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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

This is just mean.

Which, of course, is why I heartily enjoy it. Per an anecdote (perhaps slightly garbled--I missed part of the speech) from George Weigel, Pope John XXIII polled the bishops as to which topics should be considered at the forthcoming Second Vatican Council. The bishops duly sent in their responses, one of the most thoughtful being a cogent essay about man's search for meaning in the modern world by the young bishop of Krakow, Poland.

Alas, not all were so thoughtful. Many were simply laundry lists of ideas, and one of them actually suggested discussing the search for intelligent life in the universe. One of the curial officials reviewing the submissions saw this one, noted the submitter (with an arched eyebrow, we can imagine) and said:

"Perhaps he should start by searching for intelligent life in his own diocese first."


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