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"Very unwise"

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 02, 2004

When Cardinal Law attributed the shuffling of child-molesting priest to bad chancery record-keeping, no other American bishop said that statement was "very unwise?"

When Bishop O'Brien refused to come to the front door to talk with police about his hit-and-run accident, no other American bishop said his actions were "very unwise."

When Archbishop Weakland and Bishop Lynch used Church funds to pay off legal claims brought by male acquaintances, no other bishop said they were "very unwise."

But now one US bishop has committed the unforgivable sin of suggesting that he and his colleagues should exercise some discipline on the Catholic supporters of legalized abortion. And that is enough, at last, to draw criticism from a fellow bishop. How "very unwise!"

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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jul. 02, 2004 8:10 PM ET USA

    D'Arcy obviously got what he wanted: the newspaper called him moderate. To some people, that's a compliment. It's the Bernardin principle. Stand halfway between truth and error. Isn't that what Christ always taught?

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Jul. 02, 2004 5:06 PM ET USA

    I have given up paying attention to most bishops as a tepid, cautious, and at best, self-promoting lot who have fled the spirit of Fortitude. They need never to worry about winning a crown of martyrdom as they have already joined the ranks of the opposition by their actions. OSV had some decent articles occasionally, but was pretty tame when it came to being the Church militant.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 02, 2004 2:24 PM ET USA

    Sheridan is one of the few bishops I will recognize as a Christian, an authentic Catholic leader. Keep it up, Diogenes, you are right on. Once upon a time Athanasius stood against another motely episcopal crew. Well, I was once told that the floor of Hell is paved with their skulls.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 02, 2004 1:10 PM ET USA

    From the remarks attributed to D’Arcy, I assume he voted in favor of the statement recently issued by the USCCB, a statement that acknowledges each ordinary’s authority to speak on this matter. Given that, one might think D’Arcy would have refrained from attacking a fellow bishop. I would characterize D’Arcy’s criticism of Sheridan as “very unwise.”

  • Posted by: - Jul. 02, 2004 12:15 PM ET USA

    Bishop Sheridan should remember that 92% of the apostles were AWOL when Our Savior was being crucified on Good Friday. There are times when "unity" is a good thing. There are times when standing alone (but for God) is the only good thing. Bishop Sheridan's stand on the issue of denying Holy Communion to notorious public sinners who refuse to repent is the only rational CATHOLIC solution. I hope the other 92% will figure that out one day.

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