Who wants to be a bishop?

Cardinal Ouellet says more priests say no
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn places a mitre on Auxiliary Bishop James Massa during his 2015 episcopal ordination (CNS)

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn places a mitre on Auxiliary Bishop James Massa during his 2015 episcopal ordination (CNS)

The following comes from a February 2 Catholic News Service article:

Speaking yesterday about the annual course his office sponsors for new bishops, Cardinal Ouellet was asked about rumours that more and more priests are saying they do not want to be a bishop and declining an appointment even when the Pope, on the recommendation of Cardinal Ouellet’s office, has chosen them.

“Yes, that’s true. Nowadays you have people who do not accept the appointment,” he said, adding that he would not provide statistics on how often it happens, although he insisted the number was not huge.

Priests decline for a variety of reasons, Cardinal Ouellet said, pointing to the example of a priest who was chosen, but then informed the congregation that he had cancer and had not told others of his illness. “It was a sign of responsibility not to accept the appointment,” he said.

Others decline because of something in their past or because they think they cannot handle the responsibility, he said. In the latter case, he said, “normally we insist” because often people are not the best judges of their own abilities. But when a person makes “a decision in conscience,” the Vatican respects that.

As for the type of priests Pope Francis and the congregation are looking for as candidates, Cardinal Ouellet said the Pope “has insisted on the pastoral quality of the bishops.”

 

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  1. Who indeed would want to be bishop these days? When you have loco folks such as some of the readership over here all too eager to pillory even fine bishops and priests. And by the way, if you want to be bishop, be sure you know the TLM or at least allow as many TLM’s in your diocese as possible. If you don’t, you’ll incur the wrath of some folks here.

  2. How about getting some Bishops who insist their Priests, and encourage their Diocese literate Laity 1) to read at home from cover to cover;
    2) to read the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition” (aka CCC; dark green cover in the USA).

    ” My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge,
    I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” Hosea 4:6.

  3. After V2, the only institution which did not decrease is the episcopacy. There are many more bishops now than there were before V2. The only problem is: quality is much more important than quantity. There are only a handful of bishops that are really worthy of that charism. A bishop is supposed to be a priest, a prophet and a king. Unfortunately, very few meet these criterion.

    • And who are you to judge?

    • Herman, you may be correct, I just don’t know. Would you give us a list of the handful of bishops that are really worthy of that charism. Those not on the list will be reported to the Vatican for expulsion.

    • Linda Maria says:

      Herman, this is actually factual, in our recent history! But of course, the episcopacy has been also manipulated, by recent Popes, to suit their own interests! Also, the seminaries of the post-Vatican Ii years, have been very questionable– and some have been a terrible disaster— as is related in the shocking book, “Good-Bye, Good Men!” I wonder if some priests have not been trained well enough in the Faith, or in good leadership, to feel competent as candidates for Bishop?? Worse– is there some fear, regarding homosexuality– or of recent events, like the disastrous “Synod on the Family?” Our Church is no longer strong, trustworthy, and authentically Catholic!! Our Church lacks INTEGRITY!! Vey sad, and true!

  4. I do not see pastoral in the Francis bishops. I see vocal ideologues, detached from their priests and true doctrine, allowing administrators to run the diocese rather than loving pastors in communication with the priests and faithful. While the Holy Father has the ultimate word, he receives what his group of 8 or the congregation give to him. These come from the current bishops and their conferences who promote men like themselves. I know of priests who have been waiting for the call for years. We call them TP’s, transitional priests in transition to the episcopacy. Their motto is “Domine, non sum dignus, sed tantum dic verbo” “Lord, I am not worthy, but only say the word.”

    • Right on, Fr Rich. I recall one wag writing that “there is never a shortage of vocations to the episcopacy”.

    • Linda Maria says:

      If I were a priest, I would want to be a very good, authentic, orthodox, holy, and caring “alter Christus,” to serve the Catholic Faithful! However, I think it might be quite hard, at times, in the anarchic post-Vatican II world! If I were called to serve as a Bishop– I would LOSE MY MIND, I think– serving under Pope Francis! What must I do– become a fraud, like Cdl. Kasper, or Abp. Cupich of Chicago– or the often-questionable Cdl. Dolan, of New York, and Cdl. Wuerl, of Washington D.C.?? What would I do, in the USCCB– have rotten tomatoes thrown at me, for being orthodox and faithful?? Would I experience tons of persecution– like my much-admired favorite, Raymond Cardinal Burke??

  5. Catherine says:

    ‘Other Patristic Testimony To The Abysmal State of the Church at the Time Of The Arian Heresy ‘

    https://www.olrl.org/snt_docs/athnasus.shtml

    continued ……

  6. Catherine says:

    “A.D. 360: Saint Gregory Nazianzen says about this date: “Surely the pastors have done foolishly; for excepting a very few, who either on account of their insignificance were passed over, or who by reason of their virtue resisted, and who were to be left as a seed and root for the springing up again and revival of Israel (the Church. ed.) by the influence of the Spirit, all temporized, only differing from each other in this, that some succumbed earlier, and others later; some were foremost champions and leaders in the impiety, and others joined the second rank of the battle, being overcome by fear, or by interests, or by flattery, or, what was the most excusable, by their own ignorance. ”

    https://www.olrl.org/snt_docs/athnasus.shtml

    • Ann Malley says:

      ….the responsibility before God, when one is Bishop, is tremendous, impacting the Church, individual souls, in an endless ripple. Entertaining that reality in light of the increased and almost rabid pressure to peddle expedient would, to me, lead any to tremble at the weight of the cross presented.

      Somewhat like the Angels being given the one test to say yea or nay.

  7. Only men who are holy, and have a deep relationship with God and the Blessed Mother should be considered for the episcopacy. Too many are climbers, who have scarlet fever, and who desire power and glory have been consecrated as shepherds while they are actually wolves in sheep’s clothing. It is the fault of the clergy, much like in Arian heresy times, that so many Catholics have abandoned the true faith.

  8. Real priests do not want to be a bishop, only politicians. Real priests are those who fear and know how far-reaching and condemning to their salvation and those of others their actions can be if they make mistakes in morals and Church doctrine. They know that they will be held accountable to Almighty God Himself for their wrongful actions or in-actions. They know of the saying that the walls of hell are lined in red and black vestments. One bad bishop can lead a whole diocese to hell. Only those priests who are unwilling, but know they are being called by God and begging God’s guidance every moment of the day, are up to this most serious task.

  9. juergensen says:

    Who wants to join a club with so many heretics?

  10. Michael McDermott says:

    Jurgensen – Heresy, and His-ecy, is often found in the log in the eye of the beholder.

    I belong to the Catholic Church because I Am a Sinner who Believes in God, and who Hopes to progress beyond that sorry state in to being worthy of passing God’s Judgment, which we must all – Alone…

    I certainly haven’t joined for the earthly ‘benefits’ of membership (which have varied greatly over the millennia; from various painful forms of martyrdom to public celebration and back to Gaystapo Martyrdom in the age of AbomiNation).

    SEE
    Presidential Report Card on the Natural Family
    Marriage, Morals & Children
    http://www.saveamerica.com/report-card.html?ct=t(020816_You_can_win_for_Truth_in_SC)

  11. Michael McDermott says:

    BTW – Aside from matters Spiritual, I am a Confirmed Marxist (groucho group) and follow the greasepaint mustache guru’s advice on organizations, when he said:

    “I wouldn’t want to join a club willing to have someone like me as a member.”

    Thank God that Sin itself isn’t a bar to Application for Full Communion, although it certainly can be a serious impediment to acceptance, particularly absent repentance.

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