It was a year of ups and downs for the Catholic Church. It saw Pope Benedict resign as pope. He was replaced by Pope Francis. Bishop Malloy of the Diocese of Rockford cites Pope Benedict’s retirement as a moment that moved him.
Malloy recalls “his slow tired walk that we saw on television as he left the Vatican and we might say the job as Pope for the last time. And then the new vigor that we’ve had from Pope Francis. It’s been a real source of reflection and prayer and inspiration for us.”
This year also saw the legalization of same sex marriages across the country. Including here in Illinois. A decision Bishop Malloy calls disappointing.
Malloy adds “perhaps what’s most painful and even offensive is the number of times that some of those that voted have cited Pope Francis and our Catholic faith in this year of faith as the motivation for that. This is to take things completely out of context.”
But despite the hurdles, Bishop Malloy believes the year of faith was a success in the Stateline.
Malloy says faith is always a continuing effort, a continuing challenge. It’s a gift that’s never fully accepted until we’ve completed our life. It’s a gift which we can always do better.”