Civil lawyer C. T. Rossi, in his essay Permission for Divorce and the Catholic Lawyer’s Dilemma, complains that “the Church has done little to educate its legal practitioners about their responsibilities as Catholic lawyers”, complains that it is sometimes difficult for attorneys to know whether it is “morally safe for them to assist a potential client”, and complains about prelates “who refuse to lift a finger to assist in the moral burdens that American Catholic lawyers face every day.”
My initial reaction to Rossi’s litany of woes, however, (something akin to “Okay. So, deal with it.”), is insufficient given that, not only does Rossi aim these complaints-qua-accusations at “the Church” herself, but he manages to mangle nearly every point he addresses and, in regard to the Jesuit Felix Cappello, he truly, truly, embarrasses himself. Where to begin?
How about with the canard that “the Church has done…
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Thanks for the heads-up on this post.
The “Rossi” situation is interesting, but for me hardly surprising. I don’t think “the Church” is alone in getting the blame for human nature’s many shortfalls.
The impression I get is that many folks find it easier to blame whoever is in the highest responsible position regarding some issue, and blame the king/president/pope/boss/whatever for problems that have existed since day one.
Sadly, sometimes the boss really has had a lapse in judgment, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.