His highly-developed staff

By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Oct 22, 2003

One hopes and prays that the tragic situation of Terri Schiavo down in Florida leads to much good. Hundreds of thousands of people have gotten involved by letting the state of Florida know of their concern. Priests have weighed in on this and other life issues from the pulpit. And the issues involved have been brought to public attention and, one hopes, caused many people to reflect on our society and reverence for life.

Where, in all of this, is Bishop Robert Lynch???

The story, as it has unfolded, is amazing. There have been any number of points at which the Church could have mounted vigorous public protest. Things got to such a pass that an eighty-year old Monsignor who has been faithfully visiting Mrs. Schiavo was prevented by police, at the demand of Mrs. Schiavo's husband's attorney, from administering Holy Communion to her -- indeed, what he thought would probably be her Viaticum.

Last week, as the drama intensified, his chancery office was deluged with calls, FAXes and emails from people begging Bishop Lynch to get involved publicly; they were told that he was on a "staff development retreat." This week, as events continue to unfold, one looks in vain for his name in reports from Florida. Perhaps the Bishop runs his staff on an Ignatian model, and this "staff development retreat" is one of those thirty day Ignatian thangs. Perhaps.

But there was a withering comment made by one columnist, to the effect that if Terri Schiavo were on death row, having murdered three people while knocking over a liquor store, the Florida episcopate would be lined up outside the Governor's Office clamoring for her life to be spared.

We must continue to offer our Masses, Holy Communions, rosaries, support for Terri Schiavo, her family, her friends, and those who have devoted themselves to witnessing to the Gospel of Life in this hour.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 28, 2003 12:17 AM ET USA

    Isn't Bishop Lynch the one who recently ordered all perpetual adoration chapels in the diocese closed? That's a tip-off.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 23, 2003 10:43 AM ET USA

    Someone from Florida want to get a new screen name? Maybe Where'sRobert is available.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 22, 2003 10:32 PM ET USA

    Pray for her husband!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 22, 2003 10:06 PM ET USA

    Bishop Lynch? Where was the Pope? I guess we could cut him some personal slack due to poor health, but the Vatican machinery should have kicked in on this one. Not only has the Pope made special appeals for death row inmates in this country, the Vatican has gotten itself wrapped up in questions devoid of moral dimension just for the fun of it (genetically-engineered corn, anyone?).

  • Posted by: - Oct. 22, 2003 3:46 PM ET USA

    Yes, where indeed is Bishop Lynch? Well, at least we know where Bishop Murray of Kalamazoo is. He made it possible for one of his priests, Fr. Rob Johansen, to go to Florida to support Terri, her family and the good Monsignor. We also know where many good Catholic layfolk are - underwriting the cost of Fr. Rob's visit, supporting Terri and her family and storming Heaven with prayers. That's the Catholic Church I know and love!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 22, 2003 10:06 AM ET USA

    God always creates Good out of Evil; the neo-apostate Bishops that continue to plague us are becoming known by their fruits, as Our Lord said in the Gospels. For the good of the Bishops' salvation of his soul, I do pray that one day he is sent to a Mission in a destitute country in Africa to till the soil and recover the Sensus Fidei. Clearly, the Bishop believes that the Death Penalty imposed by the State is objective evil, while that imposed by deformed conscience is not.