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threats we can live with

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 14, 2005

Rachel Zoll reports that the Doomsday Doc has provoked some of the least shudder-producing threats ever uttered:

Anticipating the Vatican pronouncement, some gay priests are discussing collectively staying away from pulpits on a Sunday to show how much the church relies on them. Other priests said they were considering revealing their sexual orientation to parishioners. Some are contemplating "outing' gay bishops who would be called upon to enforce the new guidelines.

Please, gentlemen, put all three plans into action. This is a lesson you need to teach us often. And while you're at it, take the rest of the week off.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 03, 2006 8:57 PM ET USA

    Vice is a creature of such frightful mien, That to be hated, needs but to be seen. But seen to oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace. Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Endure = "Toleration" Pity = "Compassion" Embrace = "Affirm"

  • Posted by: BostonBlackey - Nov. 16, 2005 7:20 PM ET USA

    Some are contemplating "outing' gay bishops who would be called upon to enforce the new guidelines. I do agree with that part of the statement. EVERY gay bishop should be outed; only then will we, the faithful, know what we are fighting and the size of the battle.

  • Posted by: Janet Baker - Nov. 14, 2005 7:23 PM ET USA

    I say to them, "OK, Padres! Bring it on!!!!!"

  • Posted by: Novus744 - Nov. 14, 2005 1:42 PM ET USA

    That's wonderful news, Diogenes! Maybe those same gay priests should hold their breaths; they haven't done THAT in a while.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 14, 2005 1:21 PM ET USA

    This threat of "outing" or "I'm not preaching" shows that gay priests are dedicated most to their cultish subculture.The world was not created yesterday.Fifty years ago and every year before that in recorded history, homosex. was regarded as a perversion,or a tolerated exception in the most licentious culture.Only now in this Orwellian future is the whole past obliterated.David and Jonathon were not gay, neither was Achilles. If every gay priest left, God would provide.We do not depend on gays.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Nov. 14, 2005 12:04 PM ET USA

    Be careful what you ask for. What will the people of the Church do, if this occurred? Will they rise up and oust the scoundrels? Or will they blissfully ignore the gay priest’s hypocrisy, focusing instead on what a caring person he is or his inspiring homilies/liturgies/etc? If we learned nothing from the pedophilia scandal, we should have learned that while Catholics condemn the amorphous “them,” they will protect and succor their own priest/bishop, even when credible allegations are lodged.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Nov. 14, 2005 12:02 PM ET USA

    You're fired! You can't fire me, I quit! I only fired you for a week! I'll stay away from the pulpit on Sunday! You have to avoid using dangling participles! I'm drawing imaginary pink triangles during my meditations. Ok, you can stay.

  • Posted by: Canismater - Nov. 14, 2005 11:58 AM ET USA

    The Lord works in mysterious ways...

  • Posted by: major - Nov. 14, 2005 11:50 AM ET USA

    i must have been sick that day in seminary when they taught 'gay' and priest went together. I have labored under the assumption that priest and Christ go together. Silly me.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 14, 2005 11:43 AM ET USA

    How delightful to ponder the idea of homosexual priests "outing gay bishops". Perhaps said bishops might retailiate against said homosexual priests by removing them from ministry. If only it could happen.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 14, 2005 11:06 AM ET USA

    Reminds me of the old Frank Burns line: "If you leave me, Margaret, I'll do myself an injury." Right.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Nov. 14, 2005 10:16 AM ET USA

    Sadly for us, none of these is likely to happen. Why? Because if they were to take any of these courses of action, the secrecy upon which they rely for promotions and advancements will collapse in upon itself. They, in this matter at least, are hoist by their own petard.

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