Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Like, unfortunately, many things that Maureen Dowd writes, this recent screed (which, as Michael noted a few days ago, was very, very widely read), "The Nuns' Story", tells us much more about the bile that sloshes around in Maureen Dowd -- bless her heart -- than it does about the alleged topic of the piece or about the real world generally.
There are, to be sure, many reasonable questions for reasonable, faithful people to raise and debate regarding those matters -- the role (and treatment by the Church) of women religious, the recent outreach to "conservative" Anglicans, etc. -- that the piece purports, in places, to be about. But, at the end of the day, the piece is really just a blunderbuss bucket of half-informed, pandering hate. I know we are supposed to be lamenting the state of public discourse, wringing our hands about the popularity of Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh (and Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann) but it's hard to see how this New York Times feature columnist is any better.
More here, at America.