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Catholic Culture Trusted Commentary

don't ask, don't tell

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Sep 26, 2007

The lead paragraph of the Boston Globe story puts it in a nutshell:

The Episcopal bishops of the United States, attempting to head off a schism over gay rights and biblical interpretation, yesterday promised to "exercise restraint" by not approving more gay bishops and not authorizing a formal ritual for blessing same-sex couples.

Restraint. The key is to avoid giving dissidents any clear justification for their complaints.

"What we were looking for was clarity, and what we got is an exercise in wordsmithing," said Robert Lundy, spokesman for the American Anglican Council, an alliance of conservatives.

Precisely, Robert. And there's more where that came from.

Clarity-- especially in doctrinal matters-- has not been a major consideration for Episcopalians of the past few generations. Think again about restraint. Tasteful restraint, of the sort one associates with St. Paul, or St. Bonaventure, or St. Francis Xavier.

Please stand for the Creed. Use whatever formula you like, but please don't say it aloud; you might upset someone.

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jan. 12, 2010 1:22 PM ET USA

    He was the Master General of the Dominicans? The order that gave us Aquinas, Albertus Magnus, etc? Oh I forgot, they also gave us Schillebeecx.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 01, 2010 10:09 AM ET USA

    "Always affirm, often negate, never distinguish." Spoken like a man who yearns for the spiritual and affective maturity of Fr Ronald Rolheiser, OMI and his "Good Books That Found Me This Year." I await Fr Radcliffe's erstwhile review of The Shack, helpful hints for aesthetic garnish on spinach salad for the holidays, and analysis of the offensive line formations and special teams during the Rose Bowl game.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Dec. 31, 2009 11:02 PM ET USA

    Fr Tim is overdue to have his own "pretensions to glory" demolished. He's a wee bit too fond of his own hyperbole. And then there's the small problem that he seems to want a Church with no hierarchy, forgetting that Christ himself established that hierarchy. And I don't recall Scripture including Him saying that it was temporary, awaiting the arrival of the likes of Fr Tim to point out that it is no longer needed.