What is everyone hearing?: "The bishops were too political." "It wasn't preached from the pulpit." "Romney was too vague." "Obama bought votes with gifts."
But pointing fingers isn't going to get us anywhere. It's time to get back to work. As OSV's Editorial Board wrote, it's "Time for taking stock" and moving on.
From OSV Editorial Board:
It hasn't taken long for the blame game to begin. Some angry Catholics are already blaming bishops and pastors for "not doing enough" in the lead up to the Nov. 6 election. Despite the fact that the bishops waged an unprecedented campaign to oppose infringements on religious freedom and initiatives promoting gay marriage and abortion, Catholic leaders are being told by some disappointed Catholic activists that the election’s outcome is their fault.
On the other side of the aisle, bishops are being criticized for being "too political," with other Catholic commentators quick to declare that the bishops were too confrontational and partisan and now must face a rapidly changing landscape on the gay marriage issue as well as a rejuvenated Obama administration that could conclude it owes nothing to the bishops for the next four years.Instead of arguing, everyone in the Church – leaders and laity alike – need to work together. The OSV Editorial Board looks at the following:
- The need for the voice of the Church in the public square
- Figuring out how to make the Church heard
- Addressing the lack of civility in current discourse
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