Saturday, May 07, 2005

What some folks do when they can't win an argument and cannot admit defeat, either.


An American Jesuit who is a frequent television commentator on Roman Catholic issues resigned yesterday under orders from the Vatican as editor of the Catholic magazine America because he had published articles critical of church positions, several Catholic officials in the United States said.

The order to dismiss the editor, the Rev. Thomas J. Reese, was issued by the Vatican's office of doctrinal enforcement - the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - in mid-March when that office was still headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, said. Soon after, Pope John Paul II died and Cardinal Ratzinger was elected pope, taking the name Benedict XVI...

America magazine, a weekly based in New York City, is a moderate-to-liberal journal published by the Jesuits, a religious order known for producing the scholars who run many of the church's universities and schools. The Jesuits prize their independence, but like everyone in the church, even their top official, the Jesuit superior general in Rome, ultimately answers to the pope.

In recent years America has featured articles representing more than one side on sensitive issues like same-sex marriage, relations with Islam and whether Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should be given communion. Church officials said it was the publication of some of these articles that prompted Vatican scrutiny.

And that's why we have freedom of speech in this country- and almost entirely unlimited, too.

Because dogma bites.

I should also add that I was told by a Jesuit once that there is a great deal of dissatisfaction with JPII, that he had way overstepped his bound.

I think Ratzinger's going to attempt to do to Benedict XV what John Paull II did for John XXIII & Paul VI.

This seems to be a popular gambit in the religion/politics world today. Seems a bunch of folks are hell-bent on telling others what to do, what to say, how to exercise their liberties, and they'll use coercion if they don't like how you behave, though it be legal.

They're cheap extortionists, nothing more, nothing less.

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