Almost 3 years ago, Pope Benedict XVI appointed former auxiliary bishop of Miami, John Noonan, to be the Bishop of Orlando. With this assignment came the awesome responsibility to feed and love Jesus’ flock of nearly 400,000 throughout the 9 counties that make up the diocese of Orlando.
The movie, “Spider-Man”, made a catchphrase of the line “with great power comes great responsibility.” What is less acknowledged and realized is that great ability is not necessarily connected to great responsibility.
For this reason, we must always pray for our bishops and priests, as well as anyone who exercises great responsibility. We must always pray for them to adhere to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that they will be always faithful and capable of carrying out the Lord’s mission.
The American Life League is currently accepting “prayer and fasting” pledges, requesting that you sign-up to be counted as praying for your bishop as well as spread the news to others.
We don’t want our bishop to be caught off-guard by any more heterodox interruptions, like NETWORK and Sr. Simone Campbell’s paid political appearance at St. Margaret Mary last weekend. Our bishop needs the guidance of the Holy Spirit – and the encouragement and information from the faithful – to be able to keep dissenting Catholics from using the parishes in his diocese to espouse their false ideas.
We also do not want him to become another do-nothing, “go along to get along” bishop, like the retiring bishop of St. Petersburg, Bishop Lynch. We do not need (or want) a sedentary shepherd who is “honored” to have worked with dissident nun and Obama ally Sr. Carol Keehan, nor one who thinks the most pressing issue is the opinion of priests regarding the new (and more accurate) translation of the Roman Missal. We do not care what the priests opinion about saying difficult words like “chalice” and “consubstantial” any more than we care whether they like sitting in a confessional for an hour each Saturday – it is part of the ministry they were supposedly called to (i.e., “vocation”) in order to more fully and accurately carry the Person of Christ to His flock. What’s the point?
Finally, we do not want our bishop’s soul to end up in hell. The easiest way for a bishop to be damned for eternity is by dereliction of duty.
Please pray and fast for our bishop – and pray for the souls of those shepherds who are not teaching and sacrificing as they have been called to do for love of Christ’s sheep.
UPDATE: Apparently, things are even worse in Houston under Cardinal Daniel DiNardo than they are in St. Pete under Bishop Lynch. Please pray for all bishops and cardinals.