"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
Today I have some idle musings on a question most readers of
this blog have probably asked themselves: why does the National Catholic
Reporter get a pass on being faithful to Church teaching?
Fr. Z just calls it the “Fishwrap”, and the print version of
NCR is surely not worth any more than
that, since its content only detracts from the value of the paper itself. The NCR misleads and misinforms faithful
Catholics, blatantly presenting the antithesis of objectively and clearly
defined teachings of the Church. Currently, of course, the issue of homosexual
marriage is in the forefront, and “gay marriage” is cheerfully endorsed
by the enlightened NCR. They’re
pretty much on the same page as the dissident nuns, too.
established in 1964, and seems to have always been on the side of the “revolution”,
Muggeridge terms it. In 1968, Bishop Charles H. Helmsing, NCR’s ordinary in the Diocese of Kansas
City-St. Joseph, publicly reprimanded the news organization for its heterodox
ways, noting that the newspaper did not reflect the teaching of the Church, and
in fact directly contradicted it in some cases. (See more history in this Wikipedia
But NCR, of
course, refused to comply, and here we are 44 years later with the same
publication with the same name spouting the same often-heretical notions it
always has…plus some.
NCR’s “Mission and Values”
statement includes the note that “NCR is the
only significant alternative Catholic voice that provides avenues for
expression of diverse perspectives, promoting tolerance and respect for
differing ideas”. Puh-lease. Just like
the liberal political left, they promote “tolerance”…as long as that which they
are tolerating is in line with their own beliefs. I don’t think they’re known
for featuring down-trodden “trads” on their pages.
The statement also claims
…We are concerned for all people and we are committed to shaping a world that recognizes the dignity of every human being,
regardless of religious belief, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or
other characteristic. Throughout our history, we have been a voice for the disadvantaged and the marginalized, and we have told the stories of injustice that others simply
will not print.
Maybe they can help me out! I certainly feel “disadvantaged” every Sunday when
I cannot find an EF Mass within driving distance; and I am definitely “marginalized”
(as is anyone who prefers the EF Mass to the NO), having been ostracized in my
own “parish community” for a variety of reasons and at the hands of the pastor.
As for “stories that others simply will not print” – well, I can certainly
identify with that, since it appears my “ultra-trad” view of NFP has
made me an untouchable blogger. But…somehow…I just don’t think NCR is going to
come to my defense.
Mission Statement says that NCR seeks to “renew the life of the Church”,
…[h]aving developed through the inspiration of the
Second Vatican Council, our spirit is independent, our management lay, our
vision ecumenical. We attempt to contribute to the Catholic conversation by
supporting freedom, honesty, openness
and shared responsibility within the NCR reader community, the
communities in which we live, and in the church…
strikes me throughout this mission and values statement is the way words have
been redefined. “Dignity of every human being” means everyone except the
unborn. “Openness” means “we want the Church to change”. “Freedom” means “dissent”.
And “shared responsibility”? Hmmm…your guess is as good as mine.
course, NCR isn’t the only entity to engage in this deception; it seems
to be something that runs rampant in society at large. Most notable is the phrase
“pro-choice” – its most vocal proponents seem to recognize only one “choice”…which
means no choice at all.
this weasel-wording is a particularly egregious practice in the Church, where
we should be all about truth, and honesty. According to Wikipedia,
way back in 1964, Bishop Helsming
..."ask[ed] the editors in all honesty to drop the term 'Catholic' from their
masthead," because "[b]y retaining it they deceive their Catholic readers and do a great disservice to
ecumenism by being responsible for the false irenicism of watering down Catholic teachings."
in a way, I suppose NCR isn’t really dishonest: their mission
statement comes right out and says they want to “shape the world” according to
their own purposes. And they never say they are faithful to the magisterium of
Caveat emptor. But I guess I haven't even answered the question: why does the NCR get a pass?! Maybe it's just because they can.