Thursday, December 01, 2011


Cardinal Marc OUELLET with the Holy Father
The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops Cardinal Marc Ouellet, recently gave an interview which was largely devoted to the problems of finding suitable candidates for appointment as Bishops.

Bishops should be “capable of publicly defending the faith,” Cardinal Ouellet underscored. “In addition to the virtues that are normally demanded of a bishop, this capacity is particularly necessary today.” 

"it is important to evaluate not only the human and emotional maturity, but also the spiritual maturity of the candidates for bishop,” he said.
Cardinal Ouellet noted he has also had some candidates turn down their appointments.
“There have been quite a few more than I expected,” he said. One of the main reasons for this trend is that “in recent years, the role of the bishop, and of authorities in general, both religious and political, is not at all easy".
When we consider some of the thorny appointments to be made in Australia, these comments made on November18th in an interview with the Italian publication "Avvenire", take on a particular relevance. One can readily see a prospective candidate being daunted by the possibility of becoming the new Ordinary of Toowoomba or Brisbane. Daunted yes, but refusing - no. If one has dedicated one's entire life and being to Jesus Christ, surely one is bound to attend to His words: "Let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me."( Luke 9 : 23) Who then, is to "Feed my Lambs" if those asked to shoulder the cross refuse?
And what are they to do , those who do refuse? Find some cosy unchallenging place, where perhaps their ambitions will not risk the damage of turmoil. Are they to leave us a Church chained to mediocrity or worse? 
No it will really not serve for anyone to turn down the offer of the crosses available. Let us pray for good and strong men truly devoted to Christ, to take up the crosses offering, and then let us act to support them in their efforts to serve Him, against His enemies- the proponents of Rupture.

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