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.
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.