I just found today the following quotations taken from Bishop Christopher Prowse’s Installation homily in Sale on July 15 (from the “Stones will Shout” newsletter). He certainly struck the right note. Please pray for +Christopher and the Catholic people of the Sale Diocese.
We gather on this day of fresh beginnings in Christ for the Diocese of Sale …
Our gathering too generates hope for the future as a new chapter in the history of the Diocese of Sale begins today.
To all, pray that I be the kind of Bishop Jesus, the Good Shepherd, wants me to be.
Dear people of the Sale Diocese, I have noticed over these past months your hunger and desire for a bishop to be appointed …. It was an unspoken belief that surfaced declaring that a Catholic diocese needs a bishop to be her visible principle of unity and communion.
…let us pray that Jesus, fully alive in the Catholic Church, will lead us all together with great confidence and hope into the future in unbreakable communion with the Church throughout the world, led by our teaching Pope, Benedict XVI.
We are faced with many challenges from within the Church as well. For example, in Australia, and no doubt linked with secularism, we find too many Catholics absenting themselves from the practise of their faith or even becoming nonbelievers. Vocational commitment thus becomes an issue. We find Catholics in public life or the scientific world confused or ignorant about Catholic teachings on ethics or conscience. We can encounter Catholic communities who are locked in various types of ideological battles that sap missionary energies. Also, the bad example of some can have a poisonous effect on the faith of so many others. …This new situation demands that Catholics today are to be well formed in their Catholic faith and well informed of the world around us. It is not the time to e “dumbing down” Catholic identity. …
Let us take very seriously Pope John Paul II’s invitation to the Catholic world at the start of this third Christian millennium when he called us to start afresh from Christ (cf. Novo Millennio Ineunte, 29).