Successors of the Apostles - PG 13

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 18, 2004

Bishops and archbishops from across the nation called emergency press conferences yesterday and joined their priests in denouncing Massachusetts's same-sex marriage inauguration and rallying the faithful to resist and oppose similar measures with every means at their disposal.

OK, maybe they didn't do that exactly. But if you check out the USCCB website you see they did see fit to tell us about a movie called 13 Going on 30, which they commend as a "breezy romantic comedy-fantasy about a gawky 13-year-old who, after wishing she was an adult, wakes up in the body of a sexy and successful woman, only to discover popularity and success isn't all it is cracked up to be, and may in fact, ruin her one chance at true love." Cute, your excellencies; thanks for the tip.

I see Deal Hudson and others are disappointed that the USCCB appears to have gone wobbly in its support of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Well, we must remember that the bishops are very busy men, and that the FMA is a very complex issue that requires study. Study and prayer. Study, prayer, and a nuanced appreciation of diversity.

I think we sometimes underestimate just how demanding a job the bishops have, what with meetings, and confirmations, and, well, other confirmations. Everybody's favorite bishop Reggie Cawcutt spoke to this in confessing how much he liked to head "off to Pringle Bay, when all the church stuff is over." Saint John Fisher said much the same somewhere.

Of course, this doesn't mean that you're on your own. If marriage is your "thing," and you feel strongly about the FMA, there are very probably Mormons in your area who can help. And don't miss Going on 30 while you're at it.

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  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2004 11:35 AM ET USA

    Seems a bit late: as the horse is out of the barn. Where was the censure when the judges overstepped their constitutional role to foist abomination upon Massachusetts?

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2004 10:45 AM ET USA

    Hey, the Bishops are busy reviewing Hollywood fluff for the faithful. And what do they know about the sacramental nature of marriage, anyway?

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2004 10:05 AM ET USA

    Deal Hudson appears to be disappointed that, after being invited to the Orthodox Catholic petting zoo, the cage handlers have left he and others who walk on all fours without much in the silverware to eat or drink. The problem, of course, is that other rational animals (who live in other cages) have discerned that the real action is happening in the see through jugs of grape juice and plates of wonderbread over the in the LA cage maintained by Cardinal "The Lion Tamer" Mahony.

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2004 10:01 AM ET USA

    Study and prayer are very important when you are trying to come up with a moral position that offends no one ... no one except, perhaps, Almighty God. Perhaps we need a few bishops who are police officers, jet pilots, emergency physicians, plumbers - people who are used to making complicated decisions rapidly "on the fly." It would be refreshing to see another Bp Sheen on TV someday teaching the truth with certainty and confidence!