Here is an article on Bishop Thomas Olmsted. His pro-life stance and preaching on contraception, homosexuality, and the death penalty gets him branded an ultra-conservative.
Not surprisingly everyone who was interviewed in the article are critical of the new Bishop. After the years of turmoil caused by their previous Bishop I bet you could easily find many people in Phoenix joyous to finally have a Bishop that truly teaches the Catholic faith. After three very short paragraphs that are an overview of the Bishops las four months we get the mandatory line: “Others are critical of his conservative actions.”
…From leading a high-profile vigil in protest at an abortion center to speaking out against capital punishment and contraception, the 57-year-old bishop has supported traditional Vatican positions –much to the disappointment of Catholics seeking reforms in the more than 1 billionmember worldwide church.
Though the “season of conflict” related to sexual misconduct seems over, “we are not through the darkness yet,” said Mary Jane Benton, a Scottsdale Catholic. “Our new bishop has given out rules and regulations, instead of healing and compassion as Jesus modeled.”
I often wonder if there are another four Gospels out there that are different from the various Bibles that I have. Healing comes about when people know they are sick and need a doctor. Compassion comes about when we help those who sufferand need our help. Spiritual healing and compassion does not occur when we deny sinful behavior and normalize behaviors in contradiction to God’s law. Jesus emphasized that in the call to holiness that first you must obey the Ten Commandment. That divorce was not possible for a valid marriage. That the path to heaven was narrow. Were these also just rules and regulations? Was “Go and sin no more” an edict or actually the greatest words of charity. Of course the next paragraphs informs us that Benton is part of Called to Action.
Olmsted�s suspension of the Rev. Cunningham in Gilbert has irked some parishioners.
“I have never been so upset with a bishop” in a lifetime of being Catholic, said Ray Rafford of Mesa.
After all these years of abuse and cover-ups under Bishop Thomas O’Brien this parishioner has a problem with Bishop Olmsted?
“What you are seeing is a move by the ultra-conservative branch of the Catholic Church to bring the parish priests in line to the bishop�s thinking,” he said. “Father John has a history of reaching out to all religions in a spirit of the overall love of God.”
This is a common element that people often use. That whenever a Bishop actually follows the teachings of the Church they say that it is only the bishop’s thinking. As if the Bishop made this stuff up once he got there. The Bishop is a true Apostle when they are in union with what the Church and teaches and what belongs to the deposit of the faith. When this is true there is nothing better than bringing the thinking of the priests in line with the Bishop, especially if the Bishop is in line with Christ.