McCarrick the martyr

McCarrick the martyr

Ann Rodgers, writing the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s story on the installation of Archbishop Donald Wuerl in Washington, DC, throws in a quick jab at critics of his predecessor, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, that leaves me scratching my head.

[Wuerl] turned to face his predecessor and offered praise to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was often a target of criticism by the far Catholic right for refusing to publicly condemn Catholic legislators who supported abortion rights, and for his bold stands in favor of justice for the poor worldwide.

Huh? Who has criticized McCarrick for being in favor of justice for the poor? In what world would anyone oppose justice for the poor? This is the same old straw man reporting we’re used to seeing along the lines of “Senator, when did you stop beating your wife?”

Criticisms of McCarrick have been many and varied but to characterize those who thing he was wrong on the “pro-abortion Catholic politician” issue as “far right” is tendentious at best and to throw in an unattributed slur against his critics is just media bias at its worst. Rodgers is often complimented by some people for her writing on Catholic matters from a Pittsburgh perspective. If she’s that good normally, she certainly isn’t deserving of the praise in this case.

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Domenico Bettinelli