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Ignore the Pope, Jesuit advises

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 02, 2004

Pope John Paul recently insisted that people in a comatose state have a right to food and water, and that it is wicked to starve them or let them die of thirst. Boston College ethicist John Paris, S.J., thinks the old boy has a hang-up about human dignity.

But Father John Paris, Walsh professor of bioethics at Boston College, said the pope's remarks were tailored to a specific audience and will have little impact. "I think the best thing to do is ignore it, and it will go away," Paris said. "It's not an authoritative teaching statement."

The pope's speech, Paris said, is "causing mischief" and being interpreted with too much alarm by those who aren't Catholic. "The problem is that non-Catholics think when the pope says "Jump,' we all say, "How high?'" he said.

What would the Pope do without his Jesuit light infantry to help him?

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - May. 05, 2004 1:16 AM ET USA

    Maybe the Superior General at Jesuit headquarters could find Father Paris, SJ, a more comfortable assignment at an Episcopal/Lutheran/Kerry Church... or maybe the Jesuits' Superior General and his like-minded cohorts could join Farther Paris, SJ, on the journey into traitorism/heresy and be excommunicated... opening the way for reform and renewal in the Jesuits according to true spirit of Saint Ignatius...

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2004 12:59 PM ET USA

    Many contemporary Jesuits give a whole new meaning to the appellation "the Pope's shock troops." They're shocking, all right.

  • Posted by: - May. 02, 2004 9:34 PM ET USA

    What would the Pope do? Does he do anything besides put out statements, directives and encyclicals he has no intention of backing up with consequences for dissent? I used to think the dissenters were absurd in their words and actions. But the Pope has outdone them with his words and inaction. If he's not going to back up his words with even the mildest enforcement he should just hang out at the Vatican and keep quiet.

  • Posted by: shrink - May. 02, 2004 5:13 PM ET USA

    Members of the light-in-the-loafers infantry are rather obtuse when it comes to simple self-knowledge. For example, if the Rev Paris's departmental secretary at Boston College had the same attitude and openness about the Rev.'s instructions for her as he has for the Pope's, one would reasonably predict the duration of her tenure there to extend about as long as it takes to dial her 4-digit exchange.

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