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The essentials

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 19, 2004

In a somewhat rambling, inconclusive analysis of the mysterious death of Father John Minkler, and the implications for Bishop Howard Hubbard, an Albany, NY columnist closes with this gem:

Hubbard, in the midst of the most serious crisis in his 27 years as bishop, said the church's work is still going on: "The children are still being educated, the poor are being fed and the homeless are being housed." Who cares how you get there?

Dostoevski's Grand Inquisitor would endorse the columnist's argument, of course. But did you also notice that there are few details missing from the bishop's list of the Church's duties? Little details, I mean-- such as preaching the Gospel and administering the sacraments.

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