Restoring Trust -- You or Paul Marcoux?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 13, 2003

From the Woodstock Center Panel Discussion, "Restoring Trust in Church Leadership":

Question: Please indicate three top bishops who have earned trust of their people by their servant leadership and their collaborative outlook. Who do you think sets the pace, shows a good example, offers perhaps a model for imitation?

Peggy Steinfels: It is probably safe to offer the name of Joseph Bernardin, the late, in this respect since I think he certainly was a model for imitation. I'll hazard another name, Archbishop Rembert Weakland. I always felt that he was a man who was in touch with what was going on in his archdiocese and in the church in the United States, and I guess his end was unfortunate, but I still cling to the idea that he was a good bishop.

Sr. Sharon Euart, RSM: From our own experience in my archdiocese, one bishop I would name is retired now, Archbishop William Borders, who was Baltimore's archbishop until around 1989. He was that kind of person. Perhaps some said he was over-consultative, but he wanted to err on that side rather than on not consulting the appropriate groups. Another bishop, who is currently heading a diocese where people find him willing to listen, is Bishop Matthew Clark from Rochester, New York.

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  • Posted by: Elan - Nov. 14, 2003 1:46 AM ET USA

    I read "Restoring Trust in Church Leadership." It is truely disgraceful. These people spent an inordinate amount of time deluding themselves. They may rock this boat but they will never sink it. Many heresies have come and gone. Theirs too shall pass. I know it is of little consolation for those of us who may have to suffer their insolence the whole of our lives. Bring it on! Praised be Jesus Christ!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 14, 2003 12:35 AM ET USA

    Maybe Clark and O'Brien could both take up residence in huts on the Isle of Eigg ? Of course, we'd erect a barbed wire fence in between.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2003 8:51 PM ET USA

    This is a difficult choice, but I guess I'll have to go with Cardinal Wolsey, late. Or, wait, maybe Archbishop Crammer?

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2003 12:50 PM ET USA

    I watched with the bishops confrence yesterday for about 2 hours. The only way I can describe what I saw would be multible saddnesses. I used to proudly tell those outside the faith about our "living apostles", now I watch as time and time again one of them rises to question our belifes and caution us not to offend people....well I am offended, and I bet any amount of money Bishop Bruskiweitz and Archbishop Chaput have had it with the Mahoneys and Eagans of this conference....I have......

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2003 12:06 PM ET USA

    For the past two years, I have had the misfortune to live in the diocese of Rochester (commonly known nationally as the "worst" diocese). Our Bishop listens alright. To anyone and everyone except the Pope or the Magistirium. Call to Action, Voice of the Faithful, Rainbow Sash, women who want to ordain women, Interfaith (proabortion) groups, the list is endless, with the exception noted above.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2003 11:49 AM ET USA

    Plus ca change. How very reminiscent of 1Cor.: "I am for Paul, I am for Apolos, I am for Cephas..." The 'wisdom' of the world, academia and the 'Catholic' media grows apace! And if you were to ask the homosexual activists their choice for 'best' bishop, it would be...? Let's see. Where does one start? There are so many to choose from...

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2003 6:24 AM ET USA

    The question should have been: "Why Can't Our Bishops Be More Like Me?" Actually, not a few of them are or we wouldn't be in this fine kettle of fish. In 1993, I met a elderly, liberal Catholic gentleman who informed me that in 1992 he was bereft of both Pope and President. However, he felt that the situation was half-remedied the following year. In 1993, he simply lacked a Pope.