Hope that made you feel better.
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From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 10:46 AM
Subject: Re: Fearing death by water
> Peter Montgomery wrote:
> > Nor will you find any such negative teaching in the Catholic Church.
> You will find all sorts of things in the Catholic Church, and it is
> absurd to say otherwise. You have millions of Catholics who are only
> nominal. They got to Mass twice a year, count themselves as believers,
> and don't let it interfere with either their religion or their morals.
> You have millions who exactly fit the pattern Diana describes. Both of
> these groups include large numbers of clergy as well as laypersons. You
> have many whose theological understanding is extremely sophisticated,
> and a majority but NOT all of these fit your formula, but a minority
> even of these sophisticates are heavily invested in negative teaching.
> You have RC members whose thinking can't be distinguished from that of
> the most benighted fundy bible-thumper and you have members who are more
> atheistic than Diderot. You have those committed in both thought and
> practice to libertarian theology and those berserkers who adhere to opus
> dei. There used to be a wonderful priest (Father Joe Kelley, may his
> tribe increase) at the Newman Center on the ISU campus. The fucking
> bishop in Peoria (an opus-dei member) exiled him to a hole-in-the-wall
> in western illinois (and even there he increased the size of the
> congregation before dying of lung cance). He has been followed by two
> priests who probably do belong in a mental hospital. And then you have
> RC members whose thought cannot rise beyond the level of one-line
> insulting zingers without content on e-mail lists.
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