The contemplative Pope
All due respect Father, be careful about what you're grateful for. You've got two problems here:1) This reinforces the double standard that the leftist media ignores. Women are permitted to have their "women only" facilities, but men are not. The only reason this is tolerated is because women get to enjoy a degree of "victim status". 2) A shallow minded public sees the Augusta country-lcub-cave-in and applies the same idea to any men-only institution it pleases. This just begs more ignorant nagging about "Why no women priests?" and emboldens more illiterati to support the fake women's ordinations that take place.You'll have to celebrate this one without me.
You know, I'm not a golfer and, on one level, I don't really care who plays at Augusta. But, this makes me angry because it is more caving in to the politically correct and the whining of egalitarian losers. There is nothing wrong with having exclusive clubs, and there is nothing wrong with an all male club, either. This is just more nonsense, and I hope they lose membership and money.
I hope the Knights of Columbus aren't pressured to allow women or non-Catholics.
I am a golfer. Augusta is Mecca. No doubt about it. It is the end of the World when it comes to golf. I have been a major, major fan of the Masters since I watched Fuzzy win it in 1979. I was 5. I've been playing golf since I was 3. I'm 40. I'm good. I am also a traditionalist when it comes to the game. Play it where it lies, follow the rules, self govern. Play golf, not a game very similar to golf wherein you enact a bevy of "local rules...." this isn't Monopoly after all, it is golf.Get the idea on how I feel about golf? Good.I am 100% in favor of what Billy Payne has done. I don't care about the politics. I don't care about the liberal bias. That means nothing. If Condi Rice and Darla Moore are accepted as members, it doesn't change the landscape of Augusta National. It doesn't change the Masters.As far as having a "boys' club" fine....but there is nothing wrong with admitting women to join a golf club. If they fit the criteria, then let them in. If they don't, keep them out. I know I can't join Augusta National. I'm a man. Am I upset? Nope. Would I join Augusta National if the circumstances were right? You bet. Even with Condi and Darla as members, you bet.This isn't political. This isn't an attack on tradition. This is a membership admitting two persons to their roster. I am sure that Condi and Darla will be great assets to ANGC.Oh, if Condi ever decides to get in the Presidential race....she has my vote.And I can guarantee you that I'm more conservative and more traddy than 99.99999999% of any American out there.May Clifford and Bobby's memory live forever!
I believe that Oscar Wilde once described fox-hunting as “the pursuit of the inedible by the unspeakable.” Golf can be described simply as “the pursuit of the inedible.” =)
And "A good walk spoiled."
Keep in mind this is the Augusta National and there should be awe and wonder not banality!
Fr. - Why in the world would you even put this on the same plane as ordaining women? Good grief! I don't have a problem with women on the golf course, but using terminology as "hierarchy ordains" is in poor taste for so many reasons. I think you need to have a conversation with Bishop Greg regarding putting your personal feelings out there that reflect on Church matters.
Bob you have to be from Augusta to know that the Augusta National Golf Club is a religion and I don't mean that in a derogatory way, but Augusta National is simply different.
Father, my light-hearted comment originates in personal frustration. It is a line I have used for years when some of my students tell me they will not be in class on a particular day because they are competing in some sort of golf tournament. I am, of course, prepared to make an exception for the august Augusta National Masters! =)
In spite of trying, really, really trying to like golf, I still find it hopelessly boring, Mark Twain was right: Golf is a long walk--ruined.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of golf is the great golf jokes it has given us. This stupid egalitarian move is just one of the latest...
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