Monday, November 19, 2012

Lord Jesus, Send Us More Bishops Like Archbishop Chaput

I don't really have a comment on this article.

Except to say that I love the way this man talks.

Why, Catholic clergy, can't you talk like this man?

Part of the reason is that many clergy do not share the substance of his faith. Let's not beat around the bush.

But even among those who are not outright dissenters, there is a culture of hyper-diplomatic language that hearers and readers must navigate to understand what the person is saying.

Why is it, in this Church, that virtually no clergy sounds like he says what he means and means what he says?

The Church is supposed to be a family. When I talk to my family, I don't use a lot of academic or diplomatic language. I speak the way I think it in my head.

But it feels like so many in the clergy put so much of what they think through mental filters--a niceness filter; An orthodoxy filter (because they aren't actually orthodox but they don't want to sound heretical because it might get them into trouble); A political filter; Et cetera.

The result is that a lot of clergy sound like they're bull****ing their flock.
 Is anyone really expected to take seriously the watered-down crap that passes for Catholicism in this day and age?

I think one of the things that turns people off from the Church-- among many-- is that clergy and professional Catholics are nice and formally orthodox to the point of alienating people with their pap.

If you're not in the Church to uphold Catholic doctrine what are you doing here?