Rorate Caeli

Is the Church collapsing under its "business model"?...

A post by Father Ray Blake which is worth re-posting in its entirety; in this month of the Holy Souls of Purgatory, it is worth remembering that justice transcends this earthly life (if only those who should act as overseeing fathers above all act as mere administrators - and are not very good at that, either - understood that).

All Christians should be concerned about Justice, about living justly, about doing what is right. It is truly scandalous when the Church of the Living God is seen to be less than just.

Recently I was shown a ranting mad letter from a Bishop to one of his priests, which basically said, "I cannot be bothered to read what you have written or to listen to what you have to say or to investigate what you are accused of but whatever it was it was wrong and hate filled", it actually wasn't, it was a gentle argument trying to explain the faith.


I rather welcome the recent judgement that the relationship of priests to their bishops is like that of employer to employee, simply because it might bring some justice into a situation which is often quiet unjust and sometimes, as an American friend suggested, more akin to master and helot.

Those with power in the Church are often a law unto themselves, especially when they turn their back on the Church's Canon Law and basic Christian principles. In Germany a scandal broke revealing the Bishops own a publishing house which sold pornography, lay people had been questioning it for years and getting no satisfaction.

In Ireland physical and sexual abuse of minors and the vulnerable were bad enough but the Church being seen as bullying, lying and self serving has really damaged its credibility in society and amongst its members. The same vices were seen in the fiasco over the Cardinal Vaughan school in which again the Church was seen as bullying, cruel and not exactly truthful: it took the intervention of Secretary of State for Education to end the farce in favour of the Vaughan parents.

Fr Tim comments on a another school situation, in which the Church, in this case under the guise of the Head Teacher and Governors seem to be again using bullying tactics against a group of parents who are criticising the Religious Education of their children. The parents seem to be taking seriously their role as the "first and best of teachers" of their children in the ways of faith. The parents handed out leaflets some distance from the school, the Head Teacher had the police harass them, someone at the school apparently making an allegation of assault, which the police later decided not to pursue. The parents put up a website, the Head Teacher wrote to parents saying logging on to it would infect their computers.

As Fr Tim says, it isn't just this school, "I have heard many similar stories from other Catholic schools and colleges though usually those who complain do not wish to be in the public eye". I would suggest it is broader than educational establishments. It touches religious houses, pastoral organisation, diocese. A careful reading of the Carlile Report on the Ealing Abbey scandals would seem to suggest that the Abbey placed itself beyond scrutiny and criticism living in its own self created bubble.

Fr Tim quotes some one commenting or pro-euthanasia and pornography shown to children by the Bonus Pastor school, who says, "I am a Catholic and teacher in a secular school within a 5 mile radius of Bonus Pastor. We would not countenance showing this material in school - no school with Muslim pupils would allow it, without at least warning the parents and allowing them to opt out. Ironic, isn't it?" Injustices or simply bad behaviour tolerated in the Church and its institutions are not tolerated in wider society, the closed shop mentality, the obfuscation, the lack of scrutiny of the Church can tend to damage it seriously, placing the institutions members above the sacred message, to the point where institution appears to exist disjointed from Christ and his Gospel.

It is very easy for the Church to exist solely to cling to power, to become yet another corporation or institution, perhaps particularly in age of relativism and particularly now when we are forced to employ so many "professionals" there is an even greater danger.

6 comments:

Long-Skirts said...

Fr. Blake said:

"Recently I was shown a ranting mad letter from a Bishop to one of his priests, which basically said, "I cannot be bothered to read what you have written or to listen to what you have to say or to investigate what you are accused of but whatever it was it was wrong and hate filled", it actually wasn't, it was a gentle argument trying to explain the faith."


THE
GOSPEL
NARRATIVES

For neurotic-psychotic
“Attached” to the old
We give you a hireling
To take care your fold.

No need for the shepherds
Who seem so much keener
They’ll tempt you with dreams
Of pastures much greener

And say not to mimic
Past tolerant-barters
So heads were cut off
Who could dialogue with martyrs?

The shepherds tell fables
‘Bout a man, hated, hailed
Like you just “attached”
Don’t believe He was nailed!

David Werling said...

A great narrative of the obstacles faithful traditionalists have to face on a regular basis. The root cause, of course, is that many of those in power are liberals, and like all liberals they are immature tyrants. They become more tyrannical the more they loose their hold on power.

Ferraiuolo said...

This is the initiation of the process of purification. Many holy priests today are persecuted by their own superiors for being Catholic. Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich saw the church having a big decline in the vocations but she saw that the Church would rise to her former glory once again.

For this to happen, purification and the purging of all the rotten filth will have to leave. One way or another. The devil always wants to do things the hard way, so in the end his head is always crushed.

Mark not my words but those of Our Lord! Satan shall not triumph!

poeta said...

Long-Skirts, you just keep getting better. :)

pab said...

Sadly this kind of abuse of power comes right from the top:

Paul VI imposed the NOM and tried to suppress the TLM

John Paul II's "indult" maintained the fiction that the TLM was ultra vires (unless special permission obtained)

Barbara said...

"placing the institutions members above the sacred message, to the point where institution appears to exist disjointed from Christ and his Gospel."

Disjointed? Too kind! They HAVE NO FAITH - the ones who behave in such obviously unjust and scandalous ways.
Their faith is non-existent - OK we are all sinners - but they choose to live like that using the Church for their own mean purposes...how can they be Catholic? Their ways make me feel ill...they have NO FAITH. Why won't SOMEONE in authority , who still has FAITH, intervene and bring a halt to this nightmarish stuff? The anti- Catholic brigade thrive on this - and all Catholics suffer as a result.

It would seem that Traditionalists in particular have been the victims of such vile injustice for too long - as David Werling points out. It is no wonder then that many still have a chip on their shoulder, are still bitter and don't trust the "authorities" to help them.

Really good poem, Long -skirts!

Barbara