Cardinal Designate Burke to the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and the reign of Pope Benedict XVI seem to single revival of American Catholicity. However, this revival is not limited to the United States. In East Asia and Africa, the Church continues to explode in numbers. Traditional congregations of religious brothers and sisters are experiencing such interest in vocations that many can no longer house the numbers they receive. Europe, led by the Church in England, seems to be on the verge of a similar experience as the U.S, the recent story of five U.K. Anglican bishops who are in the process of coming into full communion with Rome along with their entire parishes. Christians in the Holy Land are under increased violent persecution – always a sign that the Enemy is worried about a resurgence of Truth in Jesus in the birthplace of Our Lord and Our Faith. As a Catholic revert, my heart begins to palpitate quickly with excitement and love for Our Blessed Lord, His Mother and Our Mother on earth, Holy Mother Church. No matter the future, it is a great moment in history to be a Christian, an original Christian or as St. Ignatius of Antioch wrote in AD 110:
ARCHBISHOP DOLAN‘S CRITICS FREAK OUTNovember 17, 2010 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the way some of the critics of New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan are reacting to his election yesterday as the new head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
NPR is worried that Archbishop Dolan is “overtly conservative,” and Tim Rutten of the Los Angeles Times is fretting about his “confrontational approach.” Dissident Catholics are upset as well: New Ways Ministry says the vote “sends an ominous message”; Call to Action also sees his election as “ominous”; Sr. Maureen Fiedler says “we now have our very own Catholic version of the ‘Tea Party’ movement”; DignityUSA concludes that Dolan’s election means the hierarchy is “out of step” with Catholics. Similarly, the Human Rights Campaign, a gay secular group, says the vote means the hierarchy is “out of step.” Not to be outdone, the website of the Tucson Citizen accused Dolan of evincing an “arrogant” attitude in winning (it is true that he was caught smiling).
SNAP, the professional victims’ group, opines that Dolan’s “winning personality obscures his terrible track record on abuse.” Marian Ronan of Religion Dispatches says his election is “not a good sign,” and her colleague, Sarah Posner, concludes—and this really is ominous—that “the bishops are targeting families with loved ones who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.” The Internet site Lez Get Real calls Dolan “the Vatican’s spin-doctor,” and the website of Time has a headline which reads, “More Bad News for Obama 2012: Catholics Elect Dolan.” Edgeboston.com picked up the AP piece, but chose to give it a new headline: “Catholic Bishops‘ Vote to Mean Harder Church Stance Against Gay Families.” And atheist Susan Jacoby is sweating over the fact that Dolan will be treated by the media “as if he is the voice of all American Catholics.” She needs to get used to it.
Now it is tempting to conclude that some in the asylum have escaped. More likely, it means these are not good times for those who have sought—in many cases their entire adult life—to turn the Catholic Church, and America more generally, upside down and inside out. They gave it their best shot, but they lost. Maybe it’s time they retired.
Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. (Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans – Chapter VIII.-Let Nothing Be Done Without the Bishop.)
Amen to that!On that note, I invite you to listen to Jesse Romero’s and Terry Barber’s podcast, Cultural Warriors for Christ: The Fall of False Gods, in which they comment on some developments concerning Cardinal Archbishop Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles and why, in my opinion, Archbishop Dolan’s election was necessary and providential. Feed Name: SAINTJOE Podcast Feed URL: http://saintjoepodcast.com/podcasts-only/rss2.aspx