Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Watchmen

From Sunday's Old Testament reading.

7 “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8 If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.

RSVCE (Eze 33:7–8).

How is it that bloggers seem to be doing a better job at this than princes of the Church? Maybe we're collectively used by God. Or maybe God put this electronic printing press into the hands of the faithful just when some leaders can't shut up and others can't find their voices.

There has been a tiny thought scrabbling at the back of my skull ever since Dolan sat down next to Lot as one of the poobahs of Sodom. Dolan looks like such a jolly, open-faced fellow, it's easy to hope that he's in over his head, trapped, well-meaning, etc.

But then, he is a Cardinal. He is the Archbishop of New York. It is consistent with his previous remarks.

So, there is no reason to suppose this whole thing isn't exactly to his liking. Remember, this is the same Dolan who visited a madrassa and told Muslims he hoped they did a better job than Catholics at keeping their faith.

Heck, they truck in Brasso by the tanker full so Cardinal Dolan can polish his tolerance awards. Its one thing for us hicks in flyover country to be scandalized by homosexuality, but we're talking New York City! You may not have to be gay to be taken seriously, but you had better not make them mad.

If only they could find a gay Muslim group to march. Cardinal Dolan might leap down from the reviewing stand himself.


  1. I was the lector for this reading at our Mass yesterday (and whoom!--there goes whatever infinitesimal trad-cred I had), and while studying the passage, I noticed the odd wording of "his blood I will require at your hand". In the full context, it's clear enough that God is threatening Ezekiel's life if he fails to admonish the sinner, but this translation (in both US and Canadian missals) makes it sound to me like God would require Ezekiel to kill the sinner himself. Clearly, that's not the intention, but it seems weird.

    Shortly afterwards, our particular grey martyrdom began to get a whole lot ... greyer, as our newly installed bishop, in his first cathedral Mass, began parading through the church, asking questions of the parishioners ("I'm going to Heaven! Who else wants to go?"), pulling a family up front to demonstrate how parents in his old diocese would rope children together on the way to school, to demonstrate that we can only get to Heaven as fast as the slowest member of our party, or something.

    And that reading from Ezekiel? The one seemingly aimed primarily at the ministerial priesthood, warning them of the dire consequences of failing to admonish the sinner? Apparently it was more of a friendly nudge for all Catholics, reminding us that we sometimes need to put people back on the right path. That's what Pope Francis does!

    So, it seems that our heretofore reverent Cathedral Mass is going Full Franciscan. Given his other responsibilities, we'll probably only see the Bishop once or twice a month, and I'm hopeful things will moderate as he adapts to his new (and very different) diocese, but oh, it doesn't bode well.

  2. His Excellency has obviously never been in Bear Country or he would not be advocating tying children together like a string of sausages.

    Are you sure it doesn't mean to kill the sinner? Oh, dear.


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