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Lesson learned

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 06, 2005

Having maintained a cautious silence while Terri Schiavo was starved to death, Bishop Robert Lynch now comments on the historic event, and draws a lesson for his flock:

My recommendation to you is this: never miss an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones and friends; never let a day pass without telling your parents and children that you love them...

Great stuff, to be sure; worthy of Hallmark. But the bishop doesn't explain what you should do if, while you're trying to spend more time with your parents, a judge orders your execution. He continues:

We live a very fast-paced life; it's easy to forget that life is short.

Actually it just got a lot easier to remember that. Didn't you notice?

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  • Posted by: RC - Apr. 07, 2005 12:26 PM ET USA

    God bless Oprah: she always comes through with some words of wisdom.

  • Posted by: Franko - Apr. 06, 2005 11:19 PM ET USA

    In the headlines section today is a story about a retired bishop visiting an inmate on death row just before his execution. Yet, no bishop could find the time to visit Terri as she was being murdered?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2005 10:25 PM ET USA

    I have one more observation. I was listening to the Schindler's spiritual advisor on Fox News's "Hannity and Colmes" talk of the pain this family is experiencing, especially Bob Schindler Sr. In this context, Bishop Lynch's dishwater comments border on insulting. Where's the outrage? The Schindlers watched their daughter die a horrible death, and their bishop won't unambiguously condemn the injustice. The Schindlers deserve a better bishop.

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Apr. 06, 2005 7:34 PM ET USA

    I find it a shame that more catholics can't come to the realization that we have so many cowardly Bishops

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Apr. 06, 2005 7:33 PM ET USA

    I find it a shame that more catholics can't come to the realization that we have so many cowardly Bishops

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Apr. 06, 2005 6:36 PM ET USA

    It is kind of hard to believe that these comments come out of the mouth of one of those successors of the apostoles. But then again Peter asked if he should pitch tents on mount Tabor. Pray for an extra dose of grace for that man.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2005 5:08 PM ET USA

    I know this adds little to the discourse, but it's pretty funny. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lopez6apr06,1,3760836.column?coll=la-headlines-california "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose." I guess when you're patently NOT papabile, what the h#ll -- the papacy is not yours, might as well enjoy it. Prediction: His Eminence's flack will say coach was sold out, or that his importance to the conclave demanded a well-rested head.

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Apr. 06, 2005 1:40 PM ET USA

    His Lordship bats clean-up for the "Christ holding the kid's baseball bat" wing of the Church. Sappy. Sentimental. Probably not a moron, but pretty good at impersonating one. God allows people like this to rise to high office within the Church to test our faith in the priesthood and episcopacy. The next pope simply has to get control over the apparatus that chooses men to be consecrated bishops. Rather than rubber-stamping lists provided to him, he will have to exercise more care!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2005 11:53 AM ET USA

    Sock it to him, D. What a cowardly wretch !

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2005 10:37 AM ET USA

    I love these ecclesiastics who say love is/conquers all. But they never define real love. It is some vague, warmly emotional, hugging thing. Christ, however, gave one definition. Love is the willingness to undergo crucifixion for the good of another.

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