TSO notices this story from a front page article in today’s Columbus Dispatch by Joe Hallet: (No free access to article)
Brennan would seem an unlikely advocate for the poor. A church-going Catholic, his spacious office is a shrine to power; there are photos of him with presidents and governors, a personal blessing from the late Pope John Paul II and plaques recognizing his efforts.
A Church going Catholic being an advocate for the poor – who’d have thunked it. Reminds me of the story Michael Dubruiel caught last week.
A visit from Our Lady
Statue of Virgin Mary: Local parish is host to 33-foot idol for 2 weeks
They have since revised the story to remove the idol reference.
I wrote the author, asking that he share the results of the study that shows that church-going Catholics are unconcerned about the poor, or that there is some correlation between having a plaque commemorating a personal blessing from Pope John Paul II with insensitivity to the least fortunate.
To his credit, he responded: “You make a very good point. Certainly I didn’t mean to infer that Catholics are not concerned about the poor. I’m a concerned Catholic. I put the church-going Catholic reference in that paragraph to let readers know that the man receiving the plaque from the Pope is a Catholic — although I imagine the Pope has sent plenty of plaques to non-Catholics. It was a clumsy juxtaposition and you are correct to criticize it. Please know that it was not done with any sort of malice and obviously without a great deal of forethought.”
Don’t forget this little gem from the NY Times:
“Mr. Brownback has also taken up causes not traditionally associated with conservatives like protecting human rights abroad, providing aid to Africa and building an African-American history museum.”
TSO et al.,
Is the “Brennan” described in the article David Brennan, school choice booster and steel industry entrepreneur?
Rich, yes that’s him. Dispatch headline: “Self-appointed superintendent”