Bishop makes orthodoxy diocesan policy

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Jul 13, 2004

Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond is getting a running start in his new diocese. Last month, he appointed a new diocesan theologian, part of whose job is to approve those who may speak at parishes. He's also dismissed the "sexual minorities" commission that advised his predecessor on gay and lesbian concerns (repent and embrace chastity!) and then fired a woman from the women's commission because she supports ordaining women. This is how a new bishop cleans house.

This is almost like the "candid advice to an incoming bishop" that Diogenes offered in the March issue of Catholic World Report.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2004 4:34 PM ET USA

    Saint Athanasius, Pray HARDER for us, and thank you for your continuing intercession.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2004 9:33 PM ET USA

    Ph. D in religion? "Piled higher and deeper" as they say. Uh, what's that smell?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2004 7:17 PM ET USA

    That's the way to go Bishop DiLorenzo. How wonderful that the Bishop is doing what is expected of him. I laughed so hard when I read that Mrs Johnson said that the Bishop equated her to the Hamas. There is truth to that because her and her group have been trying to destroy the priesthood for 25yrs. Years ago excommunication would have stopped their nonsense and perhaps would have converted them.She has a Ph.D in religion? As the Bishop said, certainly not authenic Catholic. She is delusional.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2004 7:14 PM ET USA

    Freedom to choose is an essential right but one cannot choose only partially: something either is true or it isn't. The teachings of the Church are truths inspired by the Holy Spirit and cannot be partially true. And they are not options. To all dissenters: you have the freedom to choose and if you choose to call yourself a Roman Catholic then accept and practice the truths of the Church, even if you don't understand them. Otherwise, call yourself something else. Bravo, Bishop DiLorenzo!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2004 6:44 PM ET USA

    The Bishop has made his "start." Now, let us see where he will go. There is an awful lot to be done in so many areas. Bishop Di Lorenzo, I wish you well. God bless !

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2004 5:23 PM ET USA

    Jesus never alterred His message in order to make it more palatable. Following His discourse on the Blessed Sacrament some malcontents left Him. The same applies today. Mercifully He gives it ... He provides gobs of grace to help people embrace it ... but, if they still refuse, He lets them go their way. Never, ever, sugar coat His message just to keep from offending slackers, toadies and malignant hypocrites. Now, shall I tell you how I really feel about this? :)

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2004 12:33 PM ET USA

    tmac: it's past high time for some so-called Catholics to be alienated. Since when is it the purpose of Catholicism to salve everyone's ego with greasy I'm OK You're OK pop psych?

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jul. 14, 2004 12:20 PM ET USA

    But you must remember, tmac, that Jesus Christ "alienated" a lot of Jews...some of them are STILL alienated... and unfortunately some of them will probably continue to be alienated... right into eternity... Let us pray that that doesn't happen.

  • Posted by: Elan - Jul. 14, 2004 12:03 PM ET USA

    In the cathedral in Honolulu, we are not allowed to kneel from the Sanctus until everyone has received communion. The pews have been turned facing each other in a so called monastic style. The confetior is always skipped and the priest never processes in at the beginning of mass. The other parishes are pretty conservative but at the cathedral everything goes. Maybe he has changed?

  • Posted by: Brad - Jul. 14, 2004 11:39 AM ET USA

    alienate: to cause to become unfriendly or indifferent. Is the Bishop causing people to become unfriendly or indifferent or do people choose to become unfriendly and indifferent because they disagree with God and His Church and cannot come to terms with their own conscious by repenting and seeking the Lord's mercy and forgiveness and everlasting love?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2004 11:07 AM ET USA

    The only Catholics this Bishop is likely to alienate are the "buffet" Catholics and others of the same false brand of Catholicism that Sen Kerry practices. I'm familiar with a lot of the nonsense that Bishop Sullivan tolerated while he was Bishop there. As Bishops go he was terrible and is certainly culpable for countless Catholics losing their faith. He may have helped to perfect the liturgy of the clown mass though. Bishop DiLorenzo apppears to be just what Richmond needs. Thank God.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2004 10:55 AM ET USA

    How can he be alienating Catholics if they do not follow the Faith and Doctorines of the Catholic Church? At most they are Christians, but not Catholics. If you do not believe or wish to follow the rules of a group, don't pretend you are a member of the group.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2004 8:15 AM ET USA

    The Bishop is just alienating more Catholics.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2004 7:16 PM ET USA

    I hope that I do not speak too soon, but you must understand we in the Richmond diocese have been praying for a good bishop for 30 years. Now all those prayers add up.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2004 6:58 PM ET USA

    We are awaiting the appointment of a new Shepherd here... we can only hope that we are this blessed! Praise Jesus!

  • Posted by: Brad - Jul. 13, 2004 3:55 PM ET USA


  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Jul. 13, 2004 3:01 PM ET USA

    I wonder, too, if it would change a few things if I sent it to the Pastor here and several parishioners.

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Jul. 13, 2004 2:55 PM ET USA

    I think I'll print up a copy of Diogenes "candid advice to an incoming bishop" and send it to Cardinal George! Maybe, it will help. Thanks!!!