1985 Nov 17 – 33rd Sun Ord Time (Bulletin Letters)
From the Pastor
It is with great regret that I must inform you of the cancellation of the “Faith and Resistance” Retreat for Bishops that was announced in last weeks bulletin. At the Annual Bishops Conference in Washington, D.C., this week the Bishops who were planning on coming to the retreat decided they were not ready to participate in a retreat experience that ended with a non-violent act of civil disobedience at SAC Headquarters. Some would applaud the Bishops for this decision. I am disappointed.
In a phone conversation with Bishop Dingman today, he shared that this cancellation should be looked upon as a postponement. This effort may well be a needed step before Bishops come together to embrace the theology of resistance and non-violence.
For me, I am reminded of what Dorothy Day had to say about waiting for the clergy to act during the civil rights days. Ms. Day wrote in 1964 that, “it was up to the laity to plough ahead, be the vanguard, to be the shock troops, to fight these battles without fear or favor…this business of ‘asking Father’ what to do about something has never occurred to us.” I take heart in the growing Resistance Church that will continue to do what needs to be done and I believe our Bishops will follow in due time.
My love and respect for Bishop Dingman has in no way been tarnished. I thank him and Bishop Gumbleton for their efforts to bring these vital concerns to their brother Bishops.