Monday, November 22, 2004

Mark Shea notes a bizarre double standard.

When the bishops, our spiritual fathers, make statements, we hunt for flaws in their logic or signs of weakness. As Mark said, if in the midst of the scandals, a bishop made some statement of pederasty, or even adult homosexuality, and stopped short of condemning it, the comment boxes would be on fire with condemnation for this bishop, and boycotts of his diocese's fund would be organized.

But then when American conservative commentators do things like favorably refer to Machiavelli's thinking on the treatment of enemies, we make all sorts of excuses for them.

I've noted this before. Why is it?

Some might say that they want so badly for the bishops to be strong leaders that they hold them to higher standards, but I don't really buy that. It's one thing to ask for more strength. It's another thing to say, "they're all buffoons," as I see so often in the comment boxes.

Rather, I think it's becuase the bishops might ask us to do something we don't want to do, and conservative commentators probably won't.
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