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By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 11, 2003

The Diocese of Venice, Florida, has an oh-so-cute web poll canvassing opinions on whether bishops should be appointed by the pope or the people. Don't be alarmed -- there's plenty of plausible deniability for Bishop Nevins. The twee lavender script, by the way, is a fitting touch. (Thanks to Mark Shea for the head's-up.)

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 12, 2003 10:10 AM ET USA

    Even with the most intelligent and honest popes ever a bad seed or two was able to creep into power. I shudder to think what would happen in liberal diocese, or even uninformed diocese. Bruce

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Aug. 12, 2003 8:38 AM ET USA

    My imagination shudders at the thought of what we would get if bishops were elected. Imagine the U.S. Synod of bishops infested by such men as Matthew Fox and Fr. Richard McBrien. Fox would probably bring Starhawk (a modern day witch who is on his staff last I heard), and McBrien could chant "it's toast" while they all did a circle dance greeting the four directions.

  • Posted by: shrink - Aug. 11, 2003 10:11 PM ET USA

    Given our current crop of bishops (ala Dallas) perhaps we might not be much worse off if the bishops were elected! This Pope is not well served by his advisors on the picks; notable examples are Weakland, Sullivan, et al. By the way, at the linked webpole, the lavender is a nice touch! But of more interest are the results of the polls, the questions which are slanted well to the left, but the results are rather right leaning from what I gathered on a few samples!

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