The Bishops Stand – In Their Own Way – With Peter
Stephen White of Catholic University looks at the debate over the word “pre-eminent” during the General Assembly in November 2019 and how some of the tensions in the American episcopacy were seen in it. Shortly after the meeting, the bishops would begin their ad limina visits.
“For any bishops who are unhappy about the perception that they are opposed to Pope Francis, this is their best chance to make that case in person. Whether they will succeed is anyone’s guess, but if it is to happen it will take precisely the kind of parrhesia that Pope Francis so often calls for: not flattery or feigned affection, but a true willingness to listen and to speak truth in love.”