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The poet's perspective

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Nov 18, 2004

"The vast majority of bishops are in the center, and the center is holding," says Cardinal McCarrick

William Butler Yeats might disagree:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 18, 2004 9:45 PM ET USA

    The middle is neither hot nor cold; let's call it lukewarm or tepid. That's a great description of the majority of the Bishops; lukewarm or tepid. There are no books written about the "GREAT MIDDLE."

  • Posted by: - Nov. 18, 2004 5:19 PM ET USA

    The center he talks about is +/- 1 standard deviation from the center. That center is a statistical data point in a temporally varying function not an anchor of truth. It brings to mind Mark Twain's: "there are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics".

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Nov. 18, 2004 1:29 PM ET USA

    excellent and appropriate perspective Phil. This comment by the oft quoted and never camera shy Card. McCarrick reminds me of Our Blessed Lord's teaching on lukewarmness. Heaven help us!

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Nov. 18, 2004 1:01 PM ET USA

    "McCarrick's Enron Ecclesiology" Trademark pending.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 18, 2004 10:37 AM ET USA

    I watched part of NCCB meeting on EWTN. How discouraging. Committees, letters, reports, remanding to committee, studies, votes, temporizing. Amazing - the Bishops acutally seem to think 'marriage is important and under attack.' They really 'discovered a 40% drop in church weddings in the last 30 yrs. and need a program to attack the problem, but it will take preparation, studies and reports.' (Darn, I thought they found out about marriage in the seminary.) I say, a plague on the NCCB.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 18, 2004 10:25 AM ET USA

    I am not proud that the "center" is holding. Cardinal McCarrick words are a self condemnation on the majority of the Bishops. The question is how long will this be tolerated, and I dont mean by men.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Nov. 18, 2004 10:02 AM ET USA

    Why do I have the feeling that the "rough beast" slouching along vaguely resembles his Episcopalian Excellency, Bishop Robsinson?

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