Monday, January 10, 2022



I sometimes reflect on what must have been the sins of previous generations that have inflicted us with bishops who are more like uninspired middle-manager bureaucrats than pastors who will live and die for their flocks. I suppose at the very least I can take comfort that they did not add 'encounter' to the list, but 'accompaniment' is just as bad. 'Accompaniment' in English usually means one of two things:

1. A musical part supporting another part.
2. usually in food, something that supplements something else in a complementary way

I've no doubt that these things become theological jargon mostly due to bad translations of church documents, but there reaches a point beyond which it becomes simply embarrassing.

None of these, incidentally, are 'synodal' attitudes; the synodal attitudes, if you want to call them that, are faith, hope, and love. It's a sign of our woeful state that it would be refreshing to have bishops who actually recognized that.