Didn't Bishop Braxton get the memo?

November 7, 2013 

Your article Oct. 24 aon German Bishop "Bling-Bling" Tebartz-van Elst must remind the Christian faithful of our own Bishop "Bling-Bling" Edward Braxton.

Braxton spent $273,000 in 2005 to spiff up the bishop's residence on Centerville Avenue in Belleville. This year he spent another $100,000 to further beautify the mansion where he lives when he is not vacationing in Paris or traveling in Africa. In comparison, the mean value of homes in Belleville is $164,000.

Bling-Bling Braxton requires that servers wear white gloves when they touch his gold-plated Crozier (shepherd's staff ). Last year he wore his gaudy episcopal robes while he marched up and down the aisle of the airplane, fussing that he was not placed in first class.

He spent $8,000 on gold vestments and another $10,000 plus on a conference table for his office. His extravagance and wanting more, more, more is contrary to the message of the Gospels.

Pope Francis said the following on Vatican Radio on Oct. 21: "Having more, having more, having more. ... It leads you to idolatry, it destroys ... Saint Paul tells us that Jesus Christ, who was rich, made himself poor to enrich us. That is the path of God: humility, to lower oneself in order to serve. Greed, on the other hand, takes us on a contrary path: You, who are a poor human, make yourself God for vanity's sake. It is idolatry."

Did Braxton miss the memo or perhaps fail to read the Gospels?

Gerald Montroy


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