"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Apr 3, 2010

The Other Catholics

I knew mostly Discalced Carmelites, Franciscan and Jesuit radicals long on the Berrigans and short on Rome, liberation theologians and firebrand priests and nuns masquerading as quiet parish votaries, as a child.

I had the good fortune of continued correspondence with Fr. Berrigan, over the course of a number of years, until the retirement home no longer took my calls.

I think I lucked out.

And when it came to sex scandals, Father H fell in love and courted his mistress for the better part of twenty years, til the Vatican rats caught on and kicked him to the curb. Sister C left orders, entire, for the husband she still has.

I think I lucked out.

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