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Loyalist Bishop

The Mainstream Media just doesn’t get the Church. Today’s Washington Times headlined its article about the choice of Bishop Donald Wuerl as the new archbishop of Washington with, “Vatican appoints loyalist for D.C.”. Loyalist? Is there any other kind of Catholic? The Catholic Church is not a democracy. There are no political parties within the Church. To be a Catholic means to accept Church authority. Yes, there are those who try to parse Church doctrine to fit their own personal point of view. There are also those who openly reject the authority of the Magisterium. Once one rejects the authority of the Church, one ceases to be Catholic.

That is why I hate to see the labels “liberal” or “conservative” applied to Catholics, though I admit I find myself falling into that speech pattern at times. “Liberal” and “Conservative” are such political terms. A Catholic’s loyalty to Rome is not a political allegiance. The Church is not about politics. The Church is about Truth. And not just any truth, but God’s Divine Truth.

So Bishop Wuerl was not chosen because he is loyal to the philosophy of Pope John Paul the Great or Pope Benedict XVI. He was chosen because he is a loyal, orthodox, faithful, Catholic. As all Catholics should be.


Barb, sfo said…
Not to mention that "loyalist" has those Revolutionary War connotations of being on the Wrong Side of things.
bookstopper said…
Many people see the church in terms of their own worldview. I have heard liberation theology proponents lament the church's acceptance of its tennants and go on to say that they should adopt more catholic teminology which "means the same thing" but doesn't set off alarm bells.

Mass media pundits are no different. If you send a political correspondent to the vatican to cover church heirarchy, you're likely to get the impression that there are two camps in the Catholic church, liberal and conservative. Also, many will not understand theological issues enough to ask intelligent questions let alone phrase things properly so that the audience can actually understand the issue.

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