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By Diogenes (articles - email) | Jul 06, 2007

Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton worries that the Pope's motu proprio "may prove seriously divisive."

It's good of him to mention his concern in a private letter to the Holy Father.

Oh, wait. That wasn't a private letter. He was quoted in the Daily Telegraph.

Bishop Conry continued that the Pope's message "might send out an unfortunate signal that Rome is no longer fully committed to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council..."

That would be unfortunate indeed. But how would the Pope's message give that impression? Is there something in the text?

No, there isn't. Bishop Conry has the text, so he knows that. But readers of the Telegraph don't have it yet, so the bishop is helping to prepare them, by encouraging them to think that it will be "unfortunate."

And remember, the Pope is the one who's being divisive.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Feb. 11, 2010 10:47 PM ET USA

    I said when all this malarkey heated up a few years back, and Internet Gore started fulminating about it, that the whole hoax was concocted by some scientists to make more research money available for climatology. Well, they got all that and more. A little like teens sneaking out for a smoke and then, when caught where they shouldn't have been, claiming they saw a heavenly apparition.

  • Posted by: New Sister - Feb. 11, 2010 8:56 PM ET USA

    Either way, Al Gore needs a shovel!

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Feb. 11, 2010 7:15 PM ET USA

    The Times is right; folks in the Northern Hemisphere should always look for more snow, especially in January and February. The folks down south can reverse that expectation. This has been the case for the last, oh, 4 billion years or so -- except for 10,000-year climate swings.