Safe Pastors

David Gibson analyzes the USCCB Prez and Veep votes. “Safe,” his headliner wrote.

DiNardo emerged from a slate of nine candidates and won a majority of votes on the third ballot, defeating the runner-up, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, by a 147-87 margin. Three years ago, Kurtz defeated Chaput — a conservative lightning rod in the hierarchy — by a nearly identical margin, 147-91.

Archbishop Chaput a lightning rod? The guy’s a straight-talker. He’s not concerned about anything but the truth and saying it. And I don’t mind that in a person. For a discerning sort, it can be quite admirable. You always know where you stand.

It’s the inflexibility that concerns me.

I didn’t check with the google on this, but I heard that the Kurtz/DiNardo pair have served time as parish pastors. I won’t go on record as saying that’s safe or unsafe. But picking pastors is a good move, just on general principle.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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2 Responses to Safe Pastors

  1. Liam says:

    It’s the dystopianism that bothers me, which not only betrays a lack of faith and hope because it puts deterministic narrative on future possibiliities (we have one valid Christian metanarrative in that regard, but it’s extremely general and not readily reduced to particulars) but also in its melodramatic aspects betrays a kind of egoism that is struggling to be expressed indirectly.

  2. Jim McCrea says:

    What posseses this church to make a man a bishop without prior experience as a pastor? Something about that doesn’t pass the smell test. How can you supervise that which you have not experienced? Technically you can, but earning the respect and following of your subordinates …. I don’t think so.

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