Monday, February 22, 2010

Bishops & Leadership

The character of organizations very often devolves from the character of their leadership and for several decades the leadership of the American Catholic Church has been largely absent; resulting in the wolves running free as horribly witnessed through the sexual abuse scandals still unfolding, and the decades-long aligning with secular interests which degraded the staunch stand for Catholic teaching traditionally marking the episcopacy.

Human life International notes a refreshing change, and we should always remember that Peter asks us to pray for our bishops that they may lead the Church in full communion with him.

An excerpt.

“Ought we rejoice in Lent? Well, Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Oregon, has given us the absolute best reason to rejoice in a penitential season: he yanked the title "Catholic" from a hospital in his diocese that refuses actually to be Catholic. What a refreshing development in episcopal leadership! In fact, Lent is probably the perfect time for such an act to take place because it is an exercise of discipline and courage, which we love to see in our prelates. Bishops who are true shepherds, and not politicians, strengthen us and enliven our faith - thank you, Bishop Vasa!...

“In serving an international mission like HLI, I have a privileged chance to see many bishops around the world who actually do the right thing when the terms of their office require it, and their churches are generally vibrant and faithful because of their strong leadership. There are just a handful of bishops in the technologically-sophisticated western world, however, who exhibit the resolute moral courage that is required to remove the title of "Catholic" from an institution that is in rebellion against the authentic Faith; even fewer who have the guts to discipline a public figure who betrays the Faith in favor of his own leftist values. (Vice President Joe Biden, by the way, appeared in public on Wednesday with ashes on his forehead....) Yet, there is a growing trend in the United States toward greater episcopal strength and orthodoxy, and we have to applaud it when we see it because these bishops will be severely attacked and will need our support.”