Saturday, April 30, 2011
It is a mystery to me why a paper with the aspirations (and pretensions) of the New York Times continues to give the outstandingly mediocre thought and writing of Maureen Dowd the platform that it does. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, but I admit that I was, that this snark-dripping mudball ("Hold the Halo") from Dowd ran on Easter Weekend. Thank God, soon-to-be Blessed John Paul II is beyond being relieved (I'm sure he never did) that Dowd concedes he "was admirable in many ways", even as she pronounces that he was "disturbingly regressive" (by which she seems to mean "garden variety, mainstream Catholic") on others.
Better for a reader to spend an hour or two with Redemptor hominis than a second with Dowd, and to remember his first words as pope: Do not be afraid to open wide the doors for Christ.