Properly ordained priests might help bread and wine to know what they truly are, but truly ordained priests are the “recovered” ones who can then “help” people to know who they are too. We have been more preoccupied with changing bread than with changing people, it seems to me.
ABOVE ALL, TRUST IN THE SLOW WORK OF GOD. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We would like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet, it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability—and that it may take a very long time. Above all, trust in the slow work of God, our loving vine-dresser.
Q:I don't know who Ayn Rand is. Should I change that or just let it lie?
Imagine the baby that would result from a night of passion between Ebenezer Scrooge (before the spirits changed his ways) and Mr. Krabs from Spongebob. Now imagine that baby grew up and married the baby that would result from a night of passion between Yzma from the Emperor’s New Groove and Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. Now imagine the newlyweds had a baby of their own, and that baby was raised aboard a Ferengi Starship, where she was tutored in empathy and compassion by Lord Voldemort. Now imagine that baby grew up and someone told her that any opinions she might have or conclusions she might reach are based on objective logic and reason, and that anyone who disagrees with her is simply being irrational. Now multiply that person’s greed and heartlessness by 100 and you’ll begin to see something that comes close to resembling Ayn Rand.
The real spirit of Pentecost is inclusion. It is solidarity. It is ecumenism. It is reaching out beyond our own limits and biases to speak in a language that all can understand. The more rules and boundaries we place between ourselves and others, the more we negate the true message and purpose of Christ’s Spirit bestowed upon us.
There is one part of the USCCB statement that is so shameless, even I was shocked. It reads, “In an attempt to avoid these needless conflicts, states that have passed “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” prohibitions have overwhelmingly included protections for religious employers. When the U.S. Senate, which is controlled by the President’s own party, passed the similar Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) last year, it included religious liberty protections as well. Indeed, all prior versions of ENDA had at least some religious liberty protections.” The authors of this statement might have had the decency to mention that the USCCB has opposed every previous iteration of ENDA, yes? Does not the eighth commandment deserve some attention and respect from the bishops? Or is it only the sixth that has any juice over at USCCB headquarters?
I do not believe that Pope John Paul II was endorsing or validating Castro’s rule when he visited Cuba and met with the dictator, although he was recognizing him. Nor, do I think the Catholic Church in Cuba is validating or sanctioning his rule when they work with the Cuban regime to alleviate poverty. This way of thinking, that any form of recognition means we are complicit in actions that the Church does not approve only makes sense if one has adopted a thoroughly defensive posture.
Call me foolish, but I find it astonishing, that a statement signed by an archbishop and a bishop, on behalf of other bishops, fails to mention God, makes no reference to the Bible, and is so utterly devoid of pastoral sensibility. This is the work of a lawyer, not a bishop.
The more worrisome fact is not that so many people now accept gay relationships. The more worrisome fact is that we have a bishops’ conference that does not perceive the danger of how alienating they are making the public face of the Church by becoming an arm of the Becket Fund, adopting the role of litigants-in-chief, and how at odds this is with the culture of encounter, the evangelical methodology of accompaniment, and the Gospel imperative to serve the poor that has been so clearly, repeatedly articulated by Pope Francis. The bishops do not meet as a group until November, but at that meeting, some brave soul needs to stand up and ask: Why, having dug ourselves so deeply into the culture war hole, why do we keep digging?
"The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests donated $1,000 to a Catholic Worker house that shelters homeless women after the Cincinnati archdiocese retracted its funding because a woman priest led a prayer service at the shelter…
'We spent the money in June with the promise that it would be reimbursed at the start of the new fiscal year July 1, and we submitted the receipt on July 5,' said Mary Ellen Mitchell, one of the founders of Lydia's House. 'We found out Wednesday, July 16, of this week that [the archdiocese] wouldn't do the reimbursement.'”
-In an act that proves that the hierarchy cares more about associating with women’s ordination rather than keeping their promise to help homeless women and children.