The low estate of the bishops
By Cheshire (articles ) | Jun 17, 2003
The implosion of the dignity of the episcopate is now breathtaking. Governor Keating is forced out for comparing some of the bishops to the Mafia and those bishops give his unfortunate remark credibility by their total obliviousness to the depths to which they have sunk. Had Archbishop Weakland been removed from office when he first openly mocked the Holy See, he would not have compounded his ruinous effect on the Church by relevations of immorality and bribery, and he would not have left his archdiocese saddled with debt and a wrecked cathedral. Had Bishop O'Brien been removed from office when he copped a plea to stay out of jail, he might not now be under arrest for hit-and-run vehicular homicide. - We are now paying a price unprecedented in church history for the breakdown of discipline. "Oh, what a tangled web we weave/ when first we practice to deceive." - Are there any John Fishers or Charles Borromeos waiting in the wings? Nothing less than such saints can lift the episcopate from this unspeakable mire.
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Jun. 17, 2003 1:52 PM ET USA
It is likely that most current American bishops sought their jobs for the dignity, honor and privilege it would bring, and not for the lowly service to others that Jesus had in mind when he washed his apostles' feet. How appropriate for them to lose in a most ignominious way that which they valued above all else. Don't look for any of them catch on and repent. God can teach us the easy way or the hard way, and it appears our bishops have chosen the hard way. Just like Pharaoh and the Pharisees.