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from the mouths of babes ... and bishops

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 19, 2005

Catholic bishop:

The Group of 8 met last week. The eight richest nations in the world. Have you read what they decided? Not really much for the benefit of all the people of the earth. The United States wasn't even willing to sign an accord to try to lessen the damage we're doing to the environment through human activity that's bringing a warming of the whole planet that eventually will destroy us. No, that would hurt our economy, the president said. It's selfishness, greed. Isn't that what Jesus says. The word falls in that kind of ground and it gets choked. We don't listen.

I'm confident that what Isaiah said, what Paul said, what Jesus said, it's true! God has sent the word among us and that word tells us how to change this world so that it will not be a place where evil has the upper hand. That it will change it so that it will be a world of peace, true peace will prevail.

Catholic second grader:

Which one comes closer to sharing what you understand as the Catholic faith?

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jul. 20, 2005 12:04 AM ET USA

    Classic, Diogenes. Just classic. What a juxtaposition! Indeed, the Roman Catholic second-grader has a much better understanding of the Faith than the disobedient, dissident Bishop Gumbleton, a bishop who is clearly long overdue for retirement. Truly, this should be a handout at the next USCCB meeting... as part of the bishops' catechetical material on instituting fraternal correction and Canon 401-2. Pope Saint Leo the Great, pray for us.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 19, 2005 5:41 PM ET USA

    I love how succinctly a child can offer us the proper take on the truth. God bless all the catechists who strive, against an overwhelming tide of "global consciousness" blather, to restore the simple trust and innocence of Catholic instruction.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 19, 2005 5:03 PM ET USA

    The Bishop is trying to say: "Be kind to your webfooted friends, because a duck could be someone's mother." We are an Easter people.

  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Jul. 19, 2005 4:37 PM ET USA

    It's wonderful how a second grader can captured the faith so beautifully while a bishop is just plain full of malarkey. I know it's not going to change any time soon, but I look forward to the day when silly old men who talk about the G8 (he's probably the only person who thinks the G8 has any relevance today...) just fade away to a grown up second grader who talks about God, their flocks, the sacraments and our saints. God willing....

  • Posted by: - Jul. 19, 2005 2:55 PM ET USA

    Beautiful! Thank you, Diogenes, for bringing this to the attention of us few on this website. And also thanks to the Catholic Second Grader! I had thought that the religious instruction of our youth was completely forgotten or overlooked. It looks as if that isn't entirely true. Does anyone know what the Bishop's comment is all about? ...

  • Posted by: - Jul. 19, 2005 12:05 PM ET USA

    That's because our young Catholic has been entrusted to Dominicans -- Sisters and, you'll notice, they wear the full habit. Read this excerpt from their 6 point mission statement: "To provide students with the freedom of a liberal arts education so that with the development of skills and a strong academic foundation they may fulfill their God-given vocation."

  • Posted by: - Jul. 19, 2005 11:36 AM ET USA

    Where to begin: I thought that the Church was created so that their would would "not be a place where evil has the upper hand"; of course, that place is supervised by bishops so so much for the "word fall[ing] in that kind of ground and it get{ing] choked." I had also always thought that, like St. Paul, we are called to be holy (which will result in inheriting True peace), but not called to force others to be holy nor politically correct: we are not called to be Puritans.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 19, 2005 10:52 AM ET USA

    Well, what do you want from a bishop who thinks that Judy Blume is scripture and a man who is the most sought after prelate by the Heterodox Pride Movement? Bishop Gumbleton has all the knowledge of the world situation in terms of the root causes of poverty, the environment, terrorism amnd war and "women's" issues as the editors of the Nation. Which is to say simply Marxist-Leninism mixed with root beer.