Opinion: Margaret Carlson, Anti-Catholic Catholic Seizing the Abuse Crisis to Change the Church?
Margaret Carlson appears to be following Rahm Emanuel's advice to "never let a good crisis go to waste". Her appearance on 'Morning Joe' was an example of some in the media promoting dissenting Catholics. She tried to use the founder of the Catholic Worker movement to justify her pet peeves with the very Church which Dorothy Day loved. Her goal was to promote her agenda to change the Church.
CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - I should have known better. As I sipped the first cup of my wife's wonderful coffee, I decided to see what "Morning Joe" had to offer. The last time I did that was Easter Monday morning. I was verbally assaulted by Mike Barnacle, an anti-Catholic Catholic, ranting about the "Old men in Rome", being egged on by Joe Scarborough, his Protestant enabler. That experience led to a column entitled "Benedicts Burden".
Wednesday morning, April 20, 2010 it was not Mike Barnacle; it was Margaret Carlson playing the role of what I call an "Anti-Catholic Catholic." She has become quite a presence on the pundit circle these days. This morning she referred to herself as a "Dorothy Day Social Justice Catholic." This is part of an effort to paint a division in the Church between what she calls "Social Justice Catholics" and those who do not share her view of politics or the Church.
Given Carlson's penchant for rejecting the teaching of the Magisterium (teaching office) of the Church, Dorothy Day would have had what my mother calls a 'conniption fit' upon hearing this identification. Margaret Carlson should read Dorothy Day before she tries to hide her dissent under her mantle. Dorothy Day is one of my heroes - along with Peter Maurin whose well worn "Easy Essays" is a must read for me regularly! I wonder if Carlson knows that the late beloved Cardinal O'Connor, with whom she would have had serious disagreements, is the one who presented Dorothy Day to the Holy See for canonization.
In his letter to the Vatican promoting her cause he wrote: "It has long been my contention that Dorothy Day is a saint - not a "gingerbread" saint or a "holy card" saint, but a modern day devoted daughter of the Church, a daughter who shunned personal aggrandizement and wished that her work, and the work of those who labored at her side on behalf of the poor, might be the hallmark of her life rather than her own self.
"To be sure, her life is a model for all in the third millenium, but especially for women who have had or are considering abortions. It is a well-known fact that Dorothy Day procured an abortion before her conversion to the Faith. She regretted it every day of her life. After her conversion from a life akin to that of the pre-converted Augustine of Hippo, she proved a stout defender of human life. The conversion of mind and heart that she exemplified speaks volumes to all women today on two fronts.
"First, it demonstrates the mercy of God, mercy in that a woman who sinned so gravely could find such unity with God upon conversion. Second, it demonstrates that one may turn from the ultimate act of violence against innocent life in the womb to a position of total holiness and pacifism. In short, I contend that her abortion should not preclude her cause, but intensifies it.
"It has also been noted that Dorothy Day often seemed friendly to political groups hostile to the Church, for example, communists, socialists, and anarchists. It is necessary to divide her political stances in two spheres: pre-and post- conversion. After her conversion, she was neither a member of such political groupings nor did she approve of their tactics or any denial of private property. Yet, it must be said, she often held opinions in common with them. What they held in common was a common respect for the poor and a desire for economic equity. In no sense did she approve of any form of atheism, agnosticism, or religious indifference.
"Moreover, her complete commitment to pacifism in imitation of Christ often separated her from these political ideologies. She rejected all military force; she rejected aid to force in any way in a most idealistic manner. So much were her "politics" based on an ideology of nonviolence that they may be said to be apolitical. Like so many saints of days gone by, she was an idealist in a non-ideal world. It was her contention that men and women should begin to live on earth the life they would one day lead in heaven, a life of peace and harmony. Much of what she spoke of in terms of social justice anticipated the teachings of Pope John Paul II and lends support to her cause"
Margaret Carlson tried to use the founder of the Catholic Worker movement to justify her pet peeves with the very Church which Dorothy Day loved. Carlson claimed to recall her childhood, referring to the authority of priests as being so great "back then" that the nuns "genuflected' when they came into the room. I am 55 years old and went to a parochial school. First, genuflection is reserved for worship and Carlson knows that. Second, I never saw any Nun act like that toward a priest. They respected the office of the Priesthood but they often held their own against individual priests!
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