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Muscular Christianity?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 15, 2004

When I say that it would a relief to hear about a priest who hit on women, this isn't what I have in mind.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 21, 2004 6:44 PM ET USA

    Ya know Serviam, there are a few I think who'd benefit from a good swift kick in the behind. More than once I've heard myself mutter under my breath "If I were his mother..." I think that is exactly the problem with these priests - they have no real disciplinary actions to worry about. Long ago are the days of hard penances and hair shirts. Some good ole fashioned corporal penance might just do the trick! If they had to scrub the Rectory from top to bottom till it sparkled, well......

  • Posted by: - Mar. 17, 2004 8:11 PM ET USA

    Is it possible that she was teaching from the Baltimore Catechism?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 16, 2004 10:43 PM ET USA

    Is it difficult to obtain some sort of dispensation that would allow an errant knave of a priest to be cudgeled about the head and shoulders?

  • Posted by: Sterling - Mar. 16, 2004 9:31 PM ET USA

    She may walk around with her large crucifix, but she's praying all the way to the bank. Turning down $100,000, and walking away with $1 million - all ultimately taken from John Q. Parishioner. Ah! But I bet she gave it all to the poor.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 16, 2004 4:32 PM ET USA

    Interestingly enough - this went totally unreported by all three major papers in the San Bernardino Diocese.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 16, 2004 1:24 PM ET USA

    Other than legitimate self defense, I recommend that those vexxed by clergy withhold their funds, rather than take an extreme action, which, if not adjudicated in this life, will be adjudicated in the next.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 16, 2004 11:52 AM ET USA

    How about the other way around? There have been many, many times that the only thing that has kept me from hitting a priest - because of liturgical or doctrinal abuse - is the thought that it would be a sacrilege! And, believe me, I can really hit! I may be a grandmother, but I am also a 3rd Dan black Belt in Taekwondo. There are a few priests in my diocese that I believe would benefit greatly from a mighty punch!!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 15, 2004 10:42 PM ET USA

    When the Code of Canon Law was last revised the penalty of excommunication for hitting a priest was changed to the vague "a suitable penalty determined by the bishop." I thought this an important and wise realization on the part of Rome that many of our post-Vatican II priests could use a good drubbing.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 15, 2004 4:08 PM ET USA

    Mmmm. Nine Catholics, three non-Catholics, and a 9-3 verdict--yet no answer to the Obvious Question about that! Hunk Hondo

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 15, 2004 2:46 PM ET USA

    An Apologia is required, but, I am assuming, not forthcoming.

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