Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Kresta Commentary: Bishops Withdraw From Alphabet Soup

America loves voluntary associations and voluntary associations love acronyms and initialisms. Just ask the WWC, YMCA, MADD, ACORN, GOP (or as the GOP would like to forget CREEP. BTW/ if you don't remember CREEP, you won't get the joke).

The problem of multiplying acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms is compounded by our texting culture. I heard an NPR report months ago about a novelist straining to tell a story within the 140 character limit of Twitter. It's a twist on haiku, I guess. Maybe known as twaiku. "Though employment ends; consider him a mogul; his future is bright."

Believe it or not, this is relevant to recent actions of the American bishops. But for the above reasons, my remarks require a glossary.

LCCHR is the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
USCCB is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
AMC is Ave Maria Communications
LGBTQIA is Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, intersex and allies. (I wonder if there is a chapter at UCLA making it UCLALGBTQIA?)
NARAL is National Abortion Rights Action League
SCOTUS is Supreme Court of the United States
NAACP is National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
CORE is Congress of Racial Equality
SCLC is Southern Christian Leadership Conference
ACLU is American Civil Liberties Union
SBC is Southern Baptist Convention
SCAAA is Sub-committee on African American Affairs
SCDC is Secretariat of Cultural Diversity within the Church
SCAPA is sub-committee on Asian-Pacific Affairs
SCHA is sub-committee on Hispanic Affairs
SCNAA is sub-committee on Native American Affairs
PCMRT is Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers
RINO is Republican in Name Only
AWGTHTGTTA is Are we going to have to go through this again

The USCCB has withdrawn from the LCCHR and IMHO, AMC is really OK with it. In fact, we are delighted, LOL.

AAMOF, AMC predicted it would just be a matter of time after news of LCCHR's LGBTIA and NARAL sympathies hit the lay faithful. They would communicate ASAP to the USCCB. The USCCB, we said, would not respond ASAP. But 1ce this got the attention of the USCCB, @ the end of the day, we'd see the obvious follow-thru.

LCCHR's support of SCOTUS nominee, Elena Kagan, seems to be the neuralgic point that forced the bishops' conference to finally scratch the itch.

Read the full commentary here...


  1. IIRC, the USCCB is still trying to sort out the CCHD mess PDQ.

    And now that BHO has declared June "LGBT month" in the USA, making GLAAD et al glad, we have 2x the headaches. It's enough 2 make u feel :-(