Editor’s Note: Our Lord commands us not to use invective against our enemies, while by His example He teaches that some moderate forms of insult, such as when he called Herod a vixen, are required as a public rebuke. But when we seek only the psychological out-gassing, as I call it, which comes with calling evil people names, we can often be deceived into not opposing error and evil in the right way. Ann Barnhardt and Mundabor are classic examples of this. It is called “bitter zeal” by the saints and it is easy to fall into it.
Bishop Strickland was ardent in his verbal criticism, but folded like paper, when push came to shove. That is not the Catholic way to respond. Now he is going to talk at political meetings and rallies, has grown a beard, and ostensibly no longer has any interest in saving the Church from heresy. — That does not make him the greatest sinner in the Church; but as a Bishop he will be damned if he does nothing more than a layman or Franciscan brother.