By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 29, 2005

We can't say we hadn't been warned. Three years ago already, the Episcopal Bishops of Massachusetts predicted the carnage that we are witnessing this very moment.

The Episcopal bishops of Massachusetts, in a rare public challenge to the Catholic Church, are warning that a steady stream of comments by Vatican officials critical of gays in the priesthood could lead to hate crimes in the United States. In interviews yesterday, the bishop of Massachusetts, M. Thomas Shaw, his suffragan, or assistant, bishop, Roy F. Cederholm Jr., and a bishop-elect, Gayle Elizabeth Harris, all said they believe the danger to gays and lesbians is so great that they feel compelled to speak out despite their reservations about wading into another denomination's controversy. Shaw, the top Episcopal bishop in the state and head of the nation's largest Episcopal diocese, said he was particularly upset by a report from Rome last week that a Vatican cardinal, Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, said "a homosexual person ... is not suitable to receive the sacrament of holy orders." -- from Michael Paulson, "Gay comments concern bishops: Vatican's remarks are feared to incite hate crimes in US," Boston Globe, December 10, 2002, page A30.

Prophetic. But the Holy See didn't listen, and we have reaped the consequences. Out my window as I type I look on throngs of rioters surging around the overturned busses and burning police cars. The Comp Lit department of the local college is being lynched from utility poles. Starbucks is already in ashes. It didn't have to be this way.

In other news, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right-handed reliever Terry Adams.

From Egbert, Iowa, the grim scene we see replayed throughout America. Their homophobia unchained by this morning's release of the Vatican's Instruction on Criteria for Seminary Admission, frenzied mobs of hate-fueled thugs rampage through the streets, breaking windows, torching libraries, and baying for the blood of differently-oriented citizens. "Got me a six-point buck flight attendant," gloated Egbertite Walt Haffner, "first time out." (CWN photo)

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 03, 2005 6:06 AM ET USA

    Old Irish adage: Be certain there's no dust on your own door step before you sweep off your neighbor's. Episcopalian bishops have much to cleanse on their own door step before they even look at anyone else. Shaw, Cederholm and Harris' fears are unfounded.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 2:23 PM ET USA

    I live in Iowa. I work in two small town ER's and I'll keep you all posted if the casualties start adding up.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 10:57 AM ET USA

    Now now, let's not pick on Iowa, huh.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 9:45 AM ET USA

    Mark Steyn made a wry observation awhile back about a group of radical Islamists staging a riot and killing innocents to protest something in the media that portrayed them as wingnuts who stage riots and kill innocents. If I follow the logic, the screeching and weeping is supposed to be a protest that they aren't overly sensitive or self absorbed etc etc. Please ignore the man behind the curtain.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 8:44 AM ET USA

    There's probably a shot gun rack in the back window of that pick up truck, Uncle Di. And you know what that means. It doesn't look good. I'd run for my life.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 8:23 AM ET USA

    I'm certainly guilty. The other day I was channel flipping and there was some mention of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy". I changed the channel and frowned. That will cost me one hour in the confessional booth and a public Way of the Cross down the streets of Egbert with a 100 pound crucifix on my back.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 8:09 AM ET USA

    I've always been afraid of Iowa. That picture was a little too graphic for this family oriented sight. But seriously, this is another example of the HATE of the leftist ssa crowd. Create a hysteria over a nonexistant issue and accuse others of hate when the hate is really in the gay crowd toward anyone who opposes them or makes them feel the slightest bit uncomfortable with their "orientation." Give them more power on the political front and look for forced silence of Catholic doctrine.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 7:48 AM ET USA

    Reminiscent of the dark prophecies of the "waves" of anti-semitic violence that would inevitably follow "The Passion of the Christ." Still waiting in fear for that one.