"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd." ~Flannery O'Connor

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Episcopal spin control

Yep, it's started. It is becoming abundantly clear that the US bishops will each interpret the new Vatican instruction on the admission of homosexuals to the seminary (click here for the official version) as they see fit and implement it (or not) accordingly. See the Washington Post story for what the President of the USCCB, and the Archbishop of Washington, have to say for themselves. Other bishops, of course, disagree and want to follow the Vatican's clear intent. So much for collegiality.

Pope John XXIII's 1961 instruction to the same effect became a dead letter because most bishops did not want to follow it. I'm sure that Benedict XVI knows that. I'd be very interested in seeing what, if anything, will be done to prevent a rerun of that movie.
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