Episcopal Rhetoric quiz

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 08, 2005

Which of the following paragraphs was actually written by an American prelate, about a meeting for priests of his diocese, and which are parodies?

  • We will have some expert guides to bring us through the discussions of this brief period, and I am sure that our liturgies will be filled with life and beauty and will be models that we can all bring back to our own parishes and institutions. The best part of the assembly, of course, will be the chance to share with old friends, with classmates of seminary days, and with former pastors and associates the great stories that make up the lore of this mysterious, challenging and demanding vocation. The conversations along the walks and country lanes, the pleasant meals together, the exchange of insights and concerns, of joys and sorrows - this is what brings us together and what strengthens us to serve you and all God's beloved people in the Archdiocese of Washington.
  • I write you about this for two reasons. The first is to tell you that God has really blessed this local Church with truly great priests. There is not one of them who is perfectly like any other. They are all different and that is the wonderful part of it. Oh, I would be telling a lie if I tell you that they all see their ministry exactly as I do, but that is the strength of this presbyterate, and it makes us able to learn from each other, to love each other and to be better able to serve you all. God has given us wise and prayerful men, learned and pastoral men, optimists and realists, serious and jovial, great preachers and great counselors, and He has pulled it all together and given you the best He has. I am very proud of the priests of Washington, their dedication, their hard work and their spirit of joyful fraternity. I am honored to be one of them.
  • Please pray for all of us during this convocation. Some parishes may be inconvenienced somewhat by the fact that their priests are not around. Hopefully, our absence will give you an even greater idea of what the Church would be without the priests we need to serve us.


Did you guess? The correct answer is that all those gems came from Cardinal McCarrick. Parody is impossible.

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  • Posted by: Fr. Walter - Nov. 09, 2005 9:11 PM ET USA

    Sad, is it not, when our Prelates are reduced to sounding like seedy, third rate entertainers at airport hotels? "Fathers, you're the best looking audiance I've seen all night, and I love each and every one of you in my own special way." A little more gospel, a little more inspiration, a little more grace, a little more leadership, and leave off the group hugs.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2005 7:43 PM ET USA

    His Eminence said, "Oh, I would be telling a lie if I tell you that they all see their ministry exactly as I do", to which I reply "Deo Gratias". Good priests within this archdiocese are suffering. I'm speaking of priests who would die before they ever invoked "allah" as McCarrick did not too long ago at CUA.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2005 5:03 PM ET USA

    No, Shane - Chaput for Los Angeles - Mahony to Rome as Cardinal Law's secretary - McCarrick to retirement and best of all Bruskewitz to Washington. Juat a few little changes would do so much..... and maybe Burke to San Francisco?

  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2005 11:40 AM ET USA

    Chaput for Washington. McCarrick for the retirement home. The sooner the better.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Nov. 09, 2005 11:06 AM ET USA

    gairdawg, this "rhetoric quiz" is in the context of all things "McCarrick." In short, these examples might not be "so bad" in and of themselves, but they are TYPICAL of this man. There is nothing in his behavior that suggests he is any different then the politicians and other worldly power brokers he seems to court. By not preaching the fullness of the Gospel at this critical time is nothing less then scandalous. Maybe there are other shortcomings which will come to be known . . .

  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2005 10:25 AM ET USA

    Gairdawg, The good Cardinal is a little light on "Christ, Communion and Creed" in a setting among priests where its reasonable to expect heavier preaching on the subject. Some of us Catholic snobs compare public preaching by prelates to Msgr Ronald Knox, Ven John Henry Newman etc and find them a tad wanting. We're supposed to be helping to remove planks from eyes rather than just gnawing on them like the eponymous smote beaver of a previous thread. "Aye for an aye" is not "eye for an eye".

  • Posted by: garedawg - Nov. 09, 2005 9:47 AM ET USA

    What exactly did Cardinal McCarrick say that was so awful?

  • Posted by: - Nov. 08, 2005 8:11 PM ET USA

    Ah, McCarrickature.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Nov. 08, 2005 5:39 PM ET USA

    goodness, these aren't even the most sparkling of gems from him. I think Rome ought to let him spend the rest of his years in quiet retirement so that he can reminisce at his leisure. This guy is a total "A-number 1" scandal. I only hope that Rome is letting him hang in there for now because they're looking to name a real Pastor to that important See. At least he shows in his reflections what a swell & sweet type of guy he is.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 08, 2005 4:22 PM ET USA

    Not a word about priestly sacrifice, or about carrying one's cross in imitation of the Master? Pleasant meals together, si; evangelism, no.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 08, 2005 3:51 PM ET USA

    The real parody here is Cardinal McCarrick...

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Nov. 08, 2005 3:28 PM ET USA

    Yes, I did guess. Halfway through the second paragraph. You are absolutely right, Di, that parody is impossible---or at least, unnecessary.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 08, 2005 2:42 PM ET USA

    In the first para above he talks about learning new liturgical models to take back to their respective parishes. I thought Liturgiam Authenticam already addressed odd/different liturgical models? He asks us to pray for more seminarians to adequately serve us in the Wash. DC Diocese but yet he turned away an offer by the FSSP to set up a mission here. Can't have those "crazies" working here I guess.