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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 06, 2007

Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton worries that the Pope's motu proprio "may prove seriously divisive."

It's good of him to mention his concern in a private letter to the Holy Father.

Oh, wait. That wasn't a private letter. He was quoted in the Daily Telegraph.

Bishop Conry continued that the Pope's message "might send out an unfortunate signal that Rome is no longer fully committed to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council..."

That would be unfortunate indeed. But how would the Pope's message give that impression? Is there something in the text?

No, there isn't. Bishop Conry has the text, so he knows that. But readers of the Telegraph don't have it yet, so the bishop is helping to prepare them, by encouraging them to think that it will be "unfortunate."

And remember, the Pope is the one who's being divisive.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 7:30 PM ET USA

    For some reason Gil's link didn't work either but I did get the piece thanks to Gil. Click on "Features" then on "2002" then on January and there it is.Scroll down and read about this good Bishop strolloing around Pallazola holding hands with his girl-friend just shortly before his elevation to the Episcopacy. This having been reported to the Vatican! It also says that he was a disaster as Media spokesman when at Westminster.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 6:51 PM ET USA

    Yes. This is going to be divisive. Our family is split. The older folks argue that the clown Mass at the cathedral is fun and enlightening with everyone involved. The younger people - teenagers and small children included - want to attend the Latin Mass because they're tired of being bored with silliness, embarrassed by red mylar baloons on Pentecost, and they'd like to know why they're Catholic.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 3:19 PM ET USA

    Uncle Di at his best in "the liturgical Edsel" and "team player" here above! Short. Sweet. Funny. Bitch-slaps his opponent, but using the very arguments his opponent was putting forth. And as an extra, we get insight on the duplicitous strategies used by the Church's enemies. I'll say it again: Uncle Di for Pope!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 2:18 PM ET USA

    It's not hard to imagine what would happen to one of Conry's priests if he dared to suggest that he, Conry was "divisive." Lack of "respect and obedience" and "unsuitable for ministry" and all of that.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 2:07 PM ET USA

    patriot6908's link doesn't work very well. Try http://www.christianorder.com/features/features_2002/features_jan02.html. If you don't want to read all of the (very interesting) piece, just scroll down. There's a headline for the Most Rev. Conry.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 1:50 PM ET USA

    As my old dad would have said, Conry needs his arse kicked up betwixt his sholderblades.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 11:37 AM ET USA

    Perhaps Bp. Conry has also spent too much time in the Zen meditation garden with Bp Gumbleton. Hasn't there been quite a lot of division for say, some 40 years or thereabouts? Ah, well, its understandable that he might be unaware of it, especially if he gets his news about the Church via the mass media.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 11:23 AM ET USA

    If one googles Kieran Conry, a link to http://www.christianorder.com/index.html opens to a British Catholic site that lists some rather disturbing news about his Excellency's own rather divisive behavior and attitudes--however, behavior that is not uncommon among own progressive Catholic brethren. I suppose the same follies can be seen in prelates in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Ca. and Rochester, New York, and in the meditation garden of retired Bishop Gumbleton.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 11:13 AM ET USA

    I am always pleased to see bishops exercise their office by instructing his flock in the ways of the faith. Our Holy Father should be pleased.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 10:58 AM ET USA

    I get it. I can call those who disagree with me "divisive" while those who agree with me are "open-minded," "progressive," or my all-time favorite, "pastoral." Yes, allowing the Tridentine Mass to be celebrated is a slap in the face to the great numbers of people who had been petitioning the Vatican to provide a "liturgy" more meaningful to the people back in the 1960's. Oh, wait. There wasn't a lot of people desiring that the Mass be changed back then.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 10:44 AM ET USA

    At least Bishop Conry's remarks may serve to distract attention from his own record on clerical child abusers.

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