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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 30, 2006

St. Petersburg Bishop Robert N. Lynch instructs the faithful on his favorite topic, Bishop Robert N. Lynch.

I have deliberately refrained from reciting a litany of accomplishments of this past decade. Some day, maybe someone will look at what has been accomplished and judge it "good." A lot has been accomplished, but much more remains to be done.

That first sentence should read, "On the advice of my attorney, I have deliberately refrained from reciting a litany of accomplishments." The rest of the paragraph, I think we can agree, speaks for itself.

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  • Posted by: Coco - Feb. 02, 2006 7:20 PM ET USA

    And the next paragraph in EM is: "65. Interrupting Exposition: If, because there is not a suitable number of faithful for the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, continuous exposition is not possible, it is permissible..." The document clearly intends perpetual adoration, why else would special instruction be made when "continuous exposition is not possible"?

  • Posted by: Coco - Feb. 02, 2006 7:17 PM ET USA

    Well, perhaps the Bishop did not read to the end of Eucharisticum Mysterium, which he so generously quotes: "64. Prolonged Exposition: For any grave and general need, the local Ordinary can order that there should be prayer before the Blessed Sacrament exposed over a long period, which may be strictly continuous, in those churches where there are large numbers of the faithful." So how is it that Exposition, by it's nature, is not perpetual?

  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Feb. 01, 2006 5:59 PM ET USA

    Where'sthemoneyroger - thanks for the url - I read it, you're right. There is something so creepy, so evil about that document it really did give me the chills. It should have been entitled "Why Eucharistic Adoration is Bad for Catholics" - have all of these guys given their souls over? Pray for holy priests.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 31, 2006 2:02 PM ET USA

    What a guy this Bishop Lynch! definitely Papal material. Just imagine, "Rocky I". With a little polishing his modest letter commemorating his first ten episcopal years has encyclical potential: "Artens Sui Servians." Bishop Lynch's "preferential option for non-entities" as diocesan co-ministers is both edifying and pragmatic (after all, they'll never upstage you!"), To summon it up in Irish wisdom: "By God, the man's gone far on little!"

  • Posted by: - Jan. 31, 2006 1:14 PM ET USA

    Catholics have an absolute right to the sacraments, sacramentals, and public and private, non-liturgical worship in the Catholic church of their choice. Bishops and pastors owe it to their flocks to organize, sponsor, lead and encourage participation in Eucharistic adoration, benediction, processions, novenas, retreats, the Rosary, vigils, and the like. What Bp. Lynch has done in his Eucharistic Adoration doc is to “Protestantize” his diocese, reducing Catholicism to Sunday worship. Shame!

  • Posted by: frjimc - Jan. 31, 2006 8:41 AM ET USA

    In the document on Eucharistic Adoration, Bp. Lynch seems to be saying that assuring that "the eucharistic ministers [sic] reflect the parish, i.e., inclusive of age, ethnicity, and gender" is more important than, and therefore prior to, having Adoration at the parish. Why has he not received an early retirement notice? He's actually doing grave damage to the faithful. Can you imagine ANY of the saints agreeing with this drivel? Lord, preserve us from liturgical terrorists!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 31, 2006 1:30 AM ET USA

    Twelve ordinations in a decade. I'm sure all of them are affectively mature.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 30, 2006 8:35 PM ET USA

    If you want to read his chilling instruction on Adoration of the Blessed sacrament and Exhibition here is the link http://www.dioceseofstpete.org/pdf/worship/Eucharistic_Adoration_2005-06.pdf It is in PDF format. My blood ran cold reading it..... and it takes a lot for my blood to run cold. After all I live in Rogerworld.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Jan. 30, 2006 6:27 PM ET USA

    "I abhor abortion, war, capital punishment, euthanasia, violence, and sexual and physical abuse of minors and of women. But I have also tried not to be so shrill that those involved in the above evils could not find the compassion of Jesus for the sinner and the deeply rooted desire to allow these people to come home — to Christ, to the church, to our community." Can we all agree that Bishop Lynch has stayed far away from "shrillness?" He's been as far from shrill as Tampa is from Indonesia.

  • Posted by: parochus - Jan. 30, 2006 5:44 PM ET USA

    Marathon man!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 30, 2006 5:21 PM ET USA

    Bishop Lynch is too modest. Among his more stellar achievements: 1) Arranging to be in Indonesia, ostensibly on a tsunami inspection, while Terri Schiavo's agony reached its climax. His Pontius Pilate immitation came in spite of desperate pleas from her anguished parents. His best offering was a "can't we all just get along" missive. 2) Prohibiting Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in his diocese. It would be hard to top his performance during the Schiavo affair, but this just might. Bravo!!

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Jan. 30, 2006 3:58 PM ET USA

    Very hard to read Bp Lynch's note and think that it was penned by a successor of the Apostles. It reads like the sappy, superficial, mindless drivel of a politico addressing his "children" rather than the intelligent discourse of a man called by God to labor for the salvation of souls. Perhaps someone could more eloquently identify what it is about this episcopal psychobabble that is so offensive to pious ears.

  • Posted by: Ross Dee - Jan. 30, 2006 2:52 PM ET USA

    I am surprised the "good" Bishop didn't break his arm patting himself on the back. Bishop R. Lynch made no effort to save Terry Schiavo, but infact, told his priests and the faithful not to protest.The instructions from Rome, not to starve a human to death, fell on deaf ears.The Bishop could have had bus loads of Catholic students, priests, and teachers protesting the killing of Terry.It sounds like the Bishop refrained from reciting the "Litany of the Saints", instead of his accomplishments.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Jan. 30, 2006 12:56 PM ET USA

    This line sets the tone: "I have thought a lot about the last 10 years the last few weeks as I drive myself around the diocese for various ceremonies and events." Do you, or does anyone you know, refer to getting in the car, turning the ignition key and moving from point A to point B as "driv[ing] myself." I think it's just the good bishop's way of reminding us that he lives his poverty, eschewing even the niceties of a chauffeur. Terri Schiavo's folks must be so moved by his sensitivity.

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