“That Old Anti-Catholic Bias” Rears its Head


The archbishop of Milwaukee, Jerome Listecki, takes note of it in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: 

Whether it is in the field of art, media or politics, Catholic-trashing is permissible and shock is manifested when any Catholic organization such as the Catholic League protests the remarks. Catholics: pay your taxes, provide your charitable services and serve our country, but don’t object to being ridiculed.

…Donald Trump found it offensive that his faith was questioned, but I don’t think Trump has any problem questioning ISIS and making the judgment that its terrorism is not an adherence to Islamic faith. Or the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz is an evangelical from Cuba (Really, aren’t all Cubans Catholics?) and that some of his antics are “unchristian.”

Yet Trump is shocked when the pope questions and challenges the practice of the faith. When you are a religious leader, to borrow a phrase from Geico’s popular TV commercial, “It’s what you do.” Unless you’re a Catholic, then you should be quiet.

Every country has a right to protect its borders. Protection should not be isolation, because collaboration is the only way to achieve a lasting peace through mutual understanding and economic development. A subtlety remains that “those people” from the south are not only people of color and speak a different language, but many are Catholic. It has been the Catholic Church that has protected the immigrant, and it will continue to do so.

So-called secular intellectual elites such as Anne Coulter pontificate by using social media. Many choose this forum because it protects them from defending their comments; it is called freedom of speech. She manifests her anti-Catholicism through humor. Here is an example: “Quick quiz: Between Trump and the pope, which one runs a huge multinational that protects subordinates when they rape little boys?”

You’re expected to laugh, and I guess Coulter would call this humor. Black face was thought to be humorous in its day, but I don’t believe anyone would find it laughable today.

Read it all. 

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Deacon Greg Kandra
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Deacon Greg Kandra is a Roman Catholic deacon in the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. For nearly three decades, he was a writer and producer for CBS News, where he contributed to a variety of programs and was honored with every major award in broadcasting. Deacon Greg now serves as Multimedia Editor for Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA.) He and his wife live in Forest Hills, New York.
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