November 13, 2007

Individually We are More Effective than Collectively?

Or was it: "individually we are not as dumb as we are collectively"? I think I read something like that in one of those joke motivational office posters.

A friend of mine is always delighted when Congress is at a stalemate. He thinks that means there is less they can screw up if they are unable to implement anything.

Which brings me to the USCCB meeting...

Is anyone else as nervous as I am when the leaders of our domestic church get together? It's like watching a train approach a car stalled on the tracks. You know what's going to happen. You can't bear to watch, but you can't look away either.

Please join me in praying for our shepherds.

14 Comments:

Blogger ignorant redneck said...

If there was some way i could Schism from the USCCB, but stay in communion with the Pope, I'd be on it like white on rice.

November 13, 2007 10:05 PM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...

Ignorant Redneck, I sometimes think that the USCCB's (and other national conferences') primary mission is to collectively oppose the Holy Father. We can't even buy a version of the N.A.B. which matches the lectionary (that contains corrections demanded by Rome). If bishops would stick to their own jurisdictions, the spread of error would be greatly reduced.

Cathy, I agree with your friend's thoughts on congress. A big mistake, IMO, was the 17th Amendment, which obliterated our last check on the unrestricted growth and power of the federal government.

November 13, 2007 10:42 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

IR: I might go with you.

Vincenzo: I've never studied that issue but I know there are folks that agree very strongly with you.

November 14, 2007 6:56 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

I am ALWAYS nervous when the USCCB meets. The fact that our Pastoral Minister (a lovely "dissident", and a nun to boot!) quotes them reverently is enough to make me seriously wonder about their collective sanity.

November 14, 2007 3:57 PM  
Blogger Tom in Vegas said...

The USCCB , from my perspective, has been politicized and infused with a culture of political correctness. From the Vatican's perspective, the term for that is "Americanized."

I feel both offended and saddened by this self-inflicted stigma.

Tom

November 14, 2007 5:06 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Actually, I enjoy the drama and alway eagerly await the newest nonsense spewed forth by our Bishops (some are ok)

I am grateful to have a pastor who also thinks the Bishops are a bit nuts.

The Catholic Church has survived much worse than anything these guys can possibly dream up. Just know that the Holy Spirit has things in hand - or wing - or whatever.

November 14, 2007 5:47 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

I think that Bnedict could do worse than re-issue the encyclicals against Americanism and Modernism. And the Anathemas that went with them.

November 14, 2007 8:06 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

They are all gass-bags - as Fr. E would say.

November 14, 2007 9:10 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ray: Oh, Ray. Cliff's Notes? Surely, you jest?

November 15, 2007 6:55 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ter: Fr. E comment-LOL!

November 15, 2007 6:56 AM  
Blogger Sanctus Belle said...

Heard Raymond Arroyo talking to Bill Bennett on The Morning Show 9talk radio) yesterday. On EWTN of course he's all business and simply reporting. On this show I was shocked to hear his opinions. He had not ONE good thing to say! We need holy bishops the likes of St. Charles Borromeo!

November 15, 2007 10:57 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I'm tired of this post - would you do a new one?

November 15, 2007 3:20 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Still waiting.

November 15, 2007 7:21 PM  
Blogger uncle jim said...

glad I could chime in at the end of this invigorating exercise - I was a participant in a 'committee' meeting last eve when someone mentioned something from the USCCB website - I commented fairly negatively and was met with remarks of incredulity and supports for all our shepherds have done. I guess I'm somewhat glad these others at least are going somewhere for positions thought to be Catholic. I can hardly wait for the next generation to start shaking things up - in a good way.

November 15, 2007 8:19 PM  

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