A reader sent me his observation of the "Magisterium of One", Mark Shea, and how he contradicts himself at every turn concerning the authority of bishops.
A reader writes,
Two examples. One of Mark Shea attacking his own Bishop based upon
mere hearsay, and another example of Shea pretending to be the model
christian we should all emulate. Problem is, as evidenced by some quotes
below by a priest, Shea is only about being obedient to Shea. Keep in
mind these blog posts are only a day apart. Regardless of what the
rightful position one should take on each of the cases Shea is
disscussing, it is plain as day that this man is a hypocrite and a liar.
A few days ago, Mark Shea on his own bishop without knowing all the facts:
"I don't get the guy. His reasoning isn't even internally consistent
since the USCCB (rightly) has no problem at all with 40 DFL, a perfectly
peaceful, non-confrontational, non-gory form of civil witness for life.
Plus, he's just taken over a diocese that's been through the ringer
financially due to abuse lawsuits. So he deliberately spits in the eye
of the most dedicated and loyal Catholics, provoking them to withhold
their appeal funds out of conscience? What gives?
God grant him a change of heart through Christ Jesus.
By the way, in stark contrast to Bp. Cupich, here is a story about Abp. Vigneron of Detroit, manfully leading people in prayer outside two abortion mills--in the rain. God be praised for good shepherds!"
A priest (a member of the clergy, mind you) cautions Shea on jumping the gun without hearing from the bishop first:
"I call shenanigans. Citing un-verifiable "multiple Spokane priests" just
doesn't cut it when making such a huge - and potentially damaging -
claim about a bishop.
With respect to all of the kind folks who have piped in from the
Diocese of Spokane, it would be prudent (as many have said) to seek or
await some verifiable information from the bishop himself. We risk a
great dis-charity towards the bishop if we come to conclusions based on
the words of others - even priests!..."
Mark Shea a couple of days later describing his own pious example of
obedience to the hierarchy and prudent judgment in always allowing the
facts to speak for themselves (yea, right...hypocrite):
"I continue to do what every sensible Catholic should do: defer to the
bishop's rightful authority, let the facts emerge from the
investigation (and the appeal to Rome) and let the chips fall where they
may. The reflexive, kneejerk tendency of alleged "faithful" Catholic to
perpetually assume that every American bishop is a fifth columnist
working to destroy the Church is foreign to the mind of Christ."