The Corner

Kmiec’s Complaint

I didn’t call Kmiec a liar; I asked whether we had any independent corroboration of Kmiec’s story about being denied communion for endorsing Obama. I didn’t even say that we had no independent corroboration. I just raised the question. (Incidentally, in my initial comment on Kmiec’s story I took his side against the priest.) It is true that the implication is that Kmiec might not be telling the truth, or might have misunderstood the situation. If he feels that he is entitled to a presumption of complete accuracy and truthfulness from strangers, then, well, I’m afraid I have to disappoint him.

I can’t see how my post “libeled” him—this from a law-school dean–demeaned him, tried to keep Catholics on the McCain reservation, lacked decency, or trivialized the sacred. It seems to me that his various accusations against me are closer to libel than anything I said.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


The Latest