Six weeks after taking office, Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo is reshaping the Diocese of Richmond to bring it into close conformity with the policies of Pope John Paul II and orthodox Catholic teaching.
That intention is most obvious with DiLorenzo’s announcement last month that no one can be invited by parishes as a guest speaker without first being approved by the diocesan theologian, a post re-established by the bishop.
The bishop has also decided not to reactivate the diocesan “sexual minorities” commission that had advised former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan on gay and lesbian concerns.
Additionally, DiLorenzo removed a Virginia Beach woman from the diocesan women’s commission because her support for ordaining women as priests conflicted with the Vatican’s policy of restricting the priesthood to men.
DiLorenzo was appointed by the pope to succeed Sullivan, who ended a 29-year tenure as bishop last year after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75. The new bishop took over the Richmond diocese, which includes 64,000 members in South Hampton Roads, on May 24.
… But DiLorenzo has also assigned Smith responsibility for ensuring that no one who deviates from Catholic doctrine is invited by a church group or parish to lead a retreat, hold a workshop or give a guest lecture “on Catholic property.”
Looks like the new bishop has been pretty busy, and judging by the state of that diocese that the previous bishop left it in he has his work cut out for him. The idea of outside speakers being vetted first sounds like an extremely sensible idea that I would like to see instituted by other diocese. As he says this will totally prevent the problems and media attention when some speaker must be dis-invited.