Wednesday, August 31, 2005

More bureaucracy, please!

Bishop Donald Wuerl, whom the vaticanisti have previously mentioned as a possible replacement in San Francisco, has written an article in his diocesan newspaper suggesting that individual bishops should refrain from making statements regarding the ramifications in their individual dioceses for a Catholic politician who has taken policy positions counter to Catholic teaching on issues such as abortion, instead making such pronouncements as a college through the U.S.C.C.B. In his article, Wuerl asks the following, "if it is decided by a bishop that there are sufficient grounds to refuse Communion to a person, given the interrelatedness of the dioceses in this country, should such a decision be finalized only in concert with the conference of bishops whose purpose is to provide some level of pastoral collaboration and coordination?" Given that the bishop is pastor of a diocese, not representative to the Conference, the answer should be "no."

In some respects, the article sounds like code for "Let's allow some of these things to die in committee, so that we don't ruffle any feathers." Or, "Why did Burke and Chaput have to start so much trouble by being so vocal during the last election?"

Why? Most likely because after hours of prayer, reflection, and consultation, they decided that their pastoral responsibilities required such a response. Don't forget, the Catholic politicians who support legalized abortion, not the bishops, are the ones who forced this response by their vocal disregard for authentic Catholic teaching.

Bishops are shepherds for their respective dioceses--let's hope and pray that, when necessary, they will continue to speak as such even when it makes some of their brother bishops uncomfortable. The vaticanisti seem to recall that Christ did something similar in his day . . . .

10 Comments:

Anonymous Salvacion said...

Some bishops just talk the talk.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous fr. bob said...

Your four recent postings are boring and trite. You've lost your touch. What happened?

4:05 PM  
Blogger invocante said...

Just ignore the rude comment of "fr bob" I have found your last 4 postings (like all the others) very interesting. Doesn't Bob realsie bloggers post as a public service for nothing. If someone doesn't like a blog they don't have to read it! Keep the faith.

2:39 AM  
Anonymous Mr. 8 said...

What's the Wuerl coming too? I used to think he was on the side of light.

1:20 PM  
Blogger The Don said...

This is well-said! Keep up the good work!

3:38 AM  
Blogger mariette said...

Vaticanisti - call me.

12:52 PM  
Blogger vaticanisti said...

Mariette, where are you? The voice of the vaticanisti has cried out in the wilderness . . .

8:32 AM  
Blogger Christ-Haunted said...

I agree 100 percent. It seems strange to that some bloggers support Wuerl's proposal. Most of Denver's Catholics support Chaput's defense of the faith. I blogged on this same same issue
last week.

http://christ-haunted.blogspot.com/2005/08/bishop-wuerl-to-bishops-play-nice.html

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank the Lord I live in St. Louis!

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