In her column on Tuesday, Is the Church Suppressing God’s Will?, Elizabeth Scalia took on the latest effort by the editors of the National Catholic Reporter to argue for one of what seem to be their two favorite innovations, the ordination of women (the other being the goodness of homosexual relationships). Writing in the English weekly the Catholic Herald, William Oddie takes up one particularly egregious part of their argument: their invocation of Newman in their favor.
“Either they quote him out of context or just make it up,” he writes.
Oddie goes on to explain, with useful quotations, what Newman actually thought. It is very common for Catholic liberals to invoke Newman in support a cause not within a million miles of a cause he would have supported. Oddie thinks they’re just lying, but even if one doesn’t want to accuse them of lying, they are certainly unscrupulous in the strict meaning of the term.
Heather commented (CENSORED):
What? People promoting the notion that homosexuality is normal have been outright lying?
I’m shocked, I tell you, SHOCKED.