Maggie Gallagher has more ugly details on Bishop Bootkoski's fatwa on the Jannuzzi family.
It is not enough, apparently to fire a Catholic school teacher for defending the faith. The diocese has to sully her good name by pretending it has never done any of those things, and implying she’s a liar. This gets worse and worse.
Nor is it just on marriage issues that Catholics are being attacked. I learn from Anne Hendershott that last week a priest in the diocese of Scranton apologized for showing an anti-abortion film to Catholic students, after some parents protested to the media. The CCD teacher resigned.
Instead of showing people the door who complain about Catholics teaching the Catholic religion in Catholic apostolates, they kill the prophet.
Again, I'm really surprised these kinds of stories seem like a new phenomenon.
These scorched-earth tactics work: How much of Catholic teaching are Catholic bishops willing to abandon to get out from under bad publicity?
The whole thing.
They're willing to lose every soul in their diocese.
And when will they learn they cannot manipulate this media in their favor? The truth will come out.
They have been manipulating the Catholic media for decades. The National Catholic Register has even joined the bishops' mafia.
Exposing their dirty deeds is a brand spanking new experience for them.
A handful of Catholic apostolates and parents with blogs have ended the charade.
They are floored.
They can't believe their eyes.
They are still testing the water. That is why it is extremely important that each little ugly incident tars and feathers the bishop, the priest, the lay person - or sadly a pope - engaging in thuggery.
They are just learning that their slander and threats is no longer an effective weapon against whisteblowers.
They are just learning that their enablers at the National Catholic Register and Patheos have lost the ability to damage control.