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This day in history

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jan 11, 2005

If you are a loyal Catholic, born in Boston on the same day that Bernard Law was appointed archbishop, happy birthday!

You're now 21, so you can legally order a drink.

And if you've been watching the course of Church history in Boston, you'll need it.

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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jan. 12, 2005 8:18 PM ET USA

    Sorry, Pier Giorgio. I'm WITH Phil and Diogenes. If we wait for a perfect man to comment on the so very imperfect, all of us will have to remain silent till He returns. Which, I know, would suit the bishops very well.

  • Posted by: Zoromyster - Jan. 12, 2005 6:36 PM ET USA

    << You're now 21, so you can legally order a drink. And if you've been watching the course of Church history in Boston, you'll need it. >> Phil Acutally Phil, I think the real problems started about twenty years earlier in the 60's when the secular world started enjoying the "freedoms" brought about by the enlightenment of "selective morality" and the Church in the US started teaching it.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 12, 2005 11:54 AM ET USA

    Bottoms up!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 12, 2005 9:32 AM ET USA

    A drink never resolves any conflict or dissolves any issue, but it may help to relax the conflict long enough to formulate a viable plan of attack. The unfortunate hazard is that you will be sorely tempted to take more than one, and that ultimately multiplies the problems. Cheers!

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 11, 2005 11:25 PM ET USA

    I agree with you Gil. Though the heirarchy has made itself easy targets for puns, satire, jokes, etc., there comes a point where Christian charity is offended. Certainly much of the writing by the 2 you mention sheds light where it might need be shed...brilliantly in some cases. But one might wonder if even gifted people like them misuse their gifts and become blind to their own sin. The sequence above seems to really be grasping for an excuse to let go an arrow that should've remained sheaved.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 11, 2005 9:53 PM ET USA

    ...and it's been three years since sexual relations with your priest changed from "felony" to "inappropriate." You've come a long way, baby...

  • Posted by: - Jan. 11, 2005 9:13 PM ET USA

    Gil, CWN tends to play down that "transparency" that's so in vogue when it comes to its anonymous contributors. Phil...uh, anybody born 21 years ago can legally order a drink. Being Catholic, (loyal or not) or a native Bostonian has about zilch to do with it.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jan. 11, 2005 5:26 PM ET USA

    Great comment. What the world needs more of is wise-crackers. It's not fair for one organization (CWN) to have two masters of the art, Phil and Diogenes. (Assuming, of course, that they are separate individuals. Since Diogenes is pseudonymous we don't really know, do we?)

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Jan. 11, 2005 2:53 PM ET USA

    Its only been a short time since Law left, but, nothing has changed and it appears nothing will change. All the heretics are still making their noise without reprimand!

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