Well, I thought I’d have the day off. Not a whole lot to comment on, but then this annoying little mosquito showed up and won’t stop buzzing, so back to work I go!
Yes, there was picnic on Saturday and it was GREAT! We love and support Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and he loves everyone. Yes, there were counter protesters – a whopping 6 from what I saw. They talked about not being included in the picnic, even after the Archbishop’s supporters actually invited them to join in breaking a little bread with them but they declined. Most, if not all, of the protesters were not Catholic, so tell me again – why do they care about the Catholic schools? Honestly, they’re like your annoying sibling who wants to be the center of attention, but we do love them and consider them God’s children. We also hope for their salvation and for their understanding that the Archbishop really has little choice but to follow the teachings and law of the Catholic Church. Most of all, we hope for their understanding that he loves them enough to tackle a hard topic. Like I said, not much of a story other than we hope it lifted the Archbishop’s spirits, because he so deserves that.
Who is the buzzing mosquito you ask? In a quite silly related story, a local former-sports-reporter-turned-authority-on-Catholic-morality, C.W. Nevius, wrote that supporters of Archbishop Cordileone should “give it a rest.” My response at this point? Who are you and why are you flapping your gums? How about YOU give it a rest and spend a little time writing your own article instead of rehashing the articles that have already been written by your co-workers? Hmmm? It would seem you’re a little late to the party. Slow news day? Writer’s block, so you’re going to take your co-workers material from months ago and hope we don’t notice?
Nevius is literally reporting on weeks- and months-old news as if it’s something new and exciting (seems to be quite a popular thing to do in his circle). How is the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate letting him get away with this? To say he was scooped is the understatement of the century. At this point, you’ve got to throw out “Thou doth protest too much.” Does he think he’s making headway and that Pope Francis will remove the Archbishop, or that the Archbishop is going to simply go away and abandon the teachings of the Church? I’m reasonably sure that’s not why Nevius spontaneously combusted, ranting on old news and telling supporters that they’re either irrelevant or meanies. Really – we’re now suddenly taking a cheap shot when we point out the fact that many of the “100 Prominent Catholics” have homosexual children?! It’s OK that they shout it from the rooftops, but those mean old Catholics just can’t mention it?! I think he might have hit all the liberal check marks: say they are irrelevant, then say they are mean, and repeat, repeat, repeat. He can at least be proud that he’s met liberal standards, even though he’s fallen short of good journalism standards.
C.W. tried to write about this topic last month and it was an epic fail. I think the title, “S.F. Archbishop Cordileone wanted a fight, and now he has lost”, was a tad bit inaccurate (and a syntax nightmare to boot). (http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Time-for-Catholic-church-to-face-up-to-reality-in-6204533.php) – Note the alternate title embedded in the link. Might it be time for Nevius to face up to reality, instead? I think so.
Let’s look at how badly the Archbishop has lost. There was a nice poll in Nevius’ employer’s publication showing overwhelming support for the Archibishop (88%-12% to be exact – or a rout, to be even more exact). The “I Support Archbishop Cordileone” Facebook page (if you’re not a member, join it here: https://www.facebook.com/supportabc) has eclipsed the opposition’s page and will likely reach triple the opposition’s amount after this post (I have faith in you, followers!). And the two priests who Nevius thinks are so hated? Their support page is just about tied with the opposition and will likely surpass them by a mile in the end. (Especially after you like “I Support Fathers Illo and Driscoll” here: https://www.facebook.com/isupportfrillofrdriscoll). Over 500 people showed up at a Mass Mob at the Star of the Sea, over 500 people showed up the following week at Star of the Sea’s speakers forum (can I just say the collection baskets were overflowing at each?), and over 500 people showed up for a picnic on Saturday to support Archbishop Cordileone (sparking the Nevius rants). Archbishop Cordileone has lost? I think not. Oh, and can I just say your public figure Facebook page has 35 likes, Mr. Nevius? I’m thinking something about glass houses right now. Sports is calling you back, but you seem to have a problem comprehending wins and losses.
Sorry, C.W., we’re here to stay. Feel free to throw out the “intolerant” and “un-accepting” monikers. I’m sure you’re hoping to make that your follow-up article because, yeah, nobody’s said that yet either. We proudly claim to be intolerant and un-accepting of dissent. “Color me intolerant,” I always say. Many of us have children (and lots of them). We’re hardly going to cave to the demands of an insolent writer.