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Chapter Two in Milwaukee
posted on 01/25/2004 5:51:22 AM PST
(So many cats, so few recipes)
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Burke got national attention in December when it became known that he had sent a number of letters to three Catholic Wisconsin politicians, warning that they were endangering their spiritual lives and scandalizing others if they persisted in supporting abortion rights.
Indeed. Let's hope the power of the Holy Spirit continues this offensive against the organized evil and pseudo-medical barbarism of the culture of death. It is time for the heroes of the Church to come forward.
I smell waffles cooking.
"Q. You are known for your strong, pro-life stance. What's your position on Bishop Burke's actions?
"A. In my book, it's that classical distinction between principle and pastoral practice. And, you know, Bishop Burke and I go way back. I've known him since 1972, and I have tremendous admiration and respect for him. Boy, his intellect, his piety, his wisdom have been a blessing to me.
"So, what's come of this, I think, which I'm happy for, is what you might call we front-burnered this issue again. And no matter where you stand on the particular style of what he's done, I think all of us - certainly as bishops, Catholic leaders, people committed to a pro-life cause - are glad that it's front-burnered. And we're saying this is a principle that we can't waffle on. This is a cause that for us is the premier cause of social justice in America today."
The waffles here are of a classic recipe.
You have the faux-enthusiastic use of bureaucratic jargon, "front-burnered".
There is the oh-so-necessary dash of creating distinctions which permit one to praise the action of another without having to engage in it, oneself, as in "it's that classic distinction between principle and pastoral practice."
Of course, for that savory slightly malty flavor, any batch of waffles needs that critical ingredient, faint praise, "And, you know, Bishop Burke and I go way back. I've known him since 1972, and I have tremendous admiration and respect for him. Boy, his intellect, his piety, his wisdom have been a blessing to me."
I prefer mine with butter, no syrup.
I hope the bishops really come up with something that is more than window-dressing, and I hope that they follow through on it, including Archbishop Dolan.
But the time for talk is done. The time for real discipline is here.
posted on 01/25/2004 6:18:36 AM PST
This is a cause that for us is the premier cause of social justice in America today.
The correct interpretation of "social justice" and not what those kooky nuns have been moralizing about for 30 odd years.
Not quite sure I liked the statement about waiting on what the USCCB decides... is some wacky no named "ad hoc" subcommittee going to decide how to handle something that is best left to each individual bishop? Part of the problem with the USCCB is that it stifles bishops like Burke (kind of hogties them) although on the other hand that's true for bishops like Mahony and Weakland too.
Bishop O'Malley out of Boston is starting to come alive on this issue as well. Praise God!
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