Leaden Whimsey

What a coup! Famous Daily Telegraph blogger Damian Thompson has given me column space! Go here to see his rave review of my satirical pieces. He thinks my various alter egos are hilarious and likes them very much. Of course, in a typical, suave, understated way beloved of the English educated classes, he pretends that he doesn’t like them, but I can see through all that. Believe me. I’ve lived over there. These folks are totally expert at saying one thing and meaning exactly the opposite. Like when you step on their foot and they apologize. Damian’s pretending to dislike my satirical pieces is just his way of saying how  brilliant he thinks they are.

I actually got to know Damian when I was living in England. He was writing book reviews for the Catholic Herald at the time, but he has since ascended to the journalistic stratosphere and writes for the Daily Telegraph and is Editor in Chief of the Catholic Herald. He is probably one of the world’s leading journalists, and his objective, balanced and well researched writing is known throughout the world. Not only this, but his kind and generous tone to everyone he disagrees with, and his totally respectful attitude to the Catholic bishops (even when he doesn’t like them) is an example to all who might be tempted at times to lapse into catty comments, innuendo, bitchy gossip and insouciant insolence.

Also, I was delighted to see that Damian has noticed my resemblance to famous film star Bruce Willis. This has been observed by a good number of people over the years and I have had to struggle to maintain my usual modest demeanor in pointing out to them that I do not look like Bruce Willis, but Bruce Willis looks like me.

So if you’re out there reading this Damian, Many thanks! It’s not very often that I receive high praise from such a leading light in the literary firmament. May your fingers keep tapping, and may your ideas keep flowing! Keep up the good work!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08493557394953725055 Christina

    Congratulations on the accolades! You keep your own readers very happy, as well. Thank you. :O)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06962374096401238994 shadowlands

    'He is probably one of the world's leading journalists, and his objective, balanced and well researched writing is known throughout the world.'???????????????I just hope you are real Father, and not Bruce Willis, dressed as a Priest. Damien Thompson seems to be suggesting Father Z invented YOU, if you click on the link at the end of his article, it takes you to WDTPRS blog.Imagine that, you are really Father Z!!The plot thickens………..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10503510474554718305 Just another mad Catholic

    I do love the Blood crazed Ferret, long may he call out and hold to account Bisops who have no organisational skills.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15599330511715022446 antonia

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15599330511715022446 antonia

    Fr. Dwight I love you & God bless you!This post made me laugh out loud!:-)ps- I can't stand Damian Thompson's attitude and arrogance either

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15599330511715022446 antonia

    Just wanted to add that I have been reading your blog for months and you have helped my spiritual life in many ways with your inspiring holy posts.Damian's horrible gossip-y disrespectful blog which aims to stir up trouble is anything but edifying. He's a typical reporter. Enough said.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10503510474554718305 Just another mad Catholic

    AnotinaDamien is probebly the best Catholic journalist in existence, the nickname 'blood crazed ferret' he stands up for traditionalist Catholics who would otherwise be without a voice in the secular media

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15599330511715022446 antonia

    Just another mad Catholic,I dont necessarily disagree with Damian's overall aims, just his perpetually uncharitable means of achieving them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11241193035033757955 LIAM HODDER

    Just heard from Damien Thompson that you do not exist but are a mere avatar based on a PG Wodehouse character. How terribly whimsical and non-Mennonite of you.As regards that gobstopper of a name of yours, don't your friends just call you Ike? Behind your back of course.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14313101159848740722 GOR

    Well Father, I expect DT is just getting back at you for describing him as "a bit too effete" some time back…It is unfortunate that the Catholic literary and blogging world so often descends into internecine rivalry and squabbling. I see this here in the US, in Britain and in Italy and it is not to our credit.I think that sometimes we can be our own worst enemies – which is counter-productive. We have enough real enemies to do that for us without giving them additional sticks with which to beat us.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02963290696331676531 Ben Vallejo

    I don't think your satire is "Die Hard" enough compared to Thompson's Brit satire. He called the Archbishop of Westminster as someone who is in "Star Trek" and he can just come up with Bruce Willis!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15725423840111655020 francis

    'I expect DT is just getting back at you for describing him as "a bit too effete" some time back…'That was way back in May '07 – the Dame sure knows how to nurse a grudge!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01306017321460701751 Paul

    Here's a fine example – at a French Cafe, outside Chartres:http://tinyurl.com/2wo93jbSadly, the ones I know, here in England, seem to alienate, rather than excite the ignorant, with orthodoxy.Also, apart from seeming to have the emotional age of 10 year-olds, I always get the impression that following the rubrics of the Mass slavishly, and knowing the name for every item of clerical garb, is more important to them than charity, and if someone doesn't agree with their opinionated opinions, they treat them as if they were something nasty dropped by a pigeon on their cappello romano…


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