In Kelly Clark’s View from the Pew she notes that a group in the Archdiocese of Boston is circulating a questionnaire seeking input on what traits people want in the next archbishop of Boston. Interestingly enough, most of the traits seem tailor-made to fit certain priests known to be founders of the Boston Priests Forum and its stepchild, Voice of the Faithful.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with lay people wanting to express their desires to the Fathers of the Church and anyone who chooses to do so can write a letter to:
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re
Congregation for Bishops
Piazza Pio XII
00193 Roma, Italy
You can even feel free to name a particular priest and why you think he should be a bishop.
Of course, this isn’t quite what some people have in mind when they say they want more control over the appointment of bishops and pastors. Some people want full-fledged elections. But as one Episcopalian reader of Kelly’s column told her, his own denomination has experienced the drastic effects of that idea.
In the Episcopal Church we vote for them, and the consequence of that is that we get the bishops we vote for. Considering that the Episcopal Church has been hijacked by gender feminists and gay rights advocates and that the political system is pretty well packed with these types we very often see dioceses that get the bishop who will tell them what they want to hear rather than the bishop they need to hear.
Considering the slate of gay-friendly, Resurrection-denying bishops with which the Episcopal Church in America has been saddled, I think Catholics have a good lesson we shouldn’t ignore.