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Is everything clear now?

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jun 11, 2004

Bishop Skylstad, speaking on behalf of the US bishops, announces:

We can be clear without being blunt. And we can persuade without drawing lines in the sand and daring others to cross. And we can persuade without drawing lines in the sand and daring others to cross.
And the beauty of that approach is: If you don't draw a line, no one can cross it.

Bishop Skylstand was writing, of course, about the issue of whether pro-abortion Catholics should receive Communion. In answering that question, he said:

Let me be very clear: as Church we are profoundly serious about human life, every human life on the continuum of earthly existence; its worth and dignity; that each human life, from conception to natural death, is a gift from God and precious in God’s sight. The value of a human life is God’s judgment, not ours. The Church teaches consistently that human life is to be cherished and protected against threats, particularly the lives of those most vulnerable: the pre-born; the ill; the aged; the poor. The immigrant, the sorrowing, the confused, the misunderstood. We are all God’s unique creations, we are all beloved by God, we are all children of God, we are all precious. God depends on us to defend and protect one another.
Well, he's definitely not blunt.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2004 9:03 AM ET USA

    "Who will answer the sound of an uncertain trumpet?" ..St. Paul

  • Posted by: - Jun. 13, 2004 11:13 PM ET USA

    i think the bishop would have counselled Jesus to dialogue with the money changers.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jun. 12, 2004 11:09 AM ET USA

    Skylstand is unaware of the historical context of "the line in the sand" metaphor. It was drawn to separate those who would stay and fight and risk death from those who would flee and certainly live. Persuasion to fight or flee has preceded that moment to draw a line in the sand. It's over It's time to take a stand. For Skylstand to belive that Kerry at this point could be persuaded is only going to persuade observers that Skylstand's Church is impotent, confused, and without a Cross.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 11, 2004 7:51 PM ET USA

    Bp S. call your spiritual director! Do you have one?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jun. 11, 2004 7:36 PM ET USA

    Pseudodionysius, this IS a bishop talking. That's what makes it so appalling.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 11, 2004 5:34 PM ET USA

    The gospel for Thursday last (Matt 5:20-26) began "Unless your rightousness is greater than that of the Scribes and the Pharisees you will never enter the kingdom of heaven". As I thought at the time, this implies that the Scribes and the Pharisees are/were going to Hell. Isn't that a 'line drawn in the sand'? Of course, Jesus also described them as "whited sepulchres full of dead mens' bones". I also think that those who claim that Hell might be empty are ignoring these words. Also Jesus's aside about Judas that "It were better that he had never been born" indicates clearly that there is a line in the sand.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 11, 2004 4:53 PM ET USA

    Another bishop who makes a lot of noise, I think, but I still can't hear his intense respect for human life. His inactions scream so loudly, I just can't hear him. Jashu

  • Posted by: - Jun. 11, 2004 12:48 PM ET USA

    He was probably thinking of himself and his peers when he threw in "the confused" as worthy of protection. But what better protection than iron-clad job security no matter how confused you get.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jun. 11, 2004 11:08 AM ET USA

    I'm spectacularly uninterested in what Bishops' spokeshacks are saying, and profoundly interested in what Bishops themselves are saying. Unless, of course, the Bishops have lost the power of speech, and must speak through some type of Ecclesial Handpuppet, similar to the early Star Trek episode in which the alien threatening the Enterprise was using a huge paper machet figurine to terrify the Captain and crew.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jun. 11, 2004 11:05 AM ET USA

    Bishop Skyland you are truly a prophet of the New Age: I agree. Without a Line there is no Cross.

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