I relate below some recent incidents regarding three US bishops: one disgraceful and the other two causes for rejoicing. I'll start with the bad news first.
Sit down, please. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised a college football star for coming out as gay. You read that correctly. Michael Sam of the University of Missouri football team announced he was gay. This is Cardinal Dolan's response: "Good for him. I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya. I don't think, look, the same Bible that tells us, that teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, 'Bravo.'"
We do understand that Cdl Dolan is congratulating the young man for celebrating his mortal sin? He claims to have "no sense of judgment". Yes he does - only the "good for him" is a positive judgment on this young man's road to eternal perdition. He will bear responsibility for Sam's soul if he doesn't remember he's a bishop. But enough of him.
Bishop Michael Barber of the Diocese of Oakland (CA) dismissed two dissident priests from Newman Hall. One of them is openly gay. This diocese, being in California, is heavily infested with homophiles. They are in a snit. Let's pray and thank the good bishop for beginning the purging process in his newly assigned diocese.
A little north of that in the Archdiocese of Portland, Archbishop Alexander Sample announced that his archdiocese would join the coalition to oppose same-sex "marriage". There is a ballot initiative afoot to that effect. You will notice that the article to which I linked has a decidedly progressive slant. Again, thanks and prayers are in order. Recall that four years ago, when Archbishop Sample was Bishop of Marquette, he asked wildly-dissident Bishop Thomas Gumbleton not to speak in his diocese. Sample cited Gumbleton's erroneous positions on homosexuality and women's "ordination" as reasons.
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