You may remember our April New Oxford Note (Diversity Trumps the Eucharistic Christ) concerning Jenny Richardson, who has celiac disease. Theres no need to repeat what we said other than to remind you that we quoted Tim Unsworth, a regular columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, who accused the Catholic Church of being insensitive.
But Unsworth repeated his insensitive charge in another passage that we didnt quote: Good God, where do we get these rigid, insensitive authority figures [such as Cardinal Ratzinger and Cardinal Law] with souls as cold as a witchs bosom? The ruling on Jenny would sicken a Pharisee. For these words Unsworth got beat up in the letters section of the Reporter (March 30). Maria Leonard said she was dismayed. Was she upset by Unsworths cardinal-bashing, by his insensitivity to Catholic sensibilities? Oh no. She was annoyed by his equating Pharisees with rigid, insensitive authority figures, for that reflected anti-Jewish undertones.
And Philip A. Cunningham (of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College) objected that Unsworths use of the word Pharisee is an old Christian parody, is stereotyping, and perpetuates Christian denigration of Jewish tradition. Moreover, it is the last bastion of Christian teaching of contempt for Jews.
Golly, could the ultra-p.c. Tim Unsworth, Mr. Sensitive Himself, be an anti-Semite? Well, they didnt accuse him precisely of that, but they might just as well have. For sure, Leonard and Cunningham made it clear that they are More Sensitive than Unsworth.
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