instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Gibbons Equality,
or, I don't care whose it is, an ox will be gored


A lot of blog posts about the USCCB emphasize the limited competence of bishops when dealing with practical political matters.

At the same time, a lot of other blog posts emphasize the doctrinal authority of bishops when they teach about the application of morality to political matters.

And I mean "at the same time" literally. Which kind of post shows up on which blog on any given day depends on which political party's interests are in any way being met with uncooperative behavior by the bishops. But if you find one kind of post on one kind of blog, you will find the other kind of post on another kind of blog.

Hence, the Gibbons Equality:

On any given day, the likelihood of a "limited competence" post on a conservative Catholic's blog equals the likelihood of a "doctrinal authority" post on a liberal Catholic's blog.


Equivalently,

On any given day, the likelihood of a "limited competence" post on a liberal Catholic's blog equals the likelihood of a "doctrinal authority" post on a conservative Catholic's blog.


I've seen a number of "limited competence" posts on liberal Catholic blogs recently, which of course means there are a number of recent "doctrinal authority" posts on conservative Catholic blogs . The USCCB must be doing something that in some way can be interpreted as uncooperative with the Democratic Party's political interests.

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