Does this Prince of the Church use his newspaper to attack the obvious targets right in his own back yard, targets that many another bishop in his place would attack? For instance, does he attack Hollywood, that great corrupter of souls, that damnation-making fountain of filth? No, he takes money from Hollywood, lots of it. Does he attack the brazen pornographers in the Valley who make thousands of incredibly evil productions every year? No.
Does The Tidings attack L.A.'s dozens of abortion mills that kill tens of thousands of babies a year and exploit and injure so many women and girls? No. Does The Tidings attack the heretics in this Archdiocese who promote abortion, priestesses and the homosexual agenda? No. Does The Tidings attack the sects, who seduce countless Catholics away from the Faith? No.
You see, the Cardinal sees a far greater danger to the people of this Archdiocese: Religious conservatives. So he uses The Tidings to attack us, and in a particularly underhanded way. The article he selects, "Author examines religious right's 'hijacking' of Jesus" (click on this post's title), in the July 14 issue, creates a straw man, a caricature, by attributing to religious conservatives various attitudes and positions that most of us do not share.
Don't look now, your Eminence, but The Tidings is bearing false witness. I do not know anyone who supports Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson. And of the many pro-lifers I know, their opinions are all over the map about the war in Iraq. Nor do they support "the rich" over the poor; some of us ARE the poor, the powerless, simple good souls, those without influence in the world.
The Tidings will not stop us by lying about us and calling us names. Not ever. We will keep on voting pro-life and anti-the homosexual agenda, not because of being "for the rich" or "for the war." And The Tidings can be sure we know that the irreligious Left does NOT help the poor but oppresses them; for just one example, witness the Left supporting abortion and NEVER lifting a finger to save preborn babies and their moms.
We see through The Tidings. So do many people, which is why its circulation is microscopic.