Signs At The Top … Or Near The Top

When it’s not a matter of doctrine, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz is really the red hat who oversees women religious. Or he’s supposed to be. He seems to want the LCWR/CDF parties to play nice. He insists people aren’t walking away.

There are positive aspects and less positive aspects. We have chosen the path of dialogue. We have to speak positively.

That’s not going to satisfy the bloodlust on the Catholic Right. From what I see in the blogosphere, commentators are still calling for heads. And souls. Since nobody’s going to get burned at the stake, or paraded through cathedrals in irons and dunce caps, this will ultimately prove a deeply dissatisfying exercise for those invested in seeing the sisters suffer.

David Gibson channels Rocco Palmo, who notes that the USCCB has been silent for the past five months:

Bishop Whisperer Rocco Palmo notes lack of response from the national Catholic hierarchy and he raises specter of white flags:

In shift of message strategy, USCCB no longer issuing individual statements on rulings striking down state same-sex marriage bans.

I think they’re still firing people over it, though.

I was thinking about that Australian bishop who floated the balloon that people seeking same-sex unions are paying marriage a compliment. I don’t think it was the same guy whom B16 forced into early retirement.

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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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3 Responses to Signs At The Top … Or Near The Top

  1. Jenny2 says:

    Australian bishop forced into early retirement: No. That was William Morris of Toowoomba, one of the very few senior Catholic figures to take effective action when he became aware of a child abuse scandal in his diocese. (Both the abuse and the cover-up, incidentally, were perpetrated by lay staff at a Catholic school). His own crime – or sin, however you want to look at it – was to raise, in an open letter, the possibility of overcoming the current shortage of priests by ordaining married or widowed men, or women. I don’t think Morris even advocated such a course of action: he just discussed it as a possibility.

    I have a somewhat more favourable impression of B16 than many commentators seem to; but it’s very hard to overlook or indeed forgive something like this – particularly as it seems the pope, personally, told Morris he had to resign. The spirit gives life….but the letter kills.

  2. Jim McCrea says:

    I wonder what would have happened if Bp. Morris had refused to resign? Excommunication? Decapitation? Exclaustration (oops, only applicable to order priests)?

  3. Jenny2 says:

    Defenestration? (A popular favourite in the 16th and 17th centuries, I believe).

    More seriously – well, possibly excommunication if he refused to budge after a direct order from the pope. Plus probably the appointment of a new bishop, with all priests in the diocese ordered to report to him – Morris would have been effectively sidelined, which I imagine is why he did, eventually, go.

    BTW, to clarify my own reaction: it arises from
    - first and most importantly, B16′s apparently choosing to ignore altogether the abuse scandal, which the bishop was then dealing with (intelligently and courageously)
    - second, the shutting-down of *any* debate on matters such as widening candidacy for the priesthood. I’m sure bishops have always been a mixed bunch – as are we all – but the attitudes of JPII and B16 appear to have resulted in an extraordinarily large number of rigid, petty-spirited and small-minded examples of same. (Though some recent appointments are more encouraging. Will be interested to see who succeeds Card. Pell as archbishop of Sydney, Australia).

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