Catholic Culture Overview
Catholic Culture Overview

Partying bishops?

By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 12, 2018

As a follow-up to yesterday’s commentary, The secularization of Christ: A case study, I should note that the same principles apply to discussions at the Synod on Youth.

When bishops pile on to endorse positions which are already wildly popular in the larger secular culture, they are always late for the party. This is caused by waiting to see which way the wind is blowing before choosing a destination.

Grinning hopefully, slapping backs, and positively breathless—oh yes! But always extraordinarily late.

Leading from behind dampens everyone’s festive enthusiasm. Bishops should start parties, not end them.

Evaluate the news from the Synod with this basic rule of Christian etiquette in mind.

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

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