|I look forward to recommending more bishops just like me!|
This is especially bad news for Arlington since our bishop, Paul Loverde, has reached 75 and will be retiring. He was no paragon of orthodoxy, but wasn't able to do too much damage because of our large number of solid priests. Hopefully that will continue, although we've lost a number of good priests during Bishop Loverde's tenure.
Since we are next door to the center of secular political power, I expect we are likely to get a bishop in the mold of Cardinal Wuerl. It makes me shiver to think of it. On the other hand, I take comfort in one of my favorite scripture passages from St. Paul: "All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and serve according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) So no matter what happens I won't despair. Bad times are an invitation to faithful people to increase their prayer and sacrifice, and, of course, to pray for the bad guys. We'll let God take care of the false shepherds according to Ezekiel 34:2. "Woe to you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves and not the sheep." I don't think the scripture is primarily talking here about food for the body, but food for the soul. When you consider the starvation diet the laity have suffered in the area of doctrinal instruction for at least two generations, the shepherds are in deep trouble!