MARIN OUT OF CONTROL! How Dare Quinn’s Bishop Correct Him! How Dare Vatican Guard Its Theology From Being Free Lanced!
Feminism Spurs Political Reporter to Catholic Bashing.
Passage of Civil Unions in Springfield has been greeted…as expected…by media with a veritable ticker-tape parade. I say “as expected” because what we have here is, with some notable exceptions, a largely irreligious journalism craft. It’s adopted liberalism as its civil religion. It rejects natural law and moral dogma (indeed its education is so deficient it does not know what natural law is).
For example, major portions here salutes abortion as a “right” but passionately supported getting rid of Chief Illinwek—the fictitious symbol of the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana since 1926. Why? Because it was an alleged offense to native Americans aka Indians. It’s thisfaux“morality” lite that was adopted as an absolute after Judeo-Christian ethics were dumped. Provingif mankind dispenses with God it has to invent its own theology…which in this case is relativist materialism.
We are living in an era of political correctness gone riot. People who aren’t the least concerned with the killing of unborn babies yet bleed for homosexuals’ rights to live together with all the benefits accrued to the married….and to marry.
Which brings us to Carol Marin.
Yesterday in herSun-Timesnewspaper column she chastised Gov. Quinn’s bishop…Thomas Paprocki originally from Chicago who was Cardinal Bernardin’s chancellor and Cardinal George’s auxiliary… for intruding on Quinn’s prerogatives as an elected civil servant…not mentioning that Quinn brought it on himself by declaring his support for Civil Unions because “my religious faith [Catholicism] animates me to support this bill.” I’m not going to append Marin’s column here else I spread her Catholic insults for her but you can read it by going tochicagosun-times.comand scrolling down to her column for Sunday, Dec. 5.
It was only after Quinn identified Civil Unions with Catholicism that Springfield Bishop Paprocki entered the fray, reminding Quinn that Catholicism “animates” nothing of the sort. To which Marin countered that Paprocki hasno rightto invade secular precincts of the governorship because Quinn holds a civil office.
But this begs the question outrageously.It was Quinn, not Paprocki,who opened the door by stating Catholicism supports his views. And it is Paprocki’s duty to correct this misapprehension.
One more time: It was Quinn who brought Catholicism into the matter maintaining his religion—Catholicism—animates Quinn’s support for Civil Unions.
Then Marin sounded off on some bishops’ failings to protect children from pedophiliac priests—hugely regrettable occurrences that are the worst scandals in modern church history but which Paprocki had nothing to do with. It’s clear Marin wants to use them as a cudgel to silence and intimidate prelates from opposing Leftish moves Marin cherishes including the next drive…already advocated by her…for same-sex marriage.
Continuing, she attested with exuberant ego that the admitted failing of the bishopsdemolish any credibility for a bishop to admonish a member of his congregation. This is a stunning and an unwarranted intrusion by a political commentator into a theological area in which she has no competence nor right to use her byline to assault a church. (But of course it is not her intrusion alone; her colleague Neil Steinberg has brayed his own variant of Catholic bashing for years with hearty editorial page guffaws).
Finally Marin denies the right of the Vatican consistory composed of bishops appointed by the Church’s pontiff to determine whether certain nuns—consecrated for the purpose of supporting Catholic theology—are in fact actually advocating authentic doctrine! Bishops have no right to do this wrote Marin: a stunning formulation.
Here it can be assumed that Marin’s feminist ideology takes over because she has said and written often that there should be women priests. Popes have maintained they cannot change it because they insist that the Church’s founder, Jesus Christ, set the pace by ordaining twelve apostles—all men—to institute the sacraments. This displeases Ms. Marin highly.
The point is that her rebuke to Bishop Paprocki was unjustified and has gone far-far afield. Moreover it has taken her media vehicles…theChicago Sun-Times…NBC-TV Channel 5 Chicago…andWTTW-TVpublic television…with her into a theological dispute with the Catholic Church and the exclusively male nature of Holy Orders which she has no theological qualifications to debate given that the Church insists they follow the design of Christ.
Marin’s excursion into Catholic bashing and bigotry is a personal ego trip. It remains to be seen if her employers want to be dragged with her into a controversy that includes a wide variance of insults and recrimination that comes close to religious hatred and wanton interference by a media person into the governance of the Church…including the right of duly ordained bishop to correct false interpretations of its doctrine such as Quinn’s false statement Catholicism “animated” his support of Civil Unions…added to which is Marin’s denunciation of the Vatican’s right to determine how its theology is to be expressed by nuns or anyone else.
Attendant to this is the utter ridiculousness of a political commentator becoming a critic of Church theology, a subject in which she is ill-equipped to promulgate. What will we have next…Rick Telander of the sports pages slamming the Church on maintenance of clerical celibacy?...Wanda the TV Weather Bunny assailing the Church on the need for GeneralAbsolution?...Sneed leading a drive to make Sister Joan Chittister OSB the first woman priest?
It is high time that readers of this website write toThe Chicago Sun-Times insisting that enough is enough and that mischievous and extreme feminist excursions into anti-Catholic bigotry involving insults hurled at an authenticist Catholic bishop be ended….else your subscription to the paper will. And get others to do the same.