Perhaps instead of complaining about Church leadership we might emulate the early disciples and gather around our leaders so that they receive the strength to boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Throughout the Easter season the first reading at daily Mass is taken from the Acts of the Apostles, and I’ve really been struck by a variety of things, one of which I want to mention here…
In the reading from Tuesday of this week (the fifth week of Easter) from Acts 14 we read of some of the experiences which Paul had... here's the part that drew me:
"They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and entered the city."
Paul -- an Apostle -- was left for dead, but when the disciples gathered around him, he arose and went back into the city.
It occurred to me that we might do the same as those early disciples did: gather spiritually around our "apostles" -- particularly our bishops, as well as the priests and deacons of our dioceses -- so that they have the strength to rise again and proclaim the Gospel anew.