By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 10, 2003
Bishop Wilton Gregory, president and spokesman for the US bishops' conference, puts the sex-abuse scandal in perspective for the media:
I believe that it is important that we not lose context of all that the Church has done, and continues to do with such clarity, generosity, and effectiveness. We still feed the poor, we still assist immigrants, we still are engaged in international questions of import-- that's part of who we are as Catholics.
Bishop Gregory does not mention that the Church administers the sacraments, and proclaims the Gospel. Maybe he forgot.
Would it be fair to say that the Mass is "part of who we are as Catholics?"
Would it be fair to say that the functions Bishop Gregory does cite-- feeding the poor, helping immigrants-- could be done without the Church?
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Nov. 10, 2003 1:22 PM ET USA
There is no question that the Catholic bishops have lost sight of who Catholics are and what their primary purpose is. The Mass specifically the Eucharist and following that the rest of the sacraments are what the Church is about. And, the sacraments are about our journey to holiness. All social programs must flow out of that and be firmly grounded in evangelization. If they aren't then we offer just one social program that may feed the body but leaves the soul starving for eternity.