Am I seeing an Alice in Wonderland scenario, or a very real comedy of errors carried out on the world stage by the Catholic Church? Luckily the media caught off balance by the so accurate descriptions of the secular life by a highly trained and intelligent man, missed it. Well their lack of knowledge of the church certainly affected their unintelligent chatter. Did I along with many other Catholics watch Prelates from the Pope on down extolling a Cardinal about to be beatified for his teaching on free will and on following one’s conscience? I think so and yet I wonder how many priests and religious seeing it from the official view might now think of it from this position. I was as many others off stage and far from the action. Can I persuade you all to agree and see it was something of a Mad Hatter’s tea party and like Alice watch in some kind of amazed disbelief. This pantomime hidden from view by the splendor and significance of the Pope’s visit, please do not underestimate the positive results that will come. The ramifications as yet hidden will be upon us and God’s glory as yet unapparent will shine through to be revealed in unexpected ways. These same prelates and of course Mother Superiors advocate and demand the most rigorous of adherence to a vow of complete perfect obedience from those under them. Their way of life and governing is totally in opposition to Cardinal Newman’s thoughts. They demand the subjugation by their “servants” to their own personality, which in so many cases are spiritually deviant to Catholic Truths. This is a very real danger foisted upon devout committed men and women who surrender themselves to the Will of God. Even as Christ formed Peter at no time did He demand an obedience shown in the most abject subservient manner. Cannot any of you see this is an oxymoronic action that stifles the conscience of so many good men and women done in the name of rigid unrelenting obedience? I see lately that the essence of this vow is changed from obedience to the Bishop to one of obedience to the Church's Magisterium. Tell that to the Priests who have explained to me just who they make the vow to, every Maundy Thursday. If these men and women following a vocation recognized by the Church Authorities and confirmed through Church Rituals, must be crucified, then let not these men and women of heroic virtue, be forced into the servitude of an idolatrous interpretation by the spiritual fatherhood or sisterhood, which works in their everyday lives. I mean when the cards are on the table and a man or woman’s conscience rebels against the perfidious treatment of Church Dogmas by those who command them and they make it known to the Commander in question, what chance do they have to act in the truth of their informed conscience, when it contradicts the pleasure of their superiors in rank but perhaps not in grace? Obedience in this case becomes very near idol worship of a Prelate’s rank. We do not see many acts of disobedience promulgated in today's Church. Publicity of this today is often kept quiet both by Bishops, other priests and observers since great care is taken to hide these occasions. The Prelates concerned often make sure they surround themselves with self seeking and ambitious clerics who are more easily controlled by calculated promotions. Is it therefore any wonder this caused the present Pope to remind priests several weeks ago they have a vocation not an ambition. I pity the priest, prayerful and committed to his vocation, especially in a diocese where the absolute power given by these vows to these superiors who are driven by crass pride. We called this kind of See in the UK, the Dead See as opposed to other diocese, the Red See there was even a Black See. These Bishop’s who use this power in many cases to support the egos of liberal parishioners or other favorites of the hierarch in command. As far as I can see from scriptures and I do not mind correction of any kind, Christ said, “If you love Me, you will keep My Commandments”. Am I missing what Jesus meant?
Surely many of these Church dictatorial Rulers must be seen for what they are? Since the priestly vow of defending the Church from modernity was changed forty odd years ago, look how degenerate the actions of our Church has become. See how loosely the moral standard amongst the laity and some of the anointed and consecrated lives have been lowered.
Labels: bishops, Magisterium, Obedience