I have made the argument that John Paul II slowly shifted the character of the episcopate in the USA. Eventually, the balance shifted. The balance is shifting in presbyterates. The balance is shifting in seminaries.
When the numbers grow high enough, something happens.
This brings us to Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft, who usually has good arguments about things.
From Youth Defense:
Kreeft: It would be wonderful if 100 bishops got thrown in jail for marching with graphic images
Sep. 16, 2011
The Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform released a new video, [below] in which famed Catholic philosopher and author Peter Kreeft says it would be “wonderful” if one hundred bishops were arrested for marching with graphic images of aborted babies. Recently, some Canadian bishops decided to withdraw from pro-life events after the organizers couldn’t guarantee that there would be no graphic images of abortion.
“What is wrong with exposing people to the truth?” Kreeft proposed. “Suppose you were allowed to show the horrors in Auschwitz to the average German citizen. It might have toppled Hitler earlier. If something horrible is happening, covering it up is more horrible.”
Kreeft said that the images are “probably going to be illegal. You’ll probably be thrown in jail.”
He then recounted a story about a pro-life activist who picketed with a graphic image as President Bill Clinton entered the 1992 Democratic Convention in New York, and was arrested despite being well outside the 10-foot limit.
“None of the TV cameras filmed that incident. Well, if a hundred people did that, the TV cameras would have to film it,” he said. “If a hundred bishops marched with those pictures and got thrown in jail, the newspapers would have to headline ‘100 bishops thrown in jail’.”
“That would be wonderful,” he continued. “Not because I hate bishops, because I love them.”
A pretty edgy suggestion.
I am trying to imagine this being discussed at the next plenary of the USCCB, or the CEI, of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales (even though they don’t have 100 bishops).