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Old West Bishops Ride To The PR Rescue
CNS has the story on those southwestern US bishops whose every-
five-seven-or-so-years meetings in Rome coincided with the CDF crackdown on LCWR. Bishop Kicanas makes nice, and makes the CDF seem nice too:
The cynics at Commonweal are little-impressed with all this. Alan Mitchell there, leading off for the sisters:
Instead of looking at these rather fluid situations of culture and faith, I think the CDF and their buddies in the American episcopate indeed have landed in a PR disaster. This blogger will be celebrating the Fortnight of Freedom not with bishops attempting association with authentic martyrs, but with lay people who have suffered at the hands of insufferable hierarchs of their own faith.
I suspect that clergy and religious numbers are dipping over the past forty to sixty-five years because no longer do men and women have to enter the priesthood or religious life to do serious apostolates in the world. In a way, we can blame the everybody’s-a-minister schtick. Why get ordained to a pseudo-eremitic life of celibacy when you can be in charge of lawn-care ministry? Why escape from a machismo-soaked Western culture into a life of service when it can be based from a suburban home instead of a cloister? And really, what do bishops and the curia expect to do about all this? Maybe the cutria counts itself lucky they got an archbishop to head up this “dialogue.”
About catholicsensibilityTodd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.