the welcome guest

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 07, 2006

Bishop Kevin Dowling is in upstate New York this week, giving talks about the fight against AIDS.

You might think it odd that a bishop from a small diocese (Rustenberg) in South Africa gets invitations to speak in Saratoga Springs. But if you hear what he has to say, the mystery disappears. A few samples of press coverage:

Bishop Kevin Dowling, who oversees the Catholic Diocese of Rustenberg, South Africa, isn't shy about voicing his opinion, even though it's one the Catholic church rejects.
His most courageous battle is against the Vatican, which has denounced the use of condoms, saying they promote immorality and promiscuous behavior.
Have you seen any US media coverage of the Bishop of Klerksdorp recently? Or the Bishop of Umtata? Neither have I. Those South African dioceses are actually larger than Rustenberg, but their bishops haven't been getting much press in the US, nor invitations to speak in comfortable suburbs. Only Bishop Dowling-- who, incidentally, is the only South African bishop you can count on to criticize Church teaching. What a funny coincidence!

Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 9 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2006 1:21 AM ET USA

    I am not aware that Jesus allowed for middle ground choice. You are either with Him or against Him---black or white- there is no provision for gray. Likewise, be ye hot or cold. Luke warm get vomited out. Come on priests and bishops, get with the program.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2006 4:55 PM ET USA

    An adherent of the Bishop Reginald Cawcutt school of theology, the Saint Sebastian's Angels Society.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 08, 2006 2:58 PM ET USA

    Amen, Diogenes and Altar Boy. Amen. Might we pray for the implementation of Canon 401-2 for such a traitorous, dishonest, disobedient bishop as Dowling who is leading so many astray. Please, Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, retire Bp. Dowling today, for Christ's sake and the sake of the Church. Please. The "serious reason" for such retirement is so clear. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2006 9:06 AM ET USA

    He' a Redemptoris? They are Redemptoris? Another congregation down the drain.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2006 6:07 PM ET USA

    'In certain moral issues the church closes off debate,' said the 62-year-old bishop. Isn’t that exactly the point, Your Excellency? It has been decided. If you disagree, hang up your cassock, take off the pointy hat, and petition the Vatican for laicization. Or, at the very least, take a personal vow of silence on this issue and quit stirring the pot of dissent.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2006 2:16 PM ET USA

    I'm surprised that he didn't come out in favor of inflatable rubber dolls as the epicurean onanists prescription of choice.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2006 12:47 PM ET USA

    Even without the benefit of Church teaching, the bishop's position makes no sense. Here, in essence, is his position: "It is impossible to teach people to be chaste, because their hormones rage. But it IS possible to teach them to stop the proceedings and put on a condom, in the face of the same raging hormones." Did the bishop skip his logic classes? Or is he afraid to teach about sexual morality in this age of sexual permissiveness? My guess is the latter . . .

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2006 11:36 AM ET USA

    I wonder which of the three Diocese has the highest rate of new AIDS cases? Anyone want to take a bet?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2006 11:24 AM ET USA

    [Rev. Joseph Tizio, the church's pastor. 'I understand his position and I understand the church's stand. I'm hoping that through dialogue we'll be able to come to a stance that we can all be morally comfortable with.'] sound familiar?