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Excessive piety?

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Oct 29, 2004

Bishop Daniel Ryan, the poster-boy for Canon 401-2, has had another unfortunate misunderstanding involving local police in Illinois.

You might wonder why Bishop Ryan resigned prematurely, since no other American bishop has ever drawn a connection between his departure and the allegations of predatory homosexuality.

But now the Wanderer story notes: "Bishop Ryan is currently in a hospital undergoing knee surgery..." So there you have it. He forced out of office by his bad knee.

Isn't it odd that Bishop Dupre, of Springfield, Massachusetts, also complained of knee problems when he suddenly resigned?

The life of an American bishop seems perilous for that joint. Too much kneeling, I suspect. They should go easier on themselves.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 02, 2004 1:30 AM ET USA

    There's a lot of backside-smooching required to make it into today's hierarchy. His knees were probably bad before he ever made it into the episcopacy.

  • Posted by: Psalms - Oct. 29, 2004 6:18 PM ET USA

    The dioceses of Springfield is paying for Ryan's house in a very, upscale neighborhood. He's a retired bishop after all. Now when it comes to retired priests they are on their own. In fact, since this is Priest Recognition Sunday the Catholic Times ran thank you ads for priest of the diocese - except for the retired priests which do make up 25% of the priests.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 29, 2004 3:06 PM ET USA

    But, was the kneeling for prayer...?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 29, 2004 2:12 PM ET USA

    Maybe that's why they ruled that Communion should be received standing--they wanted to spare us. How thoughtful. Hunk Hondo

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Oct. 29, 2004 2:05 PM ET USA

    Maybe he had to moonlight as a men's tailor. That might explain why his knees were injured. I mean running those tapes down to get the right leg measurement. Do we pay our bishops enough? Are their skimpy wages forcing them to do other work? Is this an issue that John Kerry and Barney Franks could address?

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