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Imagine a Protestant denomination with 400 married ministers. 160 of them sign a petition asking their church governors to permit optional polygamy. Would we be inclined to think that these 160 were conspicuously faithful to the wedding vows they'd already contracted?
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Posted by: Phil -
Aug. 23, 2003 8:30 AM ET USA
And the wives of those 160 hypothetical ministers would have every reason to feel betrayed-- even without any further evidence of philandering. I'm guessing that there would be a lot of ministers sleeping on couches, for a good long while. The Catholic faithful of Milwaukee have been betrayed by these clergymen-- much as they were betrayed by their last archbishop. They should demand concrete action-- not just a few bouquets of flowers-- to restore their trust.
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Aug. 23, 2003 1:53 AM ET USA
Please remember that the problem with the Church in America is that it became too successful and too frightened to impose any discipline. Why else would we have legions of Catholic politicians defying the faith? Why aren't dissidents brought under control? Why have Catholic colleges and universities become second-rate secular institutions? Why are heretical institutions like Call To Actions, VOTF, and 8th Day Center For Justice called on the carpet? Because of the Bishop Wilton Gregorys!
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Aug. 22, 2003 10:31 PM ET USA
Imagine that same denomination and one of its provincial wings in Canada. And lets say that this particular provincial stays conspicuously silent on the HQ position on gay marriage. QED?