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  •  Speaking strictly for myself, I don't have (1+ / 0-)
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    any problem with someone in handcuffs as a concept in and of itself.  It's one bin in the sexual smorgasboard and carries no negative connotation, IMO.  

    I don't like cops who handcuff people with half a joint in the glove compartment.  

    And nudity seems just fine.  Ain't got no problem with that at all.  If someone wants to walk naked down the street, I say go for it, although the cops who cuff kids with a joint in the glove compartment are also likely to freak out at public nudity.  City ordinances will be scandalized, etc.  

    And, personal opinion here, I'd recommend the summer months as opposed to February in Boston or St. Paul.

    •  I have issue with hypocrisy (1+ / 0-)
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      Buy not with kink, because that would be a hypocrite thing to do.

      "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:43:18 AM PST

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      •  Right. The Vatican always seems way, (0+ / 0-)

        way up in the tower, totally disconnected from the lives of its flock.

        Wallin was regional, presiding over a very modern New England congregation, is my guess.  Romantic visitors late at night would be an issue for his higher-ups in Rome but apart from the Church's homophobia, is acceptable.  Priests jeopardize their positions by flipping The Vatican the bird, and god knows it doesn't take much to upset The Vatican.

        Wallin's drug running is problematic no matter what line of work he's in.  But if he was an addict as well, selling drugs to have money to buy them, his use might be seen as a disease, a health issue, rather than just "He sells drugs, he's bad."

        Just guessing, but I'm thinking Wallin may have shown very significant emotional support to many, many people over a long period.  I'd hope some of those people show him some now.

    •  This thing has so many levels... (1+ / 0-)
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      I think perhaps you'd have to been Catholic to see how far this person has strayed from what he is supposed to represent. The most honest thing would have been for him to have quit the priesthood long ago. I'm serious when I say I'm not sure if this is a tragedy or a comedy.

      •  I don't know which it is for Catholics, (1+ / 0-)
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        although it seems as if Wallin has more a record of virtue and engagement than transgression, and of course, I'm counting only the drug running as transgression.  

        The Vatican would fiercely disagree and might see it all as a piece.

        Had he quit, yes, he would have avoided the tension with the top folks in Rome without the drug running charge.  Once it got to the sale of schedule 1 substances, that shut everything down at once.  

        I thought Kleinfield's article leaned way too heavy on the private life and cheated Wallin of the things he had done right and well and for a long time prior.  

        •  I think you are missing... (1+ / 0-)
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          this thing from the context of Wallin himself, the priesthood is a huge commitment for a devout Catholic... this incloses a huge element of self-betrayal... that is the tragic part... who did he think he was fooling? His parishioners? God himself? How did he rationalize all this?

          •  Graham Greene meets Tarantino? (0+ / 0-)
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            I think he could be drawn as a figure true to more than one life, more than one set of values.  

            If he shone in his role as a priest and was true to its calling and its daily application, he was true also to his personal life, his private pursuit of erotic pleasure and release.  

            The screenwriter could ask the audience to consider that there can be more than one truth, and that it is possible, if perilous, to manage to be truthful to conflicting sets of circumstances.  

            Agree -- the practical limitations are enormous and even insurmountable.  But there is a divine spark in both Wallin the shepherd of his community and Wallin the mere human who is true to the imperative of desire.

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