Thursday, October 2, 2008

What Benedict sowed in April, Bishops are reaping today.


"I am watching a wonderful developing story.

Bishops in the USA, one by one, are coming out with statements, those statements are getting better and better.

It strikes me that the bishops are using each other’s statements, along with the fine book by Archbishop Chaput, to craft ever stronger letters.

Ever stronger.

Do you share the impression that the bishops are strengthening each other … after Peter came to the USA to strengthen the brethren?

That is my thought.

On 16 April 2008, His Holiness spoke the assembled bishops of the United States and said:

Clearly, the Church’s influence on public debate takes place on many different levels. In the United States, as elsewhere, there is much current and proposed legislation that gives cause for concern from the point of view of morality, and the Catholic community, under your guidance, needs to offer a clear and united witness on such matters. Even more important, though, is the gradual opening of the minds and hearts of the wider community to moral truth. Here much remains to be done. Crucial in this regard is the role of the lay faithful to act as a "leaven" in society. Yet it cannot be assumed that all Catholic citizens think in harmony with the Church’s teaching on today’s key ethical questions. Once again, it falls to you to ensure that the moral formation provided at every level of ecclesial life reflects the authentic teaching of the Gospel of life.

He said: 'it falls to you to ensure that the moral formation provided at every level of ecclesial life reflects the authentic teaching of the Gospel of life.'"


Unknown said...

Here is my tabulation of those great bishops who are speaking out and the issue about which they spoke:

Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia Biden Pelosi
Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, CT Biden Pelosi
Bishop Morlino of Madison, WI Biden
Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington D.C. Biden Pelosi
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver Biden Pelosi
Auxiliary Bishop James Conley of Denver Biden Pelosi
Bishop Fran Malooly of Wilmington, DE (Biden's diocese) Biden
Archbishop John Nienstedt of St Paul and Minneapolis Pelosi
Coadjutor Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento Nat'l Assoc Diocesan Gay Ministries
Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton, PA Biden
Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa, OK Biden Pelosi
Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, ND Biden Pelosi
Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin, TX Biden Pelosi
Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City, IA Biden Pelosi
Bishop Paul Coakley of Salina, KS Biden
Cardinal Sean O'Malley, of Boston Biden Pelosi
Archbishop Raymond Burke of Rome Biden
Cardinal Edward Egan of NYC Pelosi
Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh Pelosi
Bishop Michael Sheridan of Cheyenne, WY Pelosi
Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, TX Pelosi
Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Antonio, TX Pelosi
Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Center, NY Pelosi
Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas Pelosi
Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, FL Pelosi
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago Pelosi
Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, OR Pelosi
Bishop Jerome Listecki of La Crosse, WI Pelosi
Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland, OH Pelosi
Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco Pelosi
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, NY Pelosi
Bishop Glen Provost of Lake Charles, LA Pelosi
Bishop John Vlazny of Portland, OR Gov. Ted Kulongoski of OR
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, KS Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of KS

Vincenzo said...

Thanks! God bless Pope Benedict!