By Charlie Johnston
I am deeply troubled by the forced removal of Robert Finn, Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph by the Vatican. As I recounted in this story, Bishop Finn made several significant errors in judgment, but what was notable about his case was how quickly he moved both to protect the children of his diocese from a potential predator AND to protect the rights of the accused until investigation was complete. It appalls me that a Bishop who made several blunders while genuinely trying to do the most right thing he could think of was tossed to the lions, while there are others who have acted with actual malice who remain practically unmolested. I have been quietly enraged about this – and have been working on a letter to Pope Francis which I will copy to the Nuncio and to Cardinal O’Malley of Boston. Cardinal O’Malley used to be one of my heroes. He certainly cleaned up the mess in Boston with dispatch. More recently, he was the firewall against the rise of legalized euthanasia in New England. But his participation in tossing Finn to the wolves – and the casual way in which he threw little folks to the wolves recently when NO ONE, except perhaps him, thought there was a problem has left me shaken. I hope I am wrong, but I fear he has decided he will fight abuse with systematic injustice. That is the way of Inspector Javert, not of Christ. In any case, once I have finished the letter, I will post suitable public parts of it here. In the meantime, several things that have struck me as signs of the times…
The howling bloodlust of the left-wing mob has led one early supporter of homosexual “marriage” to rethink his position. David French of National Review has changed his mind and decided that he is against homosexual marriage – precisely because its supporters are determined to destroy and ruin any who dare oppose – or even fail to enthusiastically support it. French is being consistent: he opposes all types of coercive fascism. He is horrified that liberal fascism is what has been unleashed with the social experiment turned mandatory pogrom against Christians.
The unfailingly profound Kevin Williamson has come up with the insight that our most “prestigious” college campuses have become the proving grounds for the American police state. The howling mob is ascendant – and proud of their “enlightenment” even as they destroy everything in their path.
The rioting scene out of Baltimore looks like Chicago in 1968 at the Democratic National Convention. The difference is that Chicago’s riots were the culmination of a long, hot summer. The riots in Baltimore ignite before the spring is well begun. Another difference is that in Chicago, however ineptly, public officials tried to actually protect the public and quell the riots. In Baltimore, the mayor seems eager to make common cause with the rioters rather than protect the public – commenting that this was a wonderful, peaceful protest hijacked by a few outside violent agitators. Fans were briefly held in Orioles Baseball Park Saturday while the riots raged outside. I suppose I should be surprised that left-wing public officials say the public be damned while trying to excuse rioters – but it was just a few months ago that New York’s Mayor DeBlasio, President Obama, and Atty. Gen. Holder were whipping up street hatred of police that led to numerous assassinations of police officers around the country. The summer of the shrieking mob is just ahead.
Almost two decades ago, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani adopted the “broken windows” theory of policing. The idea was that if you stop minor offenses early, major offenses will decline dramatically. It worked fabulously. New York’s murder rate was cut to nearly a third of what it had been. The city became much more clean and livable for all. Now New York progressives are so enthused about the fallen crime rate in the city (though they still hate Giuliani) that they want to formally decriminalize the minor offenses that Giuliani targeted to make the city livable again. You don’t have to be a prophet to see where this is going to lead. When it does, you can bet those progressives will find a way to blame Christians and George Bush for the ensuing chaos. The walls will come tumbling down soon enough.