A Benedict Man?

The Twin Cities’ Star Tribune asks if Archbishop John Nienstedt will be a Benedict man:

But we also hope Nienstedt takes to heart the example of Pope Benedict. Eighteen months ago, Benedict concluded that he was not up to the task of meeting the church’s leadership needs, and broke with 600 years of tradition to resign from office. His decision was not a display of weakness, but of love for his church. Nienstedt’s resignation would show the same.

B16 wavingThat’s a challenging, difficult, and audacious way to ask it.

Some might question the prudence of a secular organ making the suggestion. But has a diocesan newspaper ever suggested the resignation of its ordinary?

Has the Church ever been considered a “public nuisance”? I mean by people other than rabid non-Catholics.

The big question is how much longer can this go on? A bishop has split his allies into two camps, pro and con. And his opponents are, well, still in opposition. Can such a leader still teach with authority, like Jesus does?

What an age we live in: a secular newspaper holds up a moral example to a prelate, and openly suggests the example be followed.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to A Benedict Man?

  1. “But has a diocesan newspaper ever suggested the resignation of its ordinary?”
    Does the diocesan newspaper have the “freedom of the press” to call for the resignation of a bishop? If I was a member of the diocesan newspaper, I would be afraid of losing my job. Now, I’ve never worked for any diocese, so I readily admit that these fears may be completely unfounded. However, I still wonder.

    On the other hand, I heard about an Italian village in the time of St. Francis which drove out a corrupt bishop (apparently literally, ie torches and pitchforks) and then demanded a better bishop from the pope.

  2. Jim McCrea says:

    If the US hierarchy doesn’t the collective intestinal fortitude to call for the resignation of the likes of Nienstedt, then the secular press is certainly right in calling them out.

    In this day and age, there are way too few bishops who have any legitimate claim to be able to teach in the way Jesus did. First of all, they would have to live and walk in the way that Jesus lived and walked.

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