Things are really looking up in Michigan, aren’t they. Think about it. First, they were blessed to receive His Excellency Robert Carlson as Bishop of Saginaw. Bishop Carlson is a real straight shooter and sound fellow all around. They have now received the gift of His Excellency Alex Sample, the brand shiny new Bishop of Marquette. He is a pious and very bright, faithful man who will dedicate both ends of the candle day and night to his flock. Count on it.
Now we read in The Detroit Freep that His Excellency, Most Reverend Thomas Gumbleton has resigned his post as auxilliary in Detroit. Moreover:
However, archdiocesan spokesman Ned McGrath would not confirm that Maida will keep Gumbleton at St. Leo’s, an appointment he has held since 1983.
“It’s up to the cardinal now,” McGrath said. “I don’t know about staying pastor at St. Leo’s. They’ll have to have discussions about that.”
Maida, who was in Marquette on Wednesday for the installation of a new bishop for the Upper Peninsula, could not be reached for comment. But McGrath said the cardinal, who staunchly opposes opening up past abuse cases to legal action, is likely to raise major questions about his former auxiliary’s political activism.
Let us sing a verse of the grand song:
Thou are so pure, but modest too,
Michigan, my Michigan;
Thou art so brave and still so true,
Michigan, my Michigan,
No promise unfulfilled; -on trust
Thy noble sons have bit the dust,
Remembered are they. For thou art just -
Michigan, my Michigan.
PS: There is even some Latin in the 5th stanza.