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
I suspect something is going on backstage. "Pro-life" is a "right-wing" issue, and there are plenty of left-wing bishops who are still in cohoots with left wing politicians. This goes all the way up to the Vatican and back. As with any large group, there are the committed minorities and then there are the trimmers in the middle. So the Church is somewhat like the Republican Party, where the President is always out of town on January 22nd and only some of the braver politicians show up at the rally.
posted on 01/25/2004 6:30:21 AM PST
Please see my previous post of Dolan's editorial in which he pointedly observed that MLKing's foundation in Biblical principles should guide politics today.
He was VERY clear about the pro-life implications in that editorial.
I maintain that Dolan is not yet ready to slam the so-and-so's--he has a settlement to get out of the way first.
posted on 01/25/2004 6:59:04 AM PST
(So many cats, so few recipes)
"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.""
Well said! - being "pastoral bishops" is simply an excuse for waffle. Other names for it would be "lack of integrity", "spinelessness", "lack of conviction" and being "lukewarm Catholics".
If I had a dollar for every time a Catholic clergyman has said "we don't want to make this a denominational issue" I'd be a millionaire by now. Excusitis - plain and simple!
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