It's not every day I get new entries for the Victory Endorsements feature on my sidebar. An insult has to be really juicy before it's worth putting up as an endorsement. But today is a red-letter day. I just got the following comment from "Carol" to an expose I put up four years ago: "Edwina Gateley: Pagan Priestess":
Sign me, 'proud to be an ex-catholic,' if you, the above, are any example of what being catholic is all about.
What about'judge not, lest you be judged?' Jesus came to set us free from 'Law' with a new law, a true law: 'love one another.' How many of you judges do what Edwina does. . .work with those society considers the lowest of the low, prostitutes. The hurting. I think you're all too concerned with getting your theology self-righteously perfect. Pls. read about Pharisees, oh you perfect ones.
so glad to be free of religion
Personally, I suspect Carol was proud to be an ex-Catholic long before I ever came along. No doubt I am being accused of "judging" because this post was written in praise and defense of the judgment of Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix, who judged that Edwina Gateley was not fit to give a retreat in his diocese in June of 2007. It's funny how people who profess themselves emancipated from religion nevertheless are always wanting to trot out Bible verses. If Carol is "so glad to be free of religion," I wonder she has any use for the Bible, or for Jesus, or for principles like "judge not lest ye be judged."
Oh, by the way, Carol, speaking of rash judgment: I want to address your point -- if something as gauzy as your comment can be said to have anything in it as sharp as a point -- about your confidence that I have nothing to do with people society looks down on as the lowest of the low, etc. As a matter of fact, I am a public defender. I doubt seriously that the beatings I take on a daily basis in the service of the "lowest of the low" have ever entered into the darkest imaginings of Edwina Gateley.
And I bet she makes at least three or four times my salary not taking them.