With the coordinated attacks now being undertaken against Pope Francis by Rush Limbaugh and FOX, we appear to be entering into a new phase in which the Makers and Manufacturers of Received Wisdom for the Thing that Used to be Conservatism are trying to force a choice among conservative Catholics between serving GOD or GOP. Over at the Register, I will run a fisk tomorrow of the godawful hatchet piece FOX chose to run on Pope Francis. I assume it’s just a matter of time before somebody replies to Rush’s panic-mongering hysteria. But the message from this coordinated attack is extremely clear: the movers and shakers in the Thing That Used to be Conservatism have taken out a hit on Francis and made clear that the utility of Catholics is drawing to a close. Instead of seduction from within, the leadership of the Thing that Used to be Conservatism is attempting to move Catholics into a position of open hostility to the Church every bit as much as the leadership of Progressive Dissent such as Pelosi and Biden have done. On the whole, that may be a good thing since I prefer the Thing that Used to be Conservatism’s naked hostility to its phoney Judas kisses and seductive lies. Rebecca Hamilton, who speaks truth as pointedly to Right Wing power as to to the leadership in her own party, seems to grasp something similar and gives Rush, FOX and Co. a blunt rejoindera>:
I doubt that they’re interested in what I think, but I want to send a message to the charlatans out there in the blogosphere. If you’re looking for me, you’ll find me standing with the Pope.
If you are a Catholic, and you have been joining in the orgy of Pope bashing that is coming from the right wing of American politics, then you need to get in line right behind Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and all those other Catholics you love to hate. Because you are one of them. Get yourself a cafeteria card and get that baby punched.
If you are a Catholic, and you are not outraged by the river of slime being dumped on our Pope by vicious right-wing pundits, then you need some spiritual smelling salts.
Wake up Catholics. Stand with your Pope.
Pitch perfect. Hear, hear!
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. I stand with Pope Francis.