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By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 14, 2003

An sardonic Jesuit theologian (retired) had this to say about Cardinal Keith O'Brien's Profession of Faith:

"I further state that I accept and intend to defend the law on ecclesiastical celibacy as it is proposed by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church; I accept and promise to defend the ecclesiastical teaching about the immorality of the homosexual act; I accept and promise to promulgate always and everywhere what the Church's Magisterium teaches on contraception. So help me God and these Holy Scriptures which I touch with my hand."

This wouldn't have been necessary once: now that it is necessary, it's probably also useless.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Oct. 15, 2003 3:04 PM ET USA

    WF, In the vast Vatican apparatus (much of which is available as bio and background on CWNews) you will find that there are large offices with authority delegated to vet these appointments. If the Holy Father got passed a red hat nomination with "more than a few threads missing", then there are other folk behind the scences that are turning a shade of red to match the dethreaded red hat. Peace in Christ.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 14, 2003 6:22 PM ET USA

    Amazing that the most brilliant Pope in centuries (according to his neo-con "the Pope is never wrong" defenders) doesn't understand that elevating heretics damages the Church. What use are any of his encyclicals? He doesn't believe them enough to put them into action, even when he can directly affect their acceptance or rejection by the faithful.