Thursday, July 8, 2010

Father knows best?

I promise to post an update of "The Meeting" this evening. In the mean time, check out Fr. Dwight Longenecker's article on clericalism.

Have you ever been in one of those parishes where 'Father knows best'? It may not be a parish. It may be a diocese or an monastery. When the priest or bishop or abbot is all powerful watch out. Mark Shea writes here on the evils of clericalism, and as usual, he comes at the problem with clarity and charity. His article set me thinking about a whole angle on clericalism which I have never really heard discussed: the psychological... Read more


  1. Hi father,

    I read the blog you posted and your comments. I also recently finished my theology degree. I distinctly recall learning the church opposes blind obedience. I am not certain what category it falls under; but blind obedience actually places one in disobedience with church teaching , if this makes any sense.

    We are supposed to, required to, use our intellect and reasoning.

    On another note, my sister in law Cindy is in the final stages of lung cancer. She is 46 years of age. If you can remember her in some of your masses I would be very grateful.

  2. Theresa, my brother is having trouble accessing the internet regularly. I relayed your messege to him by phone regarding your sister.

    You are both in my prayers!


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