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Once again...

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Jan 22, 2004

What is the lesson we learn from the kerfuffle over whether the Pope gave two thumbs up to Mel Gibson's movie? Once again, we learn that it's not the crime, it's the cover up.

If only the Vatican had let the thing stay as it was, the comment would have faded into history. But now, with Peggy and Rod providing the evidence, we see that it's likely that people at the Vatican are involved in a ham-handed denial and cover-up operation.

Do these people ever learn their lesson? And what does it do for the faith of the average Catholic to learn that evidently the Eighth Commandment doesn't apply to bishops?

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 24, 2004 1:15 PM ET USA

    It isn't worth the headache, Dom. (Don't want to lose you from high blood-pressure or heat attack) It's just the way things are, God help us!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2004 11:35 PM ET USA

    If it weren't for the Gospels, the messages of La Salette and Fatima, and St. Pius X's encyclical "Pascendi - On the Doctrines of the Modernists" I would be disheartened and confused at how awash the modern Church is with corruption and decay. A real spring will come ... the light will shine ... and dead wood will be cut away. Oremus.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jan. 23, 2004 10:13 PM ET USA

    At least leaving the Church, in error, is only a venial sin according to Aquinas, but staying when you disagree on a Doctrine and believe it to be wrong is a mortal sin. I'll give the Protestants credit for staying away. Those neo-apostates who stay, I have less sympathy for.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2004 8:40 PM ET USA

    The earliest comments about this in a negative way came from Cardinal Renato Martino. He has not been mentioned in the current public exchanges. I am convinced he is at the root of the problem. He continues to wield strangely powerful opinion. His history at the UN for 17 years and his public opinions on various topics have been outrageous vis a vis Arabs, U.S., etc.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2004 3:44 PM ET USA

    The Catholic Church doesn’t need any enemies outside, it has them inside. One wonders why stay loyal to such people? Perhaps Protestantism was not that off the mark when Luther decided to split. I know that we have the One True Church, but such corruption, such forked tongues, such cynicism and lack of true Christian character are appalling.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 22, 2004 12:13 PM ET USA

    "If only the Vatican had let the thing stay as it was, the comment would have faded into history" I agree!!

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jan. 22, 2004 11:16 AM ET USA

    Ham-handed. Perhaps an indelicate choice of words, given charges of anti-semitism. Nevertheless, I am assuming that the Curial confessors are experiencing a slight uptick in business this week. With all deference and respect to the Holy Father, someone should likely lose their office over this attempt to finesse the Eighth Commandment. And, there is only one man who has the authority to do it. The Theology of the Body is a non-starter with the laity until this is cleaned up.

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