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THAT should teach 'em!

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 22, 2003

Today's Boston Globe has an article with this lead...

The Catholic bishop of Worcester said yesterday that he will not attend commencement tomorrow at the College of the Holy Cross because the Catholic university is awarding an honorary degree to a television talk-show host, Chris Matthews, who supports abortion rights. "I cannot let my presence imply support for anything less than the protection of all life at all its stages," said Bishop Daniel P. Reilly.

...which would be encouraging, were it not for this paragraph in the same story:

Reilly said he is not questioning Holy Cross's commitment to Catholicism. He called the university "a great asset to the Diocese of Worcester and to the wider church," and said, "I am not questioning the fidelity of the College of the Holy Cross to its mission as a Catholic college or its dedication to the mission of the Catholic Church."

Clear, I hope? It should be, because it would be hard to find a more instructive specimen of U.S. episcopal leadership.

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