Irresponsible Bishops to Caesar

“Please take over management of the Church. We just can’t be bothered. What? No! We didn’t think you’d start trying to arrogate powers to yourself that aren’t yours! Oh dear! Do we have to actually govern the Church? But we don’t know how! We can’t be bothered! Oh, what do we do?”

Frank Keating does exactly what you would expect a not-terribly-theologically-literate Catholic layman and politico to do in the situation the bishops have handed him. It’s hard not to cheer for him, and yet the precedents he will set can only prove to be fatal for the Church in the US. When the bishops abandon governing their churches, Caesar is happy to take over. And Caesar, in the long run, will have no gods before him. Wake up, bishops.