I had originally seen the story of Pope Benedict XVI blessing Jill Filipovic, a politician in favor of the “Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill” on boing boing. I didn’t pay much attention to it since the likelihood of them doing an intelligent story on the pope and getting facts correct approaches zero.
Then I saw that the National “Catholic” Reporter did a similar story “The disgrace of papal blessing for Ugandan homophobia”. I also didn’t pay much attention to it since the likelihood of them doing an intelligent story on the pope and getting facts correct also approaches zero. Really there is not much difference between the viewpoints in boing boing and the National Catholic Reporter.
Today I saw that Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic did a post in response to the NCR piece. Such a brilliant take down. His post is just a great read and includes such choice bits as:
Of course, Church teaching on homosexuality is in the bizarre habit of using verbs besides “Hate!” and thus remains widely incomprehensible to minds forced through our culture-war meat-grinder that renders all disagreement the total deprecation and rejection of the human person.
When I first saw the story I thought that this was the case of the Pope giving somebody a blessing, not endorsing any agenda of the person. The funny thing is that the blessing in this case actually never happened. Still as Marc show it is not surprising to find the Pope blessing people with Culture of Death agendas such as the Obama’s and other examples he gives. I love how he turns around the “Jesus ate with sinners” that progressives so love to use.
Bad Catholic has become one of my favorite blogs and such great writing as is evident here proves once again why. There is much engagement even with such a badly-wrong NCR article that goes beyond just sarcastic sneering with analysis as to where it goes wrong.