The good shepherd

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 29, 2005

Good morning, class.

Today we're having a short quiz, covering geography and current events. There are just three questions.

  1. Is there anywhere on the face of the earth that is further from St. Petersburg, Florida, than Indonesia?
  2. Where is Bishop Robert Lynch, of St. Petersburg, right now?
  3. Is there anything happening in the St. Petersburg diocese that would require the bishop's attention-- or, perhaps, make him want to be far, far away?

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  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Mar. 31, 2005 12:45 AM ET USA

    check it out. Bp. Lynch update! Diogene's could not have written a better parody or story with such ironies....

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2005 12:12 AM ET USA

    I believe His Excellency is in Indonesia searching for cheap beachfront property to be used for the first Penal Monastery of the New Evangelization. Much discussion was held in Rome about a site in Antarctica, but recent events made the Indonesian archipelago ideal.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2005 12:08 AM ET USA

    This is what happens when "yes men" and "managers" are routinely promoted to the ranks of the episcopacy. Some of the apparent disqualifiers for promotion to the rank of bishop include: an inordinate amount of common sense; piety of more than perfunctory character; zeal for the salvation of souls; concern for truth above "pastoral" welfare; etc. All is not lost, however! Despite this gauntlet of exclusionary criteria Providence still allows a good bishop to slip through now and then!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2005 12:00 AM ET USA

    If there isn't already, I believe a new principle of grammar has developed over the last few years. It is the principle of the "mandatory adjective." This principle requires that a noun with a mandatory adjective should always be utilized in civilized discourse with that adjective in place. A prime example of this principle is the use of the term "shameful bishop." Perhaps the term will eventually be hyphenated: "shameful-bishop." Eventually it will evolve into one word: "shamefulbishop".

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2005 2:26 AM ET USA

    Bishop Lynch's statement, as found on the dioscesan website, is remarkably weak. He ignores the fact that there is controversy regarding Terri's wishes, as well as the fact that the Holy Father has spoken clearly on this issue. I don't believe he has stood with the family or those fighting for Terri's life outside the hospice. Today, while Jesse Jackson denounced this starvation and dehydration as an immoral act, the bishop is nowhere near the scene. The shame is palpable.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Mar. 29, 2005 8:46 PM ET USA

    let's see, 3 Major Hurricanes in quick succession, feeling the earth move under your feet in a "Great" earthquake... not everything's a sign...but, I'd think, some of us might rightly be wondering IF someOne is not out their knocking maybe wanting to tell us a little something. knock, knock. Bp. Lynch...are you home??? oh, never mind.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 29, 2005 8:28 PM ET USA

    The Bishop's objective, verifiable behaviour, independently corroborated, is abominable. The only reason we have to pray for his soul, is because the more merciful act of stripping him of his office and threatening him with excommunication, as St Athanasius would have done, is out of bounds in our modern age. These severe disciplinary measures, as Dietrich Von Hildebrand told Paul VI, are for the good of the sinner. Bshp Lynch's behaviour and the lack of discipline cries out to heaven.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Mar. 29, 2005 4:40 PM ET USA

    The story says he's been in Indonesia since March 24 to access CRS's response to the Dec. quake/tsunami. Not only has he abandoned Terri, but what about his Diocese during the Sacred Triduum??? We'll pray, as we should, for all Church leadership and the needs of the world. We'll strive to be holy, we'll recogniize our sinfulness by the Grace of God...but, we do not have to be silent regarding such a scandalous dereliction of duty.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 29, 2005 3:25 PM ET USA

    Here is a link to the news story about Bishop Lynch's trip.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 29, 2005 3:13 PM ET USA

    Leo- Item #4 I do pray for the Holy Father, bishops and clergy daily on my drive to work. Item #5 So, simply because we've all sinned at some point in our lives we should not criticize the scandalous actions of others, in particular this bishop? Bishop Lynch has no business being on a trip to Indonesia while Terri Schiavo is being tortured in his own backyard. To my knowledge he has yet to publicly condemn what is being done to her. He's a coward.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 29, 2005 2:55 PM ET USA

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going. What will the Archbishop do if he stumbles upon someone unconscious from the earthquake, and short of food and water?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 29, 2005 12:54 PM ET USA

    The St Petersburg diocesan office is running low on mountain grown Indonesian coffee beans, and His Grace/Eminence/Exaltedness (my fingers are jamming) has heroically jumped into the fray.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 29, 2005 12:38 PM ET USA

    Maybe he is searching all over Indonesia for the lost sheep? It just happened to be a coincidence that his dicocese should happen to be the focus of intense international attention just at the time the sheep vanished mysteriously 12,000 miles away. Right? I mean, Bishop Lynch wouldn't possibly desert his flock and especially one member who is being judicially tortured to death. Would he? (I can hear those pins dropping. folks).

  • Posted by: - Mar. 29, 2005 12:04 PM ET USA

    Item #4: Have all of us prayed today for Bishop Lynch, our Holy Father, and all our bishops and clergy? Item #5: Is there anyone among you without sin who would like to throw the first stone?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 29, 2005 11:09 AM ET USA

    Let me guess. The Bishop who can't "Teach, Govern, or Sanctify", his prescribed Episcopal duties in St. Petersburg, is going to personally verify the tragedy in Indonesia and then instruct the UN and the US to take more money from their citizens or better yet borrow it and give their citizens the mortgage note and turn the proceeds over to that omniscient paragon of fiscal responsibiltiy, Indonesia, to restore some villages. He's training for the Vatican diplomatic corps.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 29, 2005 11:02 AM ET USA

    You have got to be joking right? Bishop Lynch is in Indonesia? I haven't read about this anywhere else yet but experience tells me that Diogenes is NOT kidding. What a pathetic excuse for a man, let alone a bishop. Talk about cowardice on the battlefield huh?