The work of the Church must belong to the body of Christ, which is much, much more than the bodies of the priested.
"Let me give you a piece of advice," said the man. Wishing he wouldn't, I nevertheless nodded my head.
Part of the art of pastoral leadership is the abiding sense, firmly planted in the people of God, that their pastor's love for them is there from the start.
At this year's Chrism Mass of the Diocese of Springfield, I remarked to the assembled clergy and laity that my episcopate can now be considered "middle-aged."
Few preachers manage a zinger every week, but too many seem content with mediocrity.
In a response to Carey Nieuwhof, Fr. Jonathan elevates pastoral care and its challenges: "Sometimes good pastoral care feels like a punch in the face, both for pastors and for those committed to their care."
In May 2015, a flurry of stories came out about Bishop Greg Brewer and the baptism of the adopted son of two men in a committed same-sex relationship in Orlando, Florida.