I have tried for over an hour to post a comment on an article by Marjorie Jeffrey, which is a response to an article by Mark Shea that people seem to be willfully misreading. Jeffrey, it turns out, wrote a piece for Crisis in the spring in which she said some rather disturbing things.
Since there seems to be a problem with Marjorie Jeffrey's site (no browser on any of three computers in the house will allow me to comment on it), I will simply comment here and hope she sees it. The two suicides I refer to are those of Dominique Venner, who killed himself before the altar in Notre Dame Cathedral earlier this year (an act that Jeffrey, by means of a pretentious graduate-level quasi-academic neo-classicism, praises), and Daniel Somers, who killed himself out of despair for his military service in Iraq and its aftermath (an act Mark Shea rightly condemns but has much more sympathy for). I comment ...
Marjorie, you are misreading Mark's article. He does not praise one suicide and condemn another.
However, when you say of Venner, "His suicide in the cathedral was a final act of respect, as well as a powerful setting for the message he intended to convey," you say something really rather horrific. To commit self-slaughter before the holy altar of Christ is perhaps the most evil thing a person can do; this was anything but an act of "respect".
Note as well that Mark Shea is careful to offer pity and prayers for both men, and rightly so. His point is not to compare their acts, but to compare reactions to them in the Catholic blogosphere - and, frankly, he makes a very good point.
And frankly, right wing Catholics are nuts.
They tell us, contrary to Church teaching, that torture is hunky-dory, that lying is a thing you should be proud of, and now that blowing your brains out before the altar of Christ in Our Lady's cathedral is an act of respect.
Utterly unfathomable - and scary.
When even our most self-styled devout Catholics say such things, we are a Culture of Death indeed.