Monday, October 23, 2006

Bishops say the Darndest Things

Bishops aren’t always easy to understand.

Last week Winnipeg’s Archbishop Weisgerber called the Canadian Patriotic Bishops “guardians of long traditions of wisdom”. But he didn’t say the bishops are themselves wise, neither did he comment on the quality of their guardianship. Guardians, after all, can sometimes neglect their wards, or forget them, or even assault them. So considered, His Grace made sense.

But like when a veterinarian tells you your goldfish has strained vocal cords, a supposed expert can sometimes say the kind of singularly asinine thing that makes you think you will be best to disregard him entirely and from now on.

That’s what happened when Bishop Skylstad said “We’re a church of unity and of common worship”.

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