The Philippines’ Father Roy Cimagala:
Sometime ago, a close friend of mine came to me in deep distress after attending Mass where the celebrant (a bishop) mentioned globalization, without any qualification, among the evils to avoid, together with abortion, contraception, pornography, etc.
“I was more ashamed of my bishop than bothered by what he said,” this friend told me. “He just showed complete ignorance of the issue. Incredible!”
I had to clarify the matter and disabuse him of a creeping cynicism about to engulf him. But this is not the only example. There are many others.
Someone told me the other day how dismayed he was when in a seminar a nun acted like a calamity prophetess talking about the impending doom that will be brought about by “global warming.”
“When I checked the Internet,” he said, “I found out that the issue is still a subject of intense debate as to whether there’s real basis for alarm or not. And here we have a nun already blabbering as if everything about it is already settled.”
“Calamity prophetess”! Father Roy has coined a noun for the ages.