Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

By Cheshire (articles ) | May 05, 2003

It is easy to counsel patience regarding the removal of a problem bishop, and it is reassuring to the pious to say that all will be well since the matter is in the Pope's "holy hands." This is bad theology. Infallibility and the "grace of state" do not ensure prudence in administrative matters, even in the case of a saintly Pontiff. Were that otherwise, papal history would be a lot gentler to read.

The Church is suffering unspeakably now in morale and money because of the failure to remove bishops, not to mention the countless souls that have been lost. A long list of these failures will be recorded in the history books. One representative case suffices for this space: Rembert Weakland. How did he slip through the Pope's "holy hands" for so long?

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($24,887 to go):
$150,000.00 $125,112.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Facing entrenched opposition, Pope Francis plows ahead on Vatican reform 1 hours ago
The cardinal who can't let go 7 hours ago
Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17