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Another important doctrinal development from the hierarchy

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 03, 2003

The Italian bishops have issued a message for that country's Thanksgiving Day, in which they announce that "water is certainly one of God's most essential gifts for life."

Remember the dufflepuds in C.S. Lewis' Voyage of the Dawn Treader, creatures who ran around pointing out the obvious: "Water, powerful wet stuff, eh?"

Seriously, I'm grateful when any utterance made by a Catholic bishop, upon examination, can be shown not to weaken the deposit of the faith. Let them issue pastoral letters on solving crossword puzzles, and improving lawn care, and making sour cream-vegetable dip.

On the same lines, whenever anyone from the Right or Left suggests that the US bishops are conservative, I ask them to consider the fact that every orthodox Catholic would be delighted if, at their national meetings, the US bishops did nothing -- nothing whatever -- and left the Church no worse than they found it the week before. Even when the good guys manage to muster the vote to block a 2/3 majority on liturgy or doctrine we feel a wild urge to celebrate -- like Viet Cong villagers when a napalm canister comes through the roof of the cottage and fails to explode.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2003 8:41 PM ET USA

    It seems we could be thankful to God just as easily with a good single malt Scotch. So, Sterling go ahead and have your glass of water, Diogenes and me will be in the bar.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Nov. 05, 2003 9:28 PM ET USA

    Tell the truth, Diogenes, did you remember to thank the Lord for water lately? I'm grateful when any utterance from a bishop reminds this lazy, selfish person (me) to thank God for everything I take for granted. Now, if all that little Episcopal utterance actually resulted in was reminding a person or two to thank God for water, don't you think that pleased the Divine Heart? And that's something, isn't it? Why not pour yourself a glass of water and consider whereof you drink?

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2003 8:05 PM ET USA

    A sort of "Primum, non nocere" for bishops, eh, Diogenes?

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Nov. 03, 2003 6:04 PM ET USA

    You make me concerned for your basic well-being, Diogenes. You sound a bit more cynical and less humorous. Don't let repeated exposure to darkness get to you! God after all is light, with no shadow or turning, and with all due respect to the genuinely sincere and trustworthy Bishops that there truly are, far more excellent than any earthly Bishop. "Remember, you should extol His work, which men have praised in song..." Job 36:24, and Philippians 4:8-9.Remember to pray, and detoxify yourself! JP

  • Posted by: - Nov. 03, 2003 4:53 PM ET USA

    Could we get Lucy to sneak upstairs and read the spell that takes the politically correct spell off the bishops and the silly spell and the head in the sand spell and the wimp spell and the ... . And, maybe there is a spell she can read that removes the brain block that keeps them from remembering that they are, in fact, Catholic bishops. Perhaps, they could also remember that Aslan told Lucy that that he follows his own rules.