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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Feb 05, 2004

A spokesman for Bishop Howard Hubbard says that his boss is "miffed."

I suppose I'd be "miffed," too, is someone accused me of having an illicit and possibly affair, which ended in a suicide. But I think I'd use a stronger term.

Maybe, for example, say that the charge was "outrageous, despicable, and defamatory"? Yeah, that's a bit more like it what you'd expect from the diocesan spokesman.

So Bishop Hubbard rushes home from vacation to answer these charges, insisting that he's ready to take a lie-detector test. The sound-bite for the press is that he has been "faithful to my vow of celibacy."

Interesting choice of words. In his suicide note, the bishop's alleged partner/victim said that, according to Hubbard, the vow of celibacy required "being free of women."

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 07, 2004 3:29 PM ET USA

    More vacuous management weasel words. Faithful to my vows? How about faithful to Christ. How about "I'm celibate". Its only outrageous, despicable and defamatory if it isn't true and done with deliberate and wilful intent.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Feb. 07, 2004 1:32 PM ET USA

    I am very conscious of the need to NOT jump to conclusions. True, the letter is unsigned, typed and doesn't name anyone. One should not presume guilt from such 'evidence.' However, I've heard this particular apologia of the lavender mafia before. In seminary, I often heard this defense of active homosexuality among clergy, declaring that 'celibacy' only means 'not married' and doesn't proscribe buggery. This 'seventies' phrase rings true, and Hubbard has long had that reputation. Sad.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 07, 2004 12:51 PM ET USA

    Thank you Elan. You are correct. I missed the typeing point. The second, however, was hand-written though not incriminating the Bishop.

  • Posted by: Elan - Feb. 07, 2004 1:33 AM ET USA

    An unsigned typed letter is not proof. Anyone could have typed it, well after the poor man's suicide. Even if the man typed it, the letter does not mention the bishop by name. "Dead men tell no lies" may sound good but it is not evidence. Let us not let this rampant immorality infect us with the rush to rash judgement.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 06, 2004 6:17 PM ET USA

    The "free of women" comment was used by a man who killed himself. It is very difficult to believe a man lied in the process of going to face his maker.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 06, 2004 6:14 AM ET USA

    Isn't one of God's commandments: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor"? We don't know if Bishop Hubbard really said the vow of celibacy means to be free of women. Shouldn't we at least assume the Bishop is innocent until proven guilty?

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