Bishops are not apologists, crusaders, managers
Unusual Congregation of Bishops meeting may foreshadow reform28 February, 11:29
He concluded by asking "where can we find such men? It isn't easy. Are they out there? How do we select them?".
Questions that seem to prompt reflection and a call for reform.
Pope Francis said that "to choose such ministers we too need to elevate ourselves, to rise to the 'upper level'." Very significant was also his reference to the Apostolic Church, an ecclesiastical model desired by the Second Vatican Council and that Pope Ratzinger had already considered at the very beginning of his papacy. Pope Francis noted that the Episcopal College takes the place of the Apostolic College, that "the world needs to know that there is this uninterrupted succession". People, he said, need to find in the Church lasting principles. A bishop, therefore, he said, must bear witness alongside the Church, with an inherent ability to renounce and sacrifice, and who is not the "mathematical sum of his virtues", even though "certainly, there is a need for someone who excels; whose human integrity ensures a capacity for healthy relationships ...
so as not to project his shortcomings onto others and to become a destabilising factor ... his cultural preparation must enable him to enter into dialogue with men and their cultures; his orthodoxy and faithfulness to the complete Truth held by the Church makes him a pillar and a point of reference ... his transparency and detachment when managing community assets must confer authority and merit the esteem of all." A bishop must attend to his flock "assiduously and daily", despite the fact that assiduousness and dailiness are often associated in our time with routine and boredom, he said, making pastors "try to flee 'elsewhere'." Instead, he must not be at the "mercy of the waves, in search of ephemeral compensations" and unable to offer "shelter to his flock". Pope Francis's determined stance and tone cannot but have sparked debate and emotions among bishops and the Congregation that presides over them. http://popefrancisnewsapp.com/