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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 16, 2004

Q. How do you know a liberal's running scared?
A. When he attributes his adversaries' motives to fear.

The folks at the The Tablet (you remember -- "loyalty in difficult times") are patting their pockets for the Valium after a first glance at a draft of the new Missal.

It also reflects a new fear [told you! ]. Cardinal Arinze, in a recent book-length interview with Gerard O’Connell, is scathing of priests who “arrange something on Saturday evening, and force it down the throats of the people on Sunday morning, and then turn around and call it ‘inculturation’, using the people as ecclesiastical guinea pigs on which to test their latest productions”. It is a telling image of how the CDW these days sees itself -- saving congregations from the clutches of a vaudeville-loving clergy.

Well, as fear-driven savior complexes go, I'd say this is one of the best.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 17, 2004 10:46 AM ET USA

    Gil, here's an URL with a comment is somewhat ambiguous, and my post was perhaps a reflection of my own bias for the unapologetic defenders of the faith: Continue to pray for Cardinal Arinze.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jan. 16, 2004 7:00 PM ET USA

    jchrysostom, are you sure? The school administration issued a statement including all the things you said, but I don't recall that Cardinal Arinze himself did. I could be wrong, but I followed it pretty closely at the time and don't recall it. If you have a reference, I'd be interested in seeing it. If you're right I'd stop praying for Arinze for Pope.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2004 4:13 PM ET USA

    As I recall, Cardinal Arinze backed off somewhat from his comments at Georgetown's graduation, as sound as they were. (Some athiest got up and walked off the stage -- either in protest or to pick a paycheck or something). Questioned later, the Cdl made some bland comments about not wanting to give offense, would have phrased it differently, etc. The best motto for soldiers and the faithful these days is: Trust no one.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Jan. 16, 2004 1:30 PM ET USA

    Certainly, it is the sour grapes of radicals who after a forty year spree realize that for all their re-imaging, the truth still remains and is showing some signs of being heard. Most interesting is the caption "How the Vatican seized control". They over-look the fact that the control always rightly belonged to the Vatican even though the rebels ignored them. The patient father is now saying enough and the fixated adolescents are screaming at the expectation of mature behavior.