By Diogenes ( articles ) | May 22, 2007
Commenting in a Salon column about the question of excommunication, the irrepressible Frances Kissling remarks that is a bishop lowered the boom, "I could get a book contract, go on a speaking tour and have a couple years of celebrity."
Sorry, Frances, but I think you've already enjoyed those years of celebrity, courtesy of the Playboy Foundation and those other noted feminists who bankrolled your Potemkin-village operation at "Catholics for a Free Choice." And now you've got your little niche at Radcliffe. You've collected the 30 pieces of silver; don't expect another installment.
Still, having admitted that she thinks it would bring her fame and fortune, still Kissling claims-- apparently with a straight face-- that she's been very worried about being
thrown into the briar patch excommunicated. So during her tenure at CFFC she relied in supernatural means-- she had "my fingers crossed"-- to avoid that possibility.
But now she's relaxed a bit, because: "As one canon lawyer told me, the church has only the power we give it."
Oh, really? Seems to me that Someone-- not me, not you, not even all of us together-- gave Peter a set of keys.
Ed Peters, who is a canon lawyer says that Kissling needs a new canon lawyer. (For the record, I don't think he's volunteering his services, and I don't think Kissling would want them anyway.) The lady can con the mass media, as she has done for the past 25 years. But the scam won't last forever. Ultimately, Peters asks:
Whom, and I do mean Whom, does she think she would be fooling?
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