Okay, here’s a thought exercise. But first, a few preliminaries. Green Bay Bishop David Ricken reinstates CCHD in northeast Wisconsin. Less money, I guess, for Deal Hudson’s causes.
Bishop Ricken acknowledged in his statement that “for some time in this country there has been significant disagreement among people of good will” about the collection for CCHD …
Really? I don’t recall any good will anti-CCHD argument. Lots of caricature with a dollop of Catholic skinflintery. Massive confusion between charity and justice–guess they don’t catechize all that fully in “orthodox” circles.
Bishop Ricken said he was “confident that we have the necessary checks in place” to ensure that CCHD funding would not be used in ways that conflict with Catholic teaching.
That’s enough for Bishop Ricken. Very good. But I wonder … what about chancery officials and bishops who have acted in ways that conflict with Catholic teaching by moving, harboring, and sheltering criminal clergy. In the good ol’ 80′s, a misbehaving bishop would get a coadjutor to take over “problem” areas. Or his diocese would be chopped up.
Maybe it’s time to redirect the CCHD frenzy to the local chancery. Put lay people in charge of clergy assignments in Philadelphia and other problem dioceses. What’s the worst that could happen? Hurt feelings up the ecclesiastical food chain. Do Jesus’ all-male apostles extend to the exclusive spiritual gift of administration?
Good for Bishop Ricken. Do you suppose Cardinal Rigali will follow into the vortex?
Didn’t think so.