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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | May 22, 2007

Commenting in a Salon column about the question of excommunication, the irrepressible Frances Kissling remarks that is a bishop lowered the boom, "I could get a book contract, go on a speaking tour and have a couple years of celebrity."

Sorry, Frances, but I think you've already enjoyed those years of celebrity, courtesy of the Playboy Foundation and those other noted feminists who bankrolled your Potemkin-village operation at "Catholics for a Free Choice." And now you've got your little niche at Radcliffe. You've collected the 30 pieces of silver; don't expect another installment.

Still, having admitted that she thinks it would bring her fame and fortune, still Kissling claims-- apparently with a straight face-- that she's been very worried about being thrown into the briar patch excommunicated. So during her tenure at CFFC she relied in supernatural means-- she had "my fingers crossed"-- to avoid that possibility.

But now she's relaxed a bit, because: "As one canon lawyer told me, the church has only the power we give it."

Oh, really? Seems to me that Someone-- not me, not you, not even all of us together-- gave Peter a set of keys.

Ed Peters, who is a canon lawyer says that Kissling needs a new canon lawyer. (For the record, I don't think he's volunteering his services, and I don't think Kissling would want them anyway.) The lady can con the mass media, as she has done for the past 25 years. But the scam won't last forever. Ultimately, Peters asks:

Whom, and I do mean Whom, does she think she would be fooling?

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  • Posted by: - May. 24, 2007 2:05 PM ET USA

    "I can keep taking Communion" There's the problem. We don't "take" Communion; we "receive" Communion. People who grab what is not theirs are at best rude and at worst thieves.

  • Posted by: - May. 22, 2007 6:34 PM ET USA

    Not yet she doesn't!

  • Posted by: - May. 22, 2007 5:36 PM ET USA

    She has her reward.

  • Posted by: - May. 22, 2007 2:21 PM ET USA

    The old "democracy in the Church" bit. Why didn't I know that this is what it's been about with her?

  • Posted by: - May. 22, 2007 1:00 PM ET USA

    How does that song from the "King and I" go, "And when you fool the [Person] you fear, you fool yourself as well." Frances, like each and every human being, will face the moment of truth, either now or at the most frightening and final moment from which there is no return. Let us pray that the Lord does not take her while she sleeps deep in her vile sins that helped to slaughter millions of infants in their mothers' wombs.

  • Posted by: - May. 22, 2007 12:19 PM ET USA

    Poor Frances, so intelligent and yet clueless...

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