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A Catholic Moment - missed

By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Apr 13, 2003

The Spectator [UK] notes that the Church of England has scored great points with the appointment of its new Archbishop of Canterbury (who has been scored by trads for unorthodox views, but is indeed undoubtedly gifted and articulate) while the 'recently fashionable' Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales looks increasingly anemic -- a "Catholic Moment" missed. Easily translatable from English to American. -FrW


"So the Church of England is finally wheeling its big guns up to the front line. The Catholic Church, in contrast, has a policy of awarding mitres to men who, in another life, might just make deputy director of social services in a London borough. The analogy is a good one because much of what the Bishops' Conference and its secretariat produces is indistinguishable from local-authority waffle. According to its mission statement, "values are more than words, but they need to be expressed in words, stories and images.... We seek to involve everybody at the appropriate level in planning and decision-making (subsidiarity). In all this, we aim to be an example of best practice."

The Catholic bishops are heavily into "best practice": they are always producing press releases "calling on" such-and-such a body to implement it. Even Saddam Hussein has not escaped their strictures."

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