Wednesday, May 10, 2006

You know a bishop is good when Nat'l Catholic Reporter is up in arms...
The new bishop of Kansas City, Bishop Robert Finn, has begun to clean house in KC and the Reporter and the liberals in the diocese are not too happy about it. Plus, he is a priest who is a member of Opus Dei's Priestly Order of the Holy Cross, which doesn't make them happy either. And, he likes the Latin Mass, which clearly means that he is a close-minded papist. Here are some of the moves he has made that have them foaming at the mouth:
  • Dismissed the chancellor, a layman with 21 years of experience in the diocese, and the vice chancellor, a religious woman stationed in the diocese for nearly 40 years and the chief of pastoral planning for the diocese since 1990, and replaced them with a priest chancellor.
  • Cancelled the diocese’s nationally renowned lay formation programs and a master’s degree program in pastoral ministry [note: he moved them from St. Louis University, a liberal Jesuit university, to Ave Maria, a Catholic university that is faithful].
  • Cut in half the budget of the Center for Pastoral Life and Ministry, effectively forcing the almost immediate resignation of half the seven-member team. Within 10 months all seven would be gone and the center shuttered.
  • Ordered a “zero-based study” of adult catechesis in the diocese and appointed as vice chancellor to oversee adult catechesis, lay formation and the catechesis study a layman with no formal training in theology or religious studies.
  • Ordered the editor of the diocesan newspaper to immediately cease publishing columns by Notre Dame theologian Fr. Richard McBrien[note: I can't believe a bishop wouldn't want his flock reading the near heretical writings of Fr. McBrien].
  • Announced that he would review all front page stories, opinion pieces, columns and editorials before publication[note: Oh man! He wants the Catholic newspaper to be Catholic].
And here are his year 1 priorities:
  • The budget of the Office of Peace and Justice was cut in half. One of two full-time staff positions was eliminated, and the other may be reduced.
  • Support of the Diocesan Bolivian Mission, a relationship established with the La Paz archdiocese in 1963, was cut from $50,000 annually to $10,000 annually. Fr. Michael Gillgannon, the diocesan priest missioned to Bolivia since 1974, learned of the cut while home on leave in April.
  • The Vocation Office went from a part-time priest vocation director to a full-time priest vocation director with a part-time priest assistant and additional support from the head of the newly established Office for Consecrated Life[note: wow, a focus on terrible].
  • A separate Respect Life Office was established to handle pro-life issues and battle stem-cell research[note: And he's willing to put some support to pro-life 'conservative' of him].
  • The diocesan-sponsored master’s program, administered for eight years by the Aquinas Institute of Theology, a Dominican school affiliated with Jesuit-run St. Louis University, was transferred to the Institute for Pastoral Theology at Florida-based Ave Maria University. Ave Maria is being developed by former Domino’s Pizza magnate Thomas Monaghan, who has funded a host of conservative Catholic efforts[note: I love this bishop].
  • Finn upgraded a Latin Mass community, which has been meeting in a city parish, to a parish in its own right and appointed himself pastor[note: I love him even more, now].
Let us pray that we have more bishops like Bishop Finn lead our who strive for holiness in everyday life and are not afraid to "rock the boat" a bit in order to teach people about Christ and His Church.


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