danger: feeble & irrelevant loners!

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 25, 2004

Eugene Kennedy warns us against the alarming trend of erratic independence among U.S. bishops, against a rising tide of doctrinal evaporation, against men so timid and unimaginative as to break ranks entirely with the regiment that earned us the Dallas Capitulation:

While Bruskewitz struts and frets in this brief moment on the stage, the important thing is to notice he is standing alone, that no other bishop has aligned himself with his erratic position, that he is, as he advertises himself, out of step with the bishops who are trying to manage their way through the greatest crisis in American Catholic experience. ...

Bishop Andrew Burke of LaCrosse, Wis., might as well be speaking to the dairy herds that graze in his diocese when he proposes to deny the Eucharist to Catholic officeholders who support the "pro-choice" position.

Just to make it plain: the important point about Bruskewitz is that he is alone. By himself. And if you remember what you learned on the playground in the seventh grade, you know alone is a bad place to be. It's so bad, in fact, that Kennedy changed Raymond Burke's name to Andrew to mitigate Burke's disgrace. To imagine that abortion -- I mean, of course, the "pro-choice" position -- is morally serious enough to imperil communion is a stance so ludicrous as to be audible only by Morlino, Ratzinger, Wojtyla, and other slow-moving ruminants.

Thanks, Prof, for clearing that up for us. Incidentally, as your memory of Macbeth seems a little fuzzy, I wonder if you've read Jean Rostand:

It is terrifying to see everything that one detested in the past coming back wearing the colors of the future.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 28, 2004 2:52 PM ET USA

    Wasn't it Oscar Wilde who said "I won't join any club that would have me as a member."?

  • Posted by: Sterling - Jan. 28, 2004 8:44 AM ET USA

    The appeal of liberalism for many liberals is being "in," so, Kennedy WOULD construe B's alone-ness as a negative. Liberals are the high school kids who wanted to be popular. That's why they'll always wail nonsense like: "But Europe won't LIKE us!" (Who cares?) The lyrics of their self-melody are: I'm in with the in crowd, I go where the in-crowd goes, I'm in with the in-crowd, and I know what the in-crowd knows."

  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2004 3:33 PM ET USA

    Perhaps he had been dreaming of Fr. Greeley becoming archbishop.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jan. 25, 2004 10:47 PM ET USA

    Indeed, let us pray that such orthodox bishops -- Bruskewitz (Lincoln), Curtiss (Omaha), Burke (St. Louis), Morlino (Madison), Chaput (Denver), George (Chicago), Vigneron (Oakland), Nienstedt (New Ulm), Ratzinger (Rome) -- and many more stand with the Holy Father to promote and defend Church Teaching... vs.the Mahonys/Weaklands/Pilarczyks/Trautmans/others who mislead/misguide the faithful with dancing dragons at Mass, and actual demands that Catholics show less reverence for the Eucharist.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2004 9:33 PM ET USA

    Burke joins a long and distinguished line of Catholic crazies: Athanasius, Edmund Campion, Thomas More etc. I mean, its not as though this type of behaviour will make you a Saint or anything, so, like, what's up with that?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2004 2:27 PM ET USA

    Elijah stood alone, too, and he won. Or, I should say God won. He always does in the end. Also, God told Elijah that there were 7,000 who had not bowed their kneel to Baal. There is always a remnant. If only more of our bishops were part of it. We have some good ones but they are so badly out-numbered. Pray for Bishop Bruskewitz.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 25, 2004 1:17 PM ET USA

    Fleeing from the threat of "Hell" is NOT behavior that I personally would consider "erratic." But by all means, Mr. Kennedy, let us not interfere with you and your crowd's "free-will" perrogative to stay in the burning buildng of your own apostasy. I would pray though (for your sake) that when Divine Justice dawns and you begin to feel the heat that there is enough mercy left for someone to break into your misery and pull you out of the flames.