Bloom Where Planted

flowerpotArchbishop John Nienstedt says a pope planted him in the Twin Cities. He’ll bloom where he’s planted. (Or wither on the vine?) Is he daring another pope to fire him?

Bishops are readily available, it seems, to move up when the call comes. A Detroit seminary to New Ulm to Saint Paul is a winding road sort of, but all contained in the American Midwest. So from Rome, maybe that looks good.

The archbishop’s conclusion:

As author Matthew Kelly reminds us, we as Catholics have a great story to tell, but we have let others tell the story for us. We need to get back to telling the story ourselves.

A commenter at dotCommonweal wondered how Mr Kelly will feel about that endorsement.

I no longer feel the need to promote a bishop resigning from a diocese. It happens all the time, officially, when the nuncio calls and suggests a move to a bigger place. Consequences bad, and even good, are reaped when the credibility of the hierarchy suffers in some places. Orthodoxy is no guarantee of moral high ground, let’s remember. And if the culturewar suffers a little in the telling, I shed no tears over that whole mess.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Bloom Where Planted

  1. Jen says:

    Did you catch the series MPR did on the abuse crisis up there, “Betrayed by Silence?” It’s painful to listen to, but needs to be heard by those in charge. I don’t think they’ve learned from it at all.

  2. Todd says:

    I read the essay version on their web site. Brutal and discouraging.

    • Jen says:

      I honestly don’t know what I’d do if I lived in that diocese. Probably find myself a group of Benedictines, hunker down, and hope for rain, as it were.

  3. Jim McCrea says:

    He claims to be the father of the archdioces. That makes him guilty of parental abuse.

    The man has to go and if the nuncio won’t edge him out, Francis needs to “man up” in this case. If he doesn’t, his public persona won’t live up to the reality of his actions.

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