Uncle Eddy's E-mail -- May 6
bishop of Antioch
(entered heaven around
Stay away from people like that. When they start to enjoy criticizing bishops, they will soon go in for criticizing popes. When that happens, they almost inevitably get proud, and may even fall away from the true Church. OK, fine, so bishops aren´t perfect (and neither are popes). Even so, as faithful Catholics, we revere our bishops as God´s chosen instruments to administer his grace. They have received the ministry of the Apostles, and the Holy Spirit is at work in them. If an individual maverick bishop decides to go off and directly contradict the teaching or discipline of the Church, we should certainly not accept or obey him in those things, since by his rebellion he will have separated himself from the apostolic college (the pope and the bishops in communion with him) to which God has entrusted the care of the Church. Nevertheless, even in that case (especially in that case), we should pray earnestly for him and refrain from unnecessarily elaborating on and gloating over his deviations. Remember what our Lord said about taking out the plank in our own eye before we take out the speck in our brothers?
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