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His Slowliness

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 25, 2005

Doing its best to loosen rivets at key junctural points of orthodoxy, U.S. Catholic passes on advice addressed to the Pope by thirteen hostile women, the least rancorous of whom is Joan Chittister:

We will all come to [truth] slowly, with more or less reluctance, with more or less insight into the meaning of it for us in the here and now because people develop at different rates as a result of different experiences. I want to tell you that in periods such as these, we may all stand at different points on this continuum of growth and development.

Got that? It's not that Pope Benedict is necessarily evil. He's just a slow learner.

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  • Posted by: scunoology - May. 29, 2005 1:35 AM ET USA

    So many theologians. Such a dirth of wisdom!

  • Posted by: opraem - May. 27, 2005 8:29 AM ET USA

    maybe fr reese, late of 'america,' will be giving job seeking advice to the editor of 'us catholic' in the near future.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - May. 26, 2005 7:41 PM ET USA

    I know it's a tragic that these women have been seduced down dark paths by feminist nonsense. However, after seven years in the Church these women has begun to just bore me beyond description.

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2005 7:04 PM ET USA

    There is not in Chittister's quoted comment any suggestion that the Pope is evil. Neither does she suggest that he, MORE than any other person, comes to the truth slowly. You're the slow learner here, Diogenes.

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2005 9:33 AM ET USA

    Sister Chittister is obviously being self-referential, although unintentionally. Her own arrival at the truth is taking a very long time, and her reluctance is more rather than less.

  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - May. 26, 2005 9:31 AM ET USA

    These anti-Catholic letters show the US Catholic to be in the business of religious persecution since faithful Catholics follow Christ by being obedient to their pastors in communion with our Lord’s Vicar (CCC 87 & 100). “All the Church's children should remember that their exalted status is to be attributed not to their own merits but to the special grace of Christ. If they fail moreover to respond to that grace… not only shall they not be saved but they will be the more severely judged." (VII)

  • Posted by: Zoromyster - May. 25, 2005 7:27 PM ET USA

    I think I know why most of these women are not married.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - May. 25, 2005 4:09 PM ET USA

    U.S. Catholic? The voice of Claretian heresy? They ran their U.S. Catholic bookstore into the ground in Chicago due to their rather eclectic tastes. I think that they had more books on Buddhist cooking tips than on Catholic matters. As for Rosemary R. R., please God, let her find a warm climate to cure her cognitive asthma. But at least we all recognize that Sr. (sic) Joan is just about to fall off "the continuum of growth and development" into the sandbox that she missed as a child.

  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2005 3:56 PM ET USA

    Correction, D: he's a man.

  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2005 2:10 PM ET USA

    So many 'theologians'... So little knowledge...

  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2005 2:02 PM ET USA

    And if he doesn't learn fast enough, the dissidents may break off an announce the following: Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum; habemus Mamam: Eminentissima ac Reverendissima Soror, Soror Joanna Chittister qui sibi nomen imposuit Gaia I

  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2005 12:25 PM ET USA

    I am so totally fed up with these darn stupid women! As a woman, I am ashamed of those of my gender who would not know truth if it bit them! The gall of them, telling the Pope what he should do! I hope I remember to pray for them at Mass this evening.

  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2005 12:10 PM ET USA

    Joan's lack of Faith is showing, which is why she writes drivel. We are called to and were created for the truth. Or, as the pagan Aristotle says, we, by nature, desire to know [the truth]. But I don't believe for an Amchurch picosecond that we will all come to the truth - too many people refuse to drink - unless of course she is referring to the final judgement before Christ, the Truth.

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