All Conversations in My Heart
Sunday, February 08, 2009
  The Church today, is this a valid view
I cannot think that many in the Church, that is the Papal, Catholic and Apostolic Church, do truly pray for her or meditate and what she should be and what she was. I mean of course in this case the Churchmen, the laity and members of the Church Militant or should the word today be 'milquetoast'? The finest work in this forsaken world is the Catholic, Sacrificial Priesthood. For this position, this way of life and of the Cross, I have nothing but the highest feeling of respect. It is a pity those in this Priesthood do not share it. The Church today is nothing other than a political multinational company, with no one knowing who makes the decisions and ambitious men daring the CEO to fire them and I daresay many have information on others that tie frightened hands. I truly wish I was wrong and I scorn the many cowards who force their views and wrongful opinions upon the faithful although it puzzles me to what they are faithful.

It would seem that the Pope made a blind decision over lifting the excommunication of this english fellow Williamson. This was a scandalous decision. I believe he rubber stamped an opinion. An opinion given to him without all the proper information. Like a true political or corporate entity this was a case of do not give me any information, I do not want to know what happened, keep it quiet so I can claim innocence in the matter. Happens all the time in business or politics it should be different in God's community. Unfortunately it is not.

Woe, o woe o triple woe as the scriptures used to say be upon those false managers and manipulators of our faith.

There are other occasions. I was told by a priest who had strong contacts with Rome that no one ever knew who signed the letter about altar girls. It just appeared on telexes all over the world. No one in the cardinal Primates office in New York never knew who signed the letter condemning New York's Miraculous Rose of Bayside. The letter was sent and no signature. I wonder how many other rules we blindly follow, have the same cowardly basis? I refuse to park my intelligence at the Church door, that and Freedom of an informed Will are mine forever. I believe to be in a state that causes us to seek sanctifying grace through the one and only way, I mean the sacraments instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ which cause Him to condescend, lean over us and give of Himself that which is missing in us. Therefore who can doubt that our intelligence is then united to Uncreated Wisdom, the Intellect of God. We should know we cannot do, as He does not, that is violence to our will. Let me tell you what this means to me. I cannot believe that any bishop or priest who follows the crowd by either demanding or giving a vow of total obedience in all things has Grace.

This is a paragraph from a letter from the then Cardinal Primate of Canada to Msgr Stephen Sommerville which indicates the belief of the Hierarchy to have the spiritual power to extract a vow of obedience from a fellow priest who by tradition is his son. Of course if the person with the vocation does not vow, then there will be no ordination. If the cardinal, again by tradition represents the fullness of the priesthood to Fr Sommerville, then his position should be if you love me you will keep my commandments. I find with these sort of actions a vow which did not exist before Vatican 2 is it any wonder the priests of today take up drink etc. when they have to swallow their conscience and obey. I notice he seems as many hierarchs do, to forget canon 273 as applied to himself. Of course I should perhaps mention to receive love one must offer it.

Father Somerville, on the day of your ordination nearly a half century ago, you placed your hands in those of the ordaining Archbishop and promised obedience to him and his successors, as laid down in Canon 127 of the 1917 Code of Canon Law ("All clerics, especially priests, are bound by a special obligation to show reverence and obedience each to his own Ordinary"), and reiterated in Canon 273 of the 1983 Code ("Clerics have a special obligation to show reverence and obedience to the Supreme Pontiff and to their own Ordinary"). It is regrettable that, of late, you apparently have lost your earlier zeal for the virtue just described.
 




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