As you know, although Holy Souls Hermitage is also a finalist for the Readers’ Choice Best Catholic Blog, I’ve been asking you NOT to vote for HSH, but rather TSW, that is, These Stone Walls. Some have said that Father Gordon MacRae’s (about) These Stone Walls is just about one thing, justice, one cause. But that’s not true. For example, in this weeks post, just today, over at These Stone Walls, we read this:
Why should the news accounts about Benedict XVI be treated with any more respect for truth and accuracy than those of Pius XII? There is actually a connection between these reports in the news media. In a comment on that post about Pius XII, reader Dorothy Stein wrote that it was largely disgruntled Catholics with an agenda, and not the Jews of the generation that lived through World War II Europe, who became the loudest slanderers and detractors of Pius XII.
A similar phenomenon is now true of Benedict XVI. I have read repeated praise of him, of his papacy, of his brilliance, of his justice – the latest coming from the Chief Rabbi of Rome – while Catholics with varying agendas cast shadows over him, some subtle and some overt. I don’t buy any of it. Most of these Catholic critics are simply using the story of this historic papal transition the same way they used the story of the clergy sex abuse scandal. The agendas of disaffected, disgruntled and sometimes sadly misled Catholics are typically given a soap box in the news media.