The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ staff member Donna Toliver Grimes, associate director of African American affairs in the US bishops’ Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, recently told the media that she is “elated” over Biden’s pick of Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate. That is the bad news.
The good news is that there are many Catholic bishops, not USCCB hired hands, who are doing all they can to witness to Christ and His truth, leading the way toward truth and love.
On the feast of the Assumption of Mary in Madison, Wisconsin, this past weekend, more than 2,000 people joined Bishop Donald J. Hying and Milwaukee’s archbishop, Jerome Listecki, in a Eucharistic procession. Their goal was a simple one: “To bring Jesus to one of the most troubled spots in America.”
Just a few days earlier, Catholic bishops from Wichita, Kansas, and Denver, Colorado,
Denver’s archbishop, Samuel Aquila, wrote:
Rosary crusades and Eucharistic processions give Catholic people hope and consolation during these troubled times, not to mention affirmation that, for many, their bishops stand strong in their role as shepherds and guides.
And they are not the only ones teaching and preaching truth. Bishop James Checchio of Metuchen, New Jersey, called on his faithful to be vigilant when confronting the rising tide in support of assisted suicide, saying:
Thomas Tobin, bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, reminded his people—and all of us—that Joe Biden is not truly Catholic when he said on Twitter: “Biden-Harris. First time in awhile that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad.”
These bishops and other princes of the Church, like Bishops Joseph E. Strickland and Thomas John Paprocki, teach us that renewal of hope and joy reflect the truth that the future of the Church and our nation are in good hands—the hands of God.
Finally, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano was focused on such inspiring bishops when he wrote:
Let us pray for every shepherd to heed these words and be shepherds who feed their flock.© Judie Brown
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