“What is this?” I picked it up between two fingers and raised my eyebrows.
“Oh, it’s a magazine that we get for free for being theology graduate students. Have you heard of it?” I relaxed a bit upon hearing that we weren’t paying money for the slim, flimsy piece of trash in my hand.
“Yeah, I’ve heard of it. It only prints most of the skewed, liberal articles on female ordination. And on just about everything else…” Apparently the use of the word “heterodox” has not yet carried over into my everyday speech. “You’re going to hate it. It’s trash.” I flipped through it and skimmed the letters to the editor praising Sister X for her bravery (eye roll). “But now that I have it and it’s free, it’s a little bit like Christmas morning. I mean, I can read it and this is going to give me a ton of ideas for my blog.”
“______________ (name of professor) said it was pretty good.”
“Maybe…” I continued flipping. “Maybe it’s just all the articles that I happen to read online…” Following a short pause I randomly picked an article- “how about I read this one aloud, it’s even by a priest, and we can see what you think.” We were headed in to Paul’s work to pick up a few things and had at least fifteen minutes each way.
I began reading an article about the Eucharist. Really, how controversial can that be, particularly in a “Catholic” magazine? Maybe I should read my own blog more often, because apparently it can be very controversial. Let’s just say that this isn’t a priest who would get along with Bishop Tobin. By the end of the article Paul was fuming… and I was…. excited. It’s not everyday that you find out you’re receiving a free subscription to an endless supply of the sort of idiocy that I usually have to search for.
While I wouldn’t pay a dime for Commonweal magazine, I’m not going to pass up an opportunity when it, quite literally, lands in my lap. It’s a perfect example of the sort of snobbish academic pride that is so prevalent in Universities these days. How could the Pope or Magesterium possibly teach these people anything?
They already know it all.
Edit: I should add after talking to Paul that he "did know it was going to be bad... he just didn't know how bad it was going to be." Very, very bad.