Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Today's top non sequitur

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jun 19, 2003

A Washington Post article conveys the impression that the real cause for all the trouble among the US bishops is the absence of national leadership-- that the bishops' conference needs more power. Thus:

R. Scott Appleby, an expert on the American church at the University of Notre Dame, said the weakness of leadership is not just a matter of personalities, but of structure. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he said, has no real power over its individual members.

The pope's "policy has been to reinforce the notion that the bishops report directly to Rome, and he has not been a great supporter of national bodies of bishops," Appleby said. "I think it's a regrettable lack of confidence from the pope in his own bishops."

Let's see, now. If the Pope more confidence in bishops, he would make sure they were supervised more closely? What's wrong with that logic?

The truth is the Pope has shown (misplaced?) confidence in diocesan bishops, and resisted the temptation to make them subject to a national bureaucracy. The bishops, after all, are anointed successors to the apostles. The bishops' conference is an administrative convenience, with no foundation in Scripture or Church tradition.

A year ago we were wondering why the USCCB staff asked Appleby to address the bishops' meeting in Dallas. Now that choice is easier to understand.

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 Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($25,000 to go):
$25,000.00 $0.00
100% 0%
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.

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Essence of Evangelization 3 hours ago
The Finn resignation: 10 years too late, bishops face accountability 4 hours ago
Evangelization Itself 5 hours ago
Church Fathers: The Other Greek Apologists April 19
Mysteries, again and again! April 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - 15 hours ago