Thursday, May 11, 2006

Kansas City: "They've gone about as far as they can go!"

The word is out, on the pages of the National Catholic Reporter, and all over the Catholic blogosphere. In the Diocese of Kansas City - St Joseph, Missouri, there's a new sheriff in town, and his name is Robert Finn.

This bishop is cutting back on bloated programs, and affirming the Catholic identity of those that are left. And that's just in the first week! Now, a lot of the status quo roaming the halls of the chancery are in a daze. All their efforts in the last umpteen years or so are down the drain, as they brace themselves for the coming Reign of Terror.

Which is exactly what you do when you're a bunch of crybabies.

Ever notice how I never mention my employer on this weblog? Anyone who lives in this town and reads my description of my relative location during the day could probably figure it out, but there's a reason they're left out of it. In a word: LOYALTY.

This is the thing which you learn is indispensable when you hold down a real job, as opposed to the land of make-believe that comprises much of the Church infrastructure.

You see, boys and girls, it goes something like this. When someone makes it possible for you to put bread on your table and a roof over your head, in return for your services rendered, they are pledging their loyalty to you. And when that happens, then dammit, you give it back to them in kind, if you know what's good for you. If you can't, you don't call a press conference and whine about it, you take your sagging derriere elsewhere.

Obviously, it takes more than a masters in theology to figure this out. It takes the sense God gave to a duck. Then again, as we all know, God didn't give a duck a whole lot of sense. You gotta wonder where some highly-educated people left theirs.

So, this week's tip of the Black Hat goes to the Most Reverend Robert W Finn. When the smoke clears at high noon, Mon signeur, may you be the last man standing!

You need to round up a posse, sheriff? You know where to find me.

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