One whos observant and attentive to detail and vocal about it is liable to be accused of being petty, especially by the presbyopic. Yes, the NOR has been indicted for being petty, and, believe it or not, we take the charge seriously. Thats why we pay close attention when someone else is upbraided for being petty.
One of our very favorite magazines is Crisis, and in its April issue Mary Jo Anderson reviews New Catholics for a New Century by the liberal Catholic Arthur Jones, and charges the author with being, yes, petty. Noting how Jones pits the liberal Bishop Thomas Gumbleton against the conservative Archbishop Charles Chaput, she says that While Jones concedes that both clerics admirably observe vows of poverty, he cant resist the petty observation that while Archbishop Chaputs possessions fit in one suitcase, Bishop Gumbletons fit in a very small suitcase.
Is Jones being petty or acutely observant? Were stumped, though we acknowledge that if poverty is extremely important to you, youd probably say the latter.
More pettiness follows , Anderson adds.
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