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To: ninenot
Dolan has about another 2-5 years to blow off the Archdiocesan support for this bunch of sex-hustlers.

If he felt strongly about the issue, he would do it now. What does it take? A phone call? A letter?

Burke's a hammer; Dolan isn't, as could be seen from his reaction to the optional celibacy discussions.

31 posted on 12/06/2003 11:19:18 AM PST by sinkspur (Adopt a shelter dog or cat! You'll save one life, and maybe two!)
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To: sinkspur; BlackElk
Dolan is not going to 'hammer' anything for a while, except the criminal perverts.

He has about 60 priests who are serious problems, including Fr. Hammer, and an extraordinarily mal-catechized Archdiocese; remember, we had 27 years of Bertie and for that matter, Bertie's predecessor was a Chicago politician, not an Archbishop. The seminary has been rotten since 1965.

Given this, it APPEARS that Dolan's strategy is to become an 'unstoppable force' with the laity and as many of his priests as possible. This is why the 'cheesehead' and the humor, and the non-response to the "celibacy revolt."

BTW, Dolan's "refer-this-to-the-committee" response was death by other means, in case you haven't figured that out. But Dolan was not yet prepared to say 'drop dead' to the rebels.

It IS significant that Dolan NEVER makes an inaccurate statement re faith/morals and promotes orthodoxy and orthopraxis heavily.

This is not unlike JPII's overall approach: he is not going to directly confront an enemy against overwhelming odds; rather, he will say and do what is correct, go "over the heads" of the obstacles directly to the laity, and make his moves when the time is opportune.

It would be MUCH more satisfying to me and a large number of others in the Diocese were Dolan to become proficient with the new .50cal S&W--but that's not the approach he will take.
34 posted on 12/06/2003 1:13:46 PM PST by ninenot (So many cats, so few recipes)
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To: sinkspur; BraveMan; BlackElk
Also note that Burke's AIDS letter went out two years ago; his "Politicians, Beware" letter went out about 6 months ago (?)--recently, in any case.

Burke has been Bp. of LaX for several years, and is native to the territory. He was positioned correctly, was well-liked, and has the Diocese reasonably well-in-hand.
35 posted on 12/06/2003 1:17:01 PM PST by ninenot (So many cats, so few recipes)
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