Wednesday, March 6, 2019

ON THIS ASH WEDNESDAY, SOME SOBERING PROPHETIC THOUGHTS FROM THE LATE CARDINAL GEORGE OF CHICAGO


"Speaking a few years ago to a group of priests, entirely outside of the current political debate, I was trying to express in overly dramatic fashion what the complete secularization of our society could bring," writes the Cardinal. "I was responding to a question and I never wrote down what I said, but the words were captured on somebody’s smart phone and have now gone viral on Wikipedia and elsewhere in the electronic communications world. I am (correctly) quoted as saying that I expected to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. What is omitted from the reports is a final phrase I added about the bishop who follows a possibly martyred bishop: 'His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.' What I said is not 'prophetic' but a way to force people to think outside of the usual categories that limit and sometimes poison both private and public discourse."

 

What Cardinal George said seems to be playing out in real time with Cardinal Pell and 1 Peter 5 seems to have made some salient points:


The Pell Fallout Continues, And it Has Implications for the Whole Church

1 comment:

TJM said...

Here's a little nugget from the Tablet aka the Bitter Pill:

WHY SOCIAL JUSTICE IS KILLING SYNAGOGUES AND CHURCHES
Data suggests that the more a religious movement is concerned with progressive causes, the more likely it is to rapidly lose members

Sadly, we now have a social justice loon as the Archbishop of Chicago, and the numbers keep going down. The last Archbishop, Cardinal George, was Catholic.