I noticed Archbishop Chaput concerned about people finding a messiah in an American president. Interesting that young Catholics thought they had found a “messiah” of sorts here:
Not too much concern from the American bishops over the past thirty years with a superstar globe-trotting pope. Or a vigorous (un)reformer like Benedict.
I wonder if I detect a bit of envy in these prelates. Does Archbishop Chaput seem a little tense that bishops are somehow fallen from pedestals and lurk somewhere near lawyers, bankers, and vice-presidents in terms of disapproval ratings?
It is undoubtedly true that no president has seen this level of fervor since JFK. It took a decade of assassinations, uprisings, and a handful of illegal wars to diminish the US presidency. Only Ronald Reagan came close to a restoration, one which his flunkies almost demolished.
Now we have a citizenry largely happy about their president. What do the bishops have to say? Lent began two years ago, one says for Los Angelenos. Well, sorry, archbishop, but Lent is a liturgical season that points to baptism and penance. I don’t see the American upper crust in SoCal enduring 600 days of Lent.
Older Americans are surely not pinning all messianic hopes on one politician. And younger ones? Well, if Archbishop Chaput wants to stop seminarians from hopping all over the place in their cassocks, that’s his affair. My suggestion would be to encourage people to invest sweat equity in charitable acts for pregnant women and their kids. Time will take care of heroes soon enough, without embittered detractors messing up another real Lent for the rest of us.