Saturday, July 14, 2012

Retirement Comes for the Archbishop

The churchman who "turned the Rochester diocese into the most liberal district in the country" — Bishop Matthew Clark leaving indelible mark on diocese. The report begins with an interesting anecdote:
    Bishop Matthew H. Clark remembers the letter: stern, foreboding, and signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — the man whom the world knows today as Pope Benedict XVI.

    Delivered to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester in 1986, the Vatican’s letter said that Rev. Charles E. Curran’s beliefs on the subjects of masturbation, homosexuality and premarital sex would promote a questionable “pluralism in teaching moral doctrine,” and that Clark was not to defend the man’s opinions any more.

    But Clark didn’t back down.

    “Your Eminence, I fail to see how such a description does justice to what I wrote,” Clark responded in a return letter. “My intention was to portray moral theology as a living discipline, which ever faces new questions and which historically has developed a great deal.”

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Blogger 기답 Gi-Dap 怾畓 said...

Rochester is much better off without him. God willing they will get a bishop of the calibre of their former Bishop: the late, venerable Fulton Sheen. I love this quote:

Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it.

It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin.

The cry for tolerance never induces it to quench its hatred of the evil philosophies that have entered into contest with the Truth.

It forgives the sinner, and it hates the sin; it is unmerciful to the error in his mind.

The sinner it will always take back into the bosom of the Mystical Body; but his lie will never be taken into the treasury of His Wisdom.

Real love involves real hatred: whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the buyers and sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth.

Charity, then, is not a mild philosophy of "live and let live"; it is not a species of sloppy sentiment.

Charity is the infusion of the Spirit of God, which makes us love the beautiful and hate the morally ugly.

July 15, 2012 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

I bet you a pint he'll be replaced by a solid guy from Brooklyn.

July 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

Had Clark brought in billions like the priest whose order consecrated more new priests than any other order in the world, and had the hypocrisy, excuse me I meant Romanita, to keep his sexual innovations within the inner circle, they would have had to pry him from John Paul II's cold, dying, hands.

He obviously was a child of the 60s, and no doubt the Neanderthal faction will be glad to finally be rid of him. But laugh not with them but rather at them, for with people like Clark goes a Roman Catholic church with which bad and lapsed Catholics also identify, and which forms Western civilization by being a popular institution rather than a fringe element replete with humbug and holier than thous, and an unhealthily large number of congregants with intellectual and psychological characteristics which predestine them to join cults.

Fulton Sheen was such a catastrophic disaster as bishop of Rochester that they bundled him off before the diocese went bankrupt.

July 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Well said about that "Roman Catholic church with which bad and lapsed Catholics also identify" and that "fringe element replete with humbug and holier than thous."

July 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM  

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