Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Wow. The Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis took a beating by Michael Brown over at Sprit Daily. If (and I do mean IF) all or even some of what he says is true, it is a little disturbing.

But, CATHY_OF_ALEX has a few things to say about what she thinks of Mr. Brown's article at her blog The Recovering Dissident Catholic. She raises a lot of very interesting points and sets the record straight (no pun intended) on many of the issues reported in the Spirit Daily article.

I do know this, criticism of priests and Bishops (especially in such a public way) is not something to be taken as lightly and done as flippantly as many do today, orthodox or progressive or whatever. Whether to the left or to the right, dissent is dissent, and therefore a serious matter. People have a right, and in some cases a duty, to bring concerns they have to the Archdiocese. But this must be done in respect, charity, and with the understanding that the Archbishop has the final authority.

Believe me, if anyone is prone to have an opinion on the current state of the Church – it’s me! But God didn’t make me, or Mr. Brown for that matter, Archbishop of the Archdiocese, He entrusted that to Archbishop Harry Flynn. And you know what, the Archdiocese is a much better place for that. May we all shy away from becoming an armchair-archbishop!

I think Mr. Brown owes the good Archbishop an apology.

Archbishop Flynn, May God bless and keep you . Coadjutor Archbishop Nienstedt, may God strengthen and guide you.

1 comment:

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

I agree with all of this, but I have a "what if" for you. What if you know that the person who will investigate a priest in the archdiocese (not the archbishop, one of his friends) is a man who has investigated the "problem priest" before and has been duped or has ignored the problem. What if you knew that a priest was behaving horribly and sinfully and has fooled almost everyone around him for years. What if you knew for an absolute fact that this priest was scandalizing himself and others and the archdiocese has done nothing to stop it after almost 20 years? Would you continue to pester them about it? Would you just shrug your shoulders and say, "oh well, let God take care of it, the archbishop knows what he's doing"? I know it's semi-unrelated, but it's been bothering me for some time and I just keep praying about it and hoping someone has an answer someday.