higher laws, and lower
By Diogenes ( articles ) | Mar 15, 2004
Amen to Phil's enthusiastic commendation of Stephen Galebach's Washington Post article. The first sentence
"If the bishops don't manage the problem, the government will."
Chesterton says somewhere that if we refuse to obey a higher law, we will perforce be obliged to obey a lower: a man walking on an icy sidewalk, if he doesn't obey the law of prudence, will find himself obeying the law of gravity. The bishops have failed catastrophically to hold themselves accountable to the highest law -- the law of charity -- or even to the full sense of canon law (though they sporadically made use of the latter in order to discipline, not their own number, but their subject priests). The disconnect between their preaching and their praxis is as eerie as it is outrageous. There are no Daniels among them. When it's a case of Susanna versus the elders, and the elders are bishops, Susanna gets the chop
Now it's almost inevitable that we'll see more bishops pushed into the back of a police cruiser after sentencing
That doesn't mean justice will be done
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