Everywhere I go, I hear people wanting the authority of bishops to be reduced.
"The bishop shouldn't have so much control over finances."
"The bishop should let us do Mass the way that best suits our community."
"The bishop needs to stay out of our religious education and faith formation activities. He doesn't even know what's going on here."
Yet there seems to be well-nigh universal ecstasy over the bishop now bearing the onus for determining the validity of a marriage. Now that he doesn't have the benefit of the replay official (for lack of a better analogy), he's got to make sure the call on the field is correct every time.
If he takes this as seriously as he should, what a horrible burden! If he doesn't, what a dreadful judgment to be under! Yet the laity seem happy enough because they think they are getting what they want.
What a spoiled culture we are.