Shepherd, Pastor, Leader -- or, "Do I wish I hadn't felt his biceps?"

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 16, 2003

From the archives:

I pray that you will seek reconciliation with the Church you say you love and with its leaders. I pray that you will cease these personal and vicious attacks on those whom the successor of Peter has chosen to lead the Church in this country at this time. I pray that you will cease calling people to disobedience and instead call them to charity and to love. I pray that you will cease your current approach and try to work with the magisterium, not against the magisterium in leading more and more people to the love of Christ. You and your network are not helping me in my office as shepherd, pastor and leader.

From a letter of the Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, to Mother Angelica of EWTN, November 19, 1997.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 17, 2003 10:29 PM ET USA

    Is this the very same Bishop Lynch who has done NOTHING to save Terri Schindler-Shiavo from legalized murder by a greedy husband who is not quite without a cloud of suspicion hanging over his head? Is this the same Bishop Lynch who appears as a moral coward and a renegade of Christ's love...rejecting Jesus' call to care for the weakest among us? And if so, can this man do nothing right except resign and go into a contemplative monastery for the rest of his life?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2003 6:23 PM ET USA

    Is the good Bishop an example as to why Judas was not chosen instead of Peter?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2003 4:53 PM ET USA

    He must have been off his meds when he wrote this one.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2003 4:50 PM ET USA

    Followup question from the defense: Why does the Bishop's letter not make specific reference to violations of Canon Law? Is this not prudent if you are disciplining someone who you are responsible for as Bishop?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2003 4:19 PM ET USA

    Four sentences start with I pray, and then the last one is accusatory. I seem to recall Mark Shea having an issue with Mother Angelica's response (I think) but, that said, it doesn't mean that the Bishop of St Petersburg (Florida) was anymore apostolic in his vitriol than other Florida bishops in places such as, say, Palm Beach. Nice pejoratives btw -- "personal", "vicious". It mentions Mercy and Love but not Justice. Odd.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2003 3:39 PM ET USA

    That guy must have had his head on backwards. What kind of "man" so attacks a little old lady? Well, Roger did. When will a new "Saint Hercules" turn the river on this Augean Stable ? The stench has all but filled up the whole planet.