Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bishops Wage Another Moral War Against Worthy Adversaries

Have our bishops lost their collective  minds?  I saw the following news item today

NEW YORK — Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
At issue are concerns about program materials that some Catholics find offensive, as well as assertions that the Scouts associate with other groups espousing stances that conflict with church teaching. The Scouts, who have numerous parish-sponsored troops, deny many of the claims and defend their alliances.
The inquiry coincides with the Scouts' 100th anniversary celebrations and follows a chain of other controversies.

First the Vatican takes on the nuns at the behest of American prelates (the infamous ) Cardinal Law, (the vicious) Archbishop-Designate Lori, (the supercilious) Cardinal Burke, and (the self-important and overpaid) Grand Poobah of Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson.   Like they’re going to win a contest with Sister Vere Amata, the revered blue-haired 89 year old relic of the sweet young thing in a veil that prepared us for our first communion back in the days of Pius XII and the Eisenhower administration.   Got news for you guys in red dresses—and you in the cape and feathers and sword—you guys don’t stand a chance against the nuns.  But now the home guard of the Episcopacy is going after The Girl Scouts?  Who is running this show? 
      Meanwhile our silly friends over at the “Freedom From Religion Foundation” are running ads in the Washington Post calling on Catholics to leave the Church “en Mass”  (Check blog entry for March 10 this year for previous ad.) Save your money, folks, the bishops are far more successful in emptying churches than you could ever hope to be. 
       More on this over time but in the meantime  buy the cookies.  I’ll take the Girl Scouts over the bishops any day.   

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