Over The Sober Line

Liam sent me this news item from the Left Coast.

A bit of commentary in the article from a canon lawyer, and from a theologian. Likely no delay in a planned installation. And unless it pops up there’s a serious substance abuse problem, there shouldn’t be. From Bishop Cordileone’s statement:

I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself. I pray that God, in His inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this.

I think people can accept this. A few eyes will be watching, perhaps, at dinners and drinking occasions.

I don’t like the feeling of losing sobriety. My first time was in college at a friend’s party. About five different bottles of wine were brought, and I thought it was incumbent on me to taste each one. When I tried to put my wine glass down inside my water, I knew I had my first experience with inebriation. I think it’s happened about five times since that I was unfit to drive; just once or maybe twice since graduating college. It’s a rarity I will have a second beer. But even if I don’t feel the fog, I often ask my wife to drive anyway.

As for the good archbishop, learning one’s limits and being confronted by them is a good thing. I seriously doubt this will be an obstacle to his taking the cathedra in San Francisco. I don’t think it should be. And being human: that’s a good quality for a bishop to share with his people.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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