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Time for your Prozac, Excellency.

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 15, 2003

I have an article here that appeared in the Mercy Corps Newsletter and I won't say who wrote it because she would be very embarrassed, I think, if I said her name but it's a marvelous expression of where you find God. I won't read the whole article but parts of it. ...

In my most sincere attempt let me share my answers with you. To my surprise, God is less than two feet tall and has the beginning of an Afro. And yes, God is a woman. Well, actually, God is a little girl and she goes by the name Godza and God waddles a quick waddle but God definitely waddles. And God likes to smile. She loves your constant unbroken attention. And She is beautiful. But that's what God looks like on Wednesday afternoons.

Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton in the NCR.

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  • Posted by: frjimc - Nov. 19, 2003 12:13 PM ET USA

    Not to be petty, but I said "taking his necksize," and the verse YOU cited in your first post was not about judging but charity. At any rate, I stand corrected. I announce now that I am not God's press secretary, but merely a human being working with logical consistency upon what Our Lord has told us. While I think that Gumbleton's errors are vastly worse than a thief's, I'll try not reach or publish a conclusion. Wow, I hope my speculation about Hitler's end wasn't offensive to anyone!

  • Posted by: Sterling - Nov. 18, 2003 11:42 PM ET USA

    Frjinc, agreed: Telling your students not to emulate thieves is good. Now as to what you actually said: "The Lord is measuring his (Gumbleton's) neck for a millstone." Not "may be measuring" or "could be measuring" but "is." The millstone verse that you quote does not authorize any of us to act as God's press secretary, announcing that His is now measuring the neck of this or that specific person. Gleeful? Perhaps not. Overstepping ourselves? Yes.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 18, 2003 1:44 PM ET USA

    Count on Gumbelton to raise the bar. Of stupidity. To awsome heights

  • Posted by: frjimc - Nov. 18, 2003 9:09 AM ET USA

    "Rub [my] hands with GLEE?" I think not! I'm offering an opinion based on our Lord's own words -- that it would be BETTER for someone to have a millstone around his neck and be tossed into the sea than to scandalize one of His 'little ones.' 'To scandalize' is to put a stumbling block between someone and true faith, and this nonsense coming from a bishop is, in my estimation, a stumbling block. If I tell my CCD class not to emulate a thief, am I judging wrongly? Neither, then, in this case!

  • Posted by: Sterling - Nov. 17, 2003 9:51 PM ET USA

    Rub your hands with glee, if you will, at the thought of the Almighty with His measuring tape and millstone at the ready, but I'm recalling that the measure with which we judge is the measure with which we ourselves will be judged. To my knowledge, God has not appointed any of us as His spokesmen about who's neck He may or may not be measuring.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Nov. 16, 2003 1:57 PM ET USA

    The quote from the newsletter reminds me of something. In my undergraduate days I did my internship in psychology working with schizophrenics. This God waddles "twaddle" reminds me of some of the stories I heard from the unfortunately schizophrenic. They at least had an excuse. They were seriously disordered and in their rational moments were greately distressed by it. The spiritually insane revel in their madness and wonder why we can't take them seriously.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Nov. 15, 2003 9:39 AM ET USA

    God doesn't waddle This is just twaddle. If you click on the link (at your own peril!) you'll find that the writer in that newsletter is only an starry-eyed post-pubescent utopian writing from the bowels of her modern academic experience. Gumbleton, on the other hand, is an adult who has squandered the graces of Holy Order (if, indeed, he received them validly and worthily way back when). And HIS ramblings are even more deeply disturbing. The Lord's taking his necksize for a millstone.

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