Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Archbishop Chaput: Right wing Catholics 'generally not happy with the Pope'?

Archbishop lost in woods. - Botero


Really?

What are right wing Catholics?

Are there left wing Catholics?

Middle of the road Catholics?

Is Catholicism a political system?

Was everyone happy with former Popes?

I have a lot of respect for Archbishop Chaput.  But why would he speak this way about Catholics?
During an interview in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, for instance, Chaput bluntly stated:
[T]hat members of the right wing of the Catholic church "generally have not been really happy" with some aspects of Francis' early months and said the pope will have to find a way "to care for them, too." - NCR
WTH?

I'm so not fond of politicians and political terms when it comes to the Faith.  What does that mean, right wing of the Church?

Is the rest of the Church something else?  Is there a liberal wing that has it's own set of rules and teachings and liturgy.  What is Chaput really saying?

Are bishops called to segregate and politicize the Body of Christ?  Are some Catholics labeled, and then so easily dismissed that they are neglected?  That there needs to be a special way 'to care for them too'? 

I don't get this kind of bishop-speak?   Like Dolan saying, "We have to do more for gay Catholics."  What the hell are all of these political designations doing to the Body of Christ? 

Bishops should not do interviews.

Bishops should avoid photo-ops.

Bishops should stop labeling people.

Bishops should tend their flocks.


  

12 comments:

  1. At one time, a practicing Catholic was simply "Catholic." Since VCII, that's no longer the case. There is a broad spectrum of people who call themselves Catholic. The Church is fragmented, and I can't decide who's right because of theological & liturgical contradictions between groups & between the "old" & "new" style of Catholicism. This is not a good thing. Vatican III anybody? Actually, it's probably best not to hold a Council there again.

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  2. "Bishops should not do interviews.

    Bishops should avoid photo-ops.

    Bishops should stop labeling people.

    Bishops should tend their flocks."

    In other words, Bishops should learn from Pope Francis.

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    1. Intentional or not, Pope Francis has been in countless photo-ops. In his little spontaneous sermons he also regularly uses labels/categories of opprobrium: "don't be an old maid", don't be a sour-face", don't be a "Pelagian" counting your rosaries, and so on. Just sayin'...

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  3. Archbishop Chaput seems like a good Bishop, kind and focused on restoring the church. Yet there are some things that go untouched. A few weeks ago Mr. Voris was on a Catholic internet show which I have posted below for your own listening so it can be verified, where he talked about a conversation he had with his excellency. While speaking with Chaput it seemed like everything was on the up and up between the two; however afterwords people who knew Voris wrote to the archbishop who then backhanded his work. A two face, lets hope not and pray for him.

    http://www.vericast.net/blog/albums/the-church-militant/

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    1. Exactly. It's things like that.

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    2. James, thanks for the link. I'm listening to it right now, and the hosts are outstanding--the real deal. I can't believe I've never heard of them before.

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    3. thanks, I only came across them a couple weeks ago. All the episodes are great. Enjoy!

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  4. I didn't get that either. Very disappointing. Following St. Augustine, there are really only two kinds of catholics as there are only two kinds of love: those who follow the broad way and are content with the fruits of mere human love, and those who strain to follow the narrow way and yearn for the fruits of divine love.

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  5. As stupid as it sounds, what he said is actually true. Those Catholics who identify as "right wing" or "conservative" are much less likely to like this pope.

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    1. Right - Fr. Z is an example I think.

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  6. I'm starting to have a hard time with Archbishop Chaput's frequent culture-warrior, religious freedom focus. I think it runs the risk of ideologizing the Gospel.

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  7. I have no bloody idea what wing I am any more. Who knows, maybe I'm ripe for the cafeteria. Anyway, I like Pope Francis. Whatever.

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