The folks over at the National Catholic Reporter must think we have poor memories or no memory at all.
For decades, the Reporter positioned itself as the loyal opposition to what it viewed as an overly authoritarian papacy thwarting the “true reform” of the Church. Operating from within a populist, liberal modality, they adopted the rhetoric of the various grassroots political movements of the Sixties in order to agitate for broad and sweeping changes in Church doctrine, morality, and practice….
But now the Reporter asks us to forget all of that, or at least it hopes we have short memories.
Because all of a sudden the Reporter has discovered, to its horror, there are actually Catholics who have serious issues and concerns about the current papacy. And like an overbearing schoolmarm, it is wagging its finger in disgust at those Catholics and reminding them that it is wrong for a Catholic to criticize the pope….
For example, the Reporter recently ran an opinion piece, by the ever-outraged Michael Sean Winters, sharply criticizing the American bishops for electing Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military services as the new president of the USCCB. Apparently, the good Archbishop is not enough of a Pope Francis man, even though he has never publicly criticized the pope for anything. Archbishop Broglio is portrayed by Winters as a culture warrior throwback to the bad ol’ days of five minutes ago and is, therefore, by some bizarre stretch of logic, an anti-Francis bishop. He opposed mandatory COVID vaccines in the military as a violation of conscience rights and therefore, according to Winters, he is a dangerous dude who is not on board the Francis train. In November 2020, he issued a clarification about “[c]ertain attempts to distort remarks by the Bishop of Rome” made in a documentary, and did so without criticizing Francis in the slightest.
But Winters is outraged that Broglio would dare to clarify any papal statement (even though Broglio was responding to misrepresentations of comments by Pope Francis) since to do so is “insulting” to the pope….
The above comes from a Nov. 17 posting by Larry Chapp in the Catholic World Report.
Why all the wasted bandwidth on what an amateur progressive hack wrote in that fish wrap? The author could have stopped right where the spittle flicker said he’s unhappy with Broglio’s election. Tells me all I need to know and validates my impression that it seems like the USCCB is moving the needle in the right direction in direct contradiction to the European conferences which is fine by me…
The National Catholic Distorter seems shocked that the bishops would elect a conference president who speaks and acts like a Catholic. And, the NCR should not be used in bird cages or for fish wrap. That’s cruelty to animals and your house or church might get vandalized by PETA.
The headline raises a question, how liberal (dissenting) would a bishop have to be to be liberal enough for the NCR?
Basically, he would have to deny major tenets of Christian morality. It’s almost that simple.
A bishop can oppose the death penalty, work to end poverty and homelessness, promote peace, care for the sick, visit those in prison and even fight climate change and be for open borders, but unless he cowers before the LGBTQ+ lobby and sex revolution, that’s not enough for the NCR and Rev. James Martin SJ.
The “National Catholic Reporter” is not an honest, authentic Catholic newspaper. It is a liberal-leftist, dissident publication, against Church teachings. Several Catholic bishops have rebuked them. They should drop the name “Catholic” from their publication.
He did not issue a clarification. He distributed the clarification of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.
Click the link.
I just signed a petition in support of Abp. Broglio, from LifeSiteNews.
Abp Broglio is a good man and the Bishops were wise to pick a leader like him to take them into the future God bless him and may all his decisions be well thought out and help us grow as God’s chosen one’s….