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a fleeting obsession

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Nov 14, 2006

Overwrought yet again because of the manifold evil done by the Catholic Church, the Boston Globe's James Carroll wrote in a column published on Monday:

When public crises are defined by an immoral American war, universal cuts in social services, violence among young people, resurgent nuclear arsenals, rising global inequity, unprecedented jeopardy of the earth itself, why are the bishops obsessed with this particular question?
The question to which Carroll referred was homosexuality. You know all those public statements the Catholic bishops have made recently, condemning homosexual acts? What? You don't remember hearing any? Never mind; Carroll does.

Again, that column was on Monday. Now on Tuesday, the front page of the Globe carries the leading headline: "Bishops Call for Change on Iraq Policy." Good to know that they've overcome that obsession.

Good to know, too, that the State Department will have the benefit of advice from the American bishops, whose value as strategic thinkers is already established.

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  • Posted by: hUMPTY dUMPTY - Nov. 14, 2006 7:37 PM ET USA

    South Vietnam?? That was the country that barbequed Buddhist monks whilst we were pursuing the anti-domino SE Asia foreign policy in favor of French colonialism. AMDG

  • Posted by: - Nov. 14, 2006 6:38 PM ET USA

    War is always a matter of contingencies. In the fog of war, always be prepared to change plans depending on existing conditions. Way to go bishops! Be sure to apply the same principles on the mess with the sex scandal. Maybe we can even help you take a look at the real causes, eventually.

  • Posted by: Gino - Nov. 14, 2006 11:51 AM ET USA

    It's amazing how quickly the USCCB jumps into this political fray. Where have they been for the last 10 years on politicians receiving Holy Communion after continually voting to support the slaughter of innocent babies. Of course that issue has been "in Committee" for that time.

  • Posted by: chiostroman - Nov. 14, 2006 11:41 AM ET USA

    Not quite right, Di. The Massachusetts bishops did indeed call for lay action in re the marriage ruling, because they wanted the Legislature to feel the heat (that is to say Rome told them it would be a good idea for Legislature to feel the heat, I don't think they care). Carroll's a disgrace, but he didn't make that part up. I'm a big fan. Don't give them an opening.

  • Posted by: Simplicianus - Nov. 14, 2006 9:35 AM ET USA

    Today the US government announced that Vietnam would be dropped from the State Department's “list of nations that severely violate religious freedom.” As someone who has visited VN in recent years, I know first-hand that this is an outrage. Will we hear anything from the bishops on this, as they lead from the caboose on the Iraq war?

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