Another Missouri bishop steps up

Check this out from CNA:

Missouri bishop blames ‘mentality of sterility’ for crisis in family life

Those bishops in Missouri!

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  1. Henry Edwards says:

    Bishop Johnston is my former pastor, and Missouri’s gain is certainly Tennessee’s loss. I believe a look at his photo at the above link shows the straight arrow he is. And his intelligence as a successful electrical engineer before entering the priesthood and eventually becoming a canon lawyer. As well as the uncommon warmth of his personality. When we have a critical Mass of bishops with this combination of attributes, many of the Church’s problems will be solved.

    As chancellor of our diocese, he was readily accessible to everyone. Every question he received got a prompt, plain spoken, straight forward answer. No evasion, no side stepping.

    On occasion, when a letter appearing in our diocesan newspaper contradicted Church doctrine, it was followed by a correction by the chancellor. I’ve never seen anything like this in any other Catholic newspaper. Nor anyone quite like him in any Catholic chancery.

    He played a key role in the original indult for our traditional Latin Mass in Knoxville, and was our community’s warm and enthusiastic supporter. So I was not surprised to hear of Sunday and daily EF Masses starting in his cathedral soon after his installation, as well as weekly Latin Masses instituted at several locations throughout his diocese.

    An example of his down to earth approach as a pastor: He explained the introduction of Latin in parish Masses, starting with the Sanctus and Agnus Dei, with a parish insert entitled “Latin and Lima Beans”. There were the usual Vatican II quotes, but I recall the gist of the piece being that whereas you may not like Latin and lima beans at first, they’re both good for you in the end.

    Then, shortly as his installation as bishop in Missouri, he returned to Knoxville to preach the sermon at the centennial Mass for his home parish (and the current home of our EF Mass). He gave his usual fine homily, but perhaps the clearest message was seeing him kneel to receive communion on the tongue (setting an example that few laymen and perhaps no other clerics followed). With Bishop Johnston, what you see is what you get.

  2. TNCath says:

    Yes, yes, Henry! Although I have never met Bishop Johnston, his reputation precedes him even in West Tennessee, where he never served. It is so refreshing to read such positive press from one of our own.

  3. Jenny says:

    Yay Tennessee!

  4. claiborneinmemphis says:

    TNCath, there’s no chance you’re a fellow resident of the Jackson liturgical wasteland area, is there?

  5. TNCath says:

    claiborneinmemphis: Not Jackson proper, no, but definitely in the same diocese. It’s a crying shame (and not just liturgically) with no relief in sight anytime soon.

  6. claiborneinmemphis says:

    It is a shame, especially when we have to hear of the wonderful things happening, liturgically and theologically, in the Nashville and Knoxville areas, as well as right across the river in Missouri. I am so pleased for these folks, and hope they give thanks to God for their opportunities and their good fortune. I would like to correspond with you privately in the hopes that you might point me toward other like-minded Catholics in the Jackson deanery, but my email address reveals my name, and frankly, I’m not comfortable with the likely backlash should my participation on this site be made public at my parish.

  7. Athelstan says:

    Bp. Johnston is a major upgrade for Springfield/CG.

    I think you could make an argument that Missouri may have the best episcopal bench of any state now. Finn in Kansas City…Carlson in St. Louis…Gaydos (appointed 1997) might be the least of the bunch, and even he was one of the 80 to speak up on Notre Dame. Note that the former three are Ratzinger men – Finn (2005), Johnston (2008), and Carlson (2009).

    All are more favorable to the traditional mass than is the norm – though admittedly Burke’s loss was tough to take. But our loss is Rome’s gain.

  8. 4mercy says:

    WOW!! Bishop Johnston’s remarks are brilliant and succinct! I hope many websites pick this up!

  9. The Egyptian says:

    Finally a Bishop with a pair, maybe we need more engineer types in the priesthood and as Bishops, perhaps the engineering education helps with clear thinking and the ability to speak plain English with out nuance ;>)

  10. irishgirl says:

    Kudos to the Bishop from ‘Mighty MO’!

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

  11. capchoirgirl says:

    Maybe I should move to MO….

  12. patrick_f says:

    MO makes super Bishops. Might I remind everyone of His Emminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, was a former ABP of stl, As well as His Excellency Raymond L Burke. Both are powerhouses in their own right

    And for the record, we “balance” it out around here capchoirgirl. We have Female “ordinations” and rogue parishes too. So I think God gave us these Holy men obviously for a reason. Who knows what would have happened without them!

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