See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Chancery stuff.


This will not do.
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I mentioned the other day how someone asked me if I wanted to infiltrate a group at odds with the Archdiocese and report my findings to the chancery - expenses would be paid.  After giving it more thought, I have to ask, why can't the Archbishop meet with these people himself?  Why do Archbishops and Cardinals keep aloof from the people they are meant to shepherd, to teach and guide?  Yesterday's reading from Acts tells us how Paul went to Athens and mingled with the pagan Athenians, recognizing their cults yet teaching them about true worship.  He taught them - he went into their midst.  They scoffed at him, but some of them said, "We should like to hear you on this another time."  So why does it seem like many bishops only preach prepared homilies from the pulpit or write exortations in diocesan newspapers - why are they not amongst their people - rather than sending spies to find out what they are up to?
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The Pope doesn't hide himself in his palace.
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Photo: Bishop of Assisi from the film,  Brother Son Sister Moon

4 comments:

  1. Austringer12:04 PM

    Terry, in a half-hearted defense of the Archbishop, I would guess that the group in question might very well tone down the extent of dissent (if that's what it is) in the presence of anyone connected with the chancery. Maybe that's their rationale. Having said that, overall I have to agree with you -- why doesn't the Archbishop just meet with these people, listen to them, and correct and teach them, as is his role? Is this a desire to avoid direct conflict, or just a question of an overly busy schedule? It could very well be the latter...

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  2. To be fair, I think they keep some conservative groups at bay as well. Like Catholic Parents Online - I'm not sure how well they are received - Flynn pretty much told them to stop bothering him at one point.

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  3. Terry Nelson; secret agent man.

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