NCR redesign on the way, priest returns
Its coming, its coming. Our new design is percolating; designers and all sorts of staff members are palpitating. But because this is virtually a divine event, and the appropriate oracle hasnt quite delivered, the date is not definite. But its soon.
A priest whose last subscription to NCR expired in the 1960s renewed again this past week. He sent the check without waiting to be billed because, as he said, The doctors do not give me much time to live -- throat cancer.
Theres more to the story. He was a shepherd in the mist for 20 years, he writes. While in that mist he married -- had a dispensation from his priestly status and everything. More recently, the marriage has been annulled. He, for understandable reasons, wishes to remain anonymous. He is grateful to an East Coast archbishop for welcoming me back into the fraternity of priests. The prelate, however, stopped short of giving him the faculties of the diocese. Says he, Sad, but I cant complain.
This priest goes on to wonder if there might be any organization for priests in like situations. His is quite a situation. If there are no organizations, surely there are individuals who would be eager to send him a letter of support and fellowship. You could address them to Shepherd Who Came in from the Mist, care of NCR.
Meanwhile, NCRs June 19 story on Philadelphias Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua continues to reverberate. Author Ralph Cipriano, whose editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Robert Rosenthal, cast aspersions on Ciprianos journalistic reliability, has sued his own paper for $50,000. The Inquirer, in turn, has suspended Cipriano, with pay, pending the outcome of all this.
-- Michael Farrell
National Catholic Reporter, August 28, 1998