By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 26, 2004
On the Touchstone blog, contributor S.M. Hutchens gives us a deft portrait of an all-too-recognizable figure.
... the ever-smiling bishop of beneficent visage, the open-minded, open-armed, blessing-filled aristocrat of smooth lips and perfect control -- a master of prevarication and double meaning, who could preach to an audience of naive traditionalists and knowing liberals and please them all, the traditionalists because they took him at his word, the liberals because they took his meaning.
Hutchens's model was taken from the Episcopal Church. Most of us (if we substitute "administrator" for "aristocrat") can find specimens closer to home.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($26,216 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: -
Jun. 26, 2004 10:24 PM ET USA
I must correct myself. Pope Paul VI did not write "Humane Generis" he wrote "Humanae Vitae" and that is what I meant. That encyclical certainly upset the Liberals.
Posted by: -
Jun. 26, 2004 9:38 AM ET USA
Could be a description of Pope Paul VI.
Posted by: shrink -
Jun. 26, 2004 9:31 AM ET USA
Hutchen's description reads like an executive summary of the late Cardinal Bernardine's resume.