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Bishop’s office in error

August 18, 2011
Maui Weekly

St. Joan of Arc was a lay sister in the Franciscan Third Order. The Office of the Bishop convicted her for being a witch and a heretic. She was asked by Bishop Cauchon to recant, and when she refused, the bishop had her burned to death. A pope condemned those Church activities and canonized her.

Certain Roman Catholic bishops throughout history have had a tendency to behave in this manner. Religious founders who were canonized as saints were attacked in some way by a bishop, but, nonetheless, always held the institution as the boat of salvation, to be held with profound respect and respectful silence. Other founders were co-opted. Those who persevered, despite the bloody noses from bishops, had the power of their charism and were effective witnesses to the Love of Jesus Christ, exemplified in the Gospel teachings, proclaimed by the Holy Catholic Church.

Brother Christopher Fishkin



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