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By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine, Nov. 9, 2022

Regis Martin is Professor of Theology and Faculty Associate with the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He earned a licentiate and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. …


In times past, it was everywhere understood that care of the soul was the principal function of the bishop’s office. Alas, that is no longer true.

Regis Martin

Your Excellencies:

It seems almost like yesterday that, among all the bishops scattered about the globe, it was everywhere understood that care of the soul was the principal function of your office; that God had given you no greater nor more essential task than getting souls into Heaven. “What must I do to assist the souls entrusted to me—souls for whom God Himself suffered and died—to prepare them for a life of unending glory?” That was the question every honest bishop needed to ask himself.

Alas, like the snows of yesteryear that will not return, it seems no longer to be the case.  …

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