Even as I stared at the title of the piece I am about to recommend, this passage from Luke about millstones came to mind. I had the image of a bishop sinking head downward…. sinking… sinking… clawing at the heavy miter on his head dragging him relentlessly into the ever greater pressure of the depths… sinking… clawing… wild-eyes bulging.
Miter as millstone.
The annual plenary meeting of US bishops is coming up. I suspect that there are going to be large crowds of lay protesters near their venue. I suspect that the bishops may tip toe up to the real core of The Present Crisis, but that, in the end, they will do little or nothing. I doubt that they have the collective cajones, especially when the brow-beating from the papalatrous favorites begins, the subtle messages and warnings that their opinions must conform or else be “noted”.
Miter as millstone.
One writer at The Catholic Thing has a piece a calm but penetrating cri de coeur directed at their collective Excellencies. His well chosen title is highly suggestive of his central message:
Miters and Millstones
You get, I trust, the point.
Remember the Lord’s warning in Luke 17:1-6 about the fate of those who cause others to fall into error.
“Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
The writer the provocative article is Stephen P. White, and he’s got some game. He gives the US bishops an ear full before their meeting. And rightly so!
Some may squawk under – under their miters – “Who is this guy to tell Us what do to?!?”
Clearly, it’s a guy who doesn’t want to see our bishops sinking… sinking… clawing at the end.
BTW… the Novus Ordo Gospel Reading on the Monday when the US bishops hold their meeting is, exactly, Luke 17:1-6, about leading little ones (us) astray and millstones.
I hope that a few of the ideologues in the conference will try to wrap their heads around that millstone image as they put on their headgear.
Perhaps it would be good to read the above-mentioned in tandem with, in dialogue with so to speak, another piece at Crisis:
“Cometh the hour, cometh the man.” The saying means that a time of crisis invariably brings forth the man to meet the challenge.
Well, the hour is here, but where’s the man? That’s what many Catholics must be wondering. The Church is in the midst of what may be the worst crisis of its existence, yet the man of the hour is nowhere in sight. The pope and the men around him—the ones we would ordinarily expect to lead us out of the crisis—are the ones who have led us into it. By all appearances they are not up to the challenge. They are over their heads in the mess they have helped to create.
Perhaps the distinguishing characteristic of the men who now lead the Church is a lack of seriousness. Because they are not serious men, many if not most of them do not even comprehend the seriousness of the current situation. Although they make statements expressing regret over past mistakes, they blithely continue on the course that has led to the “mistakes.”