Saturday 16 December 2017

Church leaders need humility

Two things are required of our bishops if the Catholic faith is to survive in this country; (1) give up the arrogance that is evident in every statement, (2) adopt a practical spirit of humility. Leave your "Bishop's Palaces" and live like your people, get a modest car and go to your diocese one parish at a time and get out and walk among your people and talk to them as your founder did 2,000 years ago. Give them the message of Jesus and listen to them. You might be surprised at the reception you would get. I for one, would follow and I think many more might be like-minded. Jesus did not have any fine vestments and certainly did not live in a "palace".

There are two Bishops who give out some signs of hope. They are Archbishop Martin of Dublin and Bishop Walsh of Killaloe. For many of the rest there is little hope of change. It is time to get rid of the trappings, and get back to fundamentals. We live in hope.

Peter R Cullen
Laraghbryan, Maynooth, Co Kildare

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