Cheap Shooting!

cheap shot… (def.) a blow, shove or tackle maliciously against an opponent     who is defenseless or off guard. 

This is an imagined staff discussion that took place in mid March in the office of the editorial editor of The Washington Post:

Now that we have milked dry the battle about health legislation, we have to pick a new focus agenda.  Although we are the fifth largest paper in the country, we’ve lost circulation that we’ve got to try to regain.

What about a study about how the apathetic African-Americans have let industrious Latinos take 94% of their jobs?

Are you crazy? Remember years ago when we ran an article that was considered critical of African Americans, every black church in the region organized and crippled us for two days. They jammed our phones with incoming calls and dumped so many tons of our newspapers in front of the building that we had to use the rear shipping entrance.

Could we do a study, showing that the Jews—the most persecuted race in history—for fifty years have ruthlessly persecuted the Palestinians?

If we did, the next day B’nai B’rith and the powerful Jewish lobby would blow us out of the sky.

Perhaps we could question the same-sex marriage situation.

Sure we could! And the lesbians and gays would form a two-mile long protest march and end up sending bricks through all our windows.

Well, that leaves religion. I understand the European press is having a hay day about the Catholic pedophiliac priests in Ireland and Germany.  It’s too bad we cashed in on that years ago. Perhaps, we would blow on the ashes and rekindle the fire.

Good idea! Let me show you this drawing from our cartoonist, Tom Toles, who hates Catholics with a passion.  It shows two ghoulish priests who are using Christ’s words to trap kids so they can abuse them.

Wow! That’s powerful stuff. But is it fair?  The 4,400 pedophiliac priests are only 4% of the 110,000 Catholic priests who served during at that period.  Studies prove there is a higher percentage of pedophiliac Protestant ministers and rabbis. Also, it is confirmed that 8% of American males are guilty of this crime.

Maybe so, but it’s the number of bad priests, not the percentage, that will increase circulation.

This cartoon will offend seventy million Catholics.

So what?  Their only action will be a mountain of protest letters that we’ll trash, and we’ll publish a few approving letters from cranks.  So, all in favor of blasting the Catholics say “yes.”

Yes, yes, YES, maybe so, O.K., YES! why not?


(And on the 29th of March in the year of our Lord, 2010, the honorable Washington Post dove to a historic depth in journalism, smeared its face with shit, and printed the infamous cartoon)


(And what are your thoughts? I promise I won’t trash criticism!)


Interesting sayings 

 Has it not been thus throughout the history of the Church that the Pope, the successor of Peter, has been at once Petra and Skandalon—both the rock of God and a stumbling block?  In fact, the faithful will always have to reckon with this paradox of the divine dispensation that shames their pride again and again.

                                                Pope Benedict XV1


Do not seal up the fountain of life nor imagine that you can defeat God. The resurrection will not be stopped by force nor impeded by seals, nor put down by soldiers, nor concealed by bribes. Rather it shall be believed in.

                                                Saint Amphilochius of Iconium  380AD

 Some people are kind, polite and sweet-spirited until you sit in their pews.


If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.

                                                Yiddish Proverb

An ounce of performance is worth a pound of promises.

                                                Mae West

My new blog friend

Jean M. Heimann, who has the excellent site Catholic Fire, is a remarkable woman with these qualifications: Catholic wife, mother, writer, retired educator and psychologist.  My only complaint about her is that she doesn’t live in my neighborhood so that we could have weekly coffee meetings. But you and I can enjoy her Catholic Fire. So, do it! 

 News flashes

–   Last month in the British House of Lords voted to permit same-sex marriages to be performed in houses of religion. It was introduced by a gay Muslim named Lord Alli. It is feared this is the first step of requiring Anglicans, Catholic and other religion to conform. (comment, good going, Cutie Alli)


 A study of administrative costs of non-profits has confirmed that Catholic Charities is the best with a cost of 3%. This means that out of every dollar we contribute, we know that $.97 is going to the cause we support. Some charities have administrative and soliciting cost of up to 80%.

 –   Be aware of how modern we Catholics have become and click on to Catholic TV Com. (comment, amazing!)

                                        Recommended reading

 –   In the April issue of The Catholic World Report, Jeff Ziegler, a writer in North Carolina, has an excellent article, “Pope Benedict Goes Bravely Forth.”

 –  You will enjoy “The Spirituality of Meiser Eckhard and its implications for Christian life today” by James A. Wiseman, OSB, in the spring issue of Spiritual Life. 

Other recommended Catholic Blogs 

 Sacred Space is a great website, produced by the Jesuits in Ireland.  You will like it. 

Communiqués received 

George Thatcher is an inspiration for both us born-Catholics and those who are potential-Catholics. His account of his conversion is a treasure.

                                                          Eleanor Dinson

 I think your blog is too long. You try to cover too much material.

                                                          Roger Evans

(and you readers, what is your opinion about Roger’s advice? I welcome it.) (

Why do you promote other Catholic blogs?

                                                          Willie Backstrom

(answer: There are many splendid blogs with inspiration for us joyful Catholics. I want you to know about them)

      My favorite religious priest, layperson or organization

 Jane Goodall has been my pen pal since she first endorsed my book, Next in Line, Everyone’s Guide for Writing Your Autobiography. I know nothing of Jane’s religion, but she radiates a spiritual glow with her effective concern for all of God’s creation – animals, deprived humans, nature and our environment. Jane, in appreciation of your lifetime of service, we honor you for being the great person that you are.

(Now, tell me about your favorite priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference.)


 The winner of a gift copy of Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholics, who clocked in at 4:31PM on April 6 is Dottie Jones in Tucumcari, NM.

 1. The three disciples Jesus took with him when he went up to the mountain where the Transfiguration took place were Peter, John and James.

 2. The pope who commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was Pope Julius II.

3. The patron saint of brewers is St. Augustine of Hippo (because of his life of loose living prior to his conversion)           

Chuckle time

          When the churches in a small Oklahoma town were overrun with pesky squirrels, the Protestant churches caught the critters, hauled and released them ten miles away, and they were back in a week.

The Catholics were smarter. They caught all the squirrels, baptized them and registered each as a member of the church. Now they only see them on Easter and Christmas.


Special Intentions List

As you pray with a broad brush, please include these loved ones, who have been submitted by our readers. You, too, are invited to send me names of your special persons who are in need of prayer. My address is They will be on the list for 60 days. At the end of that time, if prayers are still needed, you merely have to renew the name.

Juanita Caldwell, Isola Todd, David Abbey, Amie Ellis, Linwood “Skip” Williams, Gerry Paradiso, Tom Medved, Eileen Grotsky, Roseanne Somlock, Nicholas Gallagher, Tom Lewis, Donald Whitcomb, Violeta Zepeda,

Rev. Joseph Healy, John Aylor, Rev. Joseph Marini, Enrique Portillo, Sharon McPike, Tom Ryan, Joseph Normile, Jim Quimby, Russell Edwards,

Gertrude Goldstein, Rev. Stephen Huffstetter, Hugh Cannon, Eric Moore, Joan Barrett, 8-year-old Michael Fotta and his parents, Lolita Alvarez, Camilus Musselman, Jack Conner, Ed Block

As you note, because of miraculous healings, several names have been deleted and added to our Deo Gratias list.


One thought on “Cheap Shooting!

  1. Jay:
    Hi buddy.
    You are entirely correct regarding the media and their constant front page bashing of the catholic church. While the conduct of said priests and any infraction of justice by the church administration is reprehensible and absolutely warranted to be ethically purged and legally dealt with, there are also many other religions with the same or more dirty laundry.
    There is a bell curve in any large organization: there are the same percentages of negative problems as there are positive accomplishments.
    One of the problems with the other two major religions is that they are not centralized and therefore you can’t put the finger on any one authority.

    But let’s get back to the media.
    One situation which in particular had me frosted was with the New York Times. Last fall, the Times ran an article about a priest in Colorado who fathered a child and after 20 or so years, was never reprimanded and continued to practice in the diocese ( It was an interesting read, and even more interesting to me were the readers’ comments, all on public display for Times readers to indulge in; a great feature of the Times to be able to have comments posted by the popular base. Needless to say, most comments all wanted to crucify the priest. As well, there were a few follow up articles concerning this topic.
    At the same time, the Times ran an article about child abuse within the jewish orthodox congregations of Brooklyn. Another interesting read about rabbis and how all abuse cases were “handled” within the community and no incidences were ever reported to the District Attorney until 6 were reported in 2009 ( Unlike the article about the priest, readers were not permitted to leave any comments. Obviously, this was not anywhere close to fair or balanced. I emailed a Times editor with a simple question as to why one article would be permitted comments and one not, but received no reply.
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York wrote a letter to the Times concerning this and other inconsistencies and specious comments, but the Times did not have the guts to print it. (
    And regarding islam, which is an entire encyclopedia in itself and deserves an assessment it’s own, we are constantly being made aware of situations of blatant disregard for human rights, particularly of women. Without a central hierarchy, this theology will also avoid the direct bullet between the eyes to hold it accountable.

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