The Sad State of Episcopal Affairs

“Just how deeply insular and inward-looking the conference has become was apparent in the fact that the agenda for this year’s meeting, conducted amid the greatest recession since the Great Depression, contained no mention of the poor, the jobless or the state of the economy.” (from Shake up in the bishops’ conference, NCR)


Hope in the Age of Benedict

Though I don’t always succeed, I try to be a person of hope.

Although hope is at the core of what it means to be a Christian, it’s more and more difficult live in hope during this Age of Benedict.  NCR’s John Allen discusses the continued rise of Archbishop John Burke within the Vatican bureaucracy, most recently having been appointed to a powerful position that oversees the selection of new bishops around the world. Allen reports that, “Since being called to Rome in 2008, Burke has hardly gone quiet. In a September 2008 interview with an Italian newspaper, Burke said that the U.S. Democratic Party risks becoming the ‘party of death’ because of its positions on bioethical questions. He’s also insisted that nothing can justify voting for a candidate who’s ‘anti-life’ and ‘anti-family.'” Lest it not be clear, “anti-family” is a reference to anyone who supports the full rights and legal recognition of gay and lesbian individuals and couples.

Given the state of things, I can’t help but be reminded of the words of Job: “Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness,” (Job 30:26)

Nonetheless…even in the midst of what appear to be dark days within the Church, the words from the Letter to the Hebrews remain strong: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful,” (Heb. 10:23)