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Bishop, priests defend Catholic League, criticize bloggers

2/22/2007 - 6:28 AM PST

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By Matt C. Abbott
Op/Ed
Catholic Online

By now, many Internet readers are likely aware of the controversy surrounding two female bloggers – Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan -- who recently resigned from the John Edwards campaign. They came under fire from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights for their disparaging comments regarding Christians and the Catholic Faith.

One Catholic bishop and two Catholic priests have graciously provided me with their comments in response to the matter.

Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi:

“L’affaire Marcotte illustrates yet again the moral imperative of the necessity of loving the sinner while hating the sin. In this case, it is a matter of loving the Neofeminist while hating Neofeminism, regardless of how difficult that may be.

“The American Life League, in its Encyclopedia of Neofeminism, has provided us with a definition:

‘There is a vast difference between a feminist and a Neofeminist, just as there is a huge philosophical gulf between an old-style liberal and a Neoliberal. Like pornography, a Neo(New)feminist is difficult to define but you'll know one when you see one. She's the one wearing the ‘CHRISTIANS ARE [deleted] T-shirt while screaming that you're judgmental. She's the one calling you a woman-hater yet she has a bumper sticker on her car that reads ‘IF WE CAN SEND A MAN TO THE MOON, WHY CAN'T WE SEND THEM ALL THERE?’ While she snivels about ‘gender discrimination’ and ‘misogyny,’ a Neofeminist refuses to use the word ‘woman’ because it is derived from the word ‘man.’ She uses instead the words ‘wimmin,’ ‘wymyn,’ or ‘womyn.’ Some Neofeminists despise men so much that they dehumanize them with such descriptions as ‘pentapods.’ Anyone who personally knows a Neofeminist realizes why she is so desperately unhappy and bitter. She is struggling pointlessly to become the very person she loathes so passionately: A man.

‘For her there can be no rest or peace. Neofeminis Hystericus is a driven creature. It seems that much of the pointless and fruitless anger and unrest in this society is caused by women who want to be men (and, to be fair, men who want to be women). In summary, a Neofeminist is an illogical, emotional creature bursting with contradictions, double-standards, and demands, all of which cause an unbearable tension within her (or, occasionally, him). ‘For a true feminist, injustice means that women and men are treated unequally. By contrast, the injustice for the Neofeminist is being a woman (in a world dominated by men).’”

Father J. Patrick Serna, of the Diocese of Corpus Christi:

“In a recent blog entry by a Neofeminist, a blog which advertises ‘Babel’ as its sponsor (any connection with the Babel which God punished in Genesis ch.11?), it is asserted that the far right and ‘Catholic bully Bill Donohue’ are responsible, yet again, for the oppression of a woman, and women in general. True to the Neofeminist ideology, another poor female is a ‘victim.’

“Amanda Marcotte cries tears of victimization because of her femaleness (notice I did not use the word ‘femininity’… I have yet to meet a feminine Neofeminist). It is too bad that Marcotte was ‘forced’ (her personal word preference) to leave John Edward’s campaign, it really is. Marcotte could have made his defeat all the more decisive! But I’m digressing. There is an old saying, one we’ve all heard: ‘If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen!’

“Well, I’m sure glad she got out of the kitchen. Oops, please forgive me. I doubt that a good Neofeminist like Marcotte would ever be caught in the kitchen -- how presumptuous of me. No one forced this Neofeminist out of anything. Even the most liberal of liberals know that there is such a thing as tact and propriety. It was not Donohue or any other right- wing ogre that forced Marcotte out of her blog position for the Edwards campaign. The only culprit for her removal, or, ‘decision to leave,’ is her feministic lack of decency and respect for others, especially her lack of respecting the God and religion of others.

“How can a woman (correct, I did not choose to use the word ‘lady’) who writes the following disrespectful blasphemy expect anything but scorn and rejection? In her blog entry, she quotes herself as having said and/or written:

‘Q: What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?

‘A: You'd have to justify your misogyny with another ancient mythology.’

“I have come across some respectful feminists with gracious demeanor and manners which even a few atheists possess, but this Neofeminist, Marcotte, is the kind who ruins it for even the best of Neofeminists. It was not Donohue, nor the Catholic Church, nor a right-wing conspiracy which ousted her from a ...

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