By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 21, 2004

This just in, from UN headquarters.

The Holy See opposes hunger. (applause)

Champagne reception to follow.

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  • Posted by: Gertrude - Sep. 27, 2004 11:11 AM ET USA

    Mr. Plick As a wife and mother the opportunities for weeping are legion. Admiting my frailties, the opportunity to enjoy the satire of Diogenes is priceless.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Sep. 23, 2004 8:53 PM ET USA

    Dear Gertrude, My dear woman, Jeremiah the Prophet wept constantly, yet in the Book of Maccabees he is seen in a vision as an august, noble and powerful figure. Padre Pio,also, wept for days on end under the weight of his vow of obedience..deprived by the very Church he so loved of his ability to hear confessions and say public Mass and I believe that now he is one of the most exalted Saints of all time.. Let those of us who are strong enough do our weeping now... so that later...

  • Posted by: Gertrude - Sep. 23, 2004 11:05 AM ET USA

    Personally, I'd a lot rather laugh at satire, than howl in grief over the vagueness of our ecclesial authorities pronouncements. If we laugh we can go on fighting the good fight. If we cry, we could be more inclined to give in to discouragement.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2004 9:16 PM ET USA

    Yes, Virginia, Christ did make someone out to be a fool in the Scriptures -- he did make someone feel "especially uncomfortable" -- I believe it was an August reading. Diogenes is satirizing the annual UN ritual deploring hunger while hosting a sumptuous banquet in some impoverished nation (read Mark Steyn). Its only a little less tasteless when they do it in a swanky country like Switzerland. Incidentally, the UN has discovered Sudan.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2004 7:44 PM ET USA

    burp! Excuse my humanity. I suggest, Christians get used to fasting so, others who live in hunger every day, may recieve their charity.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2004 6:59 PM ET USA

    Hmmm... suddenly so many are outraged at Diogenes' belittling others. Could it be that he has ridiculed someone they adore? What about all the ridicule of the past against those with whom so many of you disagree? Where were your voices then? Is it ridicule you object to or ridicule against those you happen to support, so "faithfully"?

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Sep. 22, 2004 3:05 PM ET USA

    Dear Dan W, I agree with you..., However, it must be observed that a certain "increase in courage" is needed to make direct statements... This web-site is not generally noted for prophetic rebukes... JP

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2004 2:21 PM ET USA

    Just returned from Mass. I feel much better. A post, which outlined some reasons why it could be wiser for the cardinal to divert his efforts somewhere other than the UN, might very well be considered charitable. A post, however, specifically designed to make its readers snicker at the errancy of the cardinal, is not. Had Diogenes done the former, I would never have objected to this post. It IS possible to express disagreement without belittling the object of one's disagreement.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2004 11:45 AM ET USA

    Diogenes’ ridicule IS charitable. His love for the Church compels him to publicly rebuke the Card. when his actions risk scandalizing the faithful via his support of an organization (UN) that clearly opposes Gods law. Why not deliver the speech at Rome? Card. Sodanos speech at the UN lends moral authority to a morally vacuous organization that supports abortion, contraception, homosexual rights, gun control, redistribution of wealth and an international tax on wealthy countries.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2004 11:18 AM ET USA

    "Ridicule is exactly what Sodano deserves." Wow. I'm at a complete loss for words. Christ was known to have gotten angry at folks when it was called for. But did he ever ridicule ANYONE??? ever??? Starting immediately I must strengthen my prayer life, and specifically pray for an increase in the virtue of charity in the world.

  • Posted by: Gertrude - Sep. 22, 2004 11:11 AM ET USA

    I think the point is that Sodano, like most of the US bishops, says many things, and never says anything. As for the UN, they have as great a capacity for evil as they do for good, and mostly we see the evil.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2004 9:57 AM ET USA

    Ridicule is exactly what Sodano deserves. The Vatican urges the U.N to fund hunger relief but says virtually nothing about the many feckless and, in some cases, destructive programs that are run by that same body. Forget Sodano. How about JPII making a “pilgrimage” to the U.N. and asking them to use some of the money they waste on promoting contraception & abortion on agricultural aid. Maybe JPII could urge Kofi and his boys to give up a few of the $ they filched from the oil-for-food program.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2004 8:59 AM ET USA

    Abraham - I'm not kidding. I'm also not saying the UN is the perfect vehicle of all that is good and holy. It's a very imperfect organization. But it does have SOME authority in the world, and can wield that for good or ill. I for my part don't see any good in ridiculing the cardinal like this for the "sin" of speaking out against hunger at the UN. If Diogenes disagrees with him on the wisdom of this, fine. Stick to discussing the issue. This ridicule is simply uncharitable.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 21, 2004 6:27 PM ET USA

    Well done, Diogenes. I would think that Cardinal Sodano appreciates the extra press time with your coverage of his eminence's statements that are indeed earthshaking and profound. The oil-for-food cartel, aka "the U.N.", will no doubt be so impressed that it will act immediately to respond. And his excellency, prez of the USCCB, Bishop Gregory, should be forthcoming with a poignant "We have been enlightened" press release within the week.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2004 5:18 PM ET USA

    Dan W-you must be kidding. The UN lacks real authority & is a complete fraud. This same UN allowed Sudan, of all countries, a 3rd term on the Human Rights Commission! These cardinals would do well to stop pandering to the UN & Koffi Annan & start directing their criticism there vice the criticism it so eagerly directs to the US. Cardinal Sodano should be urging a war on the terrorists & despots who are the root cause of hunger but that would mean taking real action.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2004 3:25 PM ET USA

    Come on! Sometimes I wonder why I bother with "Off The Record", Diogenes! Surely we need a little more depth! In response to Mr.Lawlers comment re. the many foreign subscribers to CWN&what they get out of it-can I say that I have learnt a great deal about the Catholic Church since I joined.I had a misguided, childlike impression of perfection before I was introduced to the American brand of Catholicism&all that goes with it! Irrigardless, I love my God and His imperfect and human Church!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2004 3:18 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, What possible good is being served by scoffing at Sodano's remarks like this? So what if the Holy See is against hunger... So was Jesus. (Matthew 25:35) Regarding hypocrisy, they're no more hypocritical than you or I might be, sitting here, well-fed, at our computers, while children in Africa & elsewhere are starving. I'm grateful Sodano is at least trying to influence a powerful body that can do something about it.