Yesterday, after word of the passing of Robert Schuller was made public, I sent the following Tweet linking my post on the topic:
@DioceseofOrange Robert Schuller has died. How long before the canonization process begins?
Less than 24 hours.
Following is the Statement from Bishop Vann on the passing of Rev. Schuller posted on the diocesan website, with my own emphasis added:
Rev. Robert H. Schuller was a man of great passion and love for Christ and the people of God. His ministry touched the hearts and minds of millions and showed the light of Christ to people all over the world. Since my appointment as the Bishop of Orange I have had the blessing to come to know Rev. Schuller and his family. Rev. Schuller and I, along with Fr. Christopher Smith, the Rector of Christ Cathedral, have been able to visit with Rev. Schuller and his family, and to pray with him on a number of occasions. I especially enjoyed our visit last year at this time, when I told him that I had seen him a number of times on television at my grandparents’ home. We reminisced together about his friendship with the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen. I thanked him for his inspiration to so many in his preaching of the Word of God. He was truly a man of great compassion and giving of his entire self to the mission of Christ in the world. We are blessed to honor his memory on the Christ Cathedral campus and to continue the mission of service, charity and evangelization begun here so many years ago. As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, we pray for the soul of this humble servant of God as he is welcomed into eternity.
The Most Rev. Kevin Vann
Bishop of Orange
Truly, this entire statement is an embarrassment, but let’s just focus, briefly, on the parts emphasized.
…showed the light of Christ to people all over the world.
How exactly did Schuller, an entrepreneur who dedicated his entire adult life to building his christobusiness, do this?
Where is the “light of Christ” in false biblical interpretations?
Where is the “light of Christ” in confirming people in their refusal of the Most Holy Eucharist?
…his inspiration to so many in his preaching of the Word of God.
Yes, I am sure his preaching on the Bread of Life discourse was rather inspiring.
…the mission of Christ in the world.
Apparently, Bishop Vann, like most of his post-conciliar confreres, doesn’t realize that the mission that Christ gave to His Church was to teach “everything whatsoever” that He commanded; not just the parts that fill the seats and swell the coffers.
In short, the “mission of Christ” as given is to bring all persons into His Mystical Body, the Holy Catholic Church.
Does Bishop Vann believe this?
…this humble servant of God as he is welcomed into eternity.
Yes, how humble it is to imagine that Holy Mother Church is dead wrong and you’re entirely right about such trivial matters as Holy Mass, the priesthood, the Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin Mary…
And how is it, one wonders, that Bishop Vann is so sure that Robert Schuller is being “welcomed” by Our Lord as a “humble servant,” in spite of his having led countless souls away from the Holy Catholic Church over the course of his entire adult life?
In conclusion, I would only point out that “Servant of God” just so happens to be the title given when one’s cause for canonization has officially begun.
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