Letters of Bishops compared. Quite a contrast.

The other day Bp. Morlino (aka The Extraordinary Ordinary) posted a great Letter to the people of the Diocese of Madison about the present crisis. I wrote on it HERE.

Many bishops have issued statements or letters to their flocks.  Some are good.

Today, I saw an interesting tweet.

Intersting, no?

There is, however, 1 mention of “policy” in Bp. Morlino’s letter. Still.

Catholic World Report has an article about Bp. Morlino’s letter. The title of the CWR piece nails it:

Bishop Morlino condemns “homosexual subculture” in the hierarchy

That’s it, isn’t it.

Morlino also stressed, in his letter, that he was going to keep a serious watch on the seminarians where the 30 guys go for the diocese.

UPDATE:

Breitbart has a piece about Bp. Morlino’s letter.

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48 Responses to Letters of Bishops compared. Quite a contrast.

  1. ChrisP says:

    May God have mercy on Cupich – its not too late. Although, I can’t wait for the investigations to spread across the pond into the German “ubermensch”.

  2. JustaSinner says:

    Need Spiritual Boot Camps set up in the diosceses. A combination retreat, re-education, re-dedication to Christ and our Mother Church. Three day weekend of prayer, teaching, fasting and Mass. Turning Out Combat Catholics to lead their respective parishes.

  3. Wendy Babiak says:

    Thank God, THE Good Shepherd, for good shepherds. We would be truly lost were the Holy Ghost not always working in some who wear the garb.

    Thank you, Father, for the gold star, and the strong and kind words. Words are my thing, and I praise the Lord that I am finally employing them in His service. My gig for some time, after presenting at AWP and Split This Rock, has been writing book recommendations for the parish newsletter. And I’m an anchoress with the Seven Sisters Apostolate.

    Yesterday, after stoppering my mouth for years after having a whopping conversion experience after publishing a blasphemous book of poems, I wrote a poem, “To The Shepherds Who Would Lead Us Off a Cliff.” I would happily share it with you.

    And I’m sorry to have disgusted you with my colorful image (not really one I was thrilled to have come to mind, I can tell you), but I would have thought your disgust-o-meter would have been broken after the grand jury report. I have not had the heart or gumption to read it, but my husband has trickled enough details to give me an idea. Lord, deliver us.

  4. NBW says:

    Looks like Cupich is more of a politician than a prince of the Church. God Bless Bishop Morlino for speaking the truth! Cupich’s letter is more like a CYA letter to the flock with choice lines like: “Here in the Archdiocese of Chicago, we have been following procedures that were first established by Cardinal Bernardin in 1992, following revelations of clergy abuse that came to light during that period.” This is not helping….

  5. Dismas says:

    Regardless of which side, we all know who the heir of the “Seamless Assless Chaps” is. He does not disappoint! As much as I am obligated to loath those south of the Cheddar Curtain, even Chicagoans don’t deserve this.

    Not that I can boast of my own diocese, as all we receivee was a statement of impenetrable legalese.

    Lastly, short of undeniable divine intervention, I don’t see Bishop Morlino getting another promotion. Hurray to those in his diocese, and weeping elsewhere.

  6. Wendy Babiak says:

    I reread your comments about that image needing to be waved in homoheretics’ faces, and decided to add it to the title of my poem.?

  7. bartlep says:

    There are a lot of bishops — how many have written pastoral letters on this scandal?

  8. Dismas says:

    Only if you can work in a reference to the Village People.

    In all seriousness, I would advise against it, on the grounds that all the world is starved of beauty. That and the intended target is immune to irony.

  9. benedetta says:

    I just don’t think it’s going to cut it with the faithful, to omit that this moment is a confrontation with sin, to hide the reality of the four last things. It just comes across as really dodgy and inauthentic, and, yes, lacking in fortitude, as evasive. No discussion of policy is going to be adequate here. But evil that shocks the conscience should be named as such in truth.

    This last week I finished reading “Finding True Happiness Satisfying Our Restless Hearts” by Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, SJ. In the final chapter to the book, on “Transcendent Happiness”, there is a part entitled “Noble Cause in the Cosmic Struggle Between Good and Evil” where Father Spitzer discusses our part in this struggle, and reading this part over the past week struck me on the events of the day and the contrasts between the responses of different hierarchs. He says: “The more we confront the forces of evil, the more we strengthen the spiritual community and tip the balance from cosmic evil to cosmic good. The courageous confrontation of evil (and the self-sacrifice it frequently entails) is an act of love — noble love — for the sake of the whole spiritual community.” How very applicable, what he is saying there, to what is happening now, and our need to speak the truth about it, out of love for the whole Church.

  10. Ave Maria says:

    Read at every Mass at every parish in the archdiocese of Denver:
    https://archden.org/letter-to-the-archdiocese-of-denver-on-the-abuse-crisis/

  11. defenderofTruth says:

    In my PA diocese, we were subject to a rather bland video presentation, in which the main point was “I had nothing to do with it”, and “its for the children”. No mention of sin, or God (at least I don’ recall hearing any).

  12. clare joseph says:

    On this topic of what the bishops say and don’t say … I watched and listened to the clip you posted a few days ago of Raymond Arroyo interviewing Cardinal Burke. Speaking of the scandalous things being revealed, His Eminence mentioned the grave offense to Our Lord Jesus Christ. I was waiting to hear one of our prelates say this! No one was mentioning it! What has all this been doing to JESUS?! And I’m glad we now have some talk of reparation. …

  13. Amerikaner says:

    How is it that cupich is a cardinal and morlino is not? That should be reversed…

  14. teomatteo says:

    Morlino vocations ?, Cupich. ?
    Just curious

  15. jerome623 says:

    It’s hard for one to speak out against what one is guilty. I suspect this may be the case for many of the bishops and cardinals who are giving weak responses, if any, at this critical juncture.

  16. teomatteo says: Morlino vocations ?, Cupich. ?

    That is a good question.

    The other day, I posted that Chicago had ONE guy going into major theology this year. I have since received corrected, correct numbers.

    The final count for Chicago’s Seminary at Mundelein for 1st Theology is THREE. However, TWO of the men are from St. John Cantius and 1 is for the wider Chicago Archdiocese. The later was supposed, I head, to be at Hales Corners, WI, for Theologate, butt he was re-directed to Mundelein to avoid ZERO for the Archdiocese of gigantic Chicago at their own seminary.

    Meanwhile, north of the boarder in little Madison, I am pretty sure there are FIVE new guys entering formation. TWO are starting 1st theology. I think we have 8 in Rome.

  17. tamranthor says:

    https://www.archbishopetienne.com/a-time-for-action-a-call-to-prayer-penance-for-healing

    The letter from our Archbishop. Seriously mealy-mouthed. Not one mention of the actual sins committed.

    Yes, of course we have to care for the victims. Yes, of course we have to pray and fast. Yes, we need reparations. But you know who really needs to pray, fast and make reparation? That would be the homosexual predators. Unless these bishops grow a pair and name the sin and publicly confess and beg forgiveness, it isn’t going to change or improve or even begin to wane.

    Bishop Etienne talks about “Save Environment” programming, a program written largely by homosexuals, which has been in place for 15 years. And yet, the abuse continued. I wonder how that could be? Sorry for the sarcasm.

    He also asks us to pray and fast and do penance. Did he think we were not doing so?

    Remember, ladies, that the only way these perverts can make a move on your sons is by being alone with them. Do not allow them access. Deprive the perverts of victims and they will, eventually, self destruct.

    I’m a little hacked off just now. I’m going to go hug my son and grab my rosary, yet again. Thy Will Be Done.

  18. maternalView says:

    The sad thing is there are laity who just don’t want to admit this has anything to do with sexual morality. Assault and abuse, power and control, and secrecy are their preferred buzz words. I was hammered by someone for suggesting it was a homosexual problem. I was told Morlino’s letter was hurtful to “gays”.

    It appears almost as if they don’t believe it’s a spiritual problem of not following the church’s teachings. But then I guess that’s not surprising considering how many Catholics don’t follow the Church’s teachings on sexual morality.

    I found an article that questioned the whole concept that sexual violence is only about power and control. It suggested sometimes it is just about the sex. But to suggest that a component of this crisis was about getting sex would go in a direction many don’t want to think about.

    Reading the victims’ stories -adult and children- it seems more like these men wanted to satisfy disordered inclinations rather than exert power and control over someone. They may have had power and control over someone but I don’t believe that was always the motivation. They wanted the sex!

  19. maternalView says:

    I couldn’t help it but as I read the comparison with Cupich I was reminded of this quote from his predecessor Cardinal George:

    “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”

  20. HvonBlumenthal says:

    Another site is enthusiastic about a story that the Pope is sending Archbishop of Malta Charles Scicluna to investigate abuse in the US.

    Since, however, his investigation in Chile left a few stones unturned, and since the Archbishop was one of the most ardent supporters of the ultraliberal interpretation of the worst parts of Amoris Laetitia, I personally greet this news, if true, with only one cheer.

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  22. Mallu Jack says:

    Some more letter word counts
    Bp Morlino VS Cd Cupich
    Predator-Morlino 3 / Cupich 0
    Punishment -Morlino 4 / Cupich 0
    Seminarians -Morlino 7 / Cupich 0
    Penance-Morlino 1 / Cupich 0
    Reparation-Morlino 3 / Cupich 0
    Justice-Morlino 2 / Cupich 1
    Vigilance-Morlino 1 / Cupich 0
    Holy priest-Morlino 2 / Cupich
    Holy see-Morlino 0 / Cupich 2
    Pope Francis-Morlino 0 / Cupich 1

  23. Dismas says:

    Looks like the Fishwrap is ginning up a petition to expel Bishop Morlino.

  24. Markus says:

    Important letter from our Archbishop:

    (silence, crickets)

    Regarding “separation of families” on the border:
    5 statements in August. Priorities.

  25. Dan says:

    “Morlino vocations ?, Cupich. ?”

    “And you shall know them by their fruit”

    We can also look at the fruit of the last 50 years after stripping our liturgy and our Churches. We can see the rotten fruit today.

    I am not all that familiar with the process that goes into declaring a saint, but I have wondered in the case of Paul VI if the fruit he produced is taken into account. There seems an awful rush to make sure every post V II pope is declared a saint. I am sure somewhere Francis’ cause is already being drafted.

  26. AA Cunningham says:

    Ave Maria says:
    19 August 2018 at 8:30 PM

    Read at every Mass at every parish in the archdiocese of Denver:
    https://archden.org/letter-to-the-archdiocese-of-denver-on-the-abuse-crisis/

    Incorrect. That was written prior to the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report. The letter that was read yesterday; which as of yet has not been posted on the Archdiocese website, was sent out to all Pastors on the evening of the 17th of August.

    Suffice to say, Archbishop Aquila’s letter paled in comparison to Bishop Morlino’s letter and was as disappointing as expected.

  27. hwriggles4 says:

    Regarding Hales Corner, WI seminary:

    I believe this seminary is the Sacred Heart School of Theology (I visited three years ago). A good priest in my diocese was ordained several years ago, and is an alumnus. He is a widower ordained at the age of 64 – he and his wife raised 7 kids – he isn’t afraid to offer Respect Life Masses.

    I believe Sacred Heart, like St. John XXIII seminary in Boston, concentrates on “late vocations” where the majority of seminarians are 45 plus, with quite a few widowers and men on another stage of life. Oftentimes, depending on the bishop , the vocations director, and the seminarian, these “late vocations” are sent to these two places. This may be why the Chicago seminarian in question was in seminary at Hales Corner (unless he was in pre theology at St. Francis Seminary).

  28. Elizabeth D says:

    It would be easy to forget how blessed we are in Madison. We are really, really blessed. I don’t think Bishop Morlino is one of the bishops who is “popular” with all the “cool” bishops like Cardinal Cupich. But he has really taken steps to try to shield his seminarians from exposure to sex harassment or abuse (they’ve described some specific ways to me), and is free enough from human respect to say there is a problem of a homosexual subculture in the hierarchy that is wreaking devastation, and include other bishops and cardinals.

    And compare the ultra-cool Bishop McElroy, allegedly erstwhile heir apparent of the Washington, D. C. see, commenting on Richard Sipe’s letter to him that referred to allegations of numerous seminarians and priests about Cardinal McCarrick:

    “Dr. Sipe stated that he was making many of his allegations against existing bishops based on information that he had received from his work in legal cases on behalf of survivors of abuse,” says McElroy in a statement being published on his diocesan website Aug. 17.

    “I asked if he could share this information with me, especially since some of his accusations involved persons still active in the life of the Church,” the bishop continues. “Dr. Sipe said that he was precluded from sharing specific documentary information that corroborated his claims.”

    Sipe’s letter, which is dated July 28, 2016, is posted in full at the deceased psychotherapist’s website. Philadelphia-area blogger Rocco Palmo publicized its presence online in a tweet this Aug. 11, which sparked questioning on social media about why McElroy did not act on the letter then.

    Among the prelates Sipe identified as an abuser in the 13-page document is Theodore McCarrick, who renounced his place in the College of Cardinals this July after reports of sexual misconduct with seminarians and 20 years of abuse of a boy that started when the child was 11 years old.

    Sipe alleged then that the now former cardinal “has been reported by numerous seminarians and priests of sexual advances and activity.”

    “I have interviewed twelve seminarians and priests who attest to propositions, harassment, or sex with McCarrick,” the psychotherapist stated, before adding: “None so far has found the ability to speak openly at the risk of reputation and retaliation.”

    In his statement, McElroy says he met with Sipe twice shortly after his mid-2015 appointment to San Diego and they had “long, substantive, cordial and frank” discussions.

    The bishop says Sipe reached out in July 2016 to ask for a third meeting, and that McElroy’s assistant informed Sipe that the bishop did not have time on his calendar that month.

    “Dr. Sipe subsequently hired a process server to come to my office pretending to be a major donor who would hand his check only to me,” states McElroy. “I was not in the office that day and the process server eventually turned the package over to my assistant.”

    “It contained a letter to me (which has since been published),” he continues. “After I read it, I wrote to Dr. Sipe and told him that his decision to engage a process server who operated under false pretenses, and his decision to copy his letter to me to a wide audience, made further conversations at a level of trust impossible.”

    “Dr. Sipe made many significant contributions to understanding the dimensions of clergy sexual abuse in the United States and to the assistance of victims,” states McElroy. “But the limitations on his willingness to share corroborating information made it impossible to know what was real and what was rumor.”

    (per fishwrap)

  29. capchoirgirl says:

    NOTHING from our bishop yet here in Columbus. Zilch.

  30. Mallu Jack says:

    Let’s apply the same analysis to Pope Francis’ letter released today http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2018/documents/papa-francesco_20180820_lettera-popolo-didio.html

    sin 4
    Jesus 1
    Heaven 1
    homosexuals 0
    clericalism 3
    policies 0
    pray 8
    God 9

    predator 0
    punishment 0
    vigilance 0
    seminarians 0
    holy priest 0

  31. Antonin says:

    I don’t often agree with Morlino but he was more effective thank Cupich in addressing the issue forthrightly and not hiding behind beureaucratic Vatican speak. I thought Pope Francis’ message was on point. But this is really an institutional issues and appeals that piety, reparation, and prayer are indeed important and the backbone of all work. I support the development of seven sisters, and new forms of monastic spirituality in the world (consecrated virgins, orders of penitents, etc). That is a core solution.

    At the same time there does need to be some major systemic reforms in now the church as an institution is governed and yes lay participation in senior leadership is something the
    Church desperately needs.

    Francis alluded to clerical careerism and this is also, for sure, and issue and major tempatstion for many priests and even lay people contribute to it. I know that even I often fell into the trap of taking to a priest friend from a religious order and semi jokingly suggesting that he would be next superior. So that contributes to competitiveness and all that goes with that. To his credit, he truly is a man not at all interested in careerism. He quipped that he took a vow to the Pope not the Vatican bureaucracy

  32. AA Cunningham says:

    The following is the letter from Archbishop Samuel Aquila to the Archdiocese of Denver that was read at all Masses this weekend:

    The following letter written by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila in response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report was read at all weekend Masses Aug. 17-18.

    18 August 2018

    My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    I write to you today with great sadness to respond to yet another scandal that has shaken the Church. Even though many of the details in the Grand Jury Report in Pennsylvania had already been reported, the full release was still undeniably shocking and its contents devasting to read. We face the undeniable fact that the Church has gone through a dark and shameful time, and while a clear majority of the Report addresses incidents occurring 20+ years in the past, we know that sin has a lasting impact and amends need to be made.

    Many children have suffered from cruel behavior for which they bore no responsibility. I offer my apology for any way that the Church, its cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons, or laity have failed to live up to Jesus’ call to holiness. I especially offer this apology to the survivors, for the past abuses and for those who knowingly allowed the abuse to occur. I also apologize to the clergy who have been faithful and are deeply discouraged by these reports.

    Everyone has the right to experience the natural feelings of grief as they react to this trauma – shock; denial; anger; bargaining; and depression. I want you to know I feel those emotions as well – especially anger. I believe the best way to recover is a return to God’s plan for human sexuality. In response to the Archbishop McCarrick revelations, I have written at length about the spiritual battle we are facing. That letter can be found on the archdiocese’s home page – archden.org.

    I ask everyone to pray for the Church in Pennsylvania, though these dioceses over the last 20 years have greatly evolved from how they are described in the Grand Jury Report, the Church must face its past sins with great patience, responsibility, repentance and conversion.

    Creating an environment where children are safe from abuse remains a top priority in the Archdiocese of Denver. In our archdiocese, we require background checks and Safe Environment Training for all priests, deacons, employees, and any volunteers who are around children. During this training, everyone is taught their role as a mandatory reporter, and what steps to follow if they witness or even suspect abuse. We also require instruction for children and young people, where they are taught about safe and appropriate boundaries, and to tell a trusted adult if they ever feel uncomfortable. We participate in regular independent audits of our practices, and we have been found in compliance every year since the national audit began in 2003.

    Finally, while we have made strides to improve our Archdiocese, I am aware that the wounds of past transgressions remain. We are committed to helping victims of abuse and we are willing to meet with anyone who believes they have been mistreated.

    I urge all of us to pray for holiness, for the virtues, and for a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Only he and he alone can heal us, forgive us, and bring us to the Father. Be assured of my prayers for all of you and most especially the victims of any type of sexual abuse committed by anyone.

    Sincerely yours in Christ,
    Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

  33. TKS says:

    Here in my small liberal diocese, the letter read Sunday spoke only of sexual child abuse and no mention of the root of the evil, the “H” word. As usual, I find the parishioners don’t know about the other half of the problem because no priest or bishop (with a few exceptions) will come out and say that homosexual acts are a mortal sin (under the usual conditions.) And my bishop used to be in the Seattle AD so surely he knows.

  34. un-ionized says:

    Capchoirgirl, see the 20th week OT bulletin at the TLM parish. Scathing. But offers correct response.

  35. frjim4321 says:

    I kind of feel sorry for anyone making a statement, because it’s almost impossible to even say that since 2002 the safest place for children and youth has been the Catholic Church; but that sounds like excuse-making.

    Ironically, the PA grand jury report really doesn’t add anything to our knowledge. There are salacious details, but we already knew or should have been able to extrapolate from what we already knew that there were thousands of abusers and tens of thousands of victims from the early ’40’s through 2001.

    The worst part of this seems 2002 and after when the bishops were covering for themselves.

    And it seems like some prelates did not enforce the Charter. Pittsburgh comes to mind; and I wonder what was going on in Lincoln post-2002?

  36. VP says:

    When did this fellow Cupich become a bishop?

  37. frjim4321 says:

    Okay … there have always been and always will be gay, straight, bi, and asexual bishops, priests and seminarians. Gayness will continue to be overrepresented relative to the general population due to imposed celibacy, [You don’t know that. No one knows that. We deny your premise.] which has no integral relationship to sacramental priesthood. I suspect that currently, for the most part, bishops, priests and seminarians are genitally continent and strive to integrate their sexuality into a healthy life. That being said, medieval concepts and nomenclature it not going to be helpful with respect to the integration of sexuality into a healthy life; and will also do nothing to protect children and youth from abuse, [?] which is what this current crisis has sprung up around. So, here’s what’s going to happen. The bishops failed, and failed badly with respect to policing one another. Now they’re going to have a knee-jerk reaction, and make it all about sexuality. [Sexual acts and crimes tend to be grouped also under sexuality.] Seminarians will have a new round of “psychological screening,” and who knows what they will do to the priests. None of which will do anything improve the safety of our environments.

    I’ll say this: If they don’t remove EVERY bishop who shields abusers after 2002, and EVERY bishop who knew about McCarrick and did NOTHING about it, this bandage will be ripped off the wound again and again.

    I was saying fifteen years ago that promoting ++Law to a glorified golden parachute retirement in Rome was a horrible mistake, and he should have been given prayer and penance then. We are not reaping the whirlwind for the monumental “pass” that he was given.

  38. frjim4321 says:

    not = now

  39. Unwilling says:

    “there have always been … gay …, bi…, bishops”
    Which of The Twelve?

  40. Kathleen10 says:

    frjim, agreed, any bishops who covered or enabled homosexual predators to continue need to be outed and removed. Totally agree. But furthermore, if the church and the bishops will not acknowledge the particular vice of homosexuality and how it has impacted the priesthood, and take definite steps to correct it, the church is going to decline, and decline, and decline, until there is only a sprinkling of old ladies and men in the pews and nobody else. People are not going to pretend it’s 2001 no matter what the pope or bishops say, and the longer they avoid the word “homosexual”, the more resolute people are going to be. Nobody wants to be played, even Catholics who are now used to getting little from the church. We’ve heard the words and been though this. Catholics are flat out not going to do it anymore. We know too much, the images of boys being fondled or poked or sodomized is now swirling around in our brains, and it’s created a solid steel kind of motivation. Apparently even Catholics can be pushed too far. If this was about any other issue it would be different, but there is no way Catholics are going to give anyone in the church a pass on this. Now the church can continue on it’s path of ignoring the real topic, and it can try to distract people with this or that nonsense, and it can blame us ,blame the weather, blame Donald Trump, but we aren’t stupid. Boys and young men are sodomized by priests or bishops because they are homosexuals and shouldn’t have been ordained in the first place. We need and demand CHANGE. If the church wants to hold out and see how it goes, fine, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. And we can do that if we don’t go to church or give anything at all. Nothing else seems to get the church’s attention, and we are jackasses if we don’t use it. (I don’t think we are jackasses.) This is why we all should start asking Congress to stop giving federal resettlement funds to the church, and for AG Sessions to conduct a federal investigation under RICO. The church cannot continue as it has. The sooner the church figures that out the better.

  41. capchoirgirl says:

    Un-ionized, THANK YOU! Fr. Stash is such a blessing!!

  42. AA Cunningham says:

    Gayness(sic) will continue to be overrepresented relative to the general population due to imposed celibacy,
    frjim4321 says:
    21 August 2018 at 7:29 AM

    “imposed celibacy”? Who held a gun to your head, or anyone else for that matter, to accept the discipline?
    What a load of bovine excrement.

  43. un-ionized says:

    capchoirgirl, I don’t know the situation there but it’s almost certain to have been vetted by the bishop.

  44. Dismas says:

    @Kathleen 10 – Some good points, but you lost me on a few points.
    – Not going to Mass will do you far more harm than a given bishop will feel. As much as I believe a well deserved St. Nicholas Special has been earned by any number of feckless cardinals, archbishops, bishops, etc., I won’t go to hell for them either.

    – Not giving to the church won’t stop a Leftist radical, nor a hedonistic pervert. Both would be more than happy to sell off churches to pay for their continued excesses, and if St _____’s gets turned into a gay bar, even better as far as they care.

    – As for the government, do you honestly think that they will act in your, or anybody’s best interest, besides perhaps the DNC’s? We can’t even elect a president anymore without getting bogged down with the hystrionics of career psychopaths.

  45. robtbrown says:

    Fr Jim4321says,

    That being said, medieval concepts and nomenclature it not going to be helpful with respect to the integration of sexuality into a healthy life;

    Can you imagine asking the Cure’ d’Ars whether he was straight, gay, or bi? Or Isaac Joques when he was in the Mohawk Valley?

    Post modern man is trapped in his own mind, so full of hesitation caused by his own anxiety about who he is that whatever he does is little else than a species of naval gazing.

    I recommend TS Eliot’s The Love Story of J Alfred Prufrock.

    I agree with Fr Fox about contemporary seminarians. Inspired by JPII and esp BXVI, they are concerned with doctrine, liturgy, and other priestly matters rather than integrating their own sexuality. And on Sundays many put on a cassock and go to the nearest Latin mass. Meanwhile, Francis, a 1970s Jesuit, will continue to accuse them of rigidity.

  46. EKolk says:

    Speaking of good responses, I was encouraged by my own Archbishop’s response in the Archdiocese of Detroit (https://aod.app.box.com/s/gi2a1gf50vgq8n1in8xfc4x0plvijtwt) and Archbishop Sample’s response (from Archdiocese of Portland OR, found here https://archdpdx.org/documents/2018/8/Crisis%20Letter%20FINAL%20082018-1.pdf). While I’ve been disappointed in many other responses, I’ve taken some encouragement from the responses of these men (as well as the ones by Bishop Morlino and Bishop Cordileone that you have already addressed). I’m currently working on a letter thanking my Archbishop for his clear statement and asking him to be equally clear as he travels to the upcoming meeting.

    Inspired by St. Catherine of Siena, I’m also working on a letter to Pope Francis. It will probably get revised (a bunch) in Adoration and will take me a while to get it right but does anyone have any ideas on how to make it more likely that he’ll actually read it?

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