As anyone who still reads this blog, and I can't believe there are people who do considering the way I have neglected it, you know that I am a big fan of the book "Faithful Departed" by Phil Lawler. and I've been helping out with the blog.
Amy Welborn, probably the most pre-eminent Catholic female blogger posted a review over at her site. The review is very positive though as it continues she is asking for the book to do more than one book can possibly do. Anything else will have to be go into the next book.
But anyway that is not my point. The first, hot off the presses comment is just seething with resentment and anger. No, not at the abuse scandal. No, not at the way the Bishops have mismanaged the thing. And no, not even at Fr. Feeney.
The anger is directed at the evil, the nefarious Phil Lawler. The writer states the following:
1 TOM RYAN
I have not read the book yet, but will do so asap.
Always to be remembered is that Phil was fired from his post at the archdiocese of Boston newspaper by Cardinal Law, and some of us felt that there was due cause….but the debris falling from that very acrimonious scene has sometimes been seen in Phil’s writing and commentary.
No, no, not the debris. Yes, it is very, very amusing. Especially so for anyone who has read the book and knows that Phil discusses the fact that he was fired. Thank you Tom Ryan for telling us NOTHING NEW.
It seems from his vitriolic little comment that Tom Ryan is a person, in the know and privvy to the inner workings of the Archdiocese of Boston. I wondered if "Tom Ryan" could possibly be "Fr. Tom Ryan" Googling Fr. Tom Ryan brought up so many interesting websites. Fr. Tom Ryan is a Paulist Priest dedicated to yoga and ecumenism. His website contains the requisite article slamming Traditional Catholics. It is entitled "Catholic Fundamentalism". I didn't even have to read all of his work to know that this one would sum up his views. The liberals are nothing if not predictable.
Fr. Ryan has a yoga website here with a discussion of his "spiritual journey. And there is a Paulist Center in Boston.
Just chalk it up to things that make you go hmmmmm.
Well, when you know you have the Paulists upset with you,you can only know that you have made it, you have really arrived, as evidenced by the fact that you have all the right enemies.
What annoys me is the idea that the writer does not say he will BUY THE BOOK. He is probably going to go into Barnes and Noble with a latte in one hand and the book in the other. Cheapskate.