Bishops In The News

The NYT features its archbishop in this piece highlighting shifts in Roman Catholicism over the past fifteen months. John Allen is quoted:

It’s not that he’s out of favor or irrelevant. But both in terms of who Rome listens to in the American church, and setting priorities for the American church, I think there’s no question that Tim Dolan is no longer the prime mover in that regard.

If he’s okay with that, and I want to believe he is, good for him.

Some parishioners in large North Carolina parishes are not happy with their bishop. Thumbs down to no girl servers, to a new sacristy, and to a burial spot in the cathedral:

We are appalled that the participation of women on the altar is disallowed in our cathedral. (W)e have no understanding of the ‘needs’ for an Episcopal crypt and private dressing area when there are families who are hungry.

(W)e find it almost impossible to support a diocese that does not seem to heed the message of Pope Francis.

The $65M campaign is at 75% of their goal. On the other hand, maybe they would accept a columbarium. There’s a parishioner in my community advocating for that. Has a bishop ever been cremated? Willingly, I mean.

The auxiliary bishop of the Brazilian capital city quoted here on same-sex unions:

There needs to be a dialog on the rights of shared life between people of the same sex who decide to live together. They need legal support from society.

Is the culturewar in retreat on this issue, especially if they’re losing traction in the Third World? Is Nigeria a last gasp of desperation? Or does it reflect the battle?

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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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4 Responses to Bishops In The News

  1. Liam says:

    What I find interesting about Catholicism in the South is that it was for generations a mostly missionary, deeply minority church (except in Louisiana, parts of Texas dominated by Tejanos, southern Florida, and some old urban areas), which allowed it to be countercultural when its leaders were willing to witness (which wasn’t always). It’s still a minority church, but one that is more comfortable about being assertive, but often more in a retro-countercultural way. It’s almost like the American Catholic church in the South has tapped into that region’s nostaglic fantasy bent, but decided “well, *we* have something even more worthy of that fantasy”. Society for Creative Anachronistic Triumphalism.

    • Liam says:

      PS: Reminds me of the old saw I heard 30-35 years ago while in college in Virginia. How many Virginians does it take to change a light bulb? Five: one to change the bulb, and four others to wax eloquent in reminiscing about how good the old bulb was.

  2. I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but the Republican party leadership in the US is very much in retreat on this issue. The younger generation (under 30) have turned decidedly in favor of gay marriage, and there’s little reason to suspect the generation behind them will think any differently. The Republican party wants to make sure it gets elected, and it believes that softening its defense on traditional marriage will help it do that.

    This will be a difficult moment for many conservative Catholics and Protestants, many of whom will find they are asked to “keep silent” on issues such as abortion and gay marriage. They will have to choose between their principles and the party line. I am curious to see what they will decide, but I have suspect that they will choose the party line over their principles.

  3. Jenny2 says:

    Re the North Carolina brouhaha (though I have no personal interest whatsoever): So the peasants are revolting? This certainly isn’t the only recent instance I’ve read of where laypeople seem to feel empowered – quite suddenly – to not merely grumble in the pews but to openly question clerical judgement and put forward their own priorities, which usually appear to be a lot less about buildings, clerical comforts and fancy trimmings and far more people- and need-centred.

    Pero quiero lío en las diócesis, as an old man said recently.

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