The announcement that Pope Benedict XVI would be resigning his position has apparently provided the New York Times with yet another opportunity to rail against the Catholic Church for not conforming to its politically correct, secularist worldview.
Ever since Benedict's big news, the Times – the world's leading anti-Catholic newspaper – has discharged a seemingly endless stream of Church bashers, bigots, and malcontents to advance their deep animus towards the Catholic Church.
Here is a brief rundown of the Times' attacks from the past week:
- Rachel Donadio and Elisabetta Povoledo: Although Danadio and Povoledo's piece was supposed to be a straight news story about the Pope's announcement, the pair could not help themselves from wringing their hands and editorializing that, unfortunately, "[t]here are no plausible candidates who would move on issues like ending celibacy for priests, or the ordination of women." The two writers missed the real story here but surely pleased their editors back in New York.
- Bill Keller: After comparing the Catholic Church to a Fortune 500 company that is "incoherently managed, resistant to the modernizing forces of the Internet age, [and] tainted by scandal and corruption," perpetual Church critic and angry ex-Catholic Keller finally gets to the real reasons that the Catholic Church so upsets him. "[O]rdain women and let priests marry," proclaims Keller – surely music to the ears of other Church haters.
- Garry Wills: The debunked and discredited "anti-Catholic Catholic" fired up his usual bile in an brutal op-ed reminiscent of something out the 19th-century Know Nothing movement. (Not surprisingly, the Times just published a very favorable review this past Sunday of Wills' latest Church-bashing book.)
- John Patrick Shanley: The bigoted director of the film Doubt – who has actually been sued over a "violent S&M-fueled sexual relationship with a young actress" – makes no effort to hide his contempt for the Catholic Church. His nasty op-ed, with the title, "Farewell to an Uninspiring Pope," grossly smears Benedict as "utterly bereft of charm," "tone-deaf," "a protector of priests who abused children," being "a member of Hitler Youth," and having "no use for women." And that's just the first paragraph. Just imagine the Times printing a similar angry, irrational screed directed at a Jewish, Muslim, or other religious leader.
- Jason Berry: When a psychologist for the anti-Catholic group SNAP was arrested with over 100 images of kiddie porn, Church-bashing author Jason Berry wrote a passionate letter on behalf of the pervy doc. Berry then defended his actions by saying, "I'd do it again." However, Berry's rank hypocrisy did not disqualify him in the eyes of the Times from lecturing the Church about how Pope Benedict can "right some of the wrongs of the recent past" with respect to the abuse scandals from decades ago.
As we have stated several times before, the New York Times is utterly obsessed with the Catholic Church. Its never-ending fixation with the decades-old scandals in the Church – while ignoring the scandals happening today in local public schools right in its own backyard – reveals that it is not really the sexual abuse of children that bothers the Times. What bothers the Times is that the Catholic Church does not adhere to the paper's own radical, secularist worldview.