I was a little shocked when I received Karl’s May 11, 2004 e-letter regarding Bishop Untener. My parish has distributed “Little Black Books”, “Little Purple Books” and “Little Blue Books” published by Bishop Untener and the Diocese of Saginaw. These books contains scripture reflections for the daily reading during the Advent, Christmas and Lenten seasons. I have gotten a lot out of these books. Also on the weekend following the Bishop’s death our priest commented on his life and priesthood in a very favorable light. Then I discovered a link on our Parish website to comments from Cardinal Roger Mahony regarding Communion and Pro-abort politicians. Cardinal Mahony essential says that it’s the politician (and each individual’s) decision whether or not to receive the Eucharist and not individual priests and bishops. I’ve always has the utmost respect for my priest and he had been a tremendous force in my spiritual growth the past 2 years.
I listen to Catholic Answers Live just about everyday and consider myself very Orthodox, although I am relatively new to the faith. Can you recommend a way for me to quitely big a little deeper into my priest’s beliefs and/or how to bring up the topic of Bishop Untener without directly criticizing his priesthood?