Yesterday, Dreher dealt with his credulous calumny of the Catholic Church the only way he could. He minimized his role while pointing the finger at others. He printed extracts of the AP's correction of its outrageous reporting of the bogus Taum story, along with a unrelated hoax story. He wasn't so brief when he was pointing the finger. The headline of the post doesn't mention Tuam or dead babies or any to the juicy bits that got him incandescent a month ago.
It's important to note that when first passing this story along, he did so with prosecutorial relish. Then, he started to hedge when his fellow hysteric, Andrew Sullivan, converted the unripe hoax into an anti-hetero plea for acceptance of buggery. As the initial reports of Catholic awfulness dissolved in the solvent of a little fact finding, Dreher backpedalling, denying that he made any judgement of fact. Some of his more rational commenters took him to task for his attack on Tom Piatek and Chronicles magazine. Dreher knows his overeagerness to hammer his former Church damaged his brand. Now he is reduced to off handedly noting this story as as the AP's affair. It's as though this is now a story about an anodyne statistical error by the Congressional Budget Office.
His original headline was, "EIGHT HUNDRED DEAD IRISH CHILDREN." Does that read like a dispassionate account of an allegation that might or might not be true? "These poor children were treated as subhumans by nuns,and by the church, and the State that didn't dare speak up for them, because those babies came into the world outside wedlock."
Dreher is incapable in reporting on the Catholic Church in a professional manner. His horror at the scandal of priestly child abuse so unmans him that he is useless as an objective observer. Dealing with evil takes sterner stuff.