The bishops' competition
In 1913 the Federal Reserve Board was created, to keep the value of the dollar steady.
Today's dollar is worth (depending on your preferred measurements) somewhere between 3-5¢ matched against the 1913 dollar.
I think I have finally found a frame of reference for comparative measurement of the US bishops' effectiveness.
Notice, too, that "everybody" thinks Alan Greenspan is doing a fine job as chairman of the Fed. And Paul Volcker was great too. And before him, and before that... They've all done a great job. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to find out that the Fed is a "vibrant financial community."
Still, as far as I know, the Fed hasn't skimmed off billions to pay hush money to catamites from the Wharton School. So I guess the comparison breaks down there.
I'll try again.
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Nov. 22, 2004 10:10 AM ET USA
The real problem began when national bishop's organizations were allowed to set up their own "Magisterium." Trying to report an abuse when you are required to go through the organization that allows the abuse, effectively cut off conservative communication with the Vatican and dashed hopes for the discipline necessary to correct the abuses. That left a fertile field for increased abuse and accelerated the decline in doctrine and consequent loss of belief in the Real Presence. Quo Vadis USCCB?
Posted by: -
Nov. 21, 2004 2:21 PM ET USA
I did , did you get it?!?
Posted by: -
Nov. 21, 2004 2:20 PM ET USA
It seems that the bishops have a lot to answer for just like the rest of us. It is impossible to look up to these men as we once did thinking that they were doing their job and were morally and ethically just a cut above the rest of us at least and maybe even morally more disciplined than the rest of us. How naive we all were in what we were led to believe. Adulthood = much disillusionment for lack of a better word. Bishops = we don't know anymore. Not much interest in their conference.