Monday, October 24, 2011

Shocking news: Bishop's faith not shaken after attack!

A year ago, Bp. David Monroe of Kamloops, BC was assaulted with a blunt object when he answered his door. He spent 55 days in the hospital; his attacker, John Bandura, is currently being held at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam.

So it was nice for The Canadian Press to follow up on the story a year later.  What I don't get is the lede: "A Catholic bishop from Kamloops, B.C. says his faith in God was not shaken, even as he struggled to breathe following an attack at his home one year ago."

Is there a particular reason why his faith should have been shaken by the attack? Should Bp. Monroe have expected God to come swooping in on his attacker like Spider-Man or Batman to foil Bandura and save the day? 

It's not that the question is "stupid", but rather that the answer is so shocking that it deserves the lede. It would be more newsworthy if Bp. Monroe's faith had been shaken by the attack, if he were reconsidering his vocation in light of it.

After all, Catholicism isn't into the whole "prosperity gospel" thing; to us, faith in God isn't a lucky rabbit's foot to grant us perpetual health and wealth or to protect us from all harm or inconvenience. S*** still happens; you just deal with it differently.

So anyway, here's to Bp. Monroe: may the rest of his life be healthy and just eventful enough to be interesting.