Monday, April 30, 2007

Making babies for the sake of schools

"If we want to keep the schools alive, we have to tell Catholics to have more babies."

New Ulm Bishop John Nienstedt speaking after the announcement that he will be the next Arch Bishop of the Diocese of St. Paul, Minnesota
Where to even begin with a statement like that... To me, that is nothing more than a greed-filled, arrogant response from a man whose job requires him to abstain from sexual intercourse and marriage -- two of the very things that he is advocating to keep the Catholic school system alive. A school system that relies entirely on tuition to pay the bills narely stands a chance in today's world where even the best private schools face declining enrollment from the middle class. For a Catholic bishop -- soon to be Arch Bishop -- to speak so blindly about something he is entirely unfamiliar with speaks volumes about what is so painfully wrong and broken with the very dark ages nature of the Catholic church.
I can say this because I am Catholic and have seen from the inside how backward thinking many men of the cloth are still today even fifty years after they abandoned the ultra-dark ages practice of carrying out mass entirely in Latin. Maybe a certain journalist friend who lives nearby can give me his opinion being he is a product of the Catholic education system. I would be interested to hear from others if they have ever heard a statement as backwards as the one from the soon-to-be Arch Bishop of St. Paul, Minnesota.

5 comments:

Alicia said...

Catholic priests should stop molesting young boys, then the archdiocese will have more money for schools because they won't have lawsuits, and they won't have to pay hush-money to victims.

So sad.

Leah said...

Come on, we all know you're just cranky because your Catholic wife wants to have fifteen babies...

Sornie said...

Damn Leah, sounds like you know something that I don't!

Beth said...

I read the article.
So wrong. So out of touch with reality.

Peacechick Mary said...

The man is a complete idiot - not just wrong, but full of baloney. I always liked Mother Teresa's advice to Bishops who asked for it - Just try to stay out of God's Way. That's mostly what these isolated and insulated men do - plus they live in very expensive homes. They could sell off some of their jeweled costumes and help out at the school.