Thursday, December 29, 2016


Posted by Bob
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Let's give 'em the benefit of the doubt

Nope, let's not!

"-to decide that you will believe someone, even though you are not sure that what the person is saying is true..."

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Over the years in dealing with our three archbishops, comments, e.g., "Let's give him the benefit of the doubt" have appeared frequently. I humbly submit that this is usually a mistake. Thirty years of giving apuron the benefit of the doubt only allowed that which should have never happened to become common place. Remember how willing we were to give AA Hon the benefit of the doubt until he showed us what a huge blunder that was? And Cardinal Filoni?

Oftentimes when we give someone the benefit of the doubt we are deliberately suspending our well founded sense of disbelief, not out of charity, but in order to make ourselves feel better.

For some undertakings a feel-good extension of the benefit of the doubt just doesn't cut it. When grave (deliberate choice of the word here) responsibility is involved there is no benefit in "doubt." Airline pilots, heart surgeons, ship captains, et al. literally have charge of peoples' lives. We hold them to only one standard and it's a high one; it's life or death.

And bishops deal with our souls.

I'm going to petition the keeper of the Junglewatch style manual, Webster, to banish "the benefit of the doubt" to the JWUseless Phrase Folder along with the now thoroughly discredited phrase "reaching out."

As has been my habit since-ever-since I'm going keep a healthy dose of skepticism handy whenever dealing with any bishop (or cardinal.)

On skepticism:

To quote Dr. Shermer: "Skepticism is not a position; it's a process.

Image result for skepticismThe popular misconception is that skeptics, or critical thinkers, are people who disbelieve things. And indeed, the common usage of the word skeptical supports this: "He was skeptical of the numbers in the spreadsheet", meaning he doubted their validity. To be skeptical, therefore, is to be negative about things and doubt or disbelieve them.

The true meaning of the word skepticism has nothing to do with doubt, disbelief, or negativity. Skepticism is the process of applying reason and critical thinking to determine validity. 

It's the process of finding a supported conclusion, not the justification of a preconceived conclusion."

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