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Smoke signals

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 09, 2004

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick-- who heads the Catholic community in a city named after a man who said that he "cannot tell a lie"-- hasn't yet explained the difference between what Cardinal Ratzinger said in a letter about the Kerry-Communion dispute, and what McCarrick told other American bishops that Ratzinger had said.

When pressed for an explanation, by the Washington Times, McCarrick said that he hadn't yet had a chance to read the full text of the Ratzinger missive.

Actually, your Eminence, you have the full text. It was addressed to you.

Oh, wait. That's not what he meant. Cardinal McCarrick explained that he didn't have the full text of the Ratzinger letter as it appeared in L'Espresso.

From what I have heard, it may represent an incomplete and partial leak of a private communication from Cardinal Ratzinger, and it may not accurately reflect the full message I received," the cardinal said.

Ah! Now that's understandable. And McCarrick, who was out of town, didn't have any way to get the text from L'Espresso? No access to email, fax, or phone? Maybe he was vacationing in the wilderness, and communicating with his office solely by smoke signals?

Actually Cardinal McCarrick is now in Rome. That's where L'Espresso is published. Shouldn't be too hard to get hold of a copy.

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  • Posted by: Margo - Jul. 10, 2004 3:06 PM ET USA

    Imagine! A bishop "who seeks conformity to strict Catholic law"! DiLo, we love you!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 09, 2004 8:22 PM ET USA

    Folks, it's time to admit that American bishops are running their own show, and it's not called Roman Catholicism. Why do people support these apostates?

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - Jul. 09, 2004 12:09 PM ET USA

    Could there be some sort of mental defect at work here in the mind of Card. McCarrick for him to actually think that the full text of the letter from Card. Ratzinger would not eventually be published. There are only 2 serious conclusions to be drawn from this; 1. Card. McCarrick lied to the U.S. Bishops or, 2. What Card. Ratzinger is supposed to have told Card. McCarrick as it is being reported in L'Espresso is not true thus making Card. Ratzinger the liar. I choose 1.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 09, 2004 11:41 AM ET USA

    Are you implying that his eminence is a liar? Come to think of it ... is that smoke I see coming from under his pants? Perhaps EWTN could sponsor a new gameshow ("Is it ... Dogma or Dung?") where guest bishops compete to see who is really best at pulling the wool over Johnny and Annie Simpleton's eyes??? Get an "orthodox" moderator and let the bishops go at it with questions regarding Dogma, Finance, Canon Law, Spirituality, History. Live audience, please - no computerized laugh tracks.

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