Today at Crisis there is a thoughtful piece by Michael Warren Davis about bishops, both impressive and dreadful.
How to Red-Pill a Bishop
For those of you who have been living the feral life in depths of the forest for a couple decades, “to red-pill” is a reference to the movie The Matrix, in which people are effectively plugged into a massive computer program and all of life they think they experience is a simulation. However, rebels can get you out of the simulation by entering it themselves, telling you the truth about what’s going on, and the offering you either a blue pill to swallow, so you can stay in the simulation, or a red pill which is really a program that detaches you from the simulation and jolts you into the real world, dominated entirely by Google and Twitter and the MSM…. er um… no… machines and AI bent on the destruction of the human race.
Hmmm… the Matrix analogy and the present day hierarchy have more in comment than I thought.
In any event, in the Matrix, the hero gets “red-pilled”, told the harsh truth leading to his free choice to act.
Can we think of some bishops we would like to “red-pill”? I can.
How do we do that?
As St. Francis de Sales – who worked to red-pill Calvinists – said:
“Soyez toujours le plus doux que vous pourrez, et souvenez-vous que l’on prends plus de mouches avec une cuillerée de miel qu’avec cent barils de vinaigre.”
And bishops are tougher to convert than Calvinists.
What does Davis recommend?
You’ll have to read it.
However, he does have this good quote from Card. Sarah at the top:
“If you think that your priests and bishops are not saints, then be one for them.”
And this one from Fulton Sheen in the body.
“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops, and your religious act like religious.”
That, by the way, has been on the sidebar of this blog for a long time now.