Tuesday, March 4, 2014

At Least in the Old Days the Jesuits Were Decent Enough to Leave the Church When Confronted About Their Troublemaking Ways

From The Diary of H. L. Mencken:

February 11, 1944

Coming out of the Pratt Library in a snow storm this afternoon, I encountered Vincent dePaul Fitzpatrick, managing editor of the Catholic Review. He backed me up against the iron railing of the Cathedral across the street and told me some of his troubles. Some years ago, it appears, he employed a Jesuit priest as an editorial writer. The priest, he said, produced a large supply of interesting and effective editorials but, unfortunately, they showed a progressive tendency toward heterodoxy. In the end, Fitzpatrick became alarmed and consulted one of the priests in the diocese. The old priest at the start refused to listen to him--on the ground that a layman had no right to question a priest's theology. But when Fitzpatrick insisted on him reading one of  the editorials, so far unprinted, he became alarmed also, and the Jesuit was brought upon the carpet. But instead of contrition and repentance, he exhibited only defiance, and the net result was that he pulled off his Roman collar and threw up his commission to save souls. According to Fitzpatrick, he is now at work as a bartender at a saloon in [sic]Charles street [sic]between Read and Eager.

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