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Dear Father Rick,
Once again, I’m puzzled and shocked by the language of the Vortex video on “the Bishop and the Bishops”, especially by the vague innuendo about “unfaithful” American bishops. In their document on worthiness to receive communion, the US bishops warned that it is very dangerous to make judgments about another’s worthiness to receive. Just so, unless an authoritative statement has been made about a particular bishop or a particular teaching of his, it seems very dangerous to me to make blanket statements about those who, after all, have been appointed by Rome to be our shepherds.
Here is a quote from our own Holy Father:
“Priests who see insults offered to God and remain silent are called by Isaias ‘mute dogs.’ But to these mute dogs shall be imputed all the sins that they could have- but have not – prevented…. Hence, St. Leo adds: ‘The priest who does not withdraw another from error proves that he is himself involved in it.’” (St. Alphonsus De Liguori) …
“The words of the Bible and of the Church fathers rang in my ears, those sharp condemnations of shepherds who are like mute dogs; in order to avoid conflicts, they let the poison spread. Peace is not the first civic duty, and a bishop whose only concern is not to have any problems and to gloss over as many conflicts as possible is an image I find repulsive.” (Cardinal Ratzinger, 1997)
It is certainly nothing new about the outcry among the faithful who have been urging our bishops for years to speak up in those instances where we see “Catholics” distort and denounce what the Church teaches on faith and morals. The silence of the shepherds has gone a long way in shaking the faith of many who are lost now in a desert wasteland of confusion and doubt.
I believe we need many more like Fr. John Corapi, Fr. Thomas Euteneuer and Michael Voris who are unafraid in calling our Church to its duty to bring the light of truth to a waiting world.
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