Maureen Dowd’s column “A Saint, He Ain’t: John Paul II Turned a Blind Eye to Scandal” (April 24 Perspectives) is a marvelous example of serious subject matter treated as a joke. Personal vendetta is hard for some to control. Cutesy terms take over what should have been a column based on facts that prove the pope was evil in intent, which could be just Ms. Dowd’s misguided judgment.
Ms. Dowd’s column is riddled with personal complaints against her church and Pope John Paul II. Bitterness bordering on contempt is evident. Phrases such as “Drumming up the requisite two miracles,” “the pews half empty,” “Pope Benedict XVI, known as John Paul’s Rasputin,” “globe-trotting ostrich,” “the buck, or in this case, the Communion wafer, doesn’t stop here” and finally “a big holy wink,” give the reader more of a picture of the writer than the subject matter.
Remember, we are all flawed humans, but a life of outstanding holiness should be recognized as such. If she is trying to prove evil in Pope John Paul II, she needs to do a better job after she learns how to stay on subject and make it worth reading.
Her mother making it to the altar to save her from rolling off during her baptism by an elderly priest doesn’t have anything to do with the canonization of Pope John Paul II. He knew what he believed and lived it as an example of God’s love for us.
Journalism is not held to very high standards these days. It has to be the truth.