"About 1894 there appeared in France a series of self-styled revelations of the secrets of Freemasonry, published by a certain Dr. Bataille (Leon Taxil) and a woman called Diana Vaughan. These accounts gripped the imagination of the French public for a while. Later they were found to be false. The Servant of God took a certain interest in them at first, but long before there was any official denial of them she told us that they were not to be believed. Her only reason for rejecting them was the fact that Diana Vaughan once spoke against episcopal authority. 'That kind of thing cannot come from God, ' she said." - St. Therese of Lisieux By Those Who Knew Her
It is interesting that this great saint took as her proof that one could not be trusted was how and what one said of the bishop. Yet we live in a day and age, where it appears that we, the laity, myself included, dare to suggest that we know better and that we are better than those whom God has placed above us. Very often a bishop with whom we might not agree is referred to as the bishop who succeeded Judas Iscariot. Except that When Judas damned himself, his successor was Matthias. The "fallen" apostle was replaced. None of our bishops are successors to Judas, rather, if anything they would be successors of Mathias, or the last apostle called by Christ himself, Paul. Some have suggested that I worship the bishops, I do not, I worship Christ, at home, in church, in scripture, in the Eucharist. But I do acknowledge the nobility of the bishop. And the duty of obedience I have to him(my bishop), even as I obey my pastor.