the mother lode of frustration?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 25, 2007

Amy Welborn admits that she was surprised by the volume of the reaction. She made a quick comment on a controversy in Buffalo, New York, where a deacon had openly rebuked a pro-abortion politician during a homily-- and the deacon in turn was rebuked by the bishop.

So Amy took note of this dispute, and-- kapow!-- her com boxes nearly exploded with the incoming comments, of which a remarkable number were insightful and a still higher percentage were very heated.

Says Amy:

My intuition... is that what we have here is a great deal of frustration bubbling to the surface...

And Amen to that.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 27, 2007 3:38 PM ET USA

    Lastly, how unseemly of Rep. Higgins to apologize to his fellow parishioners for being subjected to a public admonishment when he himself has publicly mocked the church's teachings and and pandered to the Culture of Death, drawing a 100 percent rating from both NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Rather, he should've apologized to them for confusing and scandalizing them by divorcing his political views from his faith.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Jan. 27, 2007 9:54 AM ET USA

    Need more deacons who are like this guy.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2007 11:39 PM ET USA

    Need more Catholic priests who are also Marines.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2007 9:38 PM ET USA

    Furthermore, how arrogant of the legislator to snivel about the deacon playing politics when the lawmaker himself has played fast and loose politics with the church's teachings. Maybe he should consider abandoning his faith for our sake if he isn't going to do a Peter and heed Christ's admonishment to "get behind thee, Satan!"

  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2007 8:33 PM ET USA

    Bravo to the deacon for discerning who among the flock are really the "brood of vipers" and crushing their heads with his heel!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2007 4:11 PM ET USA

    Too bad he's married? 'Some are eunuchs by birth, others make themselves eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom.' Most priests & bishs seem of the former category: born eunuchs (swishy ones) who fall comfortably into sacradotal fraternity. Real staunchness, true spiritual fatherhood- fecundity- is so rare as to be exotic, among priests now. Maybe married guys like this deacon oughtta be priests. Men unafraid to speak truth, who unassumingly sacrafice. More like Christ. Less like Liberace. Cojones.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Jan. 26, 2007 3:39 PM ET USA

    This, from the Buffalo News, says it all: "[The pastor, Fr.] Smith said he regrets that the congressman was not treated the way Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., was when she attended a Labor Day Mass in the church in 2001 and was warmly welcomed by Bishop Henry J. Mansell despite her pro-choice position on abortion. " JPII left Castro under no illusions about how he felt about this dictator when he visited Cuba. He did not "wamly embrace" him. God bless the deacon.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Jan. 26, 2007 12:50 PM ET USA

    Now I'm waiting for the bishop or the administrator who is in charge of the deacons (sometimes a priest, sometimes another deacon) to take away the faculty to preach for this deacon. That's a common way they rebuke a deacon, if he steps out of line - say, preaches that birth control is wrong or something. If the priests and bishops won't show any backbone, maybe it's finally going to come from the permanent diaconate. God bless this deacon.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2007 9:41 AM ET USA

    One more thing: The bishop's defense of Higgins occurred at the same time and place as the keep-in-the-hole-for-life conviction of James Kopp, one of the few who really tried to do something to stop what Higgins promotes -- the torturing-to-death of thousands of young people daily in this country.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2007 9:32 AM ET USA

    I spent all morning reading reactions to that Amy post. I can't afford that, but I can't help it either. What should I do? Maybe this will help: I used to think she was the incarnation of Flannery O'Connor. Now? Nope.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2007 9:22 AM ET USA

    Where are the "truth speaks to power" people?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2007 3:31 AM ET USA

    The deacon might have transgressed some silly rule of etiquette, but he prevented at least one sacrilegious communion that Sunday. That's well worth it! Catholic clergy more interested in the rights of Christ the King would do this and far more. It is worse than sad that the clergy has become so effeminate that rebukes from the altar for grave sin and scandal are taboo.

  • Posted by: depeccatoradvitam - Jan. 25, 2007 11:59 PM ET USA

    Right is right even if no one is doing it; and, wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. We stand by with fortitude in our faith, but it takes courage to step forward and act openly to the truth. Touchee with the rebuke. Shame on the Bishop, he should have stood up like a man and then taught about charity like a bishop. He failed twice.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2007 11:43 PM ET USA

    "The deacon was doing what the Bishop failed to do" I seem to recall Uncle Di saying once that Saints aren't canonized for their prudence. I think this fellow shows some signs of St Athanaius style cahones when it comes to confronting evil. If the girlie men find his approach a little too salty, perhaps the good Deacon could be placed on waivers to be picked up by a more appreciative pastoral team.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2007 10:16 PM ET USA

    Maybe like Bishop Wuerl, the Deacon could "TEACH" the gentleman. That would mean that Joe Biden, John Kerry. Ted kennedy etc ccould keep on abetting the slaughter of innocents, but still receive Holy Communion. Why did the Bishop not "TEACH" the Deacon? Our Bishops only play tough guys to faithful practicing Catholics. Pro abortion "Catholics" need not worry; our Bishops will coddle them!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2007 8:26 PM ET USA

    The Bishop is worried the church will lose tax exemption. Not so, the deacon can speak the truth. Most Democrats vote 100% to keep abortion alive.. Anyone want to challenge that statement, better pull-up the voting records of all these so-called-Catholics that are Democrats.There is no denying this fact! A public figure must be open for scrutiny and criticism no matter where he is. He is a servant of the public. Why did he vote on every vote to kill a baby? Nobody forced him to vote that way.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2007 7:55 PM ET USA

    "teaching" is the acceptable way of "dealing" with guys like Higgins. Sounds nice, but it hasn't worked for over 30 years. The one hitch about the "teaching" approach is that the "student" has to WANT to learn. Otherwise, all the "teaching" is just a topical ointment to make the "teacher" feel like they're doing something. It is the heart that needs to change-both for the student and teacher. Intercede for Revival at least 5 min. a day, and the Lord will intervene. 12=i hour. 300=25 hrs/day.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2007 7:45 PM ET USA

    This brave deacon is probably married. Otherwise, I'd petition BVI to ordain him bishop. He can come to my home diocese and replace Wuerl.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2007 5:59 PM ET USA

    "I don't think it's ever fair to publicly criticize someone who serves our community and our parish so well." I've always believed that the Pharisees were underappreciated in Judea and unfairly singled out. A more inclusionary pastoral approach would have been much better for all concerned. We are a Passover people.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2007 2:50 PM ET USA

    The deacon was doing what the Bishop failed to do: confront deliberate, unrepentant, in-your-face scandal and not let it be continued even into the Sanctuary. Cdl McIntyre was my bishop in LA as a kid. He had no illusions that true spiritual leadership leads to popularity, and he seemed not to care a fig. If Cdl McIntyre were still alive the air would not be filled with cosseting silence for the benefit of anti-life politicians.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2007 2:34 PM ET USA

    But they're, like, huge, spikey bubbles of pain!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2007 1:35 PM ET USA

    I don't think the bishops realize the frustrations of prolife (anti-abortion) Catholics. As a Republican Precinct Chairperson, I'm getting resistance from the secularist in keeping the ProLife Platform – because the “...Bishops don't think it is important.” We know they do, but sure don't follow through.

  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - Jan. 25, 2007 1:11 PM ET USA

    Why is it wrong to publicly rebuke a public servant, like a politician, but right to rebuke someone like a Deacon publicly? I'm just asking.

  • Posted by: Ignatius184 - Jan. 25, 2007 10:27 AM ET USA

    The Church in the West is so starved for strength, fortitude, and true masculine leadership, that an incident like this gets everyone hot under the collar.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2007 10:07 AM ET USA

    yeah, the deacon probably didn't go about it the right way (Higgins' family was there, and they're not responsible for Higgins' lack of principles and faith), but notably absent from any of the statements condemning the deacon is any substantive remark about Higgins' betrayal of his professed faith. Luther got fed up with this sort of thing; so are authentic Catholics. My counsel, as always, is not to join some OTHER schismatic group, but stop subsidizing the one you're already in, until....

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2007 7:44 AM ET USA

    "I don't think it's ever fair to publicly criticize someone who serves our community and our parish so well." And Jeffrey Dahmer might also given great service to his community and parish, too. Is cannibalism any less a horror than ripping innocent babies limb from limb? Would cannibaliam be any less horrific if a large part of our society thought everyone should have their carniverous "choice"-even those who were "personally opposed? The deacon has separated the sheep from the goats.