Bishop Morlino does not locate the sin in the public criticism of the funeral, however: “From the earliest days of the Church it was defined as sinful to enjoy the thought that someone might be in Hell.”
I went back to reread the three toughest statements I knew about the Kennedy funeral — those from Raymond Arroyo, Judie Brown, and Phil Lawler. Nowhere could I find anything close to the sin described by Bishop Morlino.
In the minds of some bloggers, it’s all about and only about other bloggers. The A-list, usually. Bishop Morlino seems to have read the comboxes of the bloggers in question, as well as others. I have too. There was a certain glee in some of the commentary on Cardinal O’Malley, a certain delight in catching him in a stumble. Mr Hudson should be familiar with the strategy–the gotcha! politics of the modern GOP.
Deal’s web site doesn’t even police its echo chamber by its own set of rules. Note the comments there on “spinelss buffoons” and “spinless scumbags,” a heating of passions which makes Bishop Morlino’s essay a self-fulfilling prophecy. Did he err by even writing the piece, surely knowing it would stir the self-styled orthodox into more bile?
For sensible Catholics, at what point are we obliged to be silent lest we inspire others to leap off the lemming cliff of the Culture of Complaint?