First, I'll present today's Vortex in which Michael Voris comments on the abysmal state of today's Catholic Church. He lays the blame for the deplorable state of affairs squarely on the shoulders of the bishops for failing (as a whole) to be the shepherds that they were ordained to be. Now listen closely between 5:55 and 6:12. He is chiding the bishops for urging their congregations to jump on bandwagons for liberal causes and other matters about which good people can disagree while neglecting the spiritual and eternal matters that should be their primary concern.
When Voris uttered those words, might he have had in mind news of the latest nonsense emanating from the USCCB? I'll elaborate on that after the Vortex video.
First, ht to Pewsitter for alerting me to the latest crap that will ooze from the USCCB. It's about "comprehensive immigration reform", folks! The bishops are launching an all-out effort to press Congress for amnesty for those who've broken our laws. Breitbart News opines that this effort seems to be garnering more emphasis than did the actions against the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. In that article Rep Dan Lipinski (one of the few remaining Democrats who is truly Catholic) remarked - correctly - that immigration is a matter of prudential judgment about which the Magisterium does NOT speak authoritatively as it does with matters such as abortion and euthanasia.
The Washington Times reports that this lobbying effort for amnesty will come from the pulpits. Interesting? Does that mean that People for the American Way and the ACLU will soon start protesting that effort as they squawk about "keeping the Church out of politics"? Of course not! After all, the USCCB is taking its cues straight from the Messiah Most Miserable himself.
So we should hear these less-than-spiritual homilies beginning on September 8. If that date seems to stand out, it's for good reason. September 8 is the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. While I don't think that liturgy uproots the regular Sunday liturgy, I would think that it deserves a mention. How on earth can the bishops even think of giving that short shrift in favor of a matter that is merely in the realm of prudential judgment?
Many good Catholics, owing to our fidelity to the Magisterium, take exception with the position espoused by the USCCB. Bear in mind that the USCCB has no inherent canonical authority in and of itself. Should the Maryland dioceses participate in this ill-advised lobbying push, we will undertake efforts to advise Catholics that good people can - and perhaps - should disagree.
I echo Voris's suggestion that the bishops occupy themselves with spiritual matters, for indeed when Catholics believe that immigration and abortion are equally weighty matters, then their knowledge of Catholic morality is sorely lacking.