July 14, 2005

The bishop


In times of political turmoil, worldwide human tragedies and religious scandals severe enough to rock the very foundation of religious organizations, wise and dedicated spiritual leaders are much more than public spokesmen reciting homilies.

When they take seriously their jobs, their missions, they become a blessing -- not only to their flocks but to all the people of their communities, regardless of their faiths.

That is how Bishop Joseph Delaney is being remembered today by Roman Catholics and non-Catholics alike throughout North Texas. ...

Although some of his decisions during the sexual abuse scandals in the church have drawn criticism, Delaney generally was praised for his handling of the reported episodes in the diocese and for implementing safeguards against any future abuses of minors.

His is a life worthy of celebration, for many in his flock and the broader community saw him as a good shepherd -- a man who lived his faith of being a servant to God and humanity.

Posted by kshaw at July 14, 2005 08:51 AM