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Cardinal Mary

Lucian K. Truscott IV writes about the time he, as a West Point cadet, went to visit Cardinal Francis Spellman, the Archbishop of New York, for a cadet magazine interview. [1] Spellman granted the interview in part because Truscott’s grandfather was a famous general whom Spellman had known in World War II. It was a memorable encounter. Excerpts:

We were led into a sitting room with windows overlooking Madison Avenue. Spellman, a diminutive, fleshy square-faced man wearing wire-rimmed spectacles was seated in a corner of the room. His assistant the monsignor showed me to a chair next to him. I took my seat and got out my pen and notebook and started the interview, but before I could even ask my first question, Spellman put his hand on my thigh and started moving it toward my crotch. He was just about to reach my private parts when the monsignor, who was standing behind him, reached over his shoulder and grabbed his wrist and put his hand back in his lap. “Now, now, eminence,” the monsignor whispered to Spellman.

I had no idea what to do. I was afraid I would be punished or even accused of lying if I reported Spellman to the authorities at West Point. I mean, he was Cardinal Spellman! He was the military vicar of the United States! I was panicked that if I stood up and left, I wouldn’t get the interview I needed for my story. I had sold the story and the New York trip to the officer in charge of The Pointer on the basis of writing a profile of Spellman in advance of the Thayer Award ceremony. I was dumbstruck. I just sat there, frozen.

The groping continued. More:

There was an out-of-body aspect to the whole thing. It was like it was happening to someone else. There I was in this rather large room behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral with two of my West Point buddies and this six-foot tall 30ish monsignor looking on, and each time Spellman groped me, I thought, surely, this is the last time it will happen. I mean, there were three other people present! He’s going to come to his senses!

But he didn’t. He wasn’t a doddering old senile fool, either. He answered my questions lucidly and even embellished his answers with long, digressive stories. At one point, he recalled the first day of the Anzio invasion and went on about what a dashing figure my grandfather cut in his leather jacket and cavalry riding breeches and white neck scarf, the colorful uniform he was famous for wearing during the war. The monsignor didn’t say a word about the cardinal’s behavior when he escorted us out of the cardinal’s residence. No apology, no shrug of the shoulders, nothing.

Read the whole thing. [1]

Truscott says he wishes he hadn’t stayed quiet about it all these years. He feels that his silence in some way aided and abetted the culture of sexual abuse and cover-up. The thing is, if he had said what he knew, who would have believed him? I mean, he was Cardinal Spellman! 

It is possible that Spellman was not as in control of his faculties as Truscott assumed. It is well known that people in the grips of dementia can become sexually aggressive, having lost their inhibitions. Still, his story is credible, and corroborates stories about Spellman that have been around for decades. I heard a number of them when I was living in New York and writing about the abuse scandal. I’ve told in this space before a tale that a New York friend shared with me back in 2002. It was from back in the Sixties. A gay male friend of hers took her to a private party at the home of “Bubbles” — the nom de gay of Cardinal Spellman. She was the only female there. She said that the famously right-wing cardinal archbishop of New York gave her a personal tour of his mansion — including showing her the floor-to-ceiling smoked-glass mirrors he had had installed in his bathroom suite.

Cardinal Spellman was confident that he would never be outed, and that if someone tried, no one would believe it. And they wouldn’t have, until today.

In two weeks, a gay French sociologist will publish In The Closet Of The Vatican [2], a book the purports to out the gay network honeycombing the senior leadership class of the Roman Catholic Church. His claim is that the Vatican is run by gay men who exhibit various pathologies of the closet. In this tweet thread [3], Father James Martin, the LGBT-advocating Jesuit, tweets that in his view, the book ought to compel the Catholic Church to be more open, honest and affirming of gays in the priesthood, but will instead probably cause a witch hunt and a desire to purge priestly ranks of gays.

I wouldn’t call it a “witch hunt,” but Father Martin might be right. It is hard to see that happening, though, in an environment in which homosexuality is far more accepted, even among lay Catholics. On the other hand, it is also difficult to see happening what Father Martin prefers to be the outcome. If Dr. Martel is able to credibly document his claims about homosexuals and the Vatican, the outrage among many orthodox Catholics over Rome’s hypocrisy will not permit the Vatican to embrace Father Martin’s #LoveWins strategy.

Father Martin tweets:

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It’s easy to see why Father Martin has this fear. He’s exactly right! The publication of this book on the day before the Vatican summit will be the framework within which everything at the summit is reported. And it should. The global abuse scandal cannot be reduced to a problem of gay priests, but neither can it be understood without squarely facing the role of gay priests and their networks within the Church. As a New York Times reporter put it on the paper’s podcast recently, a typical situation is that Bishop Smith has a secret gay lover, and Father Jones, a pederast, knows Bishop Smith’s secret. Bishop Smith knows that Father Jones knows his secret, so he has a vested interest in turning a blind eye to whatever Father Jones is getting up to in the rectory. This is the culture in which abuse happens.

The mainstream media have long resisted confronting this truth, because it confirms negative stereotypes of gays. If Martel’s book lives up to the hype, it will no longer be possible to avoid the elephant in the sacristy.

What will the institutional Church do about it? God only knows. Pope Francis avoided even acknowledging Archbishop Vigano’s allegations about gay corruption in the Curia, pretending that he (the Pope) was too holy to be drawn in by the devil’s taunting. At some point — and that point is coming in a couple of weeks — Francis’s silence will be completely untenable. That dirty old cardinal Uncle Ted McCarrick is the living, breathing symbol of the hidden nexus of cash, power, and homosexuality in the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church.

UPDATE: The Italian, French, and Spanish title for this book is Sodoma, which is to say, Sodom. Here we are in the year 2019, and a major book from an established publisher says in its title that the real name of Vatican City is “Sodom” — and not a soul could plausibly say this is anti-Catholic bigotry, not after what we’ve all learned.

UPDATE.2: A Catholic reader sends in this passage from The Fifth Gospel A Confederacy of Dunces  to show that Ignatius Reilly’s scheme to achieve world peace through a conspiracy to homosexualize the military casts a certain light on Cardinal Spellman’s performative toughness as a Cold War anti-communist fighter. From John Kennedy Toole’s comic novel:

“The power-crazed leaders of the world would certainly be surprised to find that their military leaders and troops were only masquerading sodomites who were only too eager to meet the masquerading sodomite armies of other nations in order to have dances and balls and learn some foreign dance steps.”

As I was wearing the soles of my desert boots down to a mere sliver of crepe rubber on the old flagstone banquettes of the French Quarter in my fevered attempt to wrest a living from an unthinking and uncaring society, I was hailed by a cherished old acquaintance (deviate). After a few minutes of conversation in which I established most easily my moral superiority over this degenerate, I found myself pondering once more the crises of our times. My mentality, uncontrollable and wanton as always, whispered to me a scheme so magnificent and daring that I shrank from the very thought of what I was hearing. “Stop!” I cried imploringly to my god-like mind. “This is madness.” But still I listened to the counsel of my brain. It was offering me the opportunity to Save the World Through Degeneracy. There on the worn stones of the Quarter I enlisted the aid of this wilted flower of a human in gathering his associates in foppery together behind a banner of brotherhood.

Our first step will be to elect one of their number to some very high office — the presidency, if Fortuna spins us kindly. Then they will infiltrate the military. As soldiers, they will all be so continually busy in fraternizing with one another, tailoring their uniforms to fit like sausage skins, inventing new and varied battle dress, giving cocktail parties, etc., that they will never have time for battle. The one whom we finally make Chief of Staff will want only to attend to his fashionable wardrobe, a wardrobe which, alternately, will permit him to be either Chief of Staff or debutante, as the desire strikes him. In seeing the success of their unified fellows here, perverts around the world will also band together to capture the military in their respective countries. In those reactionary countries in which the deviates seem to be having some trouble in gaining control, we will send aid to them as rebels to help them in toppling their governments. When we have at last overthrown all existing governments, the world will enjoy not war but global orgies conducted with the utmost protocol and the most truly international spirit, for these people do transcend simple national differences. Their minds are on one goal; they are truly united; they think as one.

None of the pederasts in power, of course, will be practical enough to know about such devices as bombs; these nuclear weapons would lie rotting in their vaults somewhere. From time to time the Chief of Staff, the President, and so on, dressed in sequins and feathers, will entertain the leaders, i.e., the perverts, of all the other countries at balls and parties. Quarrels of any sort could easily be straightened out in the men’s room of the redecorated United Nations. Ballets and Broadway musicals and entertainments of that sort will flourish everywhere and will probably make the common folk happier than did the grim, hostile, fascistic pronouncements of their former leaders.

Ignatius may have failed to convert the military, but he seems to have had more success with the officer class of the Church Militant.

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79 Comments To "Cardinal Mary"

#1 Comment By Ted On February 10, 2019 @ 2:13 pm

My father was a salesman in an upscale men’s store. He once took a fitter with him to Madison Avenue so Cooke could try on some (black clerical) suits. HIs imitation of Cooke’s two-toilet New York Irish accent (“the Holy Faaahther”) that evening at the dinner table was piquant.

#2 Comment By Leon Berton On February 10, 2019 @ 2:29 pm

The ‘Salon’ piece concerning Cardinal Spellman you recently linked is, it has been argued, is a lie.


While rumors are rumors, if the ‘Salon’ piece is a calumny, it should only be reported as such.

#3 Comment By Collin On February 10, 2019 @ 3:37 pm

The mainstream media have long resisted confronting this truth:

The MSM is bored with these scandals and most average people know the Church will do very little to stop it with either the Catholic or Baptist Church. Other institutions like large corporations are much handling these situations.

Also, I do believe we will have to see a drop Homosexuality and higher degree of pedophilia in the modern world. Gay rights are fairly accepted the last 10 – 20 years but we forgot here awful society treated homosexuals before 1990 so I would expect the community to have better behavior.

#4 Comment By Ted On February 10, 2019 @ 3:41 pm

Leon Berton: running up big phone bills. Only commies do that. Truscott seems to have witnesses. I’m sure he can produce them. Really, give it a rest.

#5 Comment By JonF On February 10, 2019 @ 6:07 pm

Re: Have you ever met a pair of Mormon missionaries (they always seem to travel in pairs). A lot of them look barely old enough to shave, but their nametags always identify them as “Elder So-and-So.”

I could be wrong, but I think all Mormon men in good standing become “elders” as soon as the reach whatever the LDS considers the age of adulthood.

#6 Comment By Fran Macadam On February 10, 2019 @ 6:35 pm

“The problem is not homosexuality or heterosexuality: both can be lived chastely or sinfully.”

Homosexuality is innately disordered; heterosexuality is not.

Homosexual acts are to be resisted in all cases, and are always sinful.

It is false to say that heterosexuality can be lived either chastely or sinfully, as if other than abstinence is always a sin.

If that were the case, heterosexual marriage that produces children would be sin.

And “homosexual marriage” that is chaste would be no sin. But that makes of it not only a marriage that cannot be consummated, but must not be consummated, for that would not be chaste,and therefore invalid.

From the Christian point of view, of the theology upheld by all churches until the day before yesterday.

#7 Comment By Obee On February 10, 2019 @ 7:11 pm

Putting aside Truscott’s less than spectacular Army career, I’d approach his tale with caution. In the Spring of 1969 he covered the Stonewall riots for the Village Voice whose office was a few doors west of the Stonewall Inn. Homosexuality was much on the mind of Voice editors and writers at the time. The Voice as left as left could be would not have hesitated to publish a blockbuster accusation against Spellman especially a story backed up by two witnesses.

#8 Comment By Frank Healy On February 10, 2019 @ 7:40 pm

While it violates the typical left narrative, the reality id that the successful revival of the KKK in the 1920s was more focused on anti-Catholicism than either Antisemitism or, even, typical racism. The propaganda it produced attacking Rome has vanished down the mainstream memory hole, but it’s not difficult to recover if you do a little digging. “The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915 – 1930” by Keneth T. Jackson is a good place to start.

What strikes me about the latest pieces on the TAC is that the obvious salacious lies the Klan told about the church were, in many ways, worse than the truth that has since come to light.

For me, all this does is confirm the fundamentals of the Protestant Reformation. I am surprised you don’t point more to this, Rod.

#9 Comment By David J. White On February 10, 2019 @ 10:53 pm

I could be wrong, but I think all Mormon men in good standing become “elders” as soon as the reach whatever the LDS considers the age of adulthood.

Which supports my argument that “elder” or “presbyter” reflects status in the community rather than chronological age.

#10 Comment By stephen Cooper On February 10, 2019 @ 10:55 pm

Sister S, I will pray for you.
I am sorry that you have been betrayed.

I have often listened to priests preach about the time when Peter “betrayed” Christ.
There was no forgiveness there, in any of those sermons, no attempt to understand that Peter, as a friend of our Lord Jesus Christ for years, could not have been as cowardly as they claimed. Not a single time did one of the priests who mocked Peter dare to claim that they, personally, were willing to assure us that, if they were in Peter’s place, they would not have left Jerusalem and its environs as fast as they could. Not a single time in any of those sermons did I hear the kindness that I feel for Peter – every time I hear that Peter was told by Jesus that Peter would deny him, I think that the word deny, from a friend to a friend, sounded less harsh than those priests think it sounds – maybe because the translation is overly harsh, or maybe because Jesus was not upset that Peter would deny him but upset that Peter would misuse the bravery God gave him to remain nearby, and to use subterfuge, in the hope to rescue Jesus in a stunning act of bravery …. but in all the years that I have listened to Roman Catholic sermons, good, wonderful, and mediocre — in all those years, rolling around each year at the annual Lenten readings like some unavoidable and dreary and worthless task, I have dreaded that another sermon about Peter would include mockery of Peter – and for what? for being brave enough to stay near the place of our Lord’s Passion, when none of the priests giving such sermons, as far as I could tell, would have spent a moment wondering whether or not, if they were in Peter’s place, it was a good idea to get out of Dodge as fast as they could ?-

well, let me end with these two thoughts.
Anyone who thinks that the Cardinals of our day, many of whom have been photographed laughing with abortionist politicians, like poor drastically overweight Dolan or like that poor Kennedy-serving and deluded Cardinal from Boston with the phony accent on his Irish (the poor Irish do not deserve this) first name – as I was saying, anyone who thinks that those Cardinals, almost all of whom have been photographed laughing like fools at the parties and expensive dinners at which pro-abortion politicians have bragged, with no shame whatsoever at the hate in their heart, about the death of tens of millions of our fellow humans who were all young innocent babies at the moment of violent death —

anyone who thinks that the average Cardinals of our day are likely to be good people on whom we can rely when we are mistreated and maligned is mistaken.

One more, happier note. The Diocese of Baltimore has a phone number that you can call and leave prayer requests.
One night last month I called with a specific prayer request.

Someone at the diocese of Baltimore is saintly, I think, despite its reputation of lack of love for the innocent victims of abortion and the innocent victims of modernism: the prayer I requested them to pray along with me was an invocatory prayer, and God granted it: God did not grant it in just a symbolic way, or in a way that is hard to understand, but God granted it, with no possible doubt. God is good, and loves us all.

#11 Comment By Fran Macadam On February 10, 2019 @ 10:58 pm

“For me, all this does is confirm the fundamentals of the Protestant Reformation. I am surprised you don’t point more to this, Rod.”

Anything’s possible, I suppose, but that the inevitable consequence of the Reformation was fulfilled by the Ku Klux Klan is a bigotry as mistaken, and perhaps with a similar animus as theirs. That anything that occurs after something occurs earlier, is the reason for it? How you can assert with certainty that any particular butterfly flapping its wings in an unusual rhythm in West Africa, is directly responsible for a later massive hurricane in Miami Florida?

Today’s much diminished Klan is happy to recruit “white” Catholics. Maybe then the Christian church before schism is then equally responsible? Man do make that accusation.

Me, I fall back on the defense of “No true Christian…”

#12 Comment By Obee On February 10, 2019 @ 11:30 pm

One point about Truscott’s story. In April 1967, Spellman was a month shy of his 78th birthday. He would die within eight months. Not a doddering old man? But one who lets his secretary continually (“over and over and over again” per Truscott) physically restrain his advances. All the while having perfect recall of a uniform worn by a General over twenty years before. Sounds doddering to me.

#13 Comment By TR On February 11, 2019 @ 12:38 am

I hope Fran Macadam is right in his interpretation of Frank Healy’s remark about the “fundamentals” of Protestantism, because otherwise I’m lost at sea.

And while i am not going to argue with the historian Kenneth Jackson, he happened to get his BA at Memphis State at the same time I was there. And anyone who has spent time in Memphis knows full well that no matter how obsessed with Catholicism the later KKK was, it would have gotten much less attention in the South had it not been dead set against African Americansl.

#14 Comment By JonF On February 11, 2019 @ 8:18 am

Fran, all human life is disordered due to Original Sin. I am not preaching Calvinist Tiral Depravity, since there is virtue in us too, but directing ” diso
rdered” at any one demographic is just that old time Pharisaism saying “Thank God I am not like THOSE sinners “

#15 Comment By jcm On February 11, 2019 @ 9:11 am

I’ve heard from first-hand witnesses that in his extreme old age, Senator Thurmond was a no-nonsense back grabber. He would have to be flanked by two Senate aides when he rode the elevator so that no female would be within his grasp. They always say that hearing is the last sense to go, but in the Senator’s, and apparently the Cardinal’s, there was one reflex that prevailed. One can only hope they had been chaste and continent in their better days.

Fortunately, there seems to have been no one sycophant enough to introduce a Cause for the Cardinal.

#16 Comment By GaryH On February 11, 2019 @ 10:31 am

John Kennedy Toole was queer, which is central to his suicide. He was brilliant and funny, but he was a mama’s boy sodomite.

Ignatius O’Reilly is best understood as a fictional portrayal of a Christian with a culturally conservative bent, specifically from an elitist position, who has yet to be led to see by Modernism that he can be as queer as queer can be.

If there had been a sequel, Ignatius’s Jewish girlfriend Myrna Minkoff would have led him to embrace sodomy as the way to end racism and anti-Semitism.

Spellman has long been known to have been the most important queer kingmaker in the American Catholic church. His evil fruit is continuing to produce evil.

[NFR: Ignatius was a medievalist reactionary. He revered Fortuna, not the Virgin. Nothing particularly Christian about him. — RD]

#17 Comment By Ted On February 11, 2019 @ 12:27 pm

Obee: either Truscott is not a reliable witness, or Spellman was “doddering”. If you’re trying to find a subterfuge for the latter, pick one.

#18 Comment By Leon Berton On February 11, 2019 @ 12:34 pm

Ted, you say “Truscott seems to have witnesses. I’m sure he can produce them.”

You certainly are selectively gracious in your presumption that Mr. L.K. Truscott IV has integrity. Yet, you readily assent to allegations about Cardinal Spellman, which even Rod Dreher admits never have been confirmed by any credible persons.

Rumors, even against someone who wielded great power in the past and who was hated by many, should be taken as just that, rumors.

Hopefully, you seldom, if ever, serve on jury duty.

[NFR: Oh please, I spoke in person to someone who was present at one of Spellman’s gay parties. This person is a friend of mine. I trust her. I also spoke to a police source who passed on some pretty shocking stuff. Few who know anything about Spellman doubt that he was gay. — RD]

#19 Comment By Locksley On February 11, 2019 @ 3:25 pm

cka2nd says:
February 10, 2019 at 9:54 am
My apologies for the quibble, but shouldn’t it be Francis Cardinal Spellman? It was always John Cardinal O’Connor back in the day, not Cardinal John O’Connor.

His name was Francis Spellman; his title was Cardinal Spellman. In full, he was Francis Spellman, Cardinal Spellman, so it was easier to drop the surname and use the title: Francis Cardinal Spellman. In the same way, Alfred Tennyson, Baron Tennyson, was usually called more simply, Alfred Lord Tennyson. A cardinal’s name is not always the same as his title. The grandson of James II of England, Henry Benedict Stuart, [Jacobite] Duke of York, became a cardinal and was always called Henry Cardinal York, never Henry Cardinal Stuart.

#20 Comment By Ms On February 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

I agree, Spellman was long known to be gay.

#21 Comment By Marie On February 11, 2019 @ 4:57 pm

It’s ironic, Rod, that you end this great piece by referencing the Church Militant… because by that point I was already thinking about the recent, FABULOUS interview by CM’s Michael Voris of Milo Yiannopoulos. Milo attacked gays in the priesthood, complained that the Church has lost sight of what true manliness and masculinity really is, and expressed his disdain for Fr. James Martin, whom he called on to “come out!” Absolutely mind-bending, but in a wonderful way. The relevant part starts at about 38 minutes in:


#22 Comment By Ted On February 11, 2019 @ 5:32 pm

You know, Leon Berton, I once tried to get out of jury duty by telling the judge that I thought torts were out of control, and do you know, they impaneled me anyway? This was in Manhattan, too. Maybe I should have worn a bow tie, which, I’m told, is also a good subterfuge.

The question is not whether Truscott has “integrity” (I’m supposed to judge that based on his having run up a big phone bill when very young? or having written for rags you don’t like? or for his not liking the military?–I’m not crazy about them myself), but whether he is in this instance telling the truth. I think he is. He is circumstantial, precise, has witnesses, and has nothing to gain from publishing this now. The stories about Spellman are just like that.

I’ll tell you what else I think. I think Spellman was a sadistic manipulative queen who believed little or nothing of what his Church has to teach, about sex or anything else, and that he is the direct diabolic ancestor, with Cooke in between, you should pardon the expression, of Uncle Ted. Spellman saw the juice (not cash) was with the anticommies, Ted with the “liberal” Vatican II crowd. It’s just a matter of which one paid better at what time.

Want more? Happy to oblige. Just let me know.

#23 Comment By Leon Berton On February 11, 2019 @ 7:16 pm

Well, Ted, you’re quite unique inbeing able to plumb the depths of what moral philosophers and theologians call the ‘interior act’… something even casuists do not presume to accomplish.

The question remains whether Spellman truly was what some alleged him to have been in terms of a predatory homosexual in his exterior actions. And it still seems that no specific unchallengeable persons seem to have come forth definitely asserting this.

No one said that Truscott’s phone bill is relevant. However, if he has witnesses concerning Spellman he should easily be able to produce their names.

It is not difficult to articulate a ‘circumstantial, precise’ against another person, especially someone dead, if one hates everything that person was and was affiliated with.

But you base your stance on many presumptions. And you’re free to do so.

Even so, you don’t seem to find it important that one should have at least preponderance of real evidence to convict someone in the court of public opinion.

But the narratives of persons who likely are moved out of spite and hatred with no credible corroboration are not be sufficient to justify calumny of someone, even an ambivalent fellow like Spellman, who definitely was a power-broker who made many enemies.

Truscott isn’t aiming at Spellman, as such, but rather at the Catholic Church at large. That’s also his prerogative.

But it doesn’t mean he stands for the truth concerning a rather complex figure.

#24 Comment By Fran Macadam On February 11, 2019 @ 8:09 pm

“Fran, all human life is disordered due to Original Sin. I am not preaching Calvinist Tiral Depravity, since there is virtue in us too, but directing ‘disordered at any one demographic is just that old time Pharisaism saying “Thank God I am not like THOSE sinners “
Not all human activity is disordered, but some sure is. When sins become embraced as identities, demographics and communities, those are disordered societies as well as disordered individual activities.

I thank God He delivered me from those same sins.

(I’m not a Calvinist, but you managed to misunderstand that, too.)

#25 Comment By Tonyr Omabarian On February 11, 2019 @ 8:13 pm

When the bishop of Antigonish Lahey fell, and was being sentenced, his lawyer demonstrated his stability by pointing out he had been in a relationship with his boyfriend for 16 years. And no one in the Chancery knew? and no one in the neighboring metropolitan see of Halifax knew?

#26 Comment By Bruce On February 11, 2019 @ 8:49 pm

Spellman died 50+ years ago. He obviously cannot defend himself and you are attacking his good name with what is essentially gossip. As I recall, the punishment for the sin of gossip is to go to the highest church steeple, empty a bag of feathers, and then attempt to collect them.
I think your feelings on this issue are preventing you from acting like the Christian you want to be.

#27 Comment By Ted On February 12, 2019 @ 8:27 am

Bruce: I’m astonished that anyone at this late date would be invested in this uniquely rebarbative figure (Spellman). I shouldn’t be, though. I’ve known enough Trads in my time. By now nothing would surprise me. Who are going to defend next? And you’ll notice that our friend Leon Berton talks about “exterior actions”. So “sadistic, manipulative queen” may stand?

#28 Comment By Leon Berton On February 12, 2019 @ 11:02 am

Actually, Ted, your presumption to understand Spellman’s motives and intentions was presumptuous and reductively simplistic, but your assertion that he was, indeed, a ‘sadistic, manipulative queen’ remains questionable.

Of course, you can malign whomever you wish, especially the dead, but that doesn’t mean it is necessarily true, even if you presume your knowledge of said personage and their history to be detailed and infallible.

I have lot of reservations about things Spellman did, but it’s odd that those accusing him of what you allege seem to be typically anonymous or without corroborating testimonies on the part of others who are credible and without questionable motives for attacking the man.

#29 Comment By David M Dickey On February 14, 2019 @ 9:59 pm

Lucian Truscott IV was charged in the Army with “conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman” and received a “less than honorable” discharge from the Army for refusing to serve in Vietnam. He’d resigned his commission after only 13 months and had a very poor record at West Point. His record is that of a virulent leftist.He is not a trustworthy source for anything.

[NFR: Thank heaven we have staunch right-wingers like Cardinal Spellman in whom to put our trust. — RD]