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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A Devil's Perspective

Sheridan was dismayed over Howard's comments and on Oct. 20 apologized on behalf of the diocese.

SCREWTAPE: Ohh (insert orgasmic shouts of joy)...Thank you, Your Excellency! Now we have a whole generation of Catholics who don't believe that Sunday Mass is obligatory; that don't believe that the Eucharist is the Most Holy Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ; that believes condoms, jams, jellies and the like are ok to prevent pregnancy; and that believes feeding the poor is understood as those who are economically poor--not taking into consideration spiritual poverty or other more serious types of poverty. Now, we can confuse them theologically even more with the assistance of their half-wits they call bishops. One of the most brilliant things we've done is to confuse the heaven out of people with our spin on Nostra Aetate. Tee-hee-hee, its the old bait and switch! Get them to believe that praying with Protestant heretics is "mandated" by the Church. Lead them further down the road by indicating that praying with the Protestants means accepting and believing as the Protestants do. Then get their bishop to go along with it! Tee-hee-hee! It is indeed a good time to be a master baiter.

UPDATE: Mea maxima culpa for impugning Bishop Sheridan. The posts on this issue have been very good and have given great pause. I intended my post as hyperbole to demonstrate a larger problem in the Church by capitalizing on a particular case--the seeming inability of our bishops to take a stand (even on simple things).

I also maintain (as doggedly as I have before) that Mr. Howard's piece was in keeping with the Catholic tradition--a measured and prudential and CORRECT response to give to a query as written. (Not all of the faithful are as theologically astute as this crowd!)

I too know what it is like to work in a large diocese (and in Catholic education). The beauracracy is overpowering and the things that an individual bishop has to deal with are also overpowering. That being said. I disagree with the bishop's actions and feel free to criticize him.