Wednesday, March 30, 2005

"Rad Trad Iraq & Roll"

"Politics makes strange bedfellows" indeed. -- In "Rad Trad Iraq & Roll", Greg Mockeridge of The Lidless Eye Inquisition takes a look at the similiarities between the RadTrad and liberal Catholic criticism of "conservative" Catholics on the war in Iraq:

One does not have to read a lot of radtrad polemics to see that confusing and/or distorting the differences between doctrinal imperatives with prudential judgment is one of their hallmarks. I would go so far as to argue that it is their cardinal error. Ironically, this, among other things, often puts them in the same bed, albeit at different ends, as the left wing dissenting National Catholic Distorter . . . I mean Reporter crowd. Few events in recent history did more to draw these merchants of confusion out in the open than the 2003 U.S. led invasion of Iraq. This time, with few exceptions, radtrads were not only in the same bed with the left wing loony contingent in the Church, but wrapped in each other's arms, so to speak, on the same side of that bed. . . .

I have to admit, it made for a peculiar sight: the vehement criticism of "progressive" Catholics -- otherwise dissenting from the Church on any number of moral issues -- calling for unwavering obedience to the Holy Father in denouncing the war in Iraq.

The post is written largely in response to criticism of "neo-Catholics" from the Catholic traditionalist fringe, that is to say Fr. Gruner’s Fatima Center @ Catholic Apologetics International.