In 1997 Bishop Matthew H. Clark published an essay in New Theology Review. Its title was "The Pastoral Exercise of Authority" and a reprint* is on the diocesan website. One section that caught my eye reads as follows:
Why then do we still act in ways that leave so many of our people feeling that we treat them like children? ... Why can we not trust that the Holy Spirit will bring about a "consensus ecclesiae?”
I will add just one more question to the bishop's list: Why is the Diocese of Rochester unwilling to share all of the data used by its task force to decide how many Catholic schools - and which Catholic schools - must close?
Why, Bishop Clark? Why?