Liam sent along this link, a concern that a little nick (or maybe a few of them) have those terrible, scary, liberal sharks sniffing out the weakness. Offer it up, comes the advice. Here are Liam’s musings on it:
Fr Z seems to be trying to whip up a frenzy of anxiety that the Pope is surrounded by enemies (some of his own choosing). Reminds me very much of the kind of fevered, anxious group-think I use encounter (and even participate in) in radical hothouses. For example, the comboxers in this thread have gotten to the point of the Pope being spiritually assassinated.
Imagine if, for Lent, we had to abstain from addictive behavioral patterns of Us/Them thinking and rhetorical excess designed to show how right We are and how wrong They are. (Knowing, of course, that in writing this message I myself echo this, too.)