By Father Ray Blake
(Fr Ray Blake's Blog) Have a look at this article by a 'journalist' called Bill Gardner, in our local paper, it is his take on this piece I wrote on the poor.
I was saying that the poor, the really poor, turn our lives upside down.
I know the local paper pays peanuts and expects its journalists to
create stories in order to get onto the news networks but this is just a
malicious and deliberate misrepresentation.
It is very interesting to see what a disreputable journalist can do with
a few carefully chosen adjectives. I didn't 'condemn', 'complain',
'blast' etc, and I am pretty certain that some of his other quotes are
not my words, especially not, 'test my holiness', I don't speak like
that, 'only God is Holy'. Though I admit in an informal moment I might
question the marriage of the parents of someone who disrupts the worship
of an entire congregation, especially if they consistently steal from
the church or other poor people.
It is interesting to see how an unscrupulous journalist can so easily
put an entirely different slant on a simple theological reflection,
presumably even basic Christian concepts are beyond the comprehension of
Well, journalists are obviously as messy as the poor; except
unscrupulous journalists can do more damage. Perhaps Mr Gardner might
like to help on our soup run, it doesn't have to be 365 day a year, once
a week would be fine, providing he treats our clients with respect, or
maybe he could take Jason or Daryl or Pawel or Dawn out for a cup of
coffee or a meal, or just come a clear up the next time someone comes in
and vomits or bleeds all over my kitchen because he is drug or has been
beaten up... (continued)