works without faith

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 19, 2005

An October 16 editorial in the Chicago Tribune said that "certifiably negligent bishops should be losing their jobs."

No argument there.

But the Tribune doubts that any episcopal heads will roll, because:

The evident goal of U.S. bishops is to ride out the corrosive crisis that has all but destroyed their stature on issues of education, health and social justice--and tarnished untold thousands of innocent priests.

No doubt thousands of readers, including many good Catholics, read those words and nodded. And to be sure, the Trib's analysis of the US bishops' motivations seems right on target. Still it's telling that the editors see the damaging consequences exclusively in terms of public policy and priestly morale.

The Trib doesn't even think to mention the bishops' stature as teachers of the holy Catholic faith.

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  • Posted by: opraem - Oct. 19, 2005 8:07 PM ET USA

    it's a shame that the 'chicago tribune' is making these observations, and not the bishop's synod currently underway in rome. their observations are spot on, but it is hard for a secular institution to assess the loss of faith, the scandal, slander of holy priests and other religious intangible values. will we ever see the vatican's newspaper editorialize on this matter?

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Oct. 19, 2005 4:38 PM ET USA

    What's sad, Diogenes, is that many bishops see the damaging consequences exclusively in terms of public policy & priestly morale; & for some, (eg: Mahony, McCarrick, Pilarczyk, Trautman, Flynn, Lynch, Gregory, Skylstad) the scandal appears to be "history" that interferes with their lifestyle (Can. 401-2 bps.). The 50-or-so millennial bishops who take the scandal seriously recognize the damage done to their stature as Teachers of the holy Cahtolic Faith; & they're responding with holy boldness.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 19, 2005 9:56 AM ET USA

    The Chicago Tribune is not usually known for its insightful analysis of anything let alone the core of religious faith. Since it changed its reportage to mimic the NYT, both its stock in terms of monetary value and its stock as an insightful daily paper have dropped considerably. It's become a politically correct, rather boring, vehicle for the dullards who throng Michigan Avenue affecting their bourgeois, artsy-craftsy poses. Why then expect the Trib to even think of anything deep?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 19, 2005 9:52 AM ET USA

    We Catholics are (mis)perceived as the champions of secular social justice when, in actual fact, true Christian social justice is rooted in Christ and not in state policy. However, I am for anyone who honestly wishes to affect public policy on any issue but advocacy must be used to serve God and not to overly empower the state. Jesus told His Church to clothe the naked and feed the poor, not to send all our tax money and let Caesar do it all! We are to render to God and Caesar properly.