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the future that never was

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 04, 2005

Only in Episcopal churches have I received the Eucharist from a woman who consecrated it.

That's Arthur Jones of the NCR, in his editorial "Retrospective," noteworthy for being as frivolous as it is bitter -- qualities rarely found in the same work in the same measure.

Like fellow gnasher-of-teeth Garry Wills, Jones pulled a Lord Jim in the 1960s and broke from the teaching Church, jumping from what he was sure was a sinking ship. She didn't sink. Now Jones, Wills, McBrien and Co. share the same pathetic lifeboat, incensed that no one under the age of 70 sees in them and their project the promised Future. So they entertain each other with stories of the counter-Catholic stunts they pulled as young mustangs: "Top this. I received the Eucharist from a woman who consecrated it, and I'd snarfed a bacon cheeseburger twenty minutes earlier!"

Glory days.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 04, 2005 1:54 PM ET USA

    Have you ever read anyone as smug and self satisfied? Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Arthur. God bless him all the same.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 04, 2005 1:42 PM ET USA

    That was one of the most shameful things I've ever read. How can that so-called e-journal call itself Catholic?? American Anti-Catholic, We-Hate-Catholics, We're-doing-all-we-can-to-destroy-the-Catholic-Church journal. Thank you Jesus to promising us "....and the gates of Hell shall not prevail." Lord, save us and all souls from dissent from Your Truth!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 04, 2005 10:13 AM ET USA

    My opinion is that mustangs act with more dignity than these men.

  • Posted by: Convert1994 - Oct. 04, 2005 10:11 AM ET USA

    Thanks be to God I am Catholic and no longer in the clutches of Episcopalianism! In a Christian wedding there should be two men and one woman at the altar but in the Episcopal church it is often the woman marrying the two men! Priestesses have no place in Christian life. I read Arthur Jones' article with great interest and all I took from it was hate for the Catholic Church. Jesus said we are blessed when we are persecuted for His Name's sake. Jones should become Episcopal.

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