See no evil

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 16, 2004

Sorry; I really don't mean to keep whaling on poor Archbishop Flynn (see below)-- who's going to be busy enough today, for reasons you'll find in the "News Bytes"-- but I can't let go without calling your attention, once more, to this gem.

On liturgical matters, Flynn said, the bishops were able to report on "the faithfulness of God's people in the United States and the great love they have for the liturgy." He said the bishops told the Vatican they have not experienced anything in their dioceses that would indicate a lack of faith on the part of the church community regarding the liturgy.

The bishops-- collectively-- "have not experienced anything" that would suggest lack of faith. Have. Not. Experienced. Anything.

"Lord, I do believe; help my unbelief." That's the prayer of a Christian, who recognizes that his own sinfulness, and therein his lack of faith. If he lives in the US, the bishops haven't spotted him.

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  • Posted by: Fr. Walter - Dec. 18, 2004 8:02 PM ET USA

    One must say "Bravo!" to His Grace, Archbishop Flynn, for perfectly embodying the de facto motto of the US Bishops' Conference, "Ineffective and Uninspiring!" "Do the Bishops know what is happening in the Church in the US?" Probably not. "Do they care?" Only if it gives them bad press and reduces collections. "What do they believe?" I couldn't tell you. "Will they defend the Faith?" Please, be serious. "Will they stop people from knelling for Communion?" Your darn right they will!

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Dec. 17, 2004 11:40 PM ET USA

    AB Harry "Tick" Flynn makes me want to SCrEaM! With him and so many of his brethren in the Episcopacy all I can say is: "beam me up, Scotty." BTW...after stating he was not "political," Bp. elect Msgr Bransfield offered this gem in response to a question re: women priests: " 'Bransfield doesn’t EXPECT women priests to be part of the solution. 'It’s NOT going to happen. It’s the teaching of the church, and right NOW it’s the teaching of the Holy Father.' " There was no follow-up question.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Dec. 17, 2004 6:20 PM ET USA

    Gino's comment is important. Has anybody in Abp, Flynn's diocese sent him a copy of it? I think it's important that we say these things to the bishops, not just about them. I have, in the past, sent OTR comments about Abp. Levada to his flack with the request that he pass them on. I don't know if he's done it, because neither man has ever acknowledged them. But I've made the effort.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 17, 2004 9:56 AM ET USA

    Has ivory tower been taken out of the vocabulary?

  • Posted by: Masaku - Dec. 17, 2004 2:25 AM ET USA

    The in roads into New Vision is an example of sure step towards reaching all and everybody. I think there is a silent majority that has come into contact with CWN in Africa and other parts of the world. I hope one of these days this silent majority will also announce themselves.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 9:14 PM ET USA

    I suppose Bishop Flynn is quite happy with the 25% attendance figure. It does not surprise me that the Bishops have not "NOTICED" a lack of faith. They have not noticed anything else such as sex abuse, homosexual predators in the priesthood, lack of vocations, rebellious Catholic Institutions of learning, theologians teaching falsehood. No, Bishop Flynn has not noticed anything amiss! Everything is hunky dory in the American Church!

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 8:44 PM ET USA

    "Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no...." Oh well - two out of three...

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 6:02 PM ET USA

    It took two years as a Catholic for me to realize that the bishops are totally out of touch with the reality of what goes on in parishes. They sit around and talk to a small group of aging dissidents and femmes and think they know what is going on. In reality all they know are the fantasies of those who pretend that all their programs are successful when in reality so many ignore what they can, tolerate what they can't ignore or just leave. How did we get so many Peter Pan's in the episcooate?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 12:23 PM ET USA

    With all due respect Your Excellency: Do you go to Mass at the churches in your archdiocese? I have been to a few Masses there and saw: 1.) At the Basillica in Minneapolis, depite the presence of functional kneelers, nobody knelt at any time during Mass. 2.) Choir lined up in front of the altar to sing. 3.) Priest left the altar to give anti-American /pro-Castro screed of a homily 4.) Numerous errors by the "Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion" And, does "Rainbow Sash" ring a bell?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 10:16 AM ET USA

    There are two ways to interpret the archbishop's comments. First, he may be lying. Second, he may have "chancery palsy" which is a little described medical condition that prevents high-placed ecclesiastics from venturing out among "the people of God" in such a way as to understand the reality of their condition. It is a condition somewhat related to "politician's post-election amnesia." The root cause of both is overwheening pride and arrogance.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 10:02 AM ET USA

    Allow me to see if I have this straight. (1) Rainbow Sash in. (2) Flynn flamenco dances in front of Cardinal Arinze and reports back, ala McCarrick/Ratzinger, that Arinze is A-Ok with (1) (3) Legionnaires of Christ out. Gotcha. By the way, did you notice on the header to Archbishop Errol Flynn's masthead that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow? Have a nice day.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 10:00 AM ET USA

    Saint Fulton Sheen pray for us.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 9:52 AM ET USA

    So that's why he's banned the Legionnaires of Christ? Oh. I see now.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 9:49 AM ET USA

    I have concluded for a long time now that the commandment proscribing lying does not apply to the episcopacy, the clergy, or any chancery employees. Actions will always speak louder than words. Their "book" looks a lot more like "Bonfire of Vanities" than anything in Sacred Scripture.