Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bishop Bruskewitz's letter to Fr. Jenkins


Reverend and dear Father Jenkins,

Permit me to add my name as well to the long list of Bishops of the Catholic Church who are utterly appalled at your dedication to immorality and wrong-doing represented by your support for the obscenity called “The Vagina Monologues” and your absolute indifference to the murderous abortion program and beliefs of this President of the United States. The fact that you have some sort of past connection with the State of Nebraska makes it all the more painful that the Catholic people here have to see your betrayal of the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

I can assure you of my prayers for your conversion, and for the conversion of your formerly Catholic University. I am

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,

The Most Reverend Fabian W. Bruskewitz
Bishop of Lincoln

Wow! The good bishop certainly pulls no punches. I'm not sure what the reference to Nebraska is all about, but I'm sure Fr. Jenkins knows. I'm also not sure how I feel about the tone of this letter, as I greatly admired Bishop D'Arcy's gentler response. But it is refreshing to hear a bishop call a spade a spade, isn't it?

I hereby give Bishop Bruskewitz the St. Nicholas Award - named after St. Nicholas who reportedly punched the heretic Arius on the nose at a council. This letter is the epistolary version of a punch in the nose, for sure.


James Garrison said...

If you think Bp. Bruskewitz's letter was direct, check out the letter from Bp. Doran (Rockford, IL.) His letter goes much further. The Cardinal Newman Society has posted a copy of the letter, and Fr. Z on WDTPRS posted it with comments.

I'm not sure if Bp. Doran went a little too far on this one.

Christina said...

James, I'd seen that letter and I actually felt Bp. Bruskewitz was a little more biting in his remarks. But this line was money:

Failing that, please have the decency to change the name of the University to something like, “The Fighting Irish College” or “Northwestern Indiana Humanist University.”Very cutting indeed. I can see how some Domers might be really offended by this. The tone notwithstanding, I believe these bishops are properly exercising their authority as teachers in writing to Fr. Jenkins. It's somehow heartening to hear them "speak as one having authority." Sometimes excessive delicacy is a false charity.