2144 K Mon 27 May 2002
I think Andrew Bolt has two good articles in the Herald Sun newspaper today. Unfortunately they are not on www.heraldsun.com.au.
In one he wrote about how the Dalai Lama tends to be vague. This means fewer people are offended and he is more popular. By saying things, taking a stand, some people will disagree with you.
An article, The issues facing Australian Catholicism, written 14 years ago by Bishop Pell (now Archbishop of Sydney) included:
I suppose there are two extremes or dangers.
1. Not standing for anything for fear of offence.
2. Promoting factionalism and disagreements.
In the Catholic Church today I think the first is a greater danger than the second.
I think this was also Bishop Pell's position: "... Catholics need a style which is a mite more confrontational and certainly much less conciliatory towards secular values. ...". Its a challenging task but it is important.
Andrew Bolt wrote: "Life beats into us the truth of the following: the more we say, the more enemies we make." Maybe. But it is also the way we make friends.
Recently he has been sued for defamation. But he has also achieved a high level of esteem in the community.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 27 May 2002.