We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $23,825 to go. Your gift will be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

The Insights eNewsletter

Down with Functionaries!

First appeared on 04/23/2013. Insights is also available to members via email delivery.

When he ordained ten deacons to the priesthood on Sunday, Pope Francis was characteristically direct: Be pastors, not functionaries.

This speaks to all of us. We must all act with a sense of mission, not just fulfill some minimal role. It is precisely this that the Second Vatican Council attempted to instill anew into every level of the Church.

But what resistance this has met ever since! The latest excuse is that the Council was simply too vague to do any good. All I can say (and have, in fact, said in my latest On the Culture essay) is this: Beware the vagueness of Vatican II!

If you've been following the news here in America, you know that various tragedies have brought the question of gun control back to the fore. But unfortunately, some of our bishops have pontificated in near-total ignorance. Phil Lawler explains in two commentaries:... [more content for subscribers]

There's much more! Sign up to receive Insights!

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

A silent scandal: Catholic schools promoting morally unacceptable vaccines April 24
A More Militant Church? April 24
How we'll know if the Vatican and the US hierarchy are serious about deposing negligent bishops April 24
Final take on the LCWR: A time to plant, a time to uproot April 24
With the LCWR, has the Vatican taken Gamaliel's advice? April 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - April 21