More on the June 9 "Tidings"
"The New Puritans," a column by Tom Ehrich, whom The Tidings identifies as "an Episcopal priest" in North Carolina, does the same thing. Ehrich whines about "an eerie New Puritanism that picked up steam with President Reagan...and now...is pushing hard a political and moralistic agenda that shows an astonishing disregard for American history and heritage."
(Ehrich is wrong, of course. America's history and heritage are pro-life and pro-family.)
Ehrich then sees "hyper-moralizing, sectarian suspicions, and church-state blurring," and he claims that "Intolerance dominates the religious landscape." He intimates that some blame this on conservatives seeing themselves as victims, "...as if science victimized faith, 'free love' victimized the straitlaced, homosexuality victimized families, immigrants victimized true Americans, and Hollywood victimized children."
Ehrich's solution is "communities where people know each other and get beyond their fear of diversity, where we let go of any need to control how other people live their lives and worship their God" -- where "we meet in the middle and work together." This is code-speak for not opposing abortion, the homosexual agenda, relativism and religious indifferentism.
Cardinal Mahony's newspaper printed this invidious and worthless column. Does he agree with it? If he does not, then why would he subject his flock to it? What value does he see in it? He and his editors can always hide behind their Op-ed Pages disclaimer that some "opinions may not always agree with the viewpoints of The Tidings' Editorial Council."
Instead of publishing schismatics' "opinions," Cardinal Mahony's newspaper ought to use its valuable space for Catholic truth -- quoting the pro-life, pro-family papal encyclicals and the documents from the Pontifical Council for the Family and the other pontifical councils.