On their website, Australian bishops tell us that they have three functions.
How well do they perform these functions?
How long is it since we heard bishops and priests point out the great offence to God of abortion? God has given a child to a mother, who has then destroyed it, and in the process excommunicated herself, putting herself on the road to Hell.
About contraception? Sunday Mass sees very few children these days. Catholics make sure that God's will in producing children is frustrated at the same rate as with on-Catholics, without a word from bishops.
About sin? The four last things? The responsibilities of Christian marriage? Modesty in dress? The disgusting nature of sodomy? What about the politicians who claim to be Catholic and vote in favour of unnatural acts? Nothing much to see here.
Then we have the bishops' schools, with teachers who don't go to Mass, and staff using contraceptives to keep their jobs.
The Church has laws on attending at Mass on Sundays and holy days. Then there are laws on fasting and abstinence. Laws on abuses in the Mass. Laws on not receiving Holy Communion at Easter and Christmas (if that's the only time you go) without first going to confession. Bishops have newspapers, and they have the pulpit, but these are often devoted to social justice, while more serious matters are rarely mentioned.
One might think that a bishop would be in the lead in the battle to save unborn babies. But occasionally we see a bishop turn up at a rally, say a few words, then disappear. They are not the ones who demonstrate outside abortion clinics. They are followers rather than leaders.
Bishops are supposed to provide Masses in parishes. Sometimes this is difficult: there is a shortage of priests. However, much of this is caused by the invasion of women and girls into the sanctuary, with little or no resistance from bishops. Where girls rule, boys go elsewhere, and where you have altar-girls, you don't have vocations.
And you have the phenomenon of priests claiming that they need a day (or more days) off each week. What? Mass is just half an hour a day, and parishioners hold down full-time jobs and still come to daily Mass.
Can. 904 Remembering always that in the mystery of the eucharistic sacrifice the work of redemption is exercised continually, priests are to celebrate frequently; indeed, daily celebration is recommended earnestly since, even if the faithful cannot be present, it is the act of Christ and the Church in which priests fulfill their principal function.
If daily celebration is earnestly recommended, it would appear that if you take a day off, you had better have a good reason. One that Christ will accept at your judgement.
From the above, it seems that our bishops and priests are not going to score particularly well when they are called to their final audit. What can we do to save them?
At Fatima, Our Blessed Mother asked us to say the daily rosary (five decades). Given that we have our own families to save, this should be a minimum. But if we are going to save our bishops and priests, then they will be in a position to save other souls, so the extra effort involved in saying a second five decades would save not only bishops and priests, but other souls as well.
2 Advise them of the danger
Prayer is essential, but God expects us to act as well. Bishops are not elected. They are appointed and we have no say in this decision. But what we can do is write respectfully to individual bishops, making no accusations but presenting facts and asking questions. If persistence can get things moving (as in Luke 18:1-8) there is no reason why this might not work with bishops.
If our messages are reasonable, they will be addressed reasonably by reasonable bishops. But if the present situation persists, and souls are lost as a result, they may hear these messages again. At their judgement.
If the floor of Hell is paved with the skulls of bishops, we certainly don't want to make it deeper.
Saints Say That Road to Hell is Paved with Skulls of Bishops and Priests