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US Catholic Church politics at its best

I just don’t get it. I didn’t realize that politics in the US Catholic Church’s hierarchy can be that ugly up until the news early tuesday. I’m talking about the manner in which Bishop Kicanas was denied the Presidency after decades long tradition of doing it simply for formality. He served as Sec Gen and VP for a total of 6 years, now, nearing the age of retirement, maybe, gave up hopes of leading a bigger diocese and of aiming for the red hat. He certainly deserved that high profile position. At a time when there was a heightened expectation, when almost everyone was just waiting for the breaking news at Whispers, he was passed over because accordingly, he was too liberal, someone too nice to punish the nation’s leading figures in the name of the Church and God. Whether the leaders of the largest religious body in America wanted a strong leadership from Gotham City for which I have nothing against, still it’s a huge insult, a slap in the face and a stunning humiliation and setback personally for their brother, Gerry.

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.

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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, currently assigned as Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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