Polemics & Exchanges

On Inquisitorial Intolerance

Christopher Check, in his recount of a visit to Edinburgh ("An Instinctive Jacobite," The Best Revenge, October), describes his glee at learning that the grave of John Knox is lost under a parking lot as well as his urge to urinate on the approximate site. The passage indicates that his glee and the urge are attributable to his Catholicism.

Are we to take this boorish, intolerant—in the inquisitorial sense—attitude to be prevalent among members of the Catholic Church vis-a-vis their fellow Christians? Or is it just a rather low-class joke that I am missing? If so, please let me know, and I might find something to do with that Polish fellow's grave in Rome.

        —Eric Rachut
Moody, TX

Mr. Check Replies:

I apologize to Mr. Rachut for coarse humor, doubtless better suited to the squad bay than to a distinguished magazine.

My debt to the memory of John Knox is another matter. When the heretic learned of the cold-blooded murder of the queen of Scot's Catholic secretary, he described the act as "most just and worthy of all praise." He heaped similar lauds on the murderers of Cardinal Beaton. He waged war on Tradition, on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and on the Blessed Sacrament. He had...

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