Sep 15, 2005

'Blusters in the Loggia'

Papabile writes:

"Well, our friend Rocco has attacked Dom Bettinelli.

"I have a lot of respect for what Rocco does. He's well-connected. (Believe me, we have talked.) However, his analysis is off base on this one, and it comes off as hard-hearted, spiteful, and uncharitable."

So what else is new?

I proudly confess that I am not one of Rocco's 1500 daily readers. One read of Blusters was enough for me.

The dictionary defines "bluster" as:

1. A violent, gusty wind.
2. Turbulence or noisy confusion.
3. Loud, arrogant speech, often full of empty threats.

Now tell me the shoe doesn't fit.


Anonymous joe russell said...

It appears from the 09/15/05 New York Times report that the Vatican has initiated The Inquisition of the 21st century. I am ashamed to have been baptised a Catholic and, in good conscience, must renounce all association with the Holy See. The Pope has declared a "holy war" and the German Shepard's action legitimizes, and will lead to, the increased persecution and slaughter of gay and lesbian people. The Church is purging its sins of negligence by crucifying a scapegoat, a familiar story to every Christian and Jew. Has a Nazi risen to the Throne of St. Peter? History shows us how the tragedy will end - charred pink triangles scattered amongst the ashes. Others will surely perish alongside or after us. All who do not speak out against inhumanity share the shame and the sin. Will no one stand with us against this horror? I am in a profound state of fear and despair.

4:33 AM  
Blogger Clayton said...

Joe, you sure know how to reinforce stereotypes about "gay drama." Take a deep breath and reconsider the facts.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Clayton said...

And by "reconsider the facts," I mean, consider consulting a few other sources beyond just the NYT, which generally has a large axe to grind with the Church. So many ears to tickle, so little time...

6:40 AM  
Blogger Venerable Aussie said...

Have a look at the comments here:

for the bigotry and intolerance of this joe guy.

I expect he'll be wanting to hit St Blogs hard.

6:50 AM  
Anonymous joe mccool said...


LOL! You're very funny, "charred pink triangles scattered amongst the ashes."

Are you joking or are you a total weirdo?

7:53 AM  
Blogger Daniel Muller said...

Do not feed the trolls ... this exact same comment, apparently from a non-Christian, is posted to various Web logs.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Scarlette said...

Okay, Joe Russell, I'm really embarrassed for you.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Daniel: "Don't feed the trolls"? Excuse me but that's...stinkin' hilarious. I'm going to use that on my own blog, where the Don't Ever Screen Out Our Immaculately Gay Seminarians debate is raging forward.


Shameless plug, jez.

Joe McC: I'm a total weirdo. Is that so wrong?

(Yes, it's me.)

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Joe McCool said...

Hey Paddy,

I’d recognize you anywhere.

No, it’s not wrong to be a total weirdo. I wasn’t necessarily using the phrase “total weirdo” pejoratively. I was trying to assess the mental stability of Joe R.

Besides Patrick, you’re more of a quaint funny Canadian type of weirdo. Joe R is more of a hide the sharp objects kind.

It would be great if you could queue up the Looney Tunes theme music every time Joe R. posted a comment.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too read Rocco-once.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

"Overture...see the lights!"

I dig it.

3:12 PM  
Blogger John Hearn said...

I don't know Rock personally and I haven't read his blog a long time, but I would be a little more patient with him. I know he is something of a bomb thrower and likes to say some rather outrageous things, but his heart is really in the right place and he really does love the Church. I may be wrong, but I believe that he is a lot more orthodox than some of his more entertaining (infuriating?) rhetoric would lead one to believe.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Scarlette said...

Now why would you believe he is more orthodox? I'm not trying to be argumentative, I really am curious.

8:42 PM  
Blogger John Hearn said...


When Rock comments on Church teachings and dogmas, he does not come off as heterodox and I have never seen him dispute of pooh-pooh any of them. He even mocks those who do. He does tend to excuse or overlook the heterodoxy of some, such as that of Mahony, but I suspect that a lot of this has a political rather than theological basis.

In fact it is sometimes rather amusing to see him almost reflexively attacking wide categories of his fellow Catholics for absurd things (such as being schismatic) while in truth agreeing almost totally with these folks on religious maters. One may psyologize about the origins of such odd behavior, but I tend to see it as perhaps a transition stage that other politically liberal Catholics may be traversing on their way to discovering that their more "conservative" brethren do not in fact sport horns and a barbed tail.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Scarlette said...

I was going to respond to your last post by pointing out that you refer to Rocco as "Rock", which seems more familiar and friendly-with than just a "sometimes reader". But instead I'll just point out that you seem to know his real heart despite not knowing him.

I don't really care one way or the other, quite honestly, and I've spent more time on him than a person should.


5:09 PM  

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