Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Meeting with the Bishop

Here is a note I received from Fr. “M”, who will be visiting Bishop “J”. I have been pestering him for a response in the past couple of days. The squeaky wheel gets the oil.

Dear Fr John,
I arrived from Mexico today at midday. I prayed for you at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Bishop “J” has been in seclusion, preparing for his upcoming Ad Limina visit. But it seems he will make an exception and receive me soon. I am awaiting his secretary’s confirmation. As soon as I know, I will get into contact with you.

I can confirm from one of the priests in the diocese here that Bishop “J” has indeed been in seclusion for the past two weeks. If a meeting is set up for this week, hopefully things will begin to move along quickly. I will make sure to bring Fr "M" to the meeting and speak to the bishop at that time. I will propose a nice, long, and well deserved visit home, and then on returning, to move into a parish and begin my transition.


  1. "I just arrived"...so busy, so busy. Then the line, "I prayed for you."

    Superiors in the LC have that style.. always engaged in grave and high matters, all of which illustrate their importance and need for say, private helicopters and the like.. He could just say father, I will be there on such a day, and want to do all I can to help you make a good transition, you are a good priest and any diocese would be blessed to have you. No, a brother he is not in this moment, he is rather a victim of his own importance...

    The other aspect here is condenscension of praying for the poor mixed up Father, who suffers because he has some issues. Could it not be that it are the Legionaries themselves who all need to be at prayer, who should be fraternally moving through the crisis, rather than patronizingly acting as if they are above it all?

  2. I am praying for a quick resolution to your move. And, I agree with Anonymous (above). They really need to get over themselves!

    ATL Granny

  3. Surely, one could read those negative connotations into what the priest wrote, but we could (and should) just as easily read a positive and innocuous meaning into his note. That's how I read it. First, this priest knows that Father has been tapping his foot waiting for responses, so it seems to me a point of courtesy to mention his recent arrival as a way of providing some context for the note arriving when it did. I don't see anything in that statement about "self-importance." You can read it in if you *want* to see it there, but if giving someone the benefit of the doubt that we ourselves would want others to give us is, it seems to me, the better way to read this kind of thing. Also, the bit about prayer. Personally, I would be *grateful* for prayers, especially if they were made on my behalf at the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Here again, why go out of your way to put a negative spin on that? Much better to be humbly grateful that someone prayed on one's behalf and leave it at that.


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