Thursday, November 19, 2015

Quote of the Day

The jig is up. Its been nearly three years. The pope has clearly laid out his priorities, first in Laudato si and then during his recent trip to the U.S. But at their fall meeting in Baltimore this week, the majority of the bishops forcefully rejected giving Francis’ concerns regarding poverty, the environment and immigration equal time with their own regarding abortion and same-sex marriage.

– Patricia Miller
Excerpted from "U.S. Bishops Reject Pope Francis' Priorities"
Religion Dispatches
November 19, 2015

Related Off-site Link:
USCCB Voting Guide Retains Focus on Marriage, Against Protests by Some Bishops – Francis DeBernardo (Bondings 2.0, November 19, 2015).


  1. Popes come and go; Bishops STAY.

    All Bishops should be required to tender resignation with each new Pope.

  2. Hi, John. That would certainly make the bishop of Rome the decision-maker for the whole Church. I thought that Vatican II and Francis himself were working for more collegiality, subsidiarity, and regional control of the churches. What to do about the U.S. bishops? We have to ORGANIZE! What do you think?

  3. Francis has been waiting for meaningful recommendations for CHANGE from the Bishops. Nothing happens. They have never been allowed/taught to think about what's best for the people they are supposed to serve.

  4. Do you agree that the people have to organize to motivate the U.S. bishops to do what Francis has been asking of them? Maybe we need a vast conversation on the mission of the Church. Do you have any writings on that, John?

    1. We can no longer wait for or expect others (Bishops) to do it for us. It is time to Move On'. WE are Church and we are NOT Roman. (Neither was Jesus.)

  5. Roman and/or Catholic

    Roman and Catholic barely compute.

    Independent and Catholic (i.e., universal) do not compute.

    The rules,
    teaching authority,
    and way of life of the institutional Church
    help only a few to becoming their better selves,
    and are barriers to most people today.

    The primary theological basis of Catholicism
    is that we are made in the image and likeness of God,
    are Temples of the Holy Spirit,
    and are, therefore, SANCTIFIED.

    This is Jesus’ most fundamental message,
    that the presence of Divinity lives within us.

    Protestantism’s fundamental theological basis was that we are all SINNERS.

    Most of everything else is housekeeping.

    Given that there were no dogmas,
    or doctrines
    before the Fourth Century,
    maybe they are not essentials.

    Consistent, long-term evidence abounds
    that reform of the Roman portion of the Catholic Church
    will never come from the top down.

    Future efforts in that regard may be a waste of time.

    What are we waiting for?