PopeWatch: Crusaders Not Wanted
On February 27, 2014 the Pope met with the Congregation for Bishops. The Pope discussed the type of Bishops he is looking for:
“Since faith comes from proclamation we need kerygmatic bishops. … Men who are guardians of doctrine, not so as as to measure how far the world is from doctrinal truth, but in order to fascinate the world … with the beauty of love, with the freedom offered by the Gospel. The Church does not need apologists for her causes or crusaders for her battles, but humble and trusting sowers of the truth, who know that it is always given to them anew and trust in its power. Men who are patient men as they know that the weeds will never fill the field”.
Go here to read the rest. PopeWatch respectfully disagrees with Pope Francis. The Church most definitely needs Crusaders for her battles, and the fact that so many bishops are unwilling to speak out fearlessly for the Truth is a prime reason why, since Vatican II, so much of the Church has been transformed from the Church militant to the Church mushy.
Traditionally the mitre placed on the head of a Bishop was a reminder that he was to be a crusader. As the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica noted:
“It is only after the service of consecration and the mass are finished that the consecrating prelate asperses and blesses the mitre and places on the head of the newly consecrated bishop, according to the prayer which accompanies the act, ” the helmet of protection and salvation,” the two horns of which represent ” the horns of the Old and New Testaments,” a terror to ” the enemies of truth,” and also the horns of ” divine brightness and truth ” which God set on the brow of Moses on Mount Sinai.”
A bishop must be many things, but speaking out fearlessly in defense of the Gospels and the Church must assuredly be high on his list of duties.