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Bland and Uninspiring?

November 13th, 2009, Promulgated by Dr. K

As much as I hate doing so, I always read Bishop Clark’s weekly “Along the Way” column, which can be found online in the e-edition of the Catholic Courier. What I’ve been noticing is that every time I get done reading the article, I stare blankly at my monitor for a few moments and realize that this article has done nothing for me. The bishop’s articles always tend to be, from my perspective, bland, uninspiring, and lacking anything that would help me to become a better Roman Catholic. I also learn next to nothing about the Catholic faith from these articles. This is really disappointing, as one would expect the chief shepherd of our diocese to be a little better at crafting moving lessons about the Catholic faith and calls to improve our lives. Maybe the “Along the Way” column is just a journal, and not a method for educating the faithful. If so, it’s really useless and a waste of space when published in the print edition of the Courier.

I’m basically curious what your feelings are about the bishop’s articles. Here is the latest one that was posted online today. Do you find this article to be inspiring, moving, educational, or anything that would help one to live a better Catholic life? I hope we can be objective about this, and put aside any feelings we might have about him, either positive or negative.

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9 Responses to “Bland and Uninspiring?”

  1. It's more of a travel diary than an educational column, which might be a blessing in disguise.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It's pretty useless if you ask me. But like Rich said, maybe it's best that he doesn't try to teach the faith. I get the feeling he'd just end up saying something stupid and possibly heretical. That's why I'm really curious what might be contained in his book.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just be Nice.
    He had a nice time and everyone was nice.

  4. Anonymous says:

    His columns are terrible.

  5. Scott/Mary says:

    Rich hit the nail on the head. Bishop Clark?s articles are just entries in a diary of his life. We stopped reading this publication long ago as it offered no instruction in the Catholic Faith, therefore was a waste of our time. We turned to the Remnant, Catholic Family News and Latin Mass Magazine as periodicals that will instruct. I think Bishop Clark is just trying to ?relate? to us all, he is just a ?normal kind of family guy? which, like anon said, is all nice. However, he has the perfect forum in which to instruct but doesn?t. Does anyone read other diocesan newspapers where the bishop writes as a shepherd should?

  6. Anonymous says:

    If you dance with the devil, how can you teach the faith?

  7. Anonymous says:

    He forgot to tell us what they had for lunch!

  8. Sister Emily says:

    Oh, that would be milk toast.

  9. truthfinder says:

    For an example of teaching like a Bishop, see Bp. James V. Johnston, Springfield/Cape Girardeau Missouri. "Mirror" PDF file:

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