See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Monday, March 02, 2009

CDL News


This is dumb.
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Bill Donohue claimed the above photo illustrates the anti-Catholic bias of the NY Times. WTH? The Times did not have to run anything at all, but Donohue still took offense:
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"The photo, shot from above, shows no one in the church but the two of them. The caption below says, “The Rev. Ed Zogby marked a worshiper’s forehead with ashes at the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton near Battery Park. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.” There was no attendant story.
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So it makes us wonder, why did the New York Times deliberately choose this photo? And why did it give it such prominence? To be honest, we’re really not wondering at all: We know exactly what the newspaper is up to." - Source
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The Times actually responded to such nonsense:
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"Michele McNally, the editor in charge of photography at the Times, [had this to say] about the picture: She said the paper ran it because it was "a gorgeous photograph of a profound religious experience." - Source

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Choose your battles - otherwise everyone will just think you're a big blowhard. ;)

6 comments:

  1. If anyone thinks Donohue is a blowhard...

    they'd be correct.

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  2. It looks like the Ash Wednesday parishioners came and went (given the pews-messy) and this lone individual just arrived late ... for whatever reason ...

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  3. Artistically, it's a beautiful picture, and points even to the desert we enter, alone, where we stand before God with the reminder that we ARE ash...

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  4. As someone whose hobby is photography, I think it is lovely.

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  5. In general, I think we should support Donohue’s efforts--although like you, Terry, I also believe it’s important to pick your battles. When the enemy can get us arguing about dumb stuff, our strength is wasted.

    I understand that Donohue is irksome at times--like a brass horn in the woodwinds section. I get the same "oh, brother" feeling as when people make claims of racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and what-not-ism where no such sentiments are in evidence. And yet, while there are plenty of Catholic folks who will squeal when they are pinched, who else can we say has organized so effectively against anti-Catholicism?

    It would seem that taking offense at seemingly little (or non-existent) affronts is an occupational hazard for him. But little rivulets form great streams; and Donohue is paying attention to mopping up rivulets before they can run into streams.

    Or, to mix a couple of metaphors, in a world where most Catholics are rugs and doormats, Donohue is a hammer: He’s loud when he bangs something and to him everything looks like a nail. God bless him.

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