Today's Vortex says what is all too obvious. Our Church and her traditions are withering precisely because of the malevolence borne to her by her very own leaders - particularly bishops. In times past, some thought that the bishops did not take strong measures against heretics and perverts in the ranks because they were weak, inept or simply not so bright. No more. There's too much of a pattern here.
Let's take a look at Cardinal Dolan, for example. How many of us groaned when he yokked it up with Obama during that Al Smith dinner, just before his election? There are some who thought that he was merely acting in a naive manner. Some blamed cowardice for his refusal to excommunicate dissident Catholics such as Andrew Cuomo.
Now examine his treatment of Father Wylie last week. The instant Father asked that the Traditional Mass be supported more by the Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal Dolan had him packing and did all he could to besmirch Father Wylie. Cardinal Dolan did not play the bumbling fool there; he knew what he wanted to do and he acted with all alacrity, deliberation and ruthlessness.
Two Lents ago, in my own parish, I saw this played out in the case of Father Guarnizo. Within a week of Father's denial of Holy Communion to two flamboyant lesbians, he too was given his heave-ho out of the Archdiocese of Washington. The progressive prelates are all too focused when it comes to eradicating priests who stand up for the Church and her traditions and teachings. Those who still wear rose-colored glasses in regards to our prelates would do well to remove them. We cannot pray properly for them if we don't see the problems as they exist.