Bloom Contra Bruenig: The Pushback Continues

Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig’s (ESB) recent article on Pope Francis for The New Republic is receiving the critical pushback it deserves. Following last week’s posts which, inter alia, took ESB to task for castigating the Pope’s critics as fear-mongering reactionaries (see here and here), Professor Adam DeVille offered some hard hitting, but necessary, correctives over at Catholic World Report

Now comes J. Arthur Bloom, an editor for both The Daily Caller and Front Porch Republic, to deliver what I hope amounts to a final blow against ESB’s sloppily composed, ill-researched article — one which has done little more than feed ongoing media myths concerning Francis, the papacy, and contemporary Catholicism. Bloom doesn’t hold back, and nor should he. For more than a year, orthodox Catholics have watched with understandable disappointment (if not horror) as the media has used its vast resources to craft a false narrative of Francis’s pontificate in order to set the stage for another liberal revolution within the Catholic Church. The fact secularists have engaged in these antics is understandable; to see a fellow Catholic engage in the same reckless behavior is lamentable. Bloom has done a great service for the truth, and I for one applaud him for it.


  1. Whatever the merits of his critique, would anyone actually expect a positive or even balanced review from an Opinion Editor on a website publication “founded in 2010 by Tucker Carlson, a 20-year veteran journalist, and Neil Patel, former chief policy advisor to Vice President Cheney”, which also hosts a column by Ann Coulter? I would make a comment about the Pope being Catholic, but that seems to be in question on this end of the political spectrum of the culture wars, too.

    1. Expect? Perhaps not — which is why they would be pleasantly surprised to read Bloom’s article.

      I don’t think writing for The Daily Caller is any more or less of an automatic demerit than writing for The New Republic, and at this point in time I don’t even know if TNR is capable of housing intelligent commentary, regardless of the magazine’s ideological disposition. Bloom’s article, like ESB’s article, stands or falls on its own merits (or lack thereof). I don’t think tarring n’ feathering it in advance simply because of where it was published is in any way fair.

  2. This is fantastic. ESB is very popular in my corner of social media and I’ve never understood it. Her self-righteousness put me off from the start.

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