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My short piece on the anti-Catholic hysteria in the media surrounding the St. Mary Home for unwed mothers and their children in Tuam, Ireland—which closed its doors 53 years ago—has generated a lengthy response from Rod Dreher entitled "Trust Diarmuid Martin, Not Tom Piatak." Judging by Dreher's response, my post accomplished at least two things. Since Diarmuid Martin is the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, my piece may have prompted a small miracle: this may be the first time since Dreher left the Catholic Church that he has urged anyone to trust a Catholic bishop.
Dreher also concedes, in essence, that Chronicles is right. In responding to commenters on his piece, Dreher wrote: "I concede that I am almost certainly quick to believe the worst when it comes to Catholicism and abuse—a bias that I work to counter—but that didn't come from nowhere." In commenting on my piece, Scott Richert noted: "the point is that [Dreher's] turned so sharply against the Catholic Church that he will believe anything, no matter how outlandish, so long as it reflects poorly on the Church." I'd say that Scott nailed it, even if he is the Executive Editor of what Dreher dismisses as "a turgid Midwestern monthly." (For those who would like to read a take on clerical sexual abuse in Ireland different from Dreher's, I'd recommend this recent article by Brendan O'Neill).
All these years I have been contributing to "a turgid Midwestern monthly" and didn't even know it!
R. J. Stove, the old Australian stringer for that hip crunchy-con publication, AmCon, had a piece about Belloc that went completely unnoticed with all the ruckus about perverts, mass graves and defunct orders of religious sisters. Mr. Stove is also a more thoughtful man and better writer to my estimation.
Maybe so but it was always a distinctly Southern contribution to the turgid Midwestern monthly.
I'll take a "turgid Midwestern monthly" over a milquetoast, irrelevant Beltway one any time.
Thank you for referencing Brendan O'Neill's Spiked article. It is very informative and factual and sheds light both on this sad orphanage event and the state of public discourse in modern Ireland. One of the things I've gotten out of O'Neill's article was something I've long suspected: that self-hatred is alive and well in modern Ireland and that the native Irish can give the Jews a run for first place self-hatred honors.
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