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Res ipsa loquitur

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 03, 2003

Analytic philosophers describe some utterances as performatively self-refuting ("I never deny anything") and some as performatively self-ratifying ("Like I never made a big thing like out of my grammar lessons."). The Washington Post provides us with a beautiful specimen of the latter:

The Rev. Richard McBrien, an outspoken University of Notre Dame theologian, agrees. "There is little or no leadership talent in the hierarchy today," he says.

If there were a sufficiency of competent bishops, Fr. McBrien wouldn't be quoted to the contrary, because he'd be telemarketing vinyl siding, roach & wasp-killer, and above-ground pools out of Ellettsville, Indiana.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 03, 2003 5:03 PM ET USA

    I doubt Fr. McBrien would have the skills to sell above-ground pools. I've never seen any pool salesman make a living by sitting around all day issuing decrees against the company he works for while pretending to be the CEO. If Fr. McBrien were to ever leave the priesthood, he'd starve.

  • Posted by: Phil - Jul. 03, 2003 10:49 AM ET USA

    What do you have against Ellettsville?