Wichita Priest Named Bishop for Jefferson City Diocese
For once we send you to the Diocesan website for more information on Bishop McKnight
Notice at the bottom of the Diocesan article this little snippet: “The Diocese of Jefferson City comprises 22,127 square miles. It has a total population of 920,234 people of which 81,958 or 11 percent, are Catholic.” It used to be higher than 11 percent if it’s even that high now, possibly double that. Lets pray things head back in that direction.
Fr. McKnight makes his statement here. Here are some relevant parts of the statement, highlights are ours:
“I am especially keen to learn how we are evangelizing those in our community, especially the youth, and how we are promotinga culture of vocations among them. I anticipate that there will be opportunities for me to hear from the priests, deacons, religious and laity about your hopes and aspirations for our church.”
We hope so. Ask the laity the state of things here, there has been little or no dialogue with them up to this point. Parents hope and aspire to raise Catholic children and avoid the destruction this culture wreaks upon so many young people, wishing for the clergy to at minimum leave them alone, administer sacraments, and not make things harder.
“I can look back now and recognize more clearly how important my
social environment enabled me to hear the call to the ministerial
priesthood, and how it empowered me to respond in faith.”
We think Catholic School social environment is very important, and that it’s under attack. After February 6th our new Bishop will have a chance to interview his potential staff and then make decisions confirming how important that social environment really is to him.
Here are some good goals in the statement:
“-To foster a healthy, unified and resilient presbyterate for a flourishing, united and resilient church.”
The lay parents and some of the Chancery staff and clergy aren’t unified on a major moral issue. A Bishop can’t leave the staff and conditions as they are and achieve this goal.
“-To prioritize the pastoral care of the family.”
The LGBT/Transgender process disrupts Catholic families.
“-To have a passion for evangelization, especially of our youth.”
We need God’s help accomplishing this. One could start by administering the sacrament of Confirmation before the age of puberty. The almost complete absence of Junior High and High School children from Sunday Masses and the confession line is a clue that their faith becomes shaky early. If the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit can’t help this problem then preaching to them won’t either. The world usually has more appealing preaching, ask anyone who’s been on Facebook or been to a rave or a rock concert. We’d remind every parent that even most Catholic school kids are absent from Sunday Mass and that NORMAL for kids now is to not mention God. Denying him is celebrated in this culture. And unfortunately for parents in an anti-God culture by nature it’s very difficult to overcome a person’s need to conform to the group.
“-To take seriously the moral commitment the bishops of the United States
have made in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”
The Transgender agenda is the opposite of protecting children and young people from abuse.
“I hope and pray that in being a bishop for you, you may tangibly see my personal
faith and love for Christ, and for you
We pray this includes the lay parents and children because they are God’s people too.
“I ask for your prayers for me and Bishop Gaydos in this time of transition between now and my ordination and installation on February 6th in St. Joseph Cathedral.”
We all should add this man to a daily Rosary, along with all the Clergy of the Diocese. Transfer of power can be a stressful time for hierarchical organizations, like a legal discovery process for the first time in 20 years. People have to explain their actions and also decide whether to take a risk and try to hide things or to reveal them. That is before the question becomes: what did you know and when did you know it?