Matt C. Abbott
'Matt Abbott is a bit fat idiot'
By Matt C. Abbott
January 14, 2009

At least two individuals didn't particularly care for my Jan. 12 column regarding Al Franken.

Matthew Huber wrote (in addition to including "Matt Abbott is a big fat idiot" — mimicking the title of Mr. Franken's book about Rush Limbaugh — in his e-mail's subject line):

    'You are a complete idiot. oh, and there are rocks in my back yard with more life than terry schiavo had left you f------ reject. I bet you were one of THOSE alter boys, werent you. You know, one of THOSE.'

Jerry, of Temecula, Calif., wrote:

    'You mentioned that Al Franken more or less ridicules and makes fun of christians. don't forget, Saul did too before he became Paul. When GOD decides to have an encounter with someone who lives in disbelief....who are we to assume that person is a lost cause?

    'As far as his opinions of the catholic church, let's take a reality pill for a second here. What kind of religion makes it more or at least equally important to esteem the Pope almost as much as Christ himself? And, what is this absurd pre-occupation with Mary? Sounds like man-made religion to me. Religion was created by man.........for man! God desires a relationship....not religion.'

It's sad, but certainly not surprising, that these are the kind of people who support the likes of Mr. Franken. (Not that Jerry would be convinced, but those who are truly interested in learning about the papacy and the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Catholicism should check out this page and this page.)

William Beckman, executive director of the Illinois Right to Life Committee, has a good letter to the editor in response to a recent Ellen Goodman column.

Danny Haszard, a former Jehovah's Witness, sent me the link to a story about Frederick Cecil McLean, "the most wanted child predator in the U.S. right now."

Those who will be attending the March for Life 2009 may want to check out American Life League's Personhood Conference on Jan. 23.

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 'Unsolved' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. In 2005 and 2006, he was among the first writers to expose former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of power with and sexual harassment of seminarians. He can be reached at

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