the US bishops:
The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.
Denying “support for their actions” is far different from questioning someone’s faith. Are Globe reporters so obtuse with respect to religious matters that they can't appreciate this distinction? Will someone at the Globe please document the existence of “critics who are questioning his Catholicism”?

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