Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Last night Bishop Murphy spoke to the Faith on Tap group I attend. He went around the room before speaking and shook hands with everyone, a big smile on his face. I have seen him do this before - he impressed everyone with his friendliness, humor, and down to earth manner. He did take some questions from the group but his answers were a bit general. For example, my question was about what the Church's response to attacks from muslims should be and he really skirted the issue. (Within two weeks of his installation here, 400 members of his flock were murdered by muslims.) Nevertheless, his talk was good and I suspect that he will have a good impact on the diocese over the long run. It is truly sad to see such an intelligent, orthodox and Christ-centered guy so vilified by the press, VOF, bigoted columnists, etc... For this long- suffering diocese, it is good to have a decent bishop for once.

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