I wrote a post last week that spoke critically of some things that two priests in my diocese did. A friend sent me a private email and sincerely asked what the purpose of exposing those unfortunate actions was. He then suggested I inform my bishop.
I thought about it and deleted the contents of the post and was considering writing to my bishop, Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin. But I put myself in my bishop’s shoes (hat?) and imagined his response, “Hmm, some Catholic sending me an email full of complaints about two priests. Great, that’s really helpful. Deleted.”
So instead of doing that, I wrote a letter introducing myself to Bishop Vasquez and informing him that I was at his service as an apologist. I am operating in a public way via blogs/YouTube/twitter and in apostolates in the areas, so he should be aware of that. I included a copy of my book and a little bit about myself.
I don’t know whether I’ll receive a reply or not. I sort of doubt it. And in fact he may not even get it, but I would bet that Fr. Mike Sis, the Vicar General of our diocese (and a faithful priest), will at least read it. It was under his pastoral care that I was received into the Catholic Church in 2001 at St. Mary’s in College Station. And that is enough for me.
In the future, if a priest does something that is contrary to the rubrics or otherwise unfortunate, I can message Bishop Vasquez, and he will know who I am.
We have entered a new time in the Church. One where Catholic Superstars are rising, and often they are lay people. I go to the same parish as Jen Fulwiler of Conversion Diary. She is a superstar, and I don’t mean that in a derogatory sense. I mean that the reality is that tens of thousands of people know who she is, read her blog, watch her reality show, etc.
So Bishop Vasquez has a superstar right in his backyard. I envision the near future when bishops will take stock of what “resources” they have in their dioceses, including what superstars they have, and they will marshal them to make the best use of them. Currently they often exist sort of hidden in the system, or outside the system in blogs and what-not.
I’m less of a superstar, more like a tiny star, or a white dwarf, or something. But I’m still operating in a public way in my bishop’s diocese, and I’ve written a book that has been fairly popular, so he should know who I am and that I am at his service.
Since this is something of a personal post topic, the news on my book is, the final editing should commence this spring or summer. Other books legitimately needed to be done first, which has been fine by me. God has His own good timing. I’ve been floored by the book’s continual popularity: it is now over 55 reviews on Amazon. God bless!