I had intended relay this the day Damian posted it on his blog at The Daily Telegraph. I was reminded of it tonight over supper with friends (including the great Fr. Finigan).
First, think about the “New Evangelization” that is supposed to be a priority.
Are you thinking?
Now read this, with my emphases and comments.
Wanted: a Papal Nuncio who will improve the calibre of our Catholic bishops
By Damian Thompson
Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, the Papal Nuncio to Great Britain, is retiring early because of ill health. It’s sad for him, of course: I wish him a full recovery, a happy retirement and shall try to forget his attempts to silence this blog. But now, [NB] PLEASE, will the Vatican recognise that the Catholics who responded so warmly to Benedict XVI deserve a Nuncio willing to recommend bishops motivated by the Pope’s programme of orthodox renewal? [I think it is fair to say that the Catholic Church in the USA experienced a “bump” after the visit of Pope Benedict. The Holy See needs to strike while the iron is hot.] I don’t want to single out Archbishop Sainz, because he was just one of a string of Apostolic Nuncios or Delegates who represented the Bishops’ Conferences to the Pope rather than the other way around. Like secular diplomats who go native, the Holy See’s ambassadors have allowed the Magic Circle to force the names of second-rate church politicians on to ternas. The results are plain to see, especially in the North-West of England, its Catholic heritage left to rot by complacent prelates, and in the liberal protestant dioceses of the south coast with their 1970s retro liturgies. So… [I think many in the Roman Curia are overawed by people who speak with some sort of English accent (perhaps few excluded). Italians in particular go all wobbly.]
Wanted: a Papal Nuncio, inspired by the writings and teachings of Joseph Ratzinger, preferably a native English speaker, with a bullshit detector that’s set off by Eccleston Square Bishopese and a knack for spotting dynamic orthodox priests capable of turning round a moribund diocese. I can name a dozen such priests off the top of my head, but none of them stands a cat in hell’s chance of receiving a mitre until we get a decent Nuncio.
Some of the English priests I have met would be outstanding bishops.
Perhaps you readers out there, of whatever nationality and origin, might stop right now and say a prayer to the guardian angels of those who must make a determination about the new Nuncio. The Holy Father himself will probably have to make this particular determination, since this Nuntiature is so important. But the Holy Father will be advised, and I dare say even pressured by human forces.
V. Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Benedict.
R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and bless him upon earth, and deliver him not to the will of his enemies.
Our Father. Hail Mary.
Let us pray.
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.