Sadly, America has another national pastime, this one not pleasant at all: anti-catholicism.The archbishop gives examples of unfair and biased coverage in the NYT, none of which will surprise anybody who understands that for liberals, bias and bigotry are only possible against certain people on the pre-approved liberal victim list, but never against anybody the NYT thinks is preternaturally biased and bigoted, such as Caucasians, heterosexuals, Christians, non-Rino Republicans, and anybody who works for or watches Fox News, all of whom can be discriminated against with impunity and without the least bit of liberal guilt, because after all those cracker breeder Jesus-freak extra-chromosome right-wing propaganda sponges deserve it when the Tolerance Nazis show them what's what.
It is not hyperbole to call prejudice against the Catholic Church a national pastime. Scholars such as Arthur Schlesinger Sr. referred to it as “the deepest bias in the history of the American people,” while John Higham described it as “the most luxuriant, tenacious tradition of paranoiac agitation in American history.” “The anti-semitism of the left,” is how Paul Viereck reads it, and Professor Philip Jenkins sub-titles his book on the topic “the last acceptable prejudice.” [...]
I do not mean to suggest that anti-catholicism is confined to the pages New York Times. Unfortunately, abundant examples can be found in many different venues. I will not even begin to try and list the many cases of anti-catholicism in the so-called entertainment media, as they are so prevalent they sometimes seem almost routine and obligatory. Elsewhere, last week, Representative Patrick Kennedy made some incredibly inaccurate and uncalled-for remarks concerning the Catholic bishops, as mentioned in this blog on Monday. Also, the New York State Legislature has levied a special payroll tax to help the Metropolitan Transportation Authority fund its deficit. This legislation calls for the public schools to be reimbursed the cost of the tax; Catholic schools, and other private schools, will not receive the reimbursement, costing each of the schools thousands – in some cases tens of thousands – of dollars, money that the parents and schools can hardly afford. (Nor can the archdiocese, which already underwrites the schools by $30 million annually.) Is it not an issue of basic fairness for ALL school-children and their parents to be treated equally?
Our second sighting of a Bishop with a Keyboard takes us to the writings of Archbishop Chaput, who takes on the health care debate:
Eight weeks ago President Obama promised a joint session of Congress that “his” health-care plan would not include or provide public monies for abortion. This seemed persuasive because it made sense. As polling has shown, most Americans do not want abortion or its funding included in any publicly supported health plan.
The president's support for a federal “right” to abortion is a matter of record. Like it or not, voters can assume that he'll appoint judges who share that view. Therefore, the main concern of his “pro-choice” constituency is safe under his leadership. This is bad news for the rest of us, but it does give the White House room to compromise. Excluding abortion funding from the president's health-care efforts - I mean really excluding it and not sneaking it in under the cover of some bureaucratic shell game—would be an easy concession for Congress and the White House to make. It's a modest price to pay for Catholic and similar pro-life support, or at least their neutrality. It might also put some meat on the bones of Washington's talk about “common ground."
Eight weeks later, there is no “president's” plan. Instead, as of Nov. 1, Congress has produced five different proposals, including a merged House version totaling nearly 2,000 pages of complex and sweeping legislation. Few citizens have actually read the text. Even fewer really understand its implications. But all of the proposals have one thing in common: Not one of them lives up to the president's promise. [...]
potentially grievous ways. Unless these proposals are immediately changed to reflect the concerns of Congressman Stupak, other like-minded members of Congress, and leaders of the national Catholic community, Catholics need to vigorously oppose and help defeat this dangerous legislation.
Bishop Conley and I will speak directly to the people of the archdiocese on this urgent matter through a letter read at all Masses in all parishes this weekend, Nov. 7-8. Materials will be made available to all parishes outlining the vital issues that remain in the health-care reform debate, and urging parishioners to immediately contact their federal representatives. (All emphasis in original--E.M.)
In case you haven't already done this, here's the link to the website where you can send an instant email to your congresspeople to tell them that you, as a Catholic, oppose the present health care legislation which utterly fails to protect the lives of the innocent unborn. I think Archbishop Chaput is right to call all of us to action on this matter.
Two sightings of spine-intact, keyboard using American Catholic archbishops in one day! I'm starting to think that the "hope and change" we heard so much about last November is coming from an altogether different direction from the one people expected to see it come from.