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Bishop Attacks A Straw Man

Radical Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, Malta, published a pastoral letter on "hope" using it to hammer those who criticise his controversial permission for adulterers to receive Holy Communion,

“Unfortunately, there exist prophets of doom, who in their religious zeal, are more prone to focus on the defect rather than the much good there is in man; they get stuck in considering the mistake rather than appreciating the efforts, however small but sincere, that a person tries to make to rise up on his feet; they are more interested in defending the letter of the law than the person.”

This kind of argument is called a "straw man". It gives the impression of refuting an opponent's argument, while in reality it refutes an argument that was never presented.

Such a logical fallacy is used when defeating an "enemy" is valued higher than critical thinking or understanding of an argument.

Picture: Mario Grech, 2007, #newsKgwbpdxrkd
J. Boanerges
St. Paul and other apostles were "prophets of doom"? I'm in good company.
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GJA Taylor
This "bishop" is a joke. Ignore his wolf words, turn your back on him and follow Christ the Lord.
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allan500
"Prophets of doom" is an expression of disdain used by Pope John XXIII toward those who suggested that the council he had in mind might be a mistake. We know now how far Vatican II went in dismantling the Catholic faith. Prophets of doom have shown themselves to be prophets of reality.
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mccallansteve
OK, I think I get it. The bishop places himself above God Almighty, declares the words of Christ null and void regarding adultery and then hammers those who disagree with him. Since he is now God, should I bow my head at the mention of his name?
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