Friday, September 19, 2014

The New York Times Gets It Wrong Again: Jason Horowitz's Article About Joe Biden and Dissident Nuns Contains 2 Errors and One Glaring Omission

Jason Horowitz's article in the New York Times about Vice President Joe Biden's affection for a group of dissident nuns contains two major errors and one glaring omission.

First, contrary to the assertion in Mr. Horowitz's article, the Vatican is not unhappy with the dissidents because they pay "too much attention to social justice and too little to promoting church teaching on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage."

The Vatican has never criticized any order of nuns for paying too much attention to social justice. I defy Mr. Horowitz to give me one example of any communication from the Vatican that criticizes or reprimands any order of nun or any individual nun for paying too much attention to social justice.

This is not the first time that the Times has distorted the conflict between the Vatican and Network, a group of dissident nuns who have publicly disagreed with fundamental Church doctrine on such issues as the priesthood and sexual morality. The Times seems to think it is not possible for someone to be a social justice activist and an orthodox Catholic. Apparently, no one at the Times has ever heard of Dorothy Day.

Second, Mr. Horowitz also wrote that "President Obama "has long ties with Catholic activism."  That isn't accurate either. Mr. Obama once had a job that was funded at least in part by a Catholic agency, but it is a fantasy to say that the President has long ties with Catholic activism. In fact, Mr. Obama has shown utter disdain for the Catholic Church throughout his presidency.

What's wrong with this picture?
Finally, Mr. Horowitz omitted any mention of the fact that Mr. Biden is an apostate Catholic who supports abortion in direct contradiction to core Catholic doctrine. Some Catholic politicians have been denied communion for supporting abortion--Kathleen Sebelius, for example, the former Secretary of Health and Human Services.

To my knowledge, Mr. Biden has not been denied the sacraments because of his pro-abortion stance; but Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs has said that Vice President Biden should be denied access to communion for this reason.

I'm sure millions of Catholics agree with Bishop Sheridan. If Biden thinks he won any votes for the Democratic Party by hamming it up with a group of cranky, dissident nuns, I'm sure he is very much mistaken.


Horowitz, Jason. Biden, Drawing on His Past, Expresses Common Cause with Activist Nuns. New York Times, September 18, 2014, p. A18.

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