I’m starting to realize that San Francisco can keep me in blog posts for the better part of the year. I really have a thing for ranting about hypocrisy and outright lunacy. Heck, Sam Singer, alone, could keep me in sarcastic remarks for months!
For those who missed my first outing in the blogosphere, Sam Singer is the guy whose reputation is now on the line if he doesn’t deliver Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s head on a platter (oh yes, she did reference Herod and John the Baptist). I’m not really sure why he thought that would be a cake walk but he seems to be getting mighty frustrated tweeting he “won’t give up until Cordileone is gone.” (I don’t know why but “I’ll get you and your little dog too!” comes to mind when I read that one. Anyone else?) Clearly he lives in a very myopic world and thinks everyone thinks like the “One Hundred Prominent Catholics” with whom he dines.
So let’s take a look at Singer. I went to his website just to get a feel for what makes him proud. You can see on his site that – He’s “The Fixer”, “is nationally known for handling some of most significant public affairs and crisis communications issues of the day”, “a master spin doctor” and one of his jobs has been labeled “best handled crisis of the year.” Sounds like you are really in trouble and desperate when you hire Sam. It makes perfect sense that he’d represent the people who are taking on 2,000 years of Catholic Tradition. I mean, this is likely the case of his lifetime. Why stop there, Sam? Imagine it – Sam Singer vs. God! I’m reasonably sure that’s crossed his narcissistic mind. Sam might want to read the end of the Bible to find out how that one turns out. Whatever did happen to Herod anyway?
Anyway, Sam’s been flinging spit balls at the wall to see what sticks. Nothing really has, as much as he tries.
Morality Clause-Gate: This is where the fight really started. Unfortunately (for those opposed to the Catholic Church), it’s the first in a string of non-issues. Of course schools want their teachers to project Catholicism. Some teachers, however, wanted to have their cake and eat it too. They want to teach at a Catholic school but they don’t want to actually teach Catholicism. In fact, some want to teach against it. They want to sell abortion, birth control and same-sex marriage. The problem is, the rest of the world says, “Hey! There’s a place where you can get this. It’s called public school!” They think they picked a fight with the Archbishop, but I can tell you that they picked a fight with all of Christianity, and even some non-Christians who believe their faith should be freely taught in their schools and that this shouldn’t be impeded by those with some other agenda.
Fr. Illo-gate: Sam is trying so very hard to make Fr. Illo and Fr. Driscoll an issue and yet it’s another one that’s just not sticking. It may stick around for the “100 Prominent Catholics”, Singer, and the liberals at the Star of the Sea School, but I was just at Star of the Sea for a “Mass Mob” and the Raymond Arroyo talk they sponsored, and support amongst the parishioners and the 500-600 that showed up at each event is not waning. Anyone who has actually bothered to talk to Fr. Illo knows that none of the caricatures of him ring true. It also doesn’t help Singer that all of the stuff he’s coming up with (altar boys, Examinations of Conscience, etc.) are very, very old news stories that didn’t come out until the Archbishop’s “morality clause” made news. Everyone knows that, if it was truly a big deal, it would have been immediately in the news, not months or years later. You also don’t bring up 10-year-old stories if you aren’t desperate. BTW, Catholic World Report did a crack job filling in the details that were so conveniently left out. Hat tip to them! http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/3845/attacks_on_sf_pastor_aim_to_test_abp_cordileone.aspx
Sprinkler Gate: Kind of a big faux pas to try to accuse a church that does more for the homeless than any other denomination of being anti-homeless people. The church does have the right (and an obligation) to keep its property clean. They also have a duty to keep people from harming themselves on the property. Preventing them from being in a place where they feel free to shoot up is a good thing!!! Everyone knows that the homeless are always allowed on that property. They are just not allowed to use it as a bathroom nor a drug house. Also, and this is really huge, where is the anger from those “100 Prominent Catholics” for the power washing of the homeless done Monday – Friday in front of their businesses on Market St.??? Those people are actually hit with power washers if they don’t move in time. The readings are really high on the hypocrisy meter right now! The Cathedral sprinkles two doors where excrement and needles are regularly found (the doors away from traffic, which makes for a perfect place to do such things) and doesn’t touch the rest of the property, and the Archbishop is evil? Riiiiggghhht! I’ll tell him next time I see him out there washing down the property or trimming the bushes.
The last debacle for poor old Sam (and the biggest indication he should head for the nearest door) – THE poll! Sam had his minions at SF Gate run a weekly poll on whether or not the Pope should remove Archbishop Cordileone. Ouch! That one really didn’t work and might possibly be his most epic miscalculation. I’m not even sure that I thought it would be the awesome landslide it was at 88% for Archbishop Cordileone staying and only 12% thinking he should go. Supporters of his ouster are desperately pointing out it’s not a scientific poll. Somehow we had some magical way of creating more of a landslide then they could (we’re Catholics, not magic fairies). I’m sure there was nationwide support but they had the same week to garner support and it didn’t happen.
Sam just isn’t getting it (although he might be starting to). Can he really think the Catholic Church, which has survived 2,000 years of persecution (yes I did mention those pesky 2,000 years again), is somehow going to bow to him? Probably – I’m sure that’s what megalomania does to a person. He’ll continue to dredge up ten- year- old stories that we all know about as if they are something new and salacious or maybe, if he’s lucky, he’ll find out that one of these holy men forgot to turn off the water while they brushed their teeth. What a scandal that would be with California being in a drought and all! Whatever it is, I’m sure he’ll keep spitting into the wind until someone gets tired of throwing their money into the fire.