At the Venerable English College in Rome the guys call it, "The Rag." English priests and seminarians in Rome are not happy with The Tablet. Truth be told, I didn't even know what The Tablet was.
"Why Rag?" I asked with a nervous laugh. Each agreed: "There is a difference between journalism and hyperbole and The Tablet is hyperbolic. Catholic journalism in England is dead and now it is guilty of detraction, too. The Tablet has become as a dirty old rag."
How is one to react to this? If I was in charge the first thing I would do is fire the editor and editorial board.
The next thing I'd do is name Tim Finigan the next Cardinal Archbishop of the Westminster See.
Sign this petition here: http://www.petitiononline.com/tabletap/petition.html and make darn sure that other fine priests and laymen don't get torpedoed by Catholic "journalism" in the UK or elsewhere.