The changes being implemented in the Diocese of Richmond by Bishop Francis DiLorenzo are making the liberal Catholics who miss Bishop Walter Sullivan uneasy. And if this story is any indication, Sullivan is quietly giving succor to those who would prefer his liberal ways to DiLorenzo’s more conservative ways.
One of the issues is the use of pastoral administrators instead of pastors. (Why is it the administrators are always women, never laymen? That’s a rhetorical question.) Some people are afraid that DiLorenzo will end the practice, which is in itself worrying since they obviously place more value on a woman being given power in the Church than on having regular access to a priest as spiritual father.