Thursday, October 06, 2005

Stop the Insanity

Diogenes -- The Judge Which Dare Not Speak its Name -- is going all kind of batty again about the saintly archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Diarmuid Martin. This is, of course, because Diarmuid is a Catholic who doesn't let (conservative) political ideology trump and dilute the integrity of the Gospel.

In a recent interview with my paper, Martin was quoted from a meeting in Brussels as saying,
"[Pedophilia] is not a result of homosexuality, and nor is it a result of celibacy. We must address paedophilia for what it is. You cannot identify homosexuality with paedophilia. It's a very specific thing...."
Of course, this is the same school of thought previously espoused by my archbishop (Cardinal Rigali to you), who said in a 2002 interview that "The majority of pedophiles are not celibate, but married men. These are totally different considerations."

And of course, the CWN crowd wants to tar Diarmuid -- who, by the way, they really don't like -- as being the culprit for the lack of ordinations in the archdiocese of Dublin this year.

We have been over this before:
Diarmuid Martin was installed as coadjutor archbishop of Dublin on 30 August 2003. He succeeded to the archbishopric the following April, 17 months ago....

Correct me if I'm in error, but if there existed a seminary program which lasted but two years (or 17 months), it'd get called on the carpet anon by Rome and told to bulk up and stop being so damn cursory. We don't do hydroponic formation, people -- but [Diogenes] seems to wish for it. And much good may it do him.

What The Irish Independent and Papabile both note -- but Diogenes, conveniently, does not -- is this hard number: "four new candidates for the [Dublin] diocese have entered Maynooth [the Dublin seminary] this year, bringing the total to 15, the highest in almost 10 years."

In reality, if you're going to place the blame somewhere -- because there is no such thing as an 18-month timetable from discernment to ordination (except, it seems, for purposes of ideological slander) -- it seems to belong more to Des Connell (archbishop from 1990-2004) than to Diarmuid.

But, oh, wait -- Connell "publicly criticised the changes in church architecture and liturgy which followed the Second Vatican Council" (Sunday Business Post, 4 March 2001). For good conservatives to hold Des responsible for anything bad would not serve The Golden Calf well at all. So why not just flub the facts and tar the progressive -- misleading an audience, scoring points for the agenda and exonerating a conservative soul-buddy in the process?

Apparently, according to this logic, Diarmuid doesn't deserve credit for the spike in vocations under his own leadership, while it's open season to bash him for his predecessor's lack of recruitment results. Call me naive, but I don't get it.

For the record, I'm not seeking to bash Connell, who I think was a good man -- a brilliant man -- who was misunderstood because he lacked communication savvy. But I didn't raise the question, and if you're going to set up a situation where someone gets blamed, at least be accurate about where the responsibility lies as opposed to exploiting and evading the truth.
In other words, there goes that Golden Calf again, off for another character assassination....

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4 Comments:

Blogger Jeff said...

"This is, of course, because Diarmuid is a Catholic who doesn't let (conservative) political ideology trump and dilute the integrity of the Gospel."

And he SEEMS to be saying that he won't obey any instruction telling him not to ordain any more homosexual men.

Let's pass over the "saintly" Martin, who is after all just the Primate of Ireland, and give the Red Hat to Seán Brady of Armagh, the Primate of ALL Ireland, at the next Consistory instead. I prefer my bishops not quite so "saintly", thanks.

6/10/05 19:27  
Blogger David L Alexander said...

"Of course, this is the same school of thought previously espoused by my archbishop (Cardinal Rigali to you), who said in a 2002 interview that 'The majority of pedophiles are not celibate, but married men. These are totally different considerations.'"

Another "totally different consideration" would be that "pedophilia" is the sexual abuse of pre-pubescents, whereas "ephebophilia," which is what is calling all the ruckus, is the sexual abuse of adolescents. The difference is the nature of the disorder, the latter being based more on same-sex attraction. Can we figure out what the hell we're talking about first?

Because if he's right, there goes the case for a married priesthood. What would VOTF b**** about then?

7/10/05 08:38  
Blogger Dad29 said...

Thank you, David, for sorting out the buckwheat.

Yes, indeed, ephebophilia is crime of choice of homosexuals--and it's been chosen about $1 Zillion-to-$0--the approximate net worth of the Catholic Church in America (before) the scandal to (after) the scandal.

Remember, LA has not yet blown up in Mahony's face. When it does, it will likely drag Milwaukee into bankruptcy.

7/10/05 09:58  
Blogger Richard said...

Hello David,

Goos points.

11/10/05 17:38  

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