Monday, October 12, 2015

The Compassion of the Clergy

When I see Catholics talking about the need to be welcoming, I often get the impression that the only people they want to make feel welcome are themselves. They seem like clergy who miss the days when being a bishop or a cardinal meant schmoozing with political movers and shakers, being welcomed to all the nice functions, being respected by the cream of the community. They didn't sign up to be sneered at by the elite, but to rub elbows with them.

People point out that liberalizing churches hasn't succeeded in attracting more people to them, but these clergy don't really care about that anyway. Let the church shrink, but let them sit a little bit closer to the guest of honor at the banquet, and hey - mission accomplished.

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