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The Bill of Rights and Catch-22

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 04, 2004

Diogenes,

It's commonplace to use the phrase "catch-22" to refer to a bureaucratic snafu. But at one point in Joseph Heller's book, the meaning of the title phrase is explained in clear language: "They can do anything you can't stop them from doing."

In this case, what "they" can do is liturgical abuse.

The Vatican gives us a "Bill of Rights," with a guarantee of proper worship. The faithful have clear rights. Those rights are clearly violated-- not just in LA but all across America.

Now what?

Catch 22.

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 CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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