To the editor,
Controversy has erupted among the German bishops and beyond over certain ideas that appear to be in opposition to traditional Church teachings. Even in America, prelates such as Cardinal Robert W. McElroy, in a recent article published in “America” magazine, made statements other bishops have found lacking in authenticity with Church revelations pertaining to the divinely inspired deposit of faith.
Bishops, including the popes, are held to an important standard because, “In matters of faith and morals, the bishops speak in the name of Christ and the faithful are to accept their teachings and adhere to it with a religious assent” (Lumen Gentium 25). That paragraph also notes, “…bishops are preachers of the faith, who lead new disciples to Christ, and they are … endowed with the authority of Christ, who preach to the people committed to them the faith they must believe and put into practice ….” What a tremendous responsibility the bishops must shoulder.
In the Evansville diocese we are blessed to have Bishop Joseph M. Siegel, who does not fear preaching the authentic truths of the Church. We should listen to him.
Peter Rosario M.D.