Edwards excuses anti-Catholic trash-bloggers

Edwards excuses anti-Catholic trash-bloggers

Two bloggers, Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwen, have a history of writing the most vile, blasphemous, and disgusting anti-Catholic trash, stuff so bad I won’t even link to it (suffice to say, it involves scatalogical and sexual references), and they were recent hired to be the Internet gurus for the John Edwards for President campaign. A storm over these two brewed up online and in print, especially after Bill Donohue of the Catholic League fired up his well-worn fax machine and fax-blasted every news organization in the country.

Yet, Edwards says he’s not going to fire them. He said that since the writing was on their personal blogs and not on behalf of his campaign, he was giving them a “fair shake.”

“I’ve talked to Amanda and Melissa; they have both assured me that it was never their intention to malign anyone’s faith, and I take them at their word,” Edwards said.

Of course! How could any Catholic be so thin-skinned as to think their faith was being maligned when someone suggests that the Virgin Mary was raped by the Holy Spirit and it’s too bad she couldn’t have taken an abortion drug?

Do I even have to draw the parallel? You all know it’s coming. Exactly this: If it had been Mohammed and Islam they’d written about, how long before their butts were on the curb? You know it and I know it.

John Edwards: Hypocrite and coddler of vile, disgusting anti-Catholic harridans. Makes a nice bumper sticker.

Update: How could I have missed this?

Marcotte also did not comment publicly until the campaign’s statement was released. McEwan defended herself Tuesday in a two-sentence posting on her blog, Shakespeare’s Sister, that noted her vote for 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

“I’m not going to say a lot about this right now, but suffice it to say that the fact I cast a vote, without hesitation, for a Catholic during the last presidential election might suggest I’m not anti-Catholic,” her post read. “My degree from Loyola University might also suggest the same.”

Oh yeah, can’t get more Catholic than that. Yup, she’s practically ready for canonization. Either she doesn’t even recognize the irony in that statement or she’s more cynical than I thought before.

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  • She said: “It I cast a vote, without hesitation, for a Catholic during the last presidential election might suggest Ixuality]]>


    Back in 2002, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome told Archbishop Thomas Kelly of Louisville, Kentucky, that he was to forbid eucharistic celebrations during a national symposium for New Ways Ministry, a pro-gay group whose founders, Sr. Jeanine Gramick and Fr. Robert Nugent, were ordered by the CDF in 2000 to end their ministry.

    At the time in 2002, Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, then secretary of the CDF, told Kelly that New Ways “does not promote the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.” He said, “Because of the confusion and scandal which will inevitably arise from this event, this congregation asks your excellency to inform organizers of the symposium that they do not have permission to celebrate the Eucharist as part of their conference.”

    You won’t be surprised to learn that they ignored the Vatican and Mass was celebrated with retired Bishop Leroy Matthiesen of Amarillo, Texas, as celebrant.

    Now, New Ways is planning another national symposium, this time in Minneapolis, on March 16-18. And they’re also planning on having a Mass too, and with not one, but three retired bishops. The speakers are Archbishop Francis Hurley, former ordinary of Anchorage; Bishop John Sullivan, former auxiliary of Brooklyn; and Bishop Matthieson making a return appearance. The other speakers include Fr. Richard “Where’s the reporter?” McBrien (of course) and Sister Helen “Dead Man Walking” Prejean. The rest of the presenters are like a regular rogue’s gallery: Daniel Maguire, Luke Timothy Johnson, James Alison. Don’t forget to check out the list of endorsing organizations. That might make a handy reference sheet for anyone writing to bishops or Rome.

    Archbishop Harry Flynn of Minneapolis reportedly refused permission for the group to meet in his archdiocese last year, and this year they allegedly didn’t bother asking. I also hear that he is going to make a “statement” about the symposium very soon.

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    2007-02-08 21:39:48
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    Let us hope that Archbishop Flynn finds the fortitude to call attention to the utter heterodoxy (polite term) that New Ways and its speakers represent.  In spite of the many invertebrate prelates in North America there are a growing number of bishops with spines and more who have finally started developing them.  It will be good to see Archbishop Flynn act as a true shepherd to this group of people whose main agenda is the destruction of the Church and a morally vibrant society.  May God’s grace be with his Excellency.

  • Wow, a lot of religious women are behind this, though their legalese that they do not necessarily endorse what each speaker says is laughable. How many of these women wear habits?

  • Patrick, please, habits!?

    These are the Sisters of the Pastel Polyester.  And bad haircuts.  They are very widely read in all things New Age and far out!

    A lot more women religious and some male orders are also included in the the New Ways Ministries Mpls shindig when one figures in the endorsement of Chicago’s own nefarious 8th Day Center for Justice, which is comprised of a number of male and female major religious orders.

    Their website, http://www.8thdaycenter.org/, shows the current membership to include a number of Dominican and Franciscan provinces, the Claretians, Divine Word Missionaries, Sadred Hearts Fathers, among many others.  For the last thirty odd years, they have been a fifth column heterodox organization working to undermine the orthodox Church.

    Almost all of these groups represent the moribund, amorphous “spirit” of VCII—and thus many are already staggering off the world stage except in December when we give our contributions to assist the elderly religious in nursing homes.