Skip to comments.“For the Love of God Please Grow Up”: Maturity, Cowardice and the “Connecticut Six”.
Posted on 07/22/2005 2:20:41 PM PDT by sionnsar
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I would like to note that I was mistaken about A.K.M.Adams. He does indeed believe in the liberal values of justice for all not simply justice for the currently favored group.
Because this has become a touchstone for determining even-handedness in ecclesiastical commentary, however, and because theres been plenty of time to make as clear as possible a case for what looks on the face of things like a clumsy power grab, I can without hesitation say that if Bishop Smith has a good reason for the way he handled this situation, he has so far withheld it. The highly-charged atmosphere ought to incline someone who holds power to exercise that power as little and as gently and unexceptionably as possible, with as much explanation as possible.
I would also like to note that Fr. Jake (while I do not agree with him) at least has the courage of his convictions.
Regarding the other five Connecticut priests; the bishop has agreed not to make his annual visitation to their parishes. Another move that I cant quite figure out. You send one strong message, and follow it up with backpedaling? Remember David Moyer, Bishop Smith. Bishop Bennison waited ten years, and caught the wrath of every conservative on the globe anyway over that one. These five are getting great press, and can now wear the mantle of martyrs proudly. If you are going to lead, now is not the time to blink. The standing committee gave you the green light. Inhibit, but please, leave the locksmith behind next time.
If anybody can point to any non-AAC bishops who are not cowardly suck-ups, please point me to their letters on the subject.
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