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Buggery Board Commends Bruskewitz for Un-Boffed Boys

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 01, 2006

APRIL FOOL!

Bishop Bruskewitz, on the contrary, was singled out for admonishment by the bishops' Office of Child & Youth Protection. Although the ratio of bloody underpants to active parishes in Lincoln is among the very lowest of all U.S. dioceses, it has "refused to participate" in the OCY's audit compliance process, whence the board's chairwoman "calls for strong fraternal correction" of the bishop.

Considering the number of fully compliant dioceses that are selling their churches in yard sales to raise cash for the busted-boundary bill, considering the number of his confreres at liberty only because they cut deals with the State's Attorney, considering the perjurers and felon-accessories and masseurs of triathletes who remain unrebuked by their episcopal brethren, the threat of "fraternal" correction must be hugely amusing to Bruskewitz.

Who would deliver the remonstrance ... Beeper Ziemann? Tickles Dupre? Archbishop Emeritus Weakland?

Then again, perhaps the bishop of Springfield, Illinois could instruct his Lincoln counterpart on his episcopal duties. True, the Springfield chancellor was found beaten at midnight in a park known as a gay cruising zone and the vicar general's roommate is on fraternity leave and the cops are still having to break up spats between the former bishop and his rent boys -- but the key point at issue is that OCY found Springfield FULLY IN COMPLIANCE with the norms of the Charter and audit.

And, after all, as a people of promise, isn't that what our journey in faith is all about?

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Apr. 05, 2006 4:35 PM ET USA

    Juxtapose this story with the Vagina Monologues story out of Notre Dame and you begin to see the folly in criticizing priests for not enough nails in the barn door, when the dark horse fled the barn 30 years ago. More altar girls, more vagina monologues, more female FBI agent advisers, more women lectors. Its all about the children.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 05, 2006 8:46 AM ET USA

    Sodomized boys? How about “raped children” – that’s completely graphic for anyone with the need for graphic imagery. You are defending the indefensible, a use of language that is demeaning and sensationalistic; in that, you “become like” the enemies of the Church. Masculinity in the priesthood is to follow in the steps of Christ the Lord, not the steps of some “Uncle Di”. I would not encourage my nephews to salute the thinking of an “Uncle Di”. May God keep us FAR AWAY from sin.

  • Posted by: Sir William - Apr. 04, 2006 12:06 PM ET USA

    About Uncle Di's choice of words: Graphic language can also serve to jerk the sleeping awake. Like pictures of abortion shown to those who close their eyes to what it really is, the reality of what was done to these young men should be a slap in everyone's face so there is reluctance to allow it to happen again. 'sodomized boys' is a 'clean' way to say the same thing, but it doesn't bring home the reality the same way. We should never forget the confused young man sobbing alone in the dark

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2006 9:57 AM ET USA

    What amazes me is all the squirming with Bishop B.'s language and Di's image about the underpants. Yes, that's a shocking image, but what is more shocking is how we have homosexual, that's right homosexual perverts as bishops and priests blessing the the body and blood of Christ, shepherds of Christ's flock. Spare me the indignation over a few words and lets develop some masculinity in the priesthood once again. Isn't that why God appointed men as apostles?

  • Posted by: rpp - Apr. 03, 2006 2:07 PM ET USA

    NRB is Political correctness at its best. Two-faced and double standard. It does not matter what you do, just how it appears! NRB implies that Bishop Bruskewitz must be hiding something because he does not agree with them. They gleefully ignore the real scoundrels. Political-correctness IS NOT Christian charity or love. Originating is atheism, it is in utter opposition to the Christian ideal; the two cannot be reconciled!!!!!!! May The Lord richly bless Bishop Bruskewitz.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 03, 2006 8:06 AM ET USA

    Having worked with sexually abused children for more than 30 years, I need no graphic imagery to inspire my rage. For those who do, I suggest they formulate such equations in the silence of their brains. Sensationalism is a part of sexual abuse despite one’s “higher” intent.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Apr. 02, 2006 7:51 PM ET USA

    "bloody underpants." While I have great respect for everyone's sensitivity on the matter, in my opinion, everytime an episcopal shape shifter utters the phrase "its all about the children", this phrase should immediately be juxtaposed.

  • Posted by: Clorox - Apr. 02, 2006 7:09 PM ET USA

    "Rhetorical excess"? Look, a USCCB functionary is accusing Bishop Bruskewitz of something so serious that it requires a public "fraternal correction." Name one of the scoundrel bishops that has been similarly identified by the USCCB: Weakland; Zieman; Ryan; Lynch; Gumbleton; Hunthausen; etc. I'm afraid many of the good Catholic readers on CWNews.com have been Oprah Winfreyized.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Apr. 02, 2006 4:12 AM ET USA

    I do have one question. Leaving aside the issue of Bshp Brusk's rhetorical excess and standing in Canon Law, where, exactly, does a layperson (male or female) get off saying, publicly, that a Bishop should be "fraternally corrected" whilst proporting to speak for an ecclesial review board? Where would she get such an idea unless fed it by a representative of the Bleak House crowd? Telescopic philanthropy indeed.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2006 5:49 PM ET USA

    Those of us who picture what we read very well do not need to be fed brutal images of bloody underpants. A phrase like "sodomized boys" would suffice quite well and not assault your readers with such graphic imagery.

  • Posted by: Clorox - Apr. 01, 2006 5:17 PM ET USA

    Nicholas! Stop punching Arius in the nose! Athanasius caused it all by his dogmatic intransigence! Can't we all just get along? Signed, The mother of Arius, circa 325 A.D.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2006 12:45 PM ET USA

    Finally, this morning I've joined the CWN service, thanks to my tax refund - and yes, I am "that poor". I got that poor honestly, serving the poor according to the Vincentian model of formation. I read CWN and CNS every single morning, on-line, and have quoted both services to great effect. However, I am beyond annoyed with the tone that YOU set, you - Diogenes - because your "light-hearted" vulgarity is stupid. You and your few cronies sound like out-of-control high school boys. Be holy.

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