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Today’s post will one that should have appeared this past Sunday, 176 days from the start of the Stealth Sex Synod of 2015. The family was traveling this past weekend so now your humble blogger is behind and in the process of catching up. Sorry for any confusion.
We will jump around a bit today and return to the congress of „formation directors” about which we wrote in our post titled A Final Rendezvous With Destiny and With Death. (see here) If you will recall, we demonstrated with empirical evidence how the major religious orders in the Universal Church have been in a state of disintegration since 1966. We also commented on how the Vatican II sect has apparently adopted the instinctual characteristics identical to those of the lemming population. Here is how we summarized the OBJECTIVE REALITY of the present situation:
It’s not given to man to understand all of natures mysteries. But as nearly as we can surmise, it would appear that the post concilier hierarchy considers the Second Vatican Council just another council, and if it’s another council, it must have continuity with the Magisterium. And so they strike out boldly as if the NewChurch is the same as the Catholic Church. But then, gradually the strength wanes, determination ebbs away. And soon the post-concilier landscape is dotted with empty churches and dying congregations. And so is acted out the legend of mass suicide and the destruction of another sect that it would seem to be, such as the Arians, Pelagians, Donatists, Jansenist, Lutherans, Universal Unitarians, etc, etc, etc. And in time, new generations will take the place of those that have been lost. But nature, in her infinite wisdom has spared a few. Back in the Swiss Alps, there remained a small handful that did not make this fatal journey.
Today, we observe that Francis, the bishop of Rome addressed this same “first of-its-kind” congress on Saturday the 11th of April, that was addressed by Cardinal Braz de Aviz the Thursday before. And as coincidence would have it, it would appear as if during the speech, Francis addressed not so much the issue of the disintegration of religious life in the Universal Church, as he addressed what he sees as the most relevant issue facing the members of religious communities. And that issue is: the selection process of candiates into the religous communities.
I KID YOU NOT!
This blog will analyze and comment on this speech, however before we do that, this “GEM” first needs to be placed in its proper context, for no other reason than to do it justice. Therefore, this below post can be considered a warm up exercize to this above mentioned analysis.
The natural point of departure for today’s analysis is to ascertain how the Vatican and the Catholic bishops sees what appears “on the surface” to be a dire predicament, i.e. the complete disintegration of religious life in the Universal Church. And according to the Vatican, the complete disintegration of religious life, at least in the United States is not really that big of an issue.
Yes again, I kid you not!
Here is how the Vatican
spins sees it: (emphasis added)
The number of people in Catholic orders in many parts of the world has declined in past decades. According to numbers from Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, for example, there were nearly 180,000 Catholic women religious in the U.S. in 1965 but less than 50,000 in 2014.
The Vatican has said, however, that the higher numbers of people in religious life in the U.S. in the 1960s was a historical aberration.
“The very large numbers of religious in the 1960s was a relatively short-term phenomenon that was not typical of the experience of religious life through most of the nation’s history,” the religious congregation wrote in its final report of the apostolic visitation of U.S. women religious in December.
You see dear reader, we are only dealing with a historic aberration, so please do not get alarmed!
But to put this “historical aberration” into context and numberic form, here is how one diocese in the US, the Diocese of Scranton sees the situation on the ground:
Among the facts provided by the diocese in the video message:
• In 1990, there were 316 priests in active ministry in the Diocese of Scranton. Today, there are 130.
• Of these 130, 16 are 45 years old or younger.
• Over the next 10 years, 45 priests will reach the retirement age of 75.
• 37 of them are pastors/administrators.
• In 1990, there were 44 men preparing for priesthood. Today, there are nine over an eight-year span of preparation.
• There will be one ordination to the priesthood in the diocese this year and five retirements.
So those are the facts on the ground as related by the CitizensVoice.com. (see here)
However, by reading the article, one would not detect that there is a sense of urgency in the message or tone of Bishop Bambera, the head of the Diocese of Scranton. Here is how the good bishop explains the way forward:
In the video, the bishop said there will be regional gatherings throughout the diocese to discuss how the Church can prepare if more don’t rise to replace outgoing priests.
It’s common for lay people to run parishes in other regions, but the leadership shift would be new to the Diocese of Scranton.
The solution is nothing new for the Church, he said, as some dioceses in other parts of the country have entrusted parish administration to lay people for 20 to 25 years.
And here is how Bishop Bambera concludes his message to the Faithful:
“We can have 130 active priests or we could have 500 active priests, (but) the message really, in some respects, would be the same,” he said. “We all would need to step up to the plate and as Pope Francis says, walk the walk.”
You see dear reader, it is not that important whether your diocese has 130 priests or 500 priest. What is important is “as Pope Francis says, walk the walk.”
Did you understand that?
OK, to be perfectly honest, I did not.
Maybe we need to get another source to explain what Bishop Bambera really was trying to say. Here is anther take from the Times Leader: (see here)
Bambera’s recorded sermon was largely upbeat, with most of it spent praising the work of parishioners in making the difficult transitions caused by the church closings.
Even after raising concerns about staffing parishes without priests, he ended on a positive note, voicing confidence the faithful will rise to the occasions. He also stressed that the options he was proposing, while new to many in the diocese, are not new to the Catholic Church.
Oh well, I guess we need to settle for an “upbeat message” in leiu of a clear explanation of what Bishop Bambera meant. What is interesting is the last sentence, i.e. “He also stressed that the options he was proposing, while new to many in the diocese, are not new to the Catholic Church.”
Very interesting suggestion.
If Bishop Bambera was a lemming, he would be at the part of his “journey” where his “frenzy takes him down the …cliffs, creating a tiny avalanch of sliding soil and rocks” while quickly approaching the precipice. Please recall, 1 new ordination for 5 retiring priest. So what lays in store once the precipice is reached?
For this answer, let’s revisit another post about another cleric in just this type of a situation, however at a much more advanced state. In lemming terms, this is the stage where “Yet over he went, casting himself bodily out into space” and his “strength has waned, determination ebbed away”. Here is the relevant passage from the The Neo-modernist “Theology of Death” post and the prophetic words from the message for Lent by the President of the Episcopate of the Netherlands, Willem Cardinal Eijk when he was informing the Faithful that he will be closing the “VAST MAJORITY” of the churches in the country:
Although church buildings might disappear, our faith and the will to be the Church does not disappear from our villages and districts – Cardinal Eijk writes in his message for Lent.
You see dear reader, the churches might disappear, the Faithful might disappear, the Catholic Church as an institution might disappear.
But please don’t fret.
The neo-modernist will always have each other.
That is until the trust funds that are financing this madness are exhausted.