“Who is going to save our Church? Do not look to the priests. Do not look to the bishops. It’s up to you, the laity, to remind our priests to be priests and our bishops to be bishops.”
– Archbishop Fulton Sheen
“Archbishop Sheen was right, as usual. Our pastors cannot lead us out of the current crisis in the Catholic Church, because they, as a group, do not recognize the nature of the crisis. In fact, despite the abundant evidence all around us, they are not prepared to admit that there is a crisis. They do not see the problem, because they are the problem.
“The crisis is—let’s speak plainly—a crisis of clerical corruption. Our priests and especially our bishops have failed as Church leaders, because they adopted the wrong standards of leadership. They are using the wrong yardsticks to measure success and failure. And this clerical system tends to perpetuate itself: bishops train and promote priests who adopt the same skewed standards.”
By Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org — Click here to read the rest of this commentary.
#1 by Michael W. Ryan on August 12, 2016 - 1:41 PM
Phil Lawler’s analysis of the bishops’ inability/failure to ‘get it’ is spot on. There are good bishops out there but, as a group as represented by the USCCB, they’re living in denial. Introspection is definitely not their strong suit.