I don't normally read the commentary of journalists from the Boston Globe, especially when it comes to theology, but I thought readers would find this piece from Kevin Cullen interesting. For instance, take Cullen's use of the word 'local zealots' in this sentence:
The only thing I have in common with Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny, besides a sheer, unadulterated love of everything about County Mayo, is that we’ve both incurred the wrath of a group of local zealots called the Catholic Action League.Local zealots - you know - as opposed to that certain group of journalists on Morrissey Boulevard who would never attempt to foist their personal convictions upon others.
Kevin Cullen is an extraordinary witness to the Boston Globe's unbiased coverage of events and their warm, welcoming, loving charity towards all peoples:
These people would be deeply offensive if they weren’t so deliciously comical. They are self-righteous, self-appointed keepers of the faith, who especially like pointing out that a la carte Catholics — that is, most Catholics, who use contraception, don’t think gay folks are disordered, and believe that people should be allowed to get a divorce — do not belong in their church.I couldn't tell you the last time I read something from the Globe.
I did not find Cullen's open bigotry against Catholics surprising, but when did they completely do away with the journalistic standard of due diligence and rational thought?
"Self-appointed keepers of the faith"
He is writing about Catholicism but appears to be ignorant that 2000 years of Church teaching is memorialized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. There is nothing self-appointing about it. It takes great humility and love of God to accept and practice those teachings.
I am baffled by people who cannot grasp or understanding real, loving relationships with God. It seems they do not know God's Animus is as alive and present in the heart and soul as their spouse, mother, children, sisters, brothers, friends?
How can this be?
It is mind-boggling.
I will often choose a person I know they deeply love and ask them, for instance, what keeps them from cheating on their spouse when somebody attractive 'comes on' to them.
Are there any emotions in their relationship with their spouse, any modicum of respect for the mutual love, the gift of that relationship? Does the prospect of pouring sexual energy into another person and the distance it puts between them and their spouse, the damage it will do to their marital relationship, family, children - do those losses factor into they way they live their life in relationships?
What stops them from stealing from their friends? Is it only because there are conscious of civil law? They don't want to get caught and go to jail?
When you pose these questions, they are perfectly capable of understanding that they resist temptations because it is necessary to keep love alive and healthy in those human relationships. The kind of deep, intimate love - one is not even tempted.
Yet, when you try to explain how that same kind of love lives and breathes in a loving relationship with God - and we make choices for the same reasons.
"a la carte Catholics.. do not belong in their church"
This is the stupidest caricature of Catholics who reject Church teaching, and consequently their own salvation, I have ever read. All Catholics sit in the pews and struggle with Church teaching.
Some struggle with accepting the teaching. Others accept the teaching but struggle with practice.
That's what we are all doing there.
What Catholics will not accept is when a struggling Catholic uses their presence to encourage others to reject Church teaching, tempt and draw them into celebrating and taking pride in immorality and sin. The Unitarians down the street love that kind of stuff and you are most welcome there. You're not welcome to do it where our families sit to learn how to make choices that affect their salvation. If it's trouble you're looking for you're going to get it.
Cullen's repeats the hysterical urban legend that Catholic teaching killed a pregnant woman.
Mass murder needs a good excuse.
Kevie - might be time to check out how many abortionists have killed pregnant women. Not to mention the millions of children.
Cullen's outrageous cacophony doesn't stop there. He goes on to accuse Catholics of being sexual predators, people who torture children.
Quite the Masshole.
Is this their sharpest tool in the shed or do they just use him for venom that has castrated his intellect and capacity to love?