Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, of the Springfield, Illinois Diocese, deserves to be thanked. Yes, he’s just doing his job — or, more properly, fulfilling the demands of his office. But when one does such in these days, he incurs the wrath of the world. He ought, also, to incur the love and gratitude of the faithful.
The Bishop’s good words, and the reactions to them, reminded me of the reply that Saint Basil the Great gave to the Arian Bishops, who tried to recruit him to their wicked cause, and who expressed surprise that he was willing to stand virtually alone against them: “Perhaps you have never met a Catholic bishop before.”