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There are those who argue that the Archbishop of Ottawa, Terrence Prendergast is a "good bishop", that he is Canada's "best". The problem is: is "good" just good enough?
What are we to make of an Archbishop (and fellow churchmen, for that matter) who so catechize (?) the Faithful, that, in the millions, they vote for a man who openly told them he would promote abortion, euthanasia, the "LGBT" agenda etc. etc.?
Yes, the Archbishop may well have a Latin Mass parish, may well permit the Ordinariate in Ottawa, but what of it? Is this halting the slide? Comfortable, "Fifties" Catholicism just won't do any more. It may well placate the few hundred, but what of the million plus other souls in the Archdiocese? Ottawa needs a St. Paul!
The outstanding blog, "Contradiction" has a series of excellent, very well researched and thought out reflections on Archbishop Terrance Prendergast. Go and read them here.
The following is offered us - by "Contradiction" as a brief consideration regarding if a bishop is doing a good job or not.
Imagine a man who does a good job every day at work. All those that work with him express respect for him and the job that he does. This man also does his share of volunteer work at the food bank and at the soup kitchen as well as serving on a few Church committees. But because he doesn’t believe in putting locks on his doors strangers come into his home and abuse his wife and children, sometimes even when he is there. Since he can’t bring himself to offer any resistance to these strangers he is of little help to his family, some of whom suffer daily from the abuse. Furthermore these tyrants spend time in the basement doing things that undermine the foundations of his house. He takes no action only to make occasional criticisms. Perhaps he thinks the house will survive for many years yet and no action is yet required. Perhaps he thinks his family will survive the ordeal even though there’s much pain. Besides, it’s hardly worth a fight, he thinks, and if there were a fight he may get hurt or other members of his family.