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The unforgivable sin

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 26, 2003

Newsday reports that Bishop William ("Mansions") Murphy of Rockville Center, NY, has regularly summoned priests to his office for a stern talking-to if they are guilty of a particular offense. Is that offense:

  • Denying the Resurrection
  • Failing to make confessions available to parishioners for more than 10 minutes a week
  • Spending their evenings in bars, dressed in civilian clothes
  • Making unauthorized changes in the texts of Scripture readings at Mass
  • Criticizing their bishop

If you even have to read the Newsday article to answer that question, you haven't been paying attention.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 26, 2003 2:24 PM ET USA

    My reaction to that particular DICTATOR in "ecclesiastical police state" = much too long to send. How I would like to give HIM a "good talking to"! Tie him up & read to him over & over New Testament account of Paul DARING to disagree with POPE St. Peter. Back then the Church was the CHURCH ! NOT the "quasi-military dictatorship of the spirit." That canon cannot be binding in conscience: it flies in the face of traditional moral theology. Fraternal correction [of bishops] = DUTY, not privilege !

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Sep. 26, 2003 11:58 AM ET USA

    If Bishop Murphy has some trusted friends they should pull him aside and say "Bill, you've got to understand what impact is on the public when these actions get publicity. Show some leadership: invite Archbishop O'Malley down to address your priests, let people know what progress your abuse review board is making, answer a few of the hundreds of letters you are getting on liturgical and catechetical abuses."

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