May 18, 2009

A Word About Notre Dame

I'm still digesting the news and clips and recordings to form a more detailed opinion.

However, I am CONVINCED that the protests and arrests will be a turning point to energize for the better (in this life and/or the next only God knows) two movements of major importance to authentic Roman Catholics: life and the quality and integrity of our Catholic education system.

You can look back and tell your kids or your grandkids or generations of Catholics after you, I remember that day when the Magisterium Catholics mobilized AGAINST the President. Not against his office, because no one should disrespect that, but against the man and that which he stands for that is unacceptable. This is revolutionary.

It's also a day that we can look back on as a turning point in the RECLAMATION of what it means and SHOULD mean to call an institution: Catholic. This is apostleship, discipleship, apologetics, Pauline, powerful.

I've been thinking very much of the late Holy Father John Paul II (bless his memory). I dare to say that I think he'd be proud of his children and fellow Catholics because life and Catholic education were very important to him and his pontificate.

4 Comments:

Blogger Angela M. said...

So what do you say to Catholics who think the Pope should admonish bishops that have remained silent?

May 18, 2009 11:47 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Angela: That's a tough question because it could have implications beyond just this instance. It could also be applied to Bishops who SPEAK about something but their opinion may conflict with Catholic teaching.

It's beyond my "pay grade" but if I were to wish for the Holy Father to consistently speak on any subject I would have him remind Bishops that they have a duty to instruct their flock and that duty entails them to instruct the flock; ACCURATELY. Perhaps, if there were ramifications for failure to do that...but, that also is a tough issue because punishment is different in this instance that it would be in corporate America due to the Sacramental nature of the priesthood.

If Catachesis and instruction were better than it was we probably would not have this "mess" to begin with.

May 18, 2009 12:55 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Having watched the Vatican and Church operations for years, I suspect if the Pope does admonish individual bishops, it will be done behind the scenes, not publicly. But I doubt this will happen.

There's also the small chance of some general statement or guidelines put out by a Vatican office to cover future situations.

There's also slightly better chance - though still remote - that Father Jenkins will "move" to a new post. If this happens, it will likely be a year or so, or some sudden "need" that prompts it.

But although this was a big deal among some U.S. Catholics, in the larger picture of the Universal Church the Pope may not view this as big enough to merit some sort of immediate action.

May 18, 2009 4:17 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I admire you so.

May 18, 2009 5:07 PM  

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