Its always refreshing to hear Catholic bishops pronounce their solutions to the worlds and this nations problems. The Bishops constructed the seamless garment theory during the days of the Cold War and struck hard at Ronald Reagan, using their miters and staffs, to instruct him that nuclear freeze and reconciliation can end the threat of nuclear holocaust. Reagan pursued his own course which was the more prudent one. The bishops then instructed us on how to alleviate poverty through distribution of wealth. Since Republicans have been in control nationally, they followed the more prudent course of tax cuts and reduced regulation which the result that this nation is in the strongest economic position in its history.
I would really think that with the Catholic church in dire straits, with some dioceses going bankrupt because of the inability of bishops to control their errant priests
because of the inability of lack of foresight of bishops to reform their seminaries
they would spare giving us lectures on how the U. S. should be perceived by the worldas none other than Francis Cardinal George did to an admiring audience at the Chicago Catholic Theological Seminary. For one who is either unable to achieve reform
who has confessed inability to keep the archdioceses word to curb those priests who are menaces to children
a bishop must be brimming with what could be called manic exhilaration in order to give the nation instructions on how to deal with other nations. This writer has just finished a series of articles for the nations oldest national Catholic weekly on the disgraceful conduct going on in two of our largest so-called Catholic universitiesinvolving fiestas of homosexuality and abortion
all the while not a word of disapproval from cowardly and over-timid ecclesial leaders.
The retention and indeed extension of the service of Jimmy Lago as chancellor in the face of widespread criticism about how he mishandled the clerical abuse problem is inexplicable. A layman can only wonder whats going onand perhaps should not murmur disapproval. But when at the same time we get political derogation in the mask of theology, it is quite another. And quite enough. The test of whether one can reshape the world order should come at home first of allas how one reshapes corruption, venality and perversion in the Church.
Failure of nerve sufficient to run an archdiocese is one thing. It can be said that things are slightly betterat least with more authentic theologythan occurred earlier. But when in the face of continued dereliction and evasion we have to hear advice on how the United States of Americawhich has been the most generous nation in the history of the worldis failing the people of the worldits too much.
Too much for me, anyhow.