He's Only An Auxillary Bishop, He'll Never Get Promoted...
The comment, at which I burst out laughing, read...
'He's only an auxillary bishop - so hardly one at all really. He's certainly never going to get promoted.'
Where to begin with this appalling understanding of Catholicism?
St Catherine of Siena was only a nun.
St Therese of Lisieux was a Carmelite nun.
St Francis of Assisi was only a layman and then friar.
St Dominic was only a priest and preacher.
St Anthony of Padua was only a priest and friar.
St Athanasius was a Bishop. While heresy swept the Catholic Church like wildfire, among Bishops, he alone held out against Arianism and stood up for Christ. How many of the other Bishops of his day have their own feast days?
How much time have you got, 'Alison'? I haven't got all day, but I would need quite a few in order to list the highly influential Catholics who have changed the course of the Church despite being men and women of far lower rank than Pope.
Still, with a comment that reveals an understanding of the roles of the Pope and Cardinals to be about power, rather than service, it is good to see that liberals do not consider this Bishop to be a 'careerist'! I concede that being faithful to Christ and the Magisterium may not reward prelates with a 'promotion' in today's Church, but really, that comment stinks of clericalism.