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The bishop as teacher

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 20, 2004

Just in case you've heard anything different--

Holy Mother Church has firmly and with absolute constancy held, and continues to hold, that the four Gospels just named, whose historical character the Church unhesitatingly asserts, faithfully hand on what Jesus Christ, while living among men, really did and taught for their eternal salvation until the day He was taken up into heaven (see Acts 1:1).

Second Vatican Council
Dei Verbum, 19

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Feb. 23, 2004 12:05 AM ET USA

    When a bishop makes such traitorous statements as did his excellency, the Most Rev. Patrick J. ("just call me P.J.") McGrath of San Jose, does he cease to function as a successor of the apostles in union with Rome? By virtue of his ordination, he is a bishop, but is he to be listened to if he is schismatic? Please help us, Holy Father; Congregation for Bishops; orthodox bishops in the U.S.; by correcting/removing such bishops before they do further damage to God's people.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2004 6:08 PM ET USA

    And furthermore. Which groups treat Christian Scriptures slightingly? Jews, for obvious reasons. Secularists, because they enjoy sneering at believers. And....And? Homosexuals, who cringe in fear and loathing from the mirror of opprobrium. Does Bp. McGrath belong to one or more of these?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2004 5:27 PM ET USA

    Roger Mahony, Patrick McGrath, Tod Brown, Sylvester Ryan, Robert Brom--we've got a gaggle of ninkompoops in California. All parading around as though they're important--micromanaging the posture of the faithful during Holy Communion, making pronouncements about ecology or social justice or whatever it is they decide is more important than saving souls. Like Nero, they're all fiddling while Rome (or, in this case, California) burns.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2004 3:21 PM ET USA

    I am speechless. The man is an outright heretic! Do we owe obedience to Bishops like this? I have tried to resist the notion of apostasy in high places, but it's no longer possible. Normnuke, you are on-target. God save his soul.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Feb. 20, 2004 4:42 PM ET USA

    Now I know why vocations to the priesthood have dropped. It is hardly worth it for a man to give his life in the service of "theological reflections upon the the events that form the core of Christian belief and faith." If they are not historical, how can they be considered "events." Were there "events" but we don't have any historical record? And, if they are not historical does that mean that there wasn't an historical Jesus? etc., etc., etc. Such comments make nonsense of the faith.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 20, 2004 4:14 PM ET USA

    The dear bishop needs to read his Catechism of the Catholic Church!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 20, 2004 3:42 PM ET USA

    Bishop McGrath (pronounced McGra') breezed into town about six years ago and prattled immediately to the media that he wanted to be addressed as "PJ". He usually gives the impression of being a weazel. This horrendous venture into heresy should be seen as a treasure, though. It gives us insight as to what these bozos really think in private. PJ isn't smart enough to do his own theology, so it must be a sample of what's current in his circles. JPII, do something!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 20, 2004 3:36 PM ET USA

    A certain amount of grooming is necessary to put spin like this on the truth -- I wonder where the bishop studied to for the priesthood and where he "understudied" for his current position...

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Feb. 20, 2004 2:46 PM ET USA

    Then, who allowed all these smarty pants to get away with distorting the four Gospels the way Jesus taught when he lived among men? Plus, who were the ones who completely ignored the fact that many were doing what they please especially spouting, "we are the Church" when HE, Jesus Christ, said, "Upon this rock, I will BUILD MY CHURCH...." How horrible is the fact that the smoke of satan entered the Church? Finally, Thank you God for giving us EWTN and sending new and devoted Priest!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 20, 2004 1:12 PM ET USA

    So any bishop who asserts that the Gospels are not historical has sinned enough to be removed from office. Let's try to make enough noise for somebody holed up in the Vatican to hear us !

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 20, 2004 12:39 PM ET USA

    Yes, but that's not what John Dominic Crossan said on PrimeTime during Diane Sawyer's interview with Mel Gibson. Who's a Northeastern US Catholic to believe the Jesus Seminar or some Latinate (Latinesque?) pronouncement from a bunch of cooped up celibate Vatican curia holed up several thousand miles away without benefit of studio lighting and professional makeup? Give me a break.

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