Wednesday, March 5, 2008

McIlheran: You can call my mother church a whore -- but only if you're a Republican!

When it came to light last year that some bloggers who worked for John Edwards had said some crude things about Catholicism, Patrick McIlheran could barely restrain himself.

Keeping them on was a clear signal to Catholics that Edwards held them in "vulgar contempt," McIlheran fulminated.

But now that John McCain, the GOP nominee for president, has actively sought -- and retained -- the endorsement of megachurch minister John Hagee who has called the Catholic Church a "great whore" and an apostate religion, what do we hear from McIlheran?

Crickets. Quietism.

Shoot -- even the Catholic League is denouncing McCain and Hagee (no doubt because it recognizes the Dems are going to roll in November and wants to maintain a figleaf of nonpartisanship to retain its tax-exempt status).

No doubt McIlheran is holding his tongue because he wants McCain to win.

You know what's truly worthy of contempt? Picking and choosing which candidates to denounce for purported anti-Catholicism -- and make no mistake, McCain's sin is far greater here -- based on your partisan leanings.

Cross posted at Brew City Brawler.


  1. Oh, it's not just the Catholic Church. Hagee also blames the Jews for their own persecution.

    "It was the disobedience and rebellion of the Jews, God's chosen people, to their covenantal responsibility to serve only the one true God, Jehovah, that gave rise to the opposition and persecution that they experienced beginning in Canaan and continuing to this very day....
    How utterly repulsive, insulting, and heartbreaking to God for His chosen people to credit idols with bringing blessings He had showered upon the chosen people. Their own rebellion had birthed the seed of anti-Semitism that would arise and bring destruction to them for centuries to come.... it rises from the judgment of God upon his rebellious chosen people." [Pastor John Hagee,"Jerusalem Countdown: A Prelude To War", paperback edition, pages 92 and 93]

  2. Oddly enough, Hagee isn't the originator of the idea. Since I'm old and crotchety, and the brain doesn't work as well as it use to, I can't site chapter and verse of where else it's been stated. Quite a few Biblical scholars have referred to the Catholic church in that manner. Not sure why, since I'm not a scholar, Biblical or otherwise. :/

    And NO, I'm not defended him.

  3. Uh....that's suppose to be "defending".

    Told ya I was OLD. :)

  4. So what.

    He uses the term. It be like someone being given a pass for using the term "colored" because he didn't originate it.

  5. One of the less intelligent comparisons I've seen in quite a while.

  6. There have been many opponents to the Church throughout history. Some of them more vocal than others. Some of them in more congenial terms.

    The point of Brawler's post though is not what Hagee said as much as McIlheran's hypocrisy in which offensive remarks he will choose to be offended by.

    When Edward's people said anti-Catholic things, Paddy ranted for days. Now that it's McCain's peeps, there isn't a peep from Paddy.