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On second thought...

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 04, 2004

Kim LAWTON: Some groups fear the bishops' energy and commitment may fade.

Archbishop Timothy DOLAN: Can't happen. Can't happen. We never, never, Kim, want to go through what we've had to do. We just can't do it. We can't do it personally. [PBS interview, November 2003]

I get it. The bishops have to take action, because if they don't... it will cause inconvenience for bishops!!

Archbishop Dolan makes the point (perhaps not quite intentionally) that on grounds of purest, unalloyed self-interest, the US bishops should force some reluctant colleagues to 'fess up. Which makes it all the more fascinating that (see below) they still haven't.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 06, 2004 12:27 PM ET USA

    The only way we will see orthodoxy in the Church today is for the laity to make a big enough stink about our unorthodox bishops that SOMEBODY will sit up, take notice, and make some changes.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 05, 2004 7:42 AM ET USA

    That is the major problem everywhere today. How much is taken out of context for the "good" story and readership and what is the actual truth. Sometimes it is best to just pray and take care of our own little tiny part of God's kingdom the best we can as an example and pray that everyone else takes care of theirs rather than get caught up in the moment of emotional highs and lows of today about truth and the untruth. It wastes a lot of time and productivity. Actions speak louder than words.

  • Posted by: Don Vicente - Aug. 04, 2004 2:04 PM ET USA

    I know Abp. Dolan, and I know that he is a believing, practicing, Catholic and a very direct kind of guy. Probably most readers of CWN would like him. What he is saying to Lawton seems to be: "Look, we've been so badly burned by this, that we (the bps.) never want to have this experience again. If you don't believe us for any other reason, then believe us because it is in our own self-interest." Self interest is NOT the bottom line for Abp. Dolan, but it might be for Lawton. CONTEXT, folks!

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