Thursday, June 18, 2009

Are You Really Surprised?
Not that we expected any different

A whole bunch of ink was spilled in the recent Notre Damned scandal. Even though there were a few courageous bishops who stood up and defended The Church, many of us couldn't help but notice that only 1/5th of our 'shepherds' were conspicuously silent.

So for those who actually thought there would be consequences for Jenkins raping of Holy Mother the Church, you shouldn't have gotten your hopes high.

Here's some of the article from; (Emphasis mine) Key US bishops: No ecclesiastical sanctions against Notre Dame

On the first day of their three-day meeting in San Antonio, the bishops of the United States... two key bishops-- Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry of Los Angeles, chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education, said there would be no sanctions against the University of Notre Dame for honoring President Barack Obama at its May 17 commencement ceremony.

Asked, “So far as you’re aware, there’s no push among the bishops to punish Notre Dame in some way?” Bishop Kicanas said, “I haven’t heard that. There could be a bishop who would say that, but I haven’t heard it.”
Could anyone blame me for saying I simply don't trust (or respect) most of the American bishops?


Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Just another reason to proudly boast the USCCB boycott sign. This collegiality experiment has failed.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

How right you are, Joe... HOW RIGHT YOU ARE!!!!

6:57 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

The USCCB inanity aside, it must be remembered that the USCCB has very limited canonical authority--e.g., like approving translations from the official latin text, making essentially meaningless political statements disguised as pseudo-Church policy, establishing an "independent" consulting organization to keep our children safe due to the utter failure in leadership of so many diocesan Ordinaries, etc.

The only apostolic authority who can discipline Notra Shame is the local diocesan Ordinary, and the Pope, of course.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

That's a very good (and of course, correct) point. I guess I was just hoping against hope that if the USCCB is going to come out with stupid and non-binding/unenforceable statements like 'Catholics in Politics', or whatever the hell the name of that moronic statement was, then juuuuust maybe, they would have enough integrity to condemn Notre Damned with another non-binding/unenforceable statement.

Sill me. I just used 'integrity' and 'USCCB' in the same sentence.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Alexander said...

What about the fact that heretics teach their error at that School to hundreds every year? That is just as bad and perhaps even worse than the Obama incident Yet none of the neo-cons make much of a fuss and no bishops seem to pursue it either on any consistent basis.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

. . . another non-binding/unenforceable statement.

It would end up being just another attempt by the USCCB as a corporate entity to be "relevant" in these modern(ist) times, just like the time back in 1983 (or thereabouts) they tried to be relevant with their overly-long, error-prone epistle on nuclear weapons.

Which reminds me . . .yes . . . your use of "integrity" and "USCCB" in the same sentence should earn you an Article 15! :-) LOL

9:50 PM  
Blogger Old Bob said...

Remember what Our Lord said about those who lead His little ones into sin . . .

10:25 PM  
Blogger Al said...

As Ade pointed out, it is up to the local Bishop (D'Arcy). American Life League is starting a campaign to get him to declare that ND is no longer Catholic.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

While the leadership at ND is all too willing to compromise their faith, it should be noted that the students there are far more devout than at any secular university or college I can name. It may well be that Bishop D'Arcy would gravely harm the spiritual and sacramental life of the students by removing ND's designation as a Catholic institution.

5:19 AM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

I think I am having some second thoughts regarding action the USCCB didn't take. Even if they are not canonically authoritative in the ND issue, it would have been a very powerful sacerdotal witness for the USCCB membership to condemn ND's decision to invite a pro-abortion politician to the commencement. President Obama is President of the U.S., but he is also a politician.

"Leadership by example"again has been severely lacking in the American Church.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

Adeodatus, I agree. A formal expression of disapproval, even if only pro forma, would have been instructive to the faithful.

10:27 AM  
Blogger †JMJ† said...

I was going to comment on the fact that this is all on D'Arcy's hands but someone beat me to it. However, in reading the comments one other thing didn't sit well with me.

Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said should be noted that the students there are far more devout than at any secular university or college I can name.

Did you see any of the speech that Obama gave? 95-99% of the crowd cheered Obama's empty rhetoric on. Only a few decided to skip the commencement. I don't know how many of them are more devout based on that.

If you say "but it's still better than any secular university" then I have to ask, is that the standard we set for ourselves as Catholics - "at least I'm better than the guy who doesn't go to Church." And again, if most are cheering the empty child killing rhetoric, how are they better?

4:53 PM  

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