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6. the quality of the bishops
Sat Nov 30, 2013, 03:35 PM
Nov 2013
“The Holy Father wants bishops in tune with their people,” Vigano said, noting that he visited the pope in June. “He made a special point of saying that he wants pastoral bishops, not bishops who profess or follow a particular ideology.”

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano is the papal nuncio [the ambassador] to the United States. This statement he makes is wonderful news. Jorge Mario Bergoglio is our Francis. As the eastern Church says frequently, "May God grant him many blessed years". Bergoglio was second in voting in the previous conclave. We can only imagine how things would be different, if he had more votes then.

I am not John Allen, nor David Gibson, nor a professional journalist; but as a national delegation, the United States may very well have the worst bishops on earth. Timothy Dolan, currently in New York City, is an attention seeking windbag. Robert Finn of Kansas City was convicted of failing to report suspected child abuse. Finn was extreme in using his office to inveigh for the Republican Party, and he is not the only one. Cardinal Raymond Burke, formerly of St. Louis, now in Rome was extreme in his support of the Republican Party, and he dresses in the highest, and most expensive of regalia. Not only have we ideological bishops, they have been anti-pastoral. They were the bad shepherds that Ezekiel and Jeremiah prophesied.

Now, in Cleveland Ohio, there is the protégé of Boston's disgraced Bernard Law. After the people of Boston suffered Richard Lennon, he has came to Ohio to wreak havoc. I wonder why such a man has become a priest. I have used so many metaphors describing him. He is a tyrant, he is like Hobbes' Leviathan, or the pharoa of old. He has the focus of purpose of Captain Ahab, as Gregory Peck said in the movie, "I don't give reasons. I give orders!"...

Rome knows he is a disaster. He has been privately asked by three envoys from Rome to retire. Rome has over ruled eleven of his parish evictions, in language that is quite blunt for the polite political language the church uses. A special apostolic visitation came to investigate him.

I have written numerous essays on what he has done to the People of God in Cleveland, Lorain, Akron and the rest of his domain. Type in the name, Lennon, in the search this blog box of a voice from the rustbelt and read some of the entries.

A change in bishop selection is most necessary. It is great news, that Francis has removed the Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, known to the press as the "Bishop of Bling". If the pope removes one such character, he gives notice to all the others.
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