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Memo to US bishops, I

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 04, 2004

Seven US military officers have been given severe reprimands-- effectively ending their careers-- because of the scandal arising from abuse of prisoners in Iraq.

"They did not know or participate in any crimes," a senior American officer in Baghdad said of the officers who received the reprimands, issued by Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the senior American commander in Iraq. "Their responsibility is to set the standards in the organization. They should have known, but they did not."

US military officers make demands on their colleagues. US bishops do not.

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  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2004 12:51 AM ET USA

    Anybody favor sending a few of our bishops (the ones who lied the most) to Iraq to serve even for a little while ? Our guys could give them the course: "On becoming men, Part I,a."

  • Posted by: Jimmy Y Y - May. 04, 2004 9:30 PM ET USA

    Does anyone recall that our Pope advised against this war? The evil he feared is now evident even to some of those who supported this war. When I was very young I would wonder how people could support Hitler and Stalin and follow them into hell. I think I understand a little more now.

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - May. 04, 2004 5:37 PM ET USA

    Is it mere fantasy to imagine that somewhere a zealous prosecutor who wants his name in lights is gathering the evidence to bring a cardinal or two and perhaps a dozen or so bishops to justice as we speak? He (or she) would be famous. It'd be the equivalent of an rookie hunter knocking down a buck big enough to make it into the Boone and Crockett record book. It's obvious that the ones who should be hunting them went back to the cabin a long time ago to get warm and get drunk.

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2004 12:14 PM ET USA

    Like most Americans who watch too much television, I often have an unrealistic expectation that dramatic stories will play themselves out quickly before my eyes. The reign of rotten bishops who are either perverts, heretics, clock watchers or heartless "party" men (and those who protect them) will one day come to an end. Should they remain unrepentant, I can see a worse fate for unfaithful bishops in Hell (yes - it does exist) than what the unfortunate Iraqi prisoners experienced.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - May. 04, 2004 12:08 PM ET USA

    I can hear it already: "I'm a shepherd and not a brigadier general".

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - May. 04, 2004 10:06 AM ET USA

    The US military puts their lives on the line for those they have sworn to protect, even unto death; apparently the US Bishops do not

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