Knowing him, he’s a perfect fit to be the official voice of the Catholic Church’s governing body in this country. He’s extremely capable of ruling by the iron fist if that’s what it’s meant by strong, slamming dissident Catholic politicians and the secular media. He’s, definitely, not afraid of alienating people. It’s like don’t mess up with Kicanas. His style is to promote dialogue perhaps, because rules without rapport equals rebellion.
The pro-choice movement doesn’t get it, the what? that the Doctrines and Teachings of the Catholic Church are divinely revealed. For them, it was something simply made up by the Bishops, emerging purely from a secular and experiential standpoint, without any basis from the scriptures, history and tradition. That pastoral strategy of engaging can be risky and yet, aimed highly at converting and not to please, conform or diminish the Church’s teaching. Isn’t that what we are supposed to do for those, we, faithful Catholics, publicly brand as sinners and hell-bound?
His excellency has been very instrumental in my vocation. He’s keen on welcoming International Priests in the Diocese even knowing for a fact that foreign accents are absolutely intolerable. After spending two years of Theology in Manila, Philippines, he decided to transfer me to Mundelein Seminary to my elation. Que mas? He ordained me to the Diaconate and the Priesthood and appointed me, after four and something years at OMOS, administrator of St. James Church in Coolidge, AZ. Hope it gives you a snippet why I’m deeply upset, plus the fact that it runs across the Chicago and Mundelein connection. Amen.