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First things first

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Aug 06, 2003

The Episcopal convention, having approved the appointment of a bishop who is engaged in a same-sex union, will now take up the question of whether same-sex unions are a good thing.

Leaving aside the objective merits of the case(s), doesn't it strike you that, logically, the questions should have been taken up in a different sequence?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 06, 2003 9:19 PM ET USA

    The three books were: "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," "Everything I Ever Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten," and, of course, Erma Bombeck's classic "The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank." Oh, and there was a John Chick pamplet on the urinal in the bathroom, but I don't think it was part of the collection.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 06, 2003 9:15 PM ET USA

    I don't think logic is where we need to start with this. In order to fully understand what's happening with the Episcopalians we have to have a grounding in Christo-pagan theology. Having spent many days in the bowels of the Episcopal Theology Library (a large Gothic building with miles of bookshelves but, curiously, only three books) I have been able to distill the essence this theology and its ordering of human relations: "I get to do whatever I want and if you leave you lose your retirement!"