Link Rubricism and formalism by Jeffrey Miller February 27, 2005 written by Jeffrey Miller February 27, 2005 SoDakMonk does his first fisking with an article by John Allen on the annual Religious Education Congress in L. A. 5 comments 0 FacebookTwitterGoogle +Pinterest Jeffrey Miller previous post Interview with the Jester next post Battle Pope You may also like Peace the World Cannot Give August 5, 2012 Chair of Peter February 14, 2006 10 Random Thoughts on Confession February 19, 2012 Save the (small amount of) Children June 5, 2003 A Priest Forever November 7, 2005 I celebrate Christmas December 5, 2005 First Communion is not what it once was August 9, 2006 What is your Scrupulosity Index May 10, 2005 Ave Maria University September 21, 2004 To the Monasteries of Contemplative Life February 25, 2013 5 comments John Hetman February 27, 2005 - 3:02 pm Thanks for posting this link. After reading it, I was reminded of when I received a sample copy of NRO in the mail. As I went to open it, my hands immediately broke out in a rash. I wasn’t sure then whether to put it in to the regular recycling bin or take it to a hazardous waste site. Reply Terry February 27, 2005 - 8:14 pm Gaillerdetz is the same individual who slammed the so-called “new apologists” a while back for doing the unthinkable and trying to spread and defend the faith. Reply Todd February 27, 2005 - 11:14 pm I’m mystified by SoDakMonk’s target and his sarcasm, which seems to be a little sugary. There are certainly poorer writers to nail down, and John Allen is hardly an object of scorn in most circles. So the Congress, the NCR, and John Allen aren’t one’s cup of tea? Aren’t there bigger fish to fisk? Reply Mia Storm February 28, 2005 - 7:26 pm SoDakMonk certainly hasn’t read much of Allen’s work, has he? I don’t agree with Allen’s column on the Rel. Ed. Congress, but most of the time he is pretty good. For example, Allen’s book All the Pope’s Men is must-reading, as far as I’m concerned. Perhaps what this demonstrates is the care one should take when fisking to try to get an overall picture of the columnist (through scanning past work) before attempting to rip him to shreds. Otherwise, the one who looks foolish may well be the fisker himself. Reply Alan Phipps February 28, 2005 - 8:53 pm Well, for myself, having attended the LA RE Congress several times (not in the last couple years), I can certainly affirm that nuttiness is present. However, I have never regretted attending, and I am inclined to say that Allen’s general assessment of the Congress is pretty close to reality. I have had the chance to attend some really good and solid workshops at Congress that I would have not otherwise had the opportunity to see. In fact, I attended one of Allen’s talks there two years ago that I found to be very good. But you do have to be discerning about selecting your speakers. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.