Collegiality Vs. Cronyism

Collegiality is the relationship between colleagues.  Colleagues are those explicitly united in a common purpose and respecting each other’s abilities to work toward that purpose. A colleague is an associate in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office.  When the common purpose becomes the advancement of the leader’s individual goals at the expense of the organization’s then a more descriptive word would be cronyism.

After letter writing, phone calls, pilgrimages, and a rosary rally there is still silence from the hierarchy about Bishop’s Gaydos’ Process.  If you contact Archbishop Carlson or Papal Nuncio Cardinal Christophe Pierre will just refer you back to Bishop Gaydos.  Pope Francis is 5,000 miles away and only hears about such things if his own Nuncio or Bishops inform him, unless a huge public scandal should erupt, this issue apparently no longer being a huge public scandal in America.  The Bishops depend on each other for promotion and are loath to interfere with their Brother Bishops even in severe cases of abuse.  This is apparently not what Jesus and his Church intended though.  On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation we recall that The Council of Trent issued the Decree Concerning Reformation and in Chapter 18 it instructs Bishops to establish seminary colleges to instruct new priests.   To show they were serious the council Fathers included this section in Chapter 18: “But if the prelates of cathedral and other greater churches should be negligent in erecting the said seminary, and in preserving the same, and should refuse to pay their share; it will be the duty of the archbishop sharply to rebuke the bishop, and to compel him to comply with all the matters aforesaid, and of the provincial synod [to rebuke and compel in like manner] the archbishop, and earnestly to take care that this holy and pious work be, wherever it is possible, as soon as possible proceeded with.”  This is rather like a proposed solution for cronyism:  cronyism is self-perpetuating; cronyism then begets a culture of cronyism. This can only be apprehended by a comprehensive, effective, and enforced legal code, with empowered government agencies which can effect prosecutions in the courts.

The concept of proper governance exists in the Church but like many things it has simply been ignored.  Nevertheless, should a public scandal erupt, Archbishop Carlson and Cardinal Christophe Pierre have been contacted beforehand about their duty to govern the Church and to at least to inform the United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops.  500 years ago it took a very severe division of Christendom to rouse the Bishops to action, this time corruption and indifference seems to be leading to a general collapse in Church attendance of any kind with no catalyst for reform on the horizon.

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