Thursday, April 14th, 2011
[A number of extra preaching assignments as well as the ardors of Lenten preparation led to a hiatus from posting on this blog. For the time being, we're back... Thanks for your patience!]
Here are three examples of thoughtful episcopal commentary, beginning with our own local shepherd (who, by the way, will be here on Saturday Evening to celebrate the Vigil for Passion Sunday).
Let’s see now: we’ve got a Sunday night series on one of the most corrupt and tawdry families in Church history, the Borgias, with popes, cardinals, bishops, and priests, all part of this big, happy family; we’ve heard non-stop for a decade about abusive priests, (albeit a small minority) and lax bishops who reassigned them; we’ve got front page stories of priests who embezzled money from their parishes; and I saw one not long ago about a priest arrested for DUI.
We are all painfully aware that there are many Catholics today who are living in cohabitation. The Church must make it clear to the faithful that these unions are not in accord with the Gospel, and to help Catholics who find themselves in these situations to do whatever they must do to make their lives pleasing to God.
Father Eric Hodgens’ piece on the Gaudium et Spes [see pp 12-13 here] priests gives us plenty of food for thought. It is well written and provocative, as you would expect of a priest who described his own cohort as possessing “the biggest proportion of intelligent, educated and competent leaders”. But it is unbalanced, misguided, selective and sometimes inaccurate.