Thursday 12 December 2019

We must appoint our own bishops

At least one of David Quinn's hopes about the forthcoming 'A-team' visitation to the Church in this country is misplaced.

He calls on the Vatican to appoint a new style of 'leader' bishop to the church here.

However, this is the root cause of many of the troubles in the church as the Vatican -- not alone in Ireland but throughout the world -- has appointed men who are hand-picked by the Pope and whose record in orthodoxy must be impeccable.

This means that if ever the bishop elect spoke out of line with strict Vatican rulings, he wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of making bishop.

As a result, we have Roman-appointed bishops without any reference to the people or priests of the diocese.

These men, in return, repay the Pope for their privileged position by being obsequious to the Vatican.

What we need is a return to the early church when the local people of God chose their pastors who were then confirmed by Rome.

What we need of a church of the future is diversity in unity and unity in diversity -- not an obsequious uniformity in all things Vaticanese.

Brendan Butler
Malahide, Co Dublin

Irish Independent

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss