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"Do I wish I didn't feel his biceps?"

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 19, 2005

The new bishops' compliance report is out. It was written, apparently, by the folks who make up the warning labels for fireworks (Caution: always use in a safe manner). It's not that they're wrong. It's that in order to be effective adult supervision is required. And that means the warnings are either 1) redundant, or 2) futile. Consider this recommendation from the report (p. 46).

17.1. The Apostolic Visitation of diocesan/eparchial seminaries and religious houses of formation should include the assistance of relevant lay professionals.

Great. But do you think the "relevant lay professionals" will include Steven Brady of Roman Catholic Faithful? Neither do I. Now here's the kind of recommendation that can hunt and come back with a bird in its mouth:

17.x. Replace Bishop Robert N. Lynch.

See? It's simple once you get the hang of it. And it has this advantage over the report's recommendations: that you actually know when it's been carried out.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Feb. 25, 2005 12:40 AM ET USA

    Indeed, Diogenes. The visitators, led by, let's say Bishop Bruskewitz, need to name the actual names, and identify the actual problems, and simply clean the stables.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 19, 2005 1:02 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, "relevant lay professional" was a typo. They meant "relativist lay professional". Personally, I couldn't care less what the auditors report said. I am interested in who does the Apostolic Visitation and whether they are the type of cleric (yes, a cleric, what a concept) who can utter the word "sodomy" without 17 subordinate clauses of hedging. Ideally, the name should provoke seminarians to cry as did Cardinal Pell's name in Australia.

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