Friday, October 16, 2009

Good Bishop Sample...

...explains why he refused to allow Bishop Thomas Gumbleton to speak in his diocese. It's not too difficult to understand. An excerpt from Catholic News Agency (emphasis added):

"The Bishop of Marquette then noted his 'grave responsibility' to teach Catholics on matters of faith and morals.

'Given Bishop Gumbleton’s very public position on certain important matters of Catholic teaching, specifically with regard to homosexuality and the ordination of women to the priesthood, it was my judgment that his presence in Marquette would not be helpful to me in fulfilling my responsibility,” he added...

(On December 17, 2008, Bishop Gumbleton led an Advent Vespers service at, where else, Most Holy Redeemer in San Francisco.)

'In order that no one becomes confused, everyone under my pastoral care must receive clear teaching on these important doctrines,' his Oct. 9 statement concluded.

The prelate also offered his prayers for Bishop Gumbleton and all those negatively affected by 'this unfortunate situation.'"

Our own Archbishop George Niederauer attempted to exercise the same reponsibility when retired Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson came to San Francisco to speak at a "Voice of the Faithful" event at USF. Of course, USF ignored His Excellency and allowed Bishop Robinson to speak anyway, but that wasn't Archbishop Niederauer's fault.

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