Tuesday, October 30, 2018

NOT TO GET POLITICAL, BUT I VOTE FOR RICKEN!

I copy this from Praytell. While they don't indicate their disdain about either candidate, the facts they do indicate about these two candidates for chairman of Divine Worship would seem to go against their prejudicial animus, but I might be wrong, but I doubt it. Not to denigrate the other candidate, I vote for Ricken! Can you blame me?


At the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) taking place this November 12-14 in Baltimore, a chairman-elect of the Committee on Divine Worship will be elected, along with chairs of other committees of the conference. The two candidates for the Divine Worship position are Archbishop Leonard Blair of Hartford and Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay.

 

Archbishop Leonard Blair was named auxiliary bishop of Detroit in 1999, bishop of Toledo in 2003, and archbishop of Hartford in 2013. Blair was part of the controversial doctrinal investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious under Pope Benedict which led to a five-year visitation (which was wound down ahead of schedule by Pope Francis). Blair criticized Network, the lobbying organization which has Sister Simone Campbell as its director, for not sufficiently emphasizing opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. He also attracted national attention by attempting to convince Catholics not to donate to the Komen Foundation for cancer research and prevention because they funded mammograms at a variety of health clinics, including those run by Planned Parenthood. Blair was a member of a committee of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) involved in the production of the 2011 Roman Missal, which received mixed reviews.

 

Bishop David Ricken was appointed coadjutor Bishop of Cheyenne in 1999, and bishop of Green Bay in 2008. Ricken is a 2009 inductee in the Catholic Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame. As bishop of Cheyenne, he co-founded the very conservative Wyoming Catholic College. In his 2011 pastoral letter on priorities for parishes and the diocese, “Called to be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive,” he wrote, “We renew our commitment to teach and preach about the importance of Sunday Mass and, the obligatory nature and privilege of honoring God in this way every Sunday in our parishes. We invite everyone to come to love the day of the Lord and the Sunday Eucharist as the source and summit of our lives as Catholic Christians.” He called for “excellent homilies and beautiful sacred music which will greatly enhance our Sunday celebration of the Eucharist (Mass).”

10 comments:

Tom Makin said...

I'm afraid Ricken doesn't have a prayer....

Anonymous said...

What exactly would the holder of that position do? Another rewrite of the liturgy? Not really sure what goes on at USCCB.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

What goes on at the USCCB is really quite a lot.

A Mercy Sister from Savannah headed the Catholic Education office for a while. That office works with schools, teachers, administrators, pastors, to improve the quality of Catholic education.

The tiny Sectrtariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (SEIA)(6 staff) work to coordinate ecumenical and interreligious efforts around the country. The longest serving staffer, Rev. Dr. Ron Roberson, CSP, is one of those amazing people who has vast amounts of information in is head. He may know more about the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox than they know about themselves.

Staff also advises the bishops who make up the formal "committees" for each office. Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton is the current chair of SEIA. There are 8 other Bishops on the Committee.

The SEIA has produced a collection of very good, short, videos (Videos - On the Path Toward Christian Unity and Videos - Walking Together on the Road to Peace) on ecumenical and interreligious relations that you can watch at the Secretariat's webpage.

TJM said...

the USCBB is full of lefty, fake catholic empty suits. Know wonder Kavanaugh loves them. Keep it up and the Catholic Church will be having a going out of business sale. Read the Rite of Sodomy if you want to see what I mean

Dan said...

TJM, we think alike. I've become cynical. I think Francis has revealed finally to me, what has been in place for a long time.

Anonymous said...

Living in very cold places (Green Bay and Hartford), I could see why either bishop would want to spend more time in Washington at that position---DC is a tropical paradise in winter compared with those two cities!

Speaking of DC, anyone who has not visited the National Basilica should do so when up there. I visited it for first time last year and was taken aback by its size and many chapels. Savannah has bragging rights over Atlanta in terms of cathedral sizes, but both seem small compared with the National Basilica.






Anonymous said...

You know the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington last week and said, " Build a beautiful Church on this spot."

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

You give away your age, that saying is from the iconoclastic early 1970’s progressive ideology about wreckovations. I first heard it at my seminary in Baltimore in 1976 and was scandalized that someone would think so I’ll of this magnificent shrine and that they preferred stripped and whitewashed, but that was the new stunted fad and thinking back in the olden days!

Anonymous said...

I think the outside of the Shrine is truly beautiful. I find the inside lacks warmth, cohesiveness, and any real beauty. Don't have a cow, this is just a matter of personal taste.

Across DC you have the Episcopalian Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, which they like to call "The National Cathedral," which is warm, architecturally coherent, and exceptionally beautiful.

Plus, the Episcopalian gift shop isn't stocked with the cheap tchotchke that you find at the basilica...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 1220 is "giving away my age?" Er, no. I would not have been old enough to remember "wreckovations". I am not "progressive"---I even voted for Brian Kemp for governor in your state, and no one is accusing him of being "progressive" (Even though he is Episcopal). OK, it is not the 1959 version, but good to see a number of people going to Mass there when I visited last fall.