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A new bishop says it's time to kick "but"

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Mar 22, 2004

If you think the play on words is crude, don't blame me; blame Bishop Olmstead.

On the other hand, if you like the general idea, you'll love the bishop's column in his Phoenix diocesan newspaper.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 27, 2004 4:31 PM ET USA

    Do you suppose he has a future in AmeriChurch? Or will his brother bishops quietly shun him?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2004 1:42 AM ET USA

    I make a point to complain whenever I write because I am usually responding to the acts of some modernist bozo in sheep's clothing. This letter reflects the high likelihood that this bishop "has the Faith." I thank him for his forthright stand. I only hope every bishop in America will do likewise before the "Catholic but Democrat" crowd goes to the polls and votes for John Kerry in November. Catholics can and should influence the political landscape for the better.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 22, 2004 5:52 PM ET USA

    This is the kind of episcopacy the faithful require to assist them in being truly faithful. This is the kind of Church sinners, such as myself, need to counteract our human weaknesses. What a candid, refreshing, and long overdue reminder this Bishop's words are for us all. As I type this, I have near me a statuette of Christ's earthly father, Joseph, and a crucifix. These icons are not enough. Bishop Olmstead's words and his example are necessary, too. God truly bless him.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 22, 2004 1:58 PM ET USA

    An odd thing happened to me as I read the column: I kept asking myself, "What did he just say?" It was a refreshing experience; I had forgotten how nice it felt.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Mar. 22, 2004 9:56 AM ET USA

    The bishop's column is a breath of fresh air, not only for what he says, but also for how he says it. Note the capitalization of the personal pronouns relating to the Persons of the Holy Trinity. Could he be saying that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are, indeed, more than just proper nouns? It's a miracle! AMDG