Guest Opinion: Why The New York Times Assault On the Catholic Church?
With all of her problems she perseveres and can't lose because Christ said she couldn't
The Church is gaining in the world, and unlike the dismantling taking place in many liberal Protestant churches, no such white flag is being raised from atop St Peter's in Vatican City. In my book, "The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism", I note that in addition to the young embracing the teachings of the Church along with her devotions, the Church has experienced an uptick in vocations in the US and an onslaught of vocations in Asia and Africa. These seminarians and young priests share little in common with the dissidents that often taught at Catholic seminarians in the 1960s and 1970s.
COLUMBUS, OH (Catholic Online) - The New York Times full-fledged assault against the Catholic Church has many mystified and angered, some of whom haven't exactly been on the A list of orthodox minded Catholics such as Ken Woodward, the former Religion Editor of Newsweek Magazine. Woodward has said that New York Times Editor Bill Keller often referred to himself as a "collapsed Catholic." (If ever there was a hint.) Why now many have wondered, and why has a noted and respected writer like Laurie Goodstein taken part in such an odious display of yellow journalism?
Perhaps it is because the Church hasn't crumbled even with the devastating nature of the Abuse Scandal. Perhaps it is because unlike so many churches that have changed their doctrine, the Catholic Church remains true to the teachings of Christ, the Apostles and the 265 subsequent popes since St Peter. Perhaps it is because Pope Benedict XVI still uses the term, "The Dictatorship of Relativism" that so angers the Catholic Left. The first example of this being the theologically liberal lightning rod Father Richard O'Brien; who during CBS News' live coverage of the last Conclave Mass, presided over by then Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, stated that it is safe to say he would not become pontiff. Father McBrien went on to say, that if elected pontiff "Catholics would head to the margins of the Church," in response to Cardinal Ratzinger's homily about the Dictatorship of Relativism.
In my book, "The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism", I note that in addition to the young embracing the teachings of the Church along with her devotions, the Church has experienced an uptick in vocations in the US and an onslaught of vocations in Asia and Africa. These seminarians and young priests share little in common with the dissidents that often taught at Catholic seminaries in the 1960s and 1970s. In fact, these young men have raised the ire of not only the dissidents but those in the Church, including even some in the hierarchy who were influenced by those misguided souls from the Spirit of 1968.
Has the New York Times written about these young priests and seminarians? Has the New York Times written about the growing number of young women in orthodox minded new Catholic orders like the Sisters of Mary of the Eucharist or the Nashville Dominicans who wear the habit and joyfully take part in devotions that many of the older pants suit sisters long ago left behind? In the case of the Sisters of Mary of the Eucharist, their biggest problem is in twelve short years they have outgrown their motherhouse, something they didn't foresee happening for decades. No, the New York Times has not written about these events. Instead, they have seen fit to excoriate Pope Benedict XVI, a man they once praised for his active role in attacking the Abuse Scandal when he was Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Many of the articles are so devoid of facts that they read like a homemade publication one can read while visiting a leftist college campus or some urbane, politically left wing enclave.
The New York Times has seen fit to write favorably about liberal Protestant churches, their leftist voice on politics and liberal theological positions on doctrine, even though they are in a statistical freefall. When then presiding Episcopal Bishop of the United States, Katharine Jefferts Schori insinuated that Episcopalians were more intelligent than Catholics because they were environmentally conscious - unlike the Catholic Church's adherents who were pro life in their persuasion - nothing was made of it by the New York Times and much of their mainstream media counterparts. Only the burgeoning Catholic blogosphere cried foul over these remarks.
Already in 1934 the future Bishop Fulton Sheen in his book; "Life of a Galilean" outlined the disparate state of religion in the western world. Modernism was already taking hold of some Catholic thinkers, and especially so in many Protestant seminaries. GK Chesterton (who actually met and was quite impressed with then Father Sheen) spoke of this phenomenon even earlier. In 1907, Pope Pius X spoke extensively on the disastrous consequences of modernism. Yet, like Pope Benedict XVI of today, Pope Pius X was treated with scorn and derision by the self appointed intelligentsia. Sadly it seems many modern era pontiffs have received the same treatment for all too often predicting events that would soon occur.
The embattled Pope Paul VI warned of out of control sexual promiscuity and abortion when he issued his famous encyclical Humanae Vitae in 1968, that fateful year when Europe and America experienced upheaval from forces that all too often wanted to destroy religion's place in the modern world. Sadly, it was all too often that some inside the Church seemed smitten with these modern day intellectual versions of the Goths and Visigoths. Perhaps ...
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