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Today's Bishops: Working To Rape You Less

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 13, 2004

Manly remembers a meeting in Orange County Superior Court shortly after DiMaria’s settlement. Judge Gray had ordered the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of Orange to offer DiMaria an apology in person. Representatives for Cardinal Roger Mahoney attended, as did Orange Bishop Jaime Soto and a brigade of lawyers for both diocese. But Bishop Tod D. Brown—leader of Orange County’s 1.1 million Catholics—didn’t appear as required. "He never even talked to Ryan’s family, never sent a letter," Manly remarks. His eyes narrow. A melancholic anger shades him. "That does something to you."

Gustavo Arellano recounts a painful story of betrayal, anger, confusion, apostasy. And public relations.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 16, 2004 1:50 PM ET USA

    Pseudodionysius is correct. Anger under the control of reason and inspired by grace is a force of great power for good. Lose your reason or act outside of God's grace and it is equally a force for evil. The Pope has very seldom shown this kind of anger in the face of the collapse of the Church in the West over the last 40 years. He could have done much, but did not. I will always wonder why.

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Aug. 16, 2004 1:44 PM ET USA

    Maybe we need more of these "foul mouthed ex catholics" out in the vineyard to purge the rotten plants.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Aug. 15, 2004 10:22 PM ET USA

    There is a vice in not having enough anger. Of this, Chrysostom says (on Matt 5:22): "Unreasonable patience sows vices, nourishes neglect and invites not only evil people but also good people to do evil." —Quaestiones disputatae de malo, 12:5, 3

  • Posted by: - Aug. 14, 2004 12:16 PM ET USA

    This story is quite troubling. I find myself drawn to support a group of foul-mouthed ex-Catholics who are out to get rotten "bad-guys" who have brought the Church into such a state of ill repute. I really believe some (many) of these mitered jerks have done their level best deliberately to destroy the Church. Eventually we will learn to our horror just how well they have duped us. Thank God for the few good bishops!

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