Don’t Judge a Bishop by His Residence (or the Pope’s)  ✂︎

Joanne K. McPortland on CNN frontpage feature “The Lavish Homes of American Archbishops”:

Optics are important—especially these days, when everything is optical—but they are not, by themselves, a basis for condemnation by the God who judges not by appearances, but by what is in the heart. Don’t lump. Get to know, and pray for, each bishop as Christ knows and calls him. If wealth and worldliness are obstacles to his ministry, pray he finds the grace to detach himself. If the material circumstances of his life enhance (or even make possible at all) his ministry, give thanks that God and his people are generous.