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.