,,, the Pope needs to pour more acid on Bishops to keep them accountable. Each one has a virtual franchise and it should perform to the rules laid down. After all, it's a pecking order and the Pope doesn't make mistakes. Priests and Bishops should tow the line or do the Martin Luther trick and go their own way
Good news! Earlier this week, the pope met with 3 groups of bishops on their 'ad limina' visits. He took the Australians to task and have ordered them to clean up their dioceses. When the Brazilians noted a loss of 1% in their catholic population, B16 asked them to name the most popular Marian shrine in Brazil. He then told the bishops that he will be thre in May 2006. They were left speechless :-).
Each one has a virtual franchise and it should perform to the rules laid down
According to some bishops, they want more decentralization of power! During the papal conclave, catholic callers to a local radio talk show, spoke of the need for bishops to make more decisions without permission from the Holy See. In this diocese, that would have meant an increase in "gender neutral" liturgical texts. Needless to say, they were most upset when Cardinal Ratzinger was elected pope. B16 has now accelerated the process of tightening up the liturgy specifically to prevent tampering with these sacred texts.
How many in the media termed the new pontiff an "interim pope". Lol!