Bull's eye

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 26, 2004

Ray Kerrison's column in the New York Post, "When Bishops Fear to Lead, is a must. You've got to read the whole thing, but here's just an appetizer:

It's hardly a surprise that the biggest scandal in the American church in the past century should erupt in Massachusetts: Nobody has been minding the store there for 50 years.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 29, 2004 9:03 AM ET USA

    If this is the attitude of the bishops it makes one wonder how many of them have compromised their lives and faith commitment to follow God to gaining the Bishop's residence or "silver". Now they close their meetings to the public or press. It did show them as a body of men that seemed more bored, irritated, and impatient with what was happening in their meeting together. What now is happening behind closed doors. So irritated with the laity's call to responsibility? And now bankruptcies?!?

  • Posted by: Phil - Jul. 28, 2004 9:40 AM ET USA

    Snowbird, I'd love to clarify, but I can't. Diocesan official refuse to comment on the status of Kerry's marriage-- whether he has obtained an annulment and regularized his second marriage. This seems to be a consistent policy-- and a very strange one, since marriage is a public act.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 28, 2004 7:08 AM ET USA

    Isn't Kerry living in an invalid second marriage - which would prevent his receiving Communion in the first place - - . This seems never to be mentioned but only his abortion stance. Clarify please, Mr Lawler.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 27, 2004 11:27 AM ET USA

    How can you fault the bishops for following the example of the Pope?On January 6,2001 our Pope personally gave communion to Franchesco Ruttelli,one of the most vocal exponets of abortion in Italy.Am I the only one who knows this?Stop complaining ! Your problem is not with the bishops but with the Pope!Call Ratzinger.Wycliffe

  • Posted by: - Jul. 27, 2004 12:57 AM ET USA

    Acedia is one of the 7 deadly sins. Dr Pseudodionysius sees rampant symptoms of spiritual decay resulting from rampant acedia in the clergy.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 26, 2004 2:47 PM ET USA

    Let’s not forget the culpability of the many priests that welcome Kerry and his ilk into their churches and dispense the Eucharist to these notorious public sinners. This, in and of itself, is a grave sin—a sin committed by the very clergy who are supposed to lead their flocks by example. No wonder the people sit idly by while this sacrilege is committed in the most holy of places. Indeed, this is “hardly a surprise.”

  • Posted by: - Jul. 26, 2004 12:30 PM ET USA

    Why would most bishops act when their past performance on the issue of abortion is largely lip service? These are men who are largely contented, self-satisfied, lazy and cowardly. Acting like sheep rather than shepherds, they follow the path of least resistance. In the end, however, as Judaic wisdom states, they will need to "fear God!"