The difference between real pastors…

…and the combox Inquisitors who appoint themselves as death-dealing shepherds of the flock is summed up in the difference between Cdl. George who goes on fighting the good fight and people who write things like this about him:

Oh, okay, so just because he has cancer (like millions of others…….who suffer in silence by the way) he is “gutsy”… He needs prayers but not because of cancer. Maybe God is giving him another chance to pay for his extreme neglect as a bishop. Well I am sorry he has cancer but I hope before he dies he publicly makes an effort to correct just one of the untold number of heresy in his diocese.

Can you imagine such a person actually being responsible for the pastoral care of suffering people? The whole combox contingent of self-appointed pseudo-bishops whose every response to every problem is to a) kick as many people as possible out of the Church, b) turn a deaf ear to human suffering, and c) bayonet their own wounded troops only serves as a sharp reminder of how just plain smart Christ was to create a magisterial and hierarchical Church.

We complain, and rightly so, about the sheer folly of the episcopacy in handling the Scandal. And yet look at the astounding stupidity and crudity of the sort of people most eager to vote themelves into the papacy from among us laity. If the Combox Inquisition were allowed to run the Church for a single year it would be a smoking ruin. I’m no clericalist. But neither do I think that we laity should be too smug about our supposed Wisdom of the Common Man. It was the Common Man who shouted “Give us Barabbas!” and pressed down upon the Sacred Head a crown of thorns. Sure we can produce simple shepherds and the honest ordinary folk that Christ blessed. But we also produce brutes and stupid mobs who can leap from “Hosanna!” to “Crucify!” with scarcely a movement of the gray matter. Cdl. George needs prayers, not this kind of brain-dead Inquisition.

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  • bridgit

    Well said. I’ll add Cardinal George to my prayers.

  • Subsistent

    I fully agree that whereas political society should be governed by the people, the Church’s government is rightly a papal-episcopal one. Nevertheless, I’m tired of hearing on Passion Sundays homiletic denunciations of the supposed fickleness of Jerusalem’s common people at the time of our Lord’s final week as a Wayfarer. The shouts of “Hosanna” were from a great multitude of common people deeply grateful for Jesus’s many healings. “Give us Barabbas!” was from a much less numerous mob — how many people could even fit into Pilate’s courtyard? — a mob not spontaneous, but stirred up and persuaded by the chief priests and the elders (Matt. 27.20 and Mark 15.11).

  • Mark, excellent post, excellent. You say it so well.

  • Michael

    Thank you and bravo! So nice to see that someone else is talking back to the so-called conservatives who are so “orthodox” they might as well be Lutheran.

  • Bob

    This post is a fine denunciation of the Common Man, an easy enough thing to denounce. But what is the difference between the Magisterium and the Common Man, truly? When I look at the Magisterium, I see the Common Man in vestments.

    • Eric

      Not much, brother, except Matthew 16:18-19.

  • Mila

    Well said, Mark!

  • Mark R

    Yes. This is why I am always relieved that the Catholic clergy are much less fanatical than the lay enthusiast.

  • Peggy R

    I invite folks to look at Cap Fax blog, a blog by a journalist in SPFLD IL about state govt news. I do not recommend commenting. I got banned for condemning the IL GOP chair who’s decided to support gay “marriage.” The man’s a Catholic too. Just read the bile directed toward the Cardinal and the Church. Even the Lt. Gov mocked Card George’s reasoning. The Govt is a dissenting Catholic, Pat Quinn. I have contempt for the journalist who allows such indecent language toward those with whom he apparently disagrees.

  • Elaine S.

    “I got banned for condemning the IL GOP chair who’s decided to support gay ‘marriage’.”
    Proving once again, I suppose, that we can’t look to the Stupid Evil Party (or is it the Evil Stupid Party? I can never remember which one is which) for help fighting the culture wars… at least not in Illinois, where the two party system apparently now consists of Regular Democrats and Lite Democrats (same pro-abortion and gay rights taste, a little less filling when it comes to taxation/spending).
    On a slightly more optimistic note, it now appears that a vote on gay marriage will wait until the spring session and NOT be taken up in the coming week by the lame duck legislature (guess they are too busy messing around with gun control and pensions).

  • Elaine S.

    Peggy R: One of the big donors to the gay “marriage” cause in IL is Laura Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs… yet another reason for good Catholics to root for the Cardinals 🙂

    • Peggy R

      Well, I am in Cardinal country…God’s favorite team, you know! I think Cardinal country might start as far north as Bloomington-Normal for some.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  • If only it were possible for every lay Catholic in the Church to sit in a confessional for one week, hear the sins of God’s children, and offer them absolution. . .

    . . .they would all leave The Box wobbly in the knees in awe of His Boundless Mercy!

    There is nothing more humbling than hearing confessions.

    Fr. Philip Neri, OP