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A Commentator’s Time and Energy Test

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | May 31, 2012

I wanted to add another vote of confidence for those who are working so hard to expose Planned Parenthood, but that would have involved a careful critique of the incomplete treatment of lying in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and a reminder that catechisms are conveniences, not definitive statements of the Magisterium.

Then I wanted to laugh, with my colleague Phil Lawler, at those in the press who are portraying Vatileaks as a bigger problem for the Church than sexual abuse. But Phil had already done it, and if I were to add anything, I would have had to mount a serious discussion of the inevitable problem of worldliness among ecclesiastical persons, and what that implies (and does not imply) about the nature of the Church.

Then I hoped to say something intelligent about the tactic, used in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, of “buying out” abusers to hasten their departure from the priesthood. But this has rather complex ramifications which can only, in the end, be sorted out by prudence, resulting in decisions about which good people can disagree.

Those who read my work know I am challenged by brevity. Some days, if I get started, I’ll never get a chance to stop!

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

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