A diocese promises $1000 for two appliances for a Catholic Worker house. Then reneges. But then almost ten times the amount flows in from people who seemed to be outraged by the decision.
House founder Mary Ellen Mitchell:
I think internally, we talk about it as a loaves-and-fishes miracle. We view it as the people of God providing for our needs. We’ve tried not to view it as a negative message of the archdiocese but rather as a positive message of how Catholics on the ground believe wholeheartedly in supporting poor women and children.
Some curious questions come to mind. If the archdiocese found that the law firm it employs did pro bono work for hot button culturewar folks (same-sex married persons, women Catholic priests, etc.) would it sever the relationship? And what does it say that financial mismanagement, plummeting academic standards, and inappropriate bedfellows, actually gain one support in high places, so they say?
Also on CNS this morning is a link to the lesson well-learned at the Catholic News Service. The message of ecumenism is overwhelmed by self-styled Temple Police objecting to a simple reality, that women are ordained priests, that Catholics don’t have a monopoly on the priesthood, and that some bishops and prelates have actively encouraged this bad behavior.
Feel sorry for these people. A few would likely steam for the pity, but these graceless attitudes certainly need intervention.