EWTN.com - your book Saving Those Damned Catholics: "your book Saving Those Damned Catholics
I just read a review on your book on Amazon.com and I fully intend to purchase the book when I'm able. It looks like a good read, if not horrifying in some respects. My question is about 'obedience' to bishops. How do we fulfil our obligation to 'obey' a weak and possibly corrupt bishop? As an American, we have the 'right' to ask our government to right a wrong. But I know of no such 'rights' in the Catholic Church. It's obedience, obedience and stand by your priest 'no matter what'. That doesn't leave a lot of room for improvement, it seems. Thank you for your comments and God Bless.
Answer by Judie Brown on 10/3/2008:
We can respectfully communicate concerns we have with our Bishop; what we must not do is make demands or treat the Bishop as one would treat a politician.
As long as you maintain the moral highground while making your position known, you are completely with the guidelines. As Bishop Fulton Sheen once said:
'Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops and your religious act like religious.'