Fr. Angelo Mary Geiger has posted an exceptionally well-written, thoughtful and well-argued piece about the dangers of "bishop bashing" and the false promises of the Gospel of Anger.
It has even made me pause, especially since I've been publicly critical of Bishop Finn and Cardinal Dolan on this very blog.
Note that Fr. Geiger does not say that we should put up with public scandal caused by our bishops, nor does he argue for clericalism. Rather, his argument is more nuanced. To be understood it requires an attempt to enter into the spirit in which it is written - which is typically the last thing people do these days. Indeed, all reading and all communication requires this spirit, a spirit of humility, that lays aside personal agenda and ideology for the sake of opening up to what the other is saying.
And note in particular what Fr. Geiger says about the Cross and how an awareness of it should mold our approach to the wrongs in the Church and the wrongs in the world. Shirking the cross (which we're all tempted to do) is at the heart of so many of our woes. As I wrote last May ...
You know, the world tells you to do whatever it takes to get the job done; win at all costs. Christ says, "look at the cross and win by losing". They can't STAND that."They" are whoever resist the cross, which is all of us in one way or another."They" is the world.