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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 13, 2005

Here's Springfield Bishop George Lucas talking about Msgr. Eugene "Risky" Costa:

"I think he's also coming to grips with the enormity of support for him," Lucas said.

The malapropism fits better than the intended meaning

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  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 14, 2005 12:01 AM ET USA

    just for the record. "enormity" 1.The quality of passing all moral bounds; excessive wickedness or outrageousness. 2. A monstrous offense or evil; an outrage. [cf. dictionary.com]

  • Posted by: Fr. Walter - Jan. 13, 2005 9:10 PM ET USA

    The police knew about his pattern of inappropriate behavior, and at least one parishioner claims he knew about it, but the diocese and bishop never heard about it. Sorry, I don't believe it. Notice that the bishop never mentions God, the Gospel, penance, Confessions, grace, sin, heaven, hell, or anything even remotely religious... because he is a CEO not a shepherd. The only mistake he made in the eyes of the Bishop is to embarrass the diocese by getting beaten and thus caught. God help us.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jan. 13, 2005 6:40 PM ET USA

    I, too, laughed at the bishop's ignorance of the meaning of the word enormity. But the worst thing in his talk to Msgr. Costa's supporters is that he didn't have the spine to tell them to their faces to forget it: they would never see him again.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 13, 2005 5:10 PM ET USA

    I think the saddest commentary on this is Bp. Lucas' statement that he : "...plans to convene a meeting of all the diocese's priests to re-emphasize the necessity of moral behavior." And in other news, Moses convened a meeting of the People of Israel to re-emphasize the Ten Commandments... Pathetic.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 13, 2005 3:22 PM ET USA

    What a teacher! I mean can't you see St. Paul, St. Thomas, or St. James all through Bp. Lucas. What does the Bishop read when he is not reading the New Testament?

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Jan. 13, 2005 1:23 PM ET USA

    We cannot expect our priests to be saints in some ideal sense but neither should we fudge the appearance that Fr. C. had some serious problems that required more than the ultimate touch-feely therapy that the Church employs. Fr. could have been an occasional sumble-down drunk passed out on the rectory steps...would this have garnered the same support for his otherwise great leadership? If I am a great dad, do my occasional immoral lapses get overlooked? Can I justify wrong by noting a right?

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