Mentioned by The Jester. This evidently occurred during a discussion (radio or tv) on May 1st. My guess is that it was about Hitchens' atheism book.
FATHER RUTLER: I have met saints. You cannot explain the existence of saints without God. I was nine years chaplain with Mother Teresa [inaudible]. You have called her a whore, a demagogue. She’s in heaven that you don’t believe in, but she’s praying for you.
If you do not believe in heaven, that’s why you drink.
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: Excuse me?
FATHER RUTLER: That’s why you drink.
God has offered us happiness, all of us. And you will either die a Catholic or a madman, and I’ll tell you the difference.
From this snip it's clear that Fr. Rutler holds Hitchens' intelligence in high regard.
“At the end of the event as he staggered, sweating and red faced, out of the room, he [Hitchens] advanced on Father Rutler in a threatening and physical manner, screaming that this beloved pastor and brilliant scholar whom he had never met was `a child molester and a lazy layabout who never did a day’s work in his life’. His behavior was so frightening that a bodyguard put himself between Hitchens and Father Rutler to protect him. Several of the event organizers then escorted Hitchens to the men’s room and when he emerged he continued his psychotic rant, repeating the same calumnious and baseless screed as before. It was then that Father Rutler, in the most charitable manner, told Hitchens [for the second time] that he will `either die a madman or a Roman Catholic’. … Unless he faces his alcoholism soon, I am betting on the ‘madman’ ending for him.”
Those words are the words of a real pastor of souls, folks. Not some cardboard 'happy-clappy' wonzo; not a "no offense at any cost" nice-boy-with-collar.
That is a shepherd. Let us pray that Hitchens was sufficiently jolted to think about those words. Hard.
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It was quite obvious a nerve was struck. I have heard Hitchens enough times to know that "Excuse me" is not one of his normal responses and he is usually very quick on the attack.
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