St. Augustine and St. Paul on Real Bishops

by Steve Ray on October 7, 2019

088A3256-3437-4A09-BFEA-17DD2390CCBD“No man can be a good bishop if he loves his title but not his task.”  St. Augustine

May God grant us good Shepherd‘s. May he grant us those willing to be politically-incorrect, willing to be honest with their flock, exposing heresy and sin even if it’s among their own bishops and priests — even if it causes them grief, ostracization and discomfort.

Where are the Shepherds that lay down their lives for the sheep? Where are the shepherds ready stop being politicians and ready to be martyrs?

9C3AA071-99E2-40F6-B6D9-14759BF3E718 If they do, they will be amazed at the loyalty, love and devotion the sheep will show them. The sheep will follow such shepherds anywhere!

God bless all the marvelous bishops that grace our Church.  I know many of them and I love them dearly. They already heed the words of St. Paul. But there are others who need to take heed…

Acts 20:28–30  “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 699668F4-AE0A-4CB5-A883-8F7EA4CA83B9I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking [and doing] perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.”

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen     “Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops.”

Please Shepherds…

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula Thank Warnes July 29, 2018 at 11:53 PM

Cardinal Raymond Burke is one who does these things.

Sandi July 30, 2018 at 12:01 AM

Steve, thanks for sharing. Although not a bishop, here is a timely example of a good Shepherd. Yesterday, in Oklahoma (July 28) we celebrated the first feastday of Blessed Stanley Rother, the shepherd who could not run, martyred in Guatemala on that same day in 1981 and beatified in Sep 2017. We are immensely blessed by his witness in laying down his life for his flock.
http://www.archokc.org/rothercause/father-rother-s-story-short-version
Blessed Stanley Rother, Pray for us.

JoAnne McCormack July 30, 2018 at 4:44 AM

It seems we already have many savage wolves among our “Shepherd.” How sad that men who have studied the Word of God for so many years, and know His will for their lives can deviate so badly from the path set before them. They destroy others lives without a care for their victims nor any care for their own souls. They will be more accountable because of the special position the Lord has Blessed them with. We must not only pray for their victims but for them as well, for we all are sinners and in need of God’s Mercy.
However, they must be held accountable for their heinous crimes. I love the Catholic Church and hate to see what is going on in it. Too many liberal thinking clergy who do not hold true to the teachings of Jesus! Time for new leadership.

sandi-Lansing July 30, 2018 at 9:21 AM

It’s time for the Catholic Church to clean house. All those priests, bishops, and cardinals who are sexually active and/or homosexuals need to be removed from their priestly duties–even if we have to suffer for awhile because of shortages of clergy. I believe God will provide us with good and holy men to take their places. Yes, we need to pray for those who have sexually sinned and for the church. God bless all those priests, bishops and cardinals who are truly good and faithful men, who are not afraid to speak the truth; and who are holy examples to the flocks they tend. The minions of hell will not prevail!

Tony M October 7, 2019 at 8:36 PM

I am thinking of starting a mailing campaign to bishops who have just retired, or are about to retire. Because we now know that there was abundant knowledge that (former) Cardinal McCarrick was behaving badly, knowledge (even though incomplete and imperfectly determined) existed in the clergy to have SAID SOMETHING about it – and yet they did not – we can reasonably surmise that they have also been sitting quietly on other knowledge that also needs to come out. It is unlikely that asking a sitting bishop ordinary of a diocese to speak out will actually succeed in motivating him to speak out. But a retired bishop is another story: he has a different set of motivational forces. Even if only 2 or 3 start breaking the log-jam of silence about facts that are known – even if they only speak of facts about things that they themselves are directly complicit in – a few leads will break open a few more leads, which will break open still more. Let the facts come out. Yes, it will damage Church credibility for a while. Too bad – that’s the effect of the seed we have sown. We will reap it either today or tomorrow, it cannot be completely avoided. If a few of those bishops who have done wrong have begun to fear for their souls, and now are willing to divest themselves of their wrongdoing, or their complicity in others’ wrongdoing, then they should be urged to do so. It only takes a few to start an avalanche.

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