Friday, September 06, 2002

Rose Matter Under Review

Just so it is clear what is actually happening:

My bishop, James A. Murray of Kalamazoo, has asked me to make no further public statements about Michael Rose, Goodbye! Good Men, or Rose's threatened legal action until he has had the opportunity to review the matter. I am meeting with him next week, when, I imagine, he will render a judgment about how he would like me to proceed.

Please pray for me, Michael Rose, and my bishop, that we will act with prudence, fairness, and wisdom in this matter.

Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Toning Down the Rhetoric

In an effort to try to "tone down" the rhetoric and restore some degree of calm to the dispute between Mr. Rose and myself, I have edited this post. I left the facts about the legal action, as it would seem silly to try to pretend it isn't happening.

I intend to move on with blogging on other matters in the near future.

Michael Rose Threatens Legal Action

Yesterday I received in the mail a Certified Letter from a lawyer representing Michael Rose, the author of Goodbye! Good Men. In May I wrote a critical review of Rose's book in Culture Wars Magazine. Mr. Rose objected to my criticisms, as is his right, and responded to them, as is also his right. Mike Jones, the publisher of Culture Wars, and I, felt it was necessary for me to rebut Mr. Rose in the magazine. So Mr. Rose's response and my rebuttal were published in the July/August issue of Culture Wars. That issue of Culture Wars isn't yet available on line.

This letter from Mr. Rose's attorney demands that I cease my "ongoing pattern of numerous and defamatory statements" against Mr. Rose, and threatens me with a Federal lawsuit if I do not comply. He demands that I retract certain criticisms I have made, that I remove all statements I have made about Mr. Rose and his book from my website and its archives, and that I agree in writing not to write anything further about Mr. Rose or his publications.

Unfortunately, it seems to me, this legal action is forcing the controversy to remain protracted. If Mr. Rose had not chosen this tactic, he probably would have gotten his wish. After announcing the Crisis Magazine article in my blog last week, I really wouldn't have had any more to say about Rose or his book. I've pretty much said my piece on it, and was getting ready to move on.

Prophecy and Fulfillment?

Brian Saint-Paul's article in Crisis Magazine, which I blogged on last Friday, is now up and available on line. Read it!

In related news, a while back, you may recall, Mark Shea generously attributed to me the virtue of sagacity. Now, Stephen Hand over at TCRNews has recognized in me, in my own small way, the gift of prophecy.

In an e-mail to me over the weekend he pointed me in the direction of Diocese Report's newest headline. Last Friday I concluded my blog by commenting on the conspiracy theory being cooked up by Rose and his supporters to explain the criticisms of Goodbye! Good Men coming from orthodox Catholic quarters.

Stephen wrote, quoting from my blog and then from Diocese Report:

> Prophecy: "I suppose they’ll have to add Crisis to the conspiracy now.
> A “grand conspiracy” certainly will make for sensational reading, and it has
> the added benefit of preserving the putative victim(s) of that conspiracy
> from self-examination."

> Fulfillment: "Circling The Wagons: Crisis Joins Witch Hunt of Michael S.
> Rose... Developing.." ----Diocese Report. PM, 8/30/02

It's too bad the Diocese Report's site has been updated since the weekend. The "Witch Hunt" headline was really impressive at the top of the page in 36-point type.