Sample This!

…Bishop Sample: My generation was the first in the wake of Vatican II. While I certainly don’t blame the Council, much upheaval occurred in the Church in its aftermath. Culturally, society was experiencing the sexual revolution, the women’s liberation movement, and the anti-war movement, among others. There was an anti-authoritarian spirit.

In this time of great confusion, catechesis suffered. We booted the Baltimore Catechism out the door, but there wasn’t anything to replace it. I was taught the faith in Catholic schools using materials that were weak and insubstantial. I wasn’t being taught my faith. The liturgy suffered from experimentation as well. (Source)

When young, hip, orthodox bishops like this start to get appointed, it’s lights out on the cosa nostra.

At the time of his episcopal ordination, Bishop Sample was the youngest Catholic bishop in the US, and the first to be born in the 1960s. He also made headlines in 2009 when he asked retired Detroit auxiliary bishop Thomas Gumbleton to not speak within the Diocese of Marquette because of Gumbleton’s dissenting views on homosexuality and women’s ordination.

What? No “Cumbaya, we’re all on the same team!“, clap trap?  What a refreshing perspective on a bishop.  After 50 years of the rainbow crowd, it’s almost inconceivable that a bishop can act like this.  It’s invigorating to see that a bishop favours the Church’s teachings on human life and sexuality over some fraudulent idea of “unity”.

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