Just in time for Christmas, Bill McClellan decides that Sylvester Brown’s inane commentary on Archbishop Burke is not inane enough. So, of course, he criticizes the Archbishop with his oh-so-subtle “wit”. See, it’s all in good fun– wink, wink!
From the article at STLToday:
During an earlier struggle between the board of St. Stanislaus and the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I suggested that Archbishop Raymond Burke would be well-served if he had a wife to give him counsel. Such frank and loving counsel is beneficial for all men, but especially, I suspect, for powerful men.
He then recounts a fictional dialogue between the Archbishop and his wife:
“There is nothing wrong with holiday cheer, Raymond.”
“I have plenty of it, Martha.”
“I know you do, Raymond, but nobody else knows that. It seems like every holiday season, you’re angry at somebody. It was during the Christmas season that you announced your intention to declare the board at St. Stanislaus excommunicated. This year, you’re angry with Rabbi Susan Talve.”
“She had no right to provide legitimacy to that charade about women priests, Martha.”
“Oh, Raymond. There was no legitimacy to that service. Who took it seriously? It’s not as if those women are actually Roman Catholic priests now. Perhaps Susan shouldn’t have gotten involved in that whole business, but she did, and that’s that. We can either live with it, or make it a bigger deal than it is. Besides, you know how I feel about women and the church. …”
“Love trumps scandal, Raymond. ‘Love thine enemy. Bless those who curse you. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for those who use you and persecute you.’ Matthew didn’t write about scandal. He wrote about love.”…
“…Speaking of the media, we’ll invite some of them, too.”
“Martha! I don’t even talk to the media.”
“That’s why they portray you as a grumpy man who spends too much time worrying about rules and so-called scandal. And we’ll invite the board from St. Stans. And those two women who want to be priests. God bless them for wanting to serve. We all love the same Lord. And I’m sure Catholic Charities could suggest some needy families who would really appreciate a party.”
There is more of this tripe in the article if you can handle it. Gee, I never knew about that “love your enemies” bit until Bill McClellan was good enough to point that out. Excuse me, Bill, but I think your effort at humor fails, and that you are in over your head when you pass judgment on the Catholic Church and our Archbishop. I notice you didn’t take any shots at the Rabbi, the Priestettes, or St. Stan’s Board. No, just the easy mark. Look out for a lump of coal this Christmas.