"I don't feel I have a responsibility or an obligation to make people do what the church says," he said. "In fact, I think that would be wrong. But I do have an obligation to say this is what the church's teaching is."Exactly. Not to impose, but to propose.
Then a lay man responds to the way Bishop Aymond leads:
From his perspective in the pew, Jim Harrington often sees the bishop's positions as too rigid. He said Aymond should have been more open to discussion about the Curran event and should not have instructed the clergy not to attend.
"I don't think (Catholics) pay any attention, honestly," said Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project and a former Catholic seminarian. "(It's a) kind of soft estrangement. ... It's not like a pitched battle with bishops. They just ignore them."
Please don't speak for every Catholic. I listen. Thanks.
Then Bishop Aymond again.
"Sometimes people say, 'Just because (the church) is saying this, doesn't mean we have to do it,' " Aymond said. With a laugh, he added, "Well, OK, would you at least think about it?"
I guess a sense of humor about it would be necessary, wouldn't it?! He then says:
"We shed the light, and we help people form their consciences," Aymond said. "And then it's up to them."
But Aymond said he can't ignore a culture that celebrates sex without commitment, excessive violence, self-indulgence and dishonesty. On the rare occasions that he has time to watch prime-time television, Aymond said, he's discouraged by "the lack of values."
"It's not just sexual," he said. "That's part of it. ... It's the lack of honesty, the lack of integrity. ... What are we saying to our kids?"
Let me answer the Bishops' question - I think it tells our kids to that we expect them to be marginal or cultural Catholics - not saints. Turn the TVs off!
Lastly, he addresses politics and Catholic politicians who dissent from Church teachings:
"I wouldn't want someone to do the right thing for the wrong reason," he said. "The goal of the church is to get people to do what is good for their own good, for the good of society and for their relationship with God. But if they're doing it out of fear, though fear might be the beginning of wisdom, it's not going to get us to heaven."I highly respect our Bishop. He is a good man, a good Catholic and a good Bishop. God Bless Bishop Aymond and all his brother Bishops.