View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Archbishop Dolan: Among the burdens priests face

"I love my brother priests. ... Those who are my age and older have seen the priesthood go from a position of influence and prestige to one of derision and decline. ... The hard right attacks them for being modernists; the way out left dismisses them as oppressive patriarchs. ... Liturgical and catechetical vigilantes from both wings are ready to nail them after each Mass or homily."

-Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Doers of The Word

6 Comments:

Blogger Ben Anderson said...

That's nice, Lee, but I don't think you could call those of us who are simply Catholic (meaning following the teachings of the Church) the "hard right". I'm beginning to love the genius of Card. George's term. What we have here in Rochester is not the hard right lambasting priests who are being faithful. We cheer priests that are faithful to our Catholic teachings (both in doctrine and worship). We only challenge priests and bishops when they are not being simply Catholic and veer away from Church teachings. So I don't think you can apply the above quote to our situation here.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

He's talking about folks on the extreme left AND right. I think there are elements of both here in Rochester.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As disciples of the Lord, we must keep our eyes and souls fixed on the Lord or we will sink on our own. There is a time of dispute and a time of peace and there is a time to leave judgments to the Lord. May the Lord bless those who agree with us and bless those who disagree with us. And be joyful in His presence among us.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As disciples of the Lord, we must keep our eyes and souls fixed on the Lord or we will sink on our own. There is a time of dispute and a time of peace and there is a time to leave judgments to the Lord. May the Lord bless those who agree with us and bless those who disagree with us. And be joyful in His presence among us.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We must fix our eyes and souls upon the Lord lest we perish. There is a time for dispute and a time for reconciliation and a time to leave resolution to the Lord.
May the Lord bless those who agree with us and bless those who disagree with us.
Rmain joyful in His presence among us.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Interstate Catholic said...

Archbishop Dolan tells it like it is.

My priest friend finds it funny that he is both liberal and conservative. It depends on what parishioner he is talking to.

5:36 PM  

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