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By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 05, 2003

We now have a broad sampling of what happens when American bishops are forced to give depositions under oath. Today's latest headline story shows Archbishop Flores to be a bit more short-tempered than his average colleague, but otherwise he fits well within the pattern.

Lawyers are paid to ruffle the composure of witnesses. And bishops are especially vulnerable to the pressures of close cross-questioning, since they are so completely unaccustomed to being held responsible for their statements. It shows.

Then there is another well known reason for being uneasy under questioning: a peril that George Washington neatly avoided when he was grilled about the cherry tree.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Sep. 11, 2003 12:19 AM ET USA

    While some of our Bishops are treading in the deep water, blowing the dust off of Cicero's Defence Speeches, perhaps they could review Cicero's quotation on Natural Law, perserved for all time in, of all places (who'd have thunk it?) the CCC? Not that our kind Bishops have time to familiarize themselves with the CCC, of course. O tempora! O mores!

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Sep. 05, 2003 11:34 PM ET USA

    Telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is a good way to have a deposition run smoothly and to sleep soundly at night. "to specifically irritate and frustrate him".... Sounds like he got a little taste of what it's like to work in the real world for a few minutes.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Sep. 05, 2003 10:41 PM ET USA

    Some sort of strange disconnect between questions that are being asked here and questions that will, with absolute certainity, be asked ...THERE...They don't realize that they are rehearsing for their final destiny.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Sep. 05, 2003 10:15 PM ET USA

    They do seem to fall just a tad short of our Lord and Saviour's example in front of Pontius Pilate, don't they? But then, the Salvation of our Lord and Saviour, and the whole Human race was at stake. But now, its just about surviving intact until "Freedom 75". Right, Archbishop Flores, your Grace?

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