A Bishop's letter
There is not a hierarch, bishop or priest who does not have the same information and knowledge as this Bishop, whose letter can be found on the following link. A bishop I might add who knows his priests and gives gives the impression he is a father to them. What do these leaders in the Church do with this information. It seems some try to use it for the good of their flock, some use it to further their popularity thus giving rise to the thought they will sweep it under the carpet. Overall we might also think many of them lack any trace of fatherhood, not stern and good but pusillanimous and would rather get on with all and sundry to get by without conflict. They forget, probably deliberately, Christ told us there would be conflict because of Him. I read with wry amusement the announcement from Rome on a tract to be prepared concerning the value of Confession. What a joke! this is a teaching we should as Catholics literally imbibe with our Mother's milk. What was the use of Christ's appearance here on earth if we do not use the gifts He left with the Church. can you at least make the effort, instead of hiding facts, get together, get united, get on the same page and teach and insist that we follow, to use what Christ gave us. If you cannot do it for the sake of our souls at least do it for the sake of yours.
This Archbishop condemns the new practices that have sprang up in the Church. The instruction on many of the practices surrounding prayer and behavior in the church will condemn many of the practitioners and their instructors for a hot time in the darkness of their nights. No one can hide God or dismiss the reverence His Presence demands and do it with impunity.
By the way many priests, I have been told on different occasions never bother their bishops trusting they can do what they must and should do for the good of their parish. Is this statement made under my pressure when I ask some to look into the state of the beliefs and actions in their parish. That is not for me to wonder. It is for all concerned to examine their behavior.What a dreadful state of affairs for a priest to admit this to a layman. What a sorry state of affairs it is for this to be the current behavior amongst many priests. It is tantamount to saying we cannot trust our father. Is there anyone who can remedy this awfulness?
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