Sunday, December 07, 2008

A Catholic Answer? Site seeks to silence Biden critic




Yes, I guess I can agree with Catholic Answers that my calling Senator Biden "Ding-Dong" (or at least implying that Joe was the person in the un-holy Obama-Rham-a-Ding-Dong trinity) is uncharitable. I suppose "hypocrite" or "heretic" would be more technically correct, at least from the Catholic critic's standpoint. Yet it gets difficult to not detect a trend. You wonder if, with the Obama administration set to swoop down and examine tax-exempt sites with a fine-toothed comb, and the economy cutting into charitable contributions (but not, of course, Obama's), if there might be another reason besides an uncharitable nickname that the admittedly orthodox Answers removed my article. Namely, money.

It's not like this type of choosing-for-profit, or pro-(fit) choice, has never clouded the vision of good Catholic visionaries before. It's nearly impossible to think ex-pizza millionaire and Ave Maria University founder, Tom Monaghan, chose the all-of-a-sudden-against-abortion Mitt Romney over a more steadfast pro-life candidate if the Mormon's millions weren't a factor. Similarly, it's hard to believe the long-time conservative Catholic Mark Shea would, in an article on the eve of the Iowa Caucus, trash the election's most ardent pro-life candidate, Michael Huckabee, if it didn't involve cash. One begins to see the wisdom in the words of the modern-day prophet, Michael Voris, who told me there was no way in this day and age that his RealCatholicTV site could both remain Catholic AND keep tax-exempt status at the same time. Meanwhile, Catholic Answers, who still remains on the other side of the tax-exempt coin, would rather ban my whole wholeheartedly pro-life pro-Church article than delete one punny nickname.

Fair enough. But before I leave you, Catholic Answers, I have just one question. We know that Jesus was telling the truth when He called the Pharisees a "brood of vipers," since he was Truth Himself. And yet, while this nickname was no doubt accurate, was it not also uncharitable? And if so, does that mean you will be soon deleting Matthew 23 from your source of answers too?

5 comments :

Tom in Vegas said...

You're calling Biden much nicer things than I have. I wonder what type of frivolous admonishing I would receive if I posted my, ahem, descriptive phrasing?

Maybe I should give it a try:0)

Linda Mary Liotino said...

I like your Blog and what you had to say...Joe Biden refers to himself as a Catholic...He is not! Not by an stretch of the imagination.

Tom O'Toole said...

Thanks for your comment -- It seems that Vegas and Elmhurst Thomas' think alike. Actually, I think "Joe the Blowhard" is my favorite Biden nickname, but maybe I should take a readers' poll ...

Tom O'Toole said...

Amen Linda Mary! If Obama is a terror, Biden is certainly an embarrassment to all devoted Catholics ...

fratres said...

Hard to believe this article was yanked... I found it a sure help and warning for the days ahead.

Thanks Tom.

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