Interesting money quote from the new USCCB president in the NYT:
My major priority would be to continue with all vigor I can muster what’s already in place. It’s not like we’re in crisis; it’s not like all of a sudden we need some daring new initiatives. Thank God for the leadership of Cardinal Francis George, things are going well.
On one hand, all is going well. We have no shortage in many “departments” of the clergy. We have one pope, a sufficient number of cardinal-electors (Silly–and they say we’re not a democracy!), masters of ceremony for bishops, secretaries at the chanceries, vocation directors, and such. We can be sure that prelates are getting their three-squares and most likely, they’re not preparing all of those meals themselves.
I guess when you’re jolly and affable, all seems right with the world. Clearly, Archbishop Dolan is no prophet.
It’s equally clear that no single person, even if he be the pope, has all the insight or even more than a smidgen of answers. FrMichael’s comment about intentional conservatism in the clergy–which I’m not sure I believe totally–illustrates more a human construction than something that is of God. It’s like trying to breathe with one’s stomach, or walk on one’s shoulders. Approaching serious problems without catholicity is doomed to failure. I have faith God will surprise us yet.