Trampling On The Grave Of A Man, Before It Has Even Been Dug

No fan or regular reader of the Crunchy Con Man, Rod Dreher… It was brought to my attention that on this the day of Father Richard John Neuhaus’ death, he felt compelled to commit a few swipes to pixels.

Those with the stomach and low blood pressure to bother may check it out at Richard John Neuhaus, Damon Linker, and me . )

In this swipe & smear piece where Dreher takes opportunity to further reflect on his hobby-horse – the priestly sex scandals… Well the hobby horse, ever inching its way across the blogosphere carpet, arrives just in time to rock across the as-yet unburied body of the very recently late and much beloved convert priest.

I hope the ratings are worth it.

From the above-linked post, Dreher tells us…

I tell you this story not to speak ill of Father Neuhaus,

… But then goes on to offer unverifiable (and now somewhat retracted) comments about interchanges that the now-dead priest can neither deny, affirm, corrabarate or correct.  

Had a priest of Neuhaus’s immense gifts and stature spoken out on behalf of Catholic victims and their families earlier, or at least not have stood up for them when he ought to have been calling them out, who knows how much good might have been done, and suffering might have been avoided?

If he had troubled to put himself in the position of Catholic mothers and fathers instead of the high-ranking churchmen who were his usual milieu, maybe it would have changed his views.

Gee, Rod, no incongruency at all in noting that you are not out to speak ill of the dead (before his body has been committed to the ground) before criticizing him in this highly emotive way.

Then again, that could be said of me. You too. We are all broken, and in need of mercy.

On that point, it would not hurt you to beg your readers’ prayers for the repose of the soul of His priestly servant again. 

Know this, Mr. Dreher. If God should ordain that I outlive you, and if anyone is reading my likely still insignificant writings on this my little patch of new media… Well, I will at least wait for you to be comitted back to the ashes from which we all came, your soul to be prayed for, and your family and friends to be consoled before declaring it open season on your legacy and character.

That is by far the minimum of Christian Charity.

Pray for Mr. Dreher.

Pray first for the blessed repose of His priestly servant, Father Richard.

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21 Responses to Trampling On The Grave Of A Man, Before It Has Even Been Dug

  1. Diane says:

    Thank you, Simple Sinner, for accurately characterizing Dreher’s despicable behavior. He has sunk to a new low.

    Lord have mercy.

  2. As I wrote in my own blog: as for being despicable and sinking to lows, covering up for crimes and serving the Protestant and neocon right don’t help the church.

  3. As I wrote in my own blog: as for being despicable and sinking to lows, covering up for crimes and serving the Protestant and neocon right don’t help the church.

    And as I would write back in your own blog, there is charity in waiting for the body to go in the ground before the unverifiable back stories, accusations, and negative assesments begin.

    Come on Serge, this isn’t rocket science.

  4. Pauli says:

    Yeah, becoming Roman Catholic and being ordained a priest seems like the best way to “serve” the Protestant Conspiracy. As for neocons, everybody knows that you can do ‘em in with garlic and wooden stakes.

  5. kathleen says:

    Whereas trashing a man at the hour of his death helps the church?

    Your thinking is as muddled as your writing.

  6. Diane says:

    LOL, Pauli. Hey, I’ve been accused of being a neo-con (which is silly, since I’m not even sure what one is), yet I must say I love a good rare steak, and if you rub garlic over it before you grill it, it’s even better. Mmmmmm!

    Does this mean I’m not really a neo-con after all?

  7. Pauli says:

    Diane, you are correct. There are many varieties of neocons, but all share the standard vampirism. If your eyes do not glow red in the dark and if you do not possess an insatiable thirst for human blood, then you are not a neocon.

  8. Pauli says:

    I just read the Young Fogey’s little rambling belief statement only to find out that, lo and behold, he’s a Protestant! An anglican, yes, so he’s hauling that tired old strained “We’re all Catholics” push-cart of palaver around. No one’s buying it, baby.

    Oh… your little jab at the general level of Papist intelligence–”Are youse under da Pope?”–that’s cute.

  9. kathleen says:

    I confess, I can think of better names for him than “young fogey”….

  10. Steady on folks – I agree with Foge more often than I disagree… (though where we disagree is measurable at times!)…

    That being said, I stand by my utmost distaste for how certain folk have jumped into the fray….

    as to:

    I just read the Young Fogey’s little rambling belief statement only to find out that, lo and behold, he’s a Protestant! An anglican, yes, so he’s hauling that tired old strained “We’re all Catholics” push-cart of palaver around. No one’s buying it, baby.

    For the record, YF has joined one of the New World derivatives of the nation-state churches that make up the autocephalous polyarchy of the Eastern Orthodox communion… Though some of his more moderate views and predilections would seem to more closely resemble an Anglo-Catholic’s than your average American Orthodox.

    We certainly do not see eye-to-eye on his thinking about “Catholic” or some of his acceptances of the validity of “catholic” expressions in Protestant circles.

    Again, I generally like him, I do NOT like the tack that the pre-funeral critiques and commentaries have taken.

  11. Diane says:

    Does anyone know how to contact Roland de Chanson, the witty and perceptive fellow who commented so incisively at the Rod-Blog (and defended Yours Truly against Rod’s libelous smears)? I would loveto invite him to the discussion here and at Pauli’s blog.

  12. kathleen says:

    “YF has one of the New World derivatives of the nation-state churches that make up the autocephalous polyarchy of the Eastern Orthodox communion”

    ?????

  13. “YF has one of the New World derivatives of the nation-state churches that make up the autocephalous polyarchy of the Eastern Orthodox communion”

    ?????

    That should have read:

    YF has joined one of the New World derivatives of the nation-state churches that make up the autocephalous polyarchy of the Eastern Orthodox communion…

  14. Diane says:

    Simple Sinner, are you sure? I think he used to belong to ROCOR, but I’m pretty sure he’s some sort of Continuing Anglican now. I’d ask him to speak for himself, but, in my experience, he plays it pretty close to the vest…I mean, I’ve asked before and gotten nowhere.

    Serge? Serge? You out there?

  15. Pauli says:

    I apologize for jumping to any hasty conclusions about anyone. But the guy accused Fr. Neuhaus of “covering up for crimes and serving the Protestant and neocon right.” That seems at least as nasty and inaccurate as what Dreher insinuated about the man. And since he used Protestant as a pejorative, I thought it instructive to point out that his belief statement (which has changed from yesterday, let it be known) makes it sound like he’s an Anglican. Of course, his writing is so dense and cryptic that it’s very unclear exactly what he believes.

    Father Neuhaus was a bridge-builder between Protestants and Catholics, and it seems to me that he’d get a thumbs up from our recent popes and our Lord for that good work, not a dismissive smear in politico-speak.

  16. diane says:

    Pauli–hear hear!!!

  17. Yes, Diane, I am sure.

    He belongs to an Orthodox Church and still attends (without taking communion) some services at a historic Anglo Catholic parish.

  18. Diane says:

    I bow to your superior knowledge! ;-)

  19. Brendan says:

    This matter of trampling on the grave brings to mind the hours immediately following the untimely demise of the broadcaster Tim Russert last year. The vitreol being expressed on some of the Catholic blogs toward that man who was barely cold at the time was beyond belief. I wrote that a bit of basic Christian charity might be nice under the circumstances, perhaps a basic RIP if one had nothing good to say, and someone asked the mod to block me in order to ‘preserve the integrity’ of the forum. This would have been amusing if not so pathetic.

  20. Brendan writes:

    … I wrote that a bit of basic Christian charity might be nice under the circumstances, perhaps a basic RIP if one had nothing good to say, and someone asked the mod to block me in order to ‘preserve the integrity’ of the forum. This would have been amusing if not so pathetic.

    I am in agreement.

    You will note, that we did not take part in any of the vitriol that took place. For the record, I did read a great deal of sympathetic obit material for Mr. Russert.

    Those who started trampling the body before it was cold in that case, were just as deplorable as Dreher.

  21. diane says:

    Gosh…I felt nothing but sorry and loss and shock re Tim Russert’s passing. He was a good guy. I still cannot believe he’s gone. God rest his soul.

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