How does one respond to writers who do not comprehend the role of a bishop in his mandate to teach the faithful the truth on moral issues? Try this:
The first bishop appointed in America was a priest by the name of John Carroll. In his first sermon in Baltimore, he testified in part the following; "In this, my new station, God now imposes a severer duty upon me. I shall incur the guilt of violating my pastoral office if all my endeavors be not directed to bring your lives and all your actions to a conformity with the laws of God: to exhort, to conjure, to reprove, to enter into all your sentiments, to feel your infirmities, to be all things to all that I may gain all to Christ; to be superior to human respect, to have nothing in view but God and your salvation. These are now my duties, extensive, pressing, and indispensable duties. God will not abandon me unless I first draw down His malediction by unfaithfulness to my charge."
It is a joy to hear bishops talk like that. Thank you Bishop Ricken.
Patrick F. Beno Sr.