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The hand that feeds them

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 22, 2003

Suppose a salesman for Coca-Cola announced that the drink is "vile and toxic. Suppose that a manager for Hertz said the company's policies were "increasingly violent and abusive."

Leave aside the fact that they'd be fired--and with good cause. How could you possibly respect someone who continued to work for a company he considered so thoroughly rotten?

A group of Catholic priests in Chicagohas condemned Church teaching, using the words quoted above. The last we heard, all these priests are still drawing paychecks from the institution they vilify.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Dec. 26, 2003 2:47 PM ET USA

    We might pray for that pride-full, misleading and unorthodox minority of priests in Chicago... pray that they have the moral (ow!) courage and integrity to leave the Church that they so love to hate... and pray that his Eminence, Cardinal George, might expedite that (with a truly loving act of ex-communication, to let them know that they have broken Communion)... Roman Catholics in the pews need to hear the Truth and need solid catechesis from Holy Mother Church and orthodox priests.

  • Posted by: Eusebuis1 - Dec. 22, 2003 8:49 PM ET USA

    If the CEO of Coca-Cola had publically responded to the malcontents as did the Cardinal to his priests, how long do you think the CEO would have the support of his stockholders and his board? It may be sweetness, concern for dignity, but when individuals say they are gay they are acting it out. Such action is considered by the Holy Roman Catholic Church as a grave matter (or mortal) sin. How could our Cardinals get into such a situation that they look more like appeasers than Jesus' shepards?

  • Posted by: shrink - Dec. 22, 2003 4:11 PM ET USA

    Cardinal George is a philosopher, and must know that the dissidents are not objecting to the tone of a Church teaching--which is what the Cardinal is quoted on--but to the substance of the doctrine on homosexuality. His reply simply places a very thin veneer over a schism that is becoming increasingly open. His ability to govern his own dioceses is collapsing if he feels compelled to resort to these types of PR maneuvers.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Dec. 22, 2003 3:08 PM ET USA

    I searched the list of names posted on Amy Wellborn's site and lo, there was one that I recognized well. I went to his parish for mass one Sunday and his homily consisted of a tirade against the Catholic Church for being "rude" not to allow all people (all people!) to receive Holy Eucharist. Of course, two years before that his elementary school (in the suburbs) was closed for declining enrollment. And he is a great co-sponsor of our local Christian-Jewish-Moslem "love fest" .

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Dec. 22, 2003 2:55 PM ET USA

    Fill in the blank check.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 22, 2003 1:26 PM ET USA

    Cardinal George's response was more than gracious, certainly an example of the dialogue the above firebrands so desperately seek but don't know how to tactfully obtain. So they send an open letter to the Bishop declaiming Catholic teaching that they're already supposed to understand after years of training in the sem. "What did they learn?" you might ask. Fill in the blank.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Dec. 22, 2003 1:23 PM ET USA

    Of course! And the Archdiocese of Chicago reports a drop in Sunday mass attendance along with financial support. If our parishes here were any more "welcoming" we'd all be hugged to death. So why not copy the Episcopalians and nearly empty out our churches by supporting homosexual activism? Are these the same pastors in the Priests' Senate that vetoed the sale of Church property to Opus Dei for a high school as being too conservative? The property was sold to a condo developer instead.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 22, 2003 1:03 PM ET USA

    So much energy and "pastoral concern" for a group representing perhaps 2% - 4% of the overall population. The last qoute from Cdl George's response reveals the heart of the matter: these priests are poseurs, who seek to abandon 2,000 years of orthodoxy because they are discomfited by the limitations it entails. What will come of this? Nothing. The long decline continues.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Dec. 22, 2003 12:38 PM ET USA

    And if you allowed them to continue to work for Coca-Cola, one might expect that they would feel empowered to undermine the efforts of Coca-Cola in any way possible.

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