06 August 2007

I'm confused

You might have heard that His Excellency, the Most Reverend Donald E. Pelotte suffered serious injuries last week (please keep Bishop Pelotte in your prayers).

The Bishop of Gallup says the injuries resulted from a fall down the stairs in his home. Many are questioning how such injuries could result from falling down carpeted stairs, despite his insistence of a fall.

Nevertheless, the police have accepted what Bishop Pelotte says and are not investigating the incident further.

The Gallup Independent is unhappy with this turn of events, going so far as to rebuke the police department. Why? Because of concern for the Bishop's safety? Sadly, not really.

The editor is upset because "Catholic officials ignored reports of child sexual abuse within the Gallup Diocese in the past." The Independent believes the Bishop is lying to the police and to everyone else (though how the two situations go together is beyond me).

But the Diocese of Gallup is not simply telling lies, according to the Independent, but "false truths" as well.

If the Diocese is providing false truths, this is indeed something of which we ought to be concerned. But, then again, what exactly is a false truth?


  1. What on earth is a false truth?

  2. Aha... according to the learned Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, who in turned quoted the Philosopher, a false truth, theologically speaking, falls in the same category as a free gift.

  3. Somehow I don't think that's what they meant.

  4. yeah I read that article. They are like sharks sniffing for blood. If the police report shows no sign of a struggle of break in, and Pelotte confirms this then there is no story, in my opinion, other then to pray for his recovery.

    What they are doing, in a very not so subtle way, is to imply that he was attacked (the mention of the death threat) bc there is obviously something he is hiding (sexual abuse) blah blah blah.

    Its an unfortunate and slanderous article if you ask me. As for someone who has fallen down a flight of stairs herself and suffered a broken arm, a black eye, and a knot on my head the size of grapefruit... he's injuries don't sound that unbelievable, especially if you consider age, like the elderly when they fall and how serious it is.

  5. Anonymous9:08 AM

    If the bishop said he hurt himself by falling down the stairs, I don't understand why they don't believe him. I mean what are they suggesting happened?
    Father, I enjoy reading your blog whenever I can & just wanted to let you know that I've tagged you for a meme if that's ok.

  6. I think it's clear that His Excellency was abducted by aliens from the forces of Xenu to prevent his pending conversion to Scientology which would have proved that Tom Cruise is, in fact, the new savior of the world.

    That, or he unfortunately slipped and fell.

    Excuse me, my friend Occam needs to get his razor sharpened.

  7. Ah, yes, good old Occam. Why don't people use his razor more often?

  8. Too simple that way. They prefer complications.