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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 12, 2006

Marci Hamilton, a law professor at Yeshiva University, writes commentary on constitutional issues-- particularly church-state issues-- for the FindLaw web site. Often her insights are quite interesting. Then, every once in a while,... Let's just remember that everybody is human.

In her analysis of the Portland archdiocesan bankruptcy ruling, Hamilton shows the depth of her knowledge about the Catholic Church. See how many errors of fact-- just fact, never mind interpretation-- you can find in these two sentences:

Except for Vatican II, the 1970s encyclical that would have given the laity more power within the Church and which made services more informal, there has been little reason to think the hierarchy ever would have approved having church property land in the hands of parishioners. And Vatican II has not fared well in recent years or under recent Popes.

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  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - Jan. 12, 2006 5:14 PM ET USA

    Ms. Hamilton probably isn't Catholic, but referring to Vatican II as an encyclical from the 1970s is comically ignorant. If she didn't know Vatican II was a council, and she didn't want to spend the ten seconds finding that out, she should have just called it that Vatican II "thingy" rather than trying to sound like she knew what she was talking about. Now we're going to have a bunch of lawyers demanding their right to rule the Church as guaranteed by the 1970's encyclical, Vatican II.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 12, 2006 3:30 PM ET USA

    Spare me, Diogenes! There is nothing as tedious as a "fault-finder." First of all I think it would be safe to say the the professor is not a Catholic... So it would only be polite to lose the magnifying glass. In the main I would say that the dear woman's comments are correct in the practical sense at least... Many priests in the wake of Vatican II have abdicated a portion of their just authority... And as far as Vatican II appearing as an apparent failure... why would you question?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jan. 12, 2006 10:41 AM ET USA

    I think we can safely assume that Thomas Aquinas' On being and essence is beyond her?

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Jan. 12, 2006 9:26 AM ET USA

    That level of ignorance is pretty embarassing.

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