I’m not upset at the police. They are just doing their job. They were actually quite decent with the elderly priest.
As for Notre Dame and Fr. Jenkins, they are merely products of the last 40 years of liberal Catholicism or more particularly, lax Catholicism. If they can get away with honouring a pro-abort thug like Obama, why the hell not? Who’s going to stop them?
There were over 80 bishops who opposed the decision to honour Obama.
I say, “Big Deal”.
It’s just more “talk and no action” against so-called Catholics who thumb their noses at authority and scandalize the faithful.
Talk does not usually require any sacrifice. Action usually does. It usually means reprecussions and The Cross.
We’ve seen it time and time again. Whether it’s with priests, politicians, or other public figures, it’s all about passing the buck instead of picking it up for our bishops. Like the crisis of fatherhood in general, our spiritual fathers have forgotten what it means to apply a little discipline in the family.
When, I wonder, are our bishops going to discover their testicles and apply some manly and fatherly correction? Or are they all so thoroughly emasculated that they have forgotten what it means to be a man? Are they all just politicians and diplomats and bureaucrats and church managers?
Many of bishops think that by not acting, they are saving us and themselves from some great evil or unnecessary grief. But the thing about inaction, however, is that it comes at a steep price as well.
First of all, there is the credibility problem that they accept for themselves. How can they possibly be taken seriously when they allow such an assault on the Church and human life? How can we but not shake our heads in shame the next time they address the issue of defending the innocent unborn within the womb? They have a theoretical objection to abortion but that’s about all. They won’t use their authority and the power given to them by Christ to do something about it. What is even more amazing is that they have canonical recourse to do it because this grievance is being manufactured by a priest no less! It is not a secular issue, involving a non-Catholic, but one of their own!
Secondly, this whole scandal will only propagate to other venues around the country and probably around the world. If Fr. Jenkins can do it without any real consequences by the bishops, then why can’t other pseudo-Catholic schools do the same? That’s a very good question that the bishops need to address. In fact, it’s already happening now. And, sooner rather than later, not only will the faux Catholics start dismissing and ignoring the bishops, but faithful Catholics will too. There is, after all, a limit to what a sensible person can accept with mere figureheads making pious declarations who mouth their outrage but are short on actually doing something about it.
Thirdly, Catholics will start to seek out schismatic “Catholic” sects who will start popping up in order to fill the void left by bishops who are missing in action. Unlike what we have seen thusfar, however, these sects will not represent the wacky Left, but represent a reactionary Right with strong bishops, and otherwise solid doctrine, except for a few points of departure. But a departure is a departure, and that puts the searching faithful OUTSIDE of communion with Rome.
This is the patrimony that the bishops of North America and the West are leaving for us today.
They had better wake up fast and do something immediately, or the whole thing is going to go belly up.
We don’t need any more talk. Talk is cheap. Even “tough talk” is just talk.
Talk. Talk. Talk. Talk.
Jesus didn’t just talk. He bled, suffered, and died.