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Today we continue with the ZombieChurch™ theme and take it to the next level.
On an aside, I never imagined that the Zombie genre of fiction can be such an accurate metaphor for what we are observing presently in the post-conciliar church. Excuse the digression…
If you recall, in yesterday’s post titled The ZOMBIFICATION Of The Post-Conciliar Church (see here) we observed, identified and defined a PHENOMENON that presently subsists in the post-conciliar church that we termed ZombieChurch™. We described this PHENOMENON as consisting of visible acts of diocesan ordinaries putting in place “revitalization” “plans” that are “designed to FAIL”.
The reason that these ordinaries can identify a “plan designed to fail” or a ZombiePlan™ is that it is based on an earlier PLAN that FAILED. In other words, the old DEAD ZombiePlan™ becomes UN-DEAD, i.e. is reanimated into a new ZombiePlan™ .
We posited further that the local ordinary should have the mental wherewithal to DISCERN ( I dare not use the word JUDGE) through the use of their senses (touch, sight, feel, smell, taste), and ascertain whether the said ZombiePlan™ is in line with (does not violate) “the non-material processes that regulate the visibilium omnium (e.g. the laws of physics – classical mechanics and quantum mechanics, laws of mathematics, rules of logic, etc.). If it does, as a history of FAILURE would suggest, then this ordinary is in fact dealing with a ZombiePlan™ .
If this ordinary still decides to go forward with the ZombiePlan™ for the purported “revitalization” of his dioceses, then he must also be a part of the UN-DEAD, or as we term him: a ZombieOrdinary™.
And to finish this introduction, and given that your humble blogger does not want to read bad will into the actions of the ZombieOrdinaries™, it has been posited that the course of actions that these ZombieOrdinaries™ take, is the result of:
(…) we are in fact dealing with a spell that was placed on these unfortunate souls by an evil spirit (“new springtime of the spirit of VII” perhaps), that has possessed their bodies and has made them impervious to sensation.
So this brings us to today’s subject matter. If you recall, in yesterday’s post, we observed that the ZombiePlan™ introduced in the Diocese of Pittsburgh was designed on the ZombiePlan™ introduced by the FrancisCardinal Sean (O’Malley) in the Diocese of Boston in 2013. Today we will relax our conditions (i.e. possession of ZombieOrdinaries™ by evil “spirits”), drill down into Boston’s ZombiePlan™ and see if we can obtain a “fuller” explanation for the actions of the various ZombieOrdinaries™.
Our jump off point is as follows. If you recall dear reader, in yesterday’s post we wrote the following:
Boston’s “Disciples in Mission” plan involves creating “collaboratives” of one to three parishes overseen by a pastor and team of priests, deacons and lay staff, with each parish maintaining its own finances and identity (…)
We also noted that:
It (Diocese of Pittsburgh) last embarked on a major reorganization in 1989, and shrank from 310 parishes using 333 buildings to 218 parishes using 288 buildings by 1998.
In 2016, at least 37 diocesan priests split their time among more than one parish, noted Zubik, with some overseeing three to four.
This led us to draw the following conclusion:
Seeing as how the Boston’s “long-term planning efforts” had already been implemented in Pittsburgh in a previous period (1989), the Dioceses did not “reverse a series of “sobering” trends and now prepares for a major overhaul in 2018″, it would appear that we are dealing here with an impaired cognitive process on the part of the ordinary, i.e. a sign of ZOMBIFICATION.
Now, while rummaging through the Deus Ex Machina archives, I have come across another post that pertained to exactly this same subject matter, namely the ZOMBIFICATION of another diocese, this time in Scranton Pennsylvania. That ZombieOrdinary™ also put in place a ZombiePlan™. The relevant bits as we wrote, are here:
Bambera called for the formation of eight regional committees to study the looming problem and plan for possible options. He urged parishioners to get involved.
And what did these “regional committees” find:
It’s common for lay people to run parishes in other regions, but the leadership shift would be new to the Diocese of Scranton.
And he indicated another ZombieDiocese™ as a “viable” alternative if not an informal role model:
In the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, where former pastor of St. Mary of the Mount in Mount Pocono, the Most Rev. Joseph Kopacz, now serves as bishop, 16 parishes now are administered by lay people and men and women religious, Bishop Bambera said. (see here)
Do we see a pattern developing here?
Yes we do.
Notice that in all these cases, the “clerical positions” were killed off and the “former clerical functions” were outsourced to the laity. In other words, they became UN-DEAD. The INFERENCE is that the ROOT CAUSE of the problems were/is a shortages of priests and by extension vocations!
Please also notice that there still are Faithful who attend church in all these cases, but the “dearth” of clergy and vocations, i.e. servicing the Faithful, is in essence at the ROOT CAUSE of the problems, including financial.
Proof of the above HYPOTHESIS comes from two sources that were also mentioned yesterday, from two of the most successful diocese in the United States. On the Fr. Z Blog, we read the following pertaining to the Diocese of Madison WI:
Why the local success? Morlino has made priestly vocations — the spiritual call to serve — a priority. He increased the position of director of vocations to full time, and he routinely promotes the priesthood at functions.
In other words, vocations were brought back to LIFE.
The second piece of evidence comes from the Diocese of Lincoln NE. Here is what Bishop Conley had to say about this same issue:
Also key to vocations is fidelity to Church teaching. That is one hallmark of the Diocese of Lincoln. For the past 40-plus years, Lincoln has had stellar episcopal leadership, and is unapologetic in its embrace of the Faith. Having the security of knowing that the Diocese of Lincoln is 100 percent faithful to Church teaching on faith and morals is very appealing to many young men considering the priesthood.
So it would appear that Bishop Conley follows the Bishop Morlino model and gives pride of place to developing vocations. By correctly defining the their priorities, they have been able to develop abundant vocations that in turn allow them to have an adequate number of clergy to service the Faithful.
Notice how correlation equals causality in this case? But I digress…
But that’s not all. What’s more… bah, shockingly more is the following (see here):
CWR: Is it true that Lincoln does not have a permanent diaconate program?
Bishop Conley: Yes. We recruit men to serve as acolytes or lectors, but we do not have a permanent diaconate program. I’m open to having such a program in the future, but our diocese has not yet seen a need for it.
The operational ramifications of the above for the Diocese of Lincoln are as follows: the DofL has not even started down the ZOMBIFICATION route since it does not even need to resort to a “permanent” diaconate. And if there is no need for a permanent diaconate, there is no need for the down-stream services of “girl” altar boys, lay readers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, lay music directors and the other variety of funky “highly trained” parish councils, pastoral teams etc.
I am shocked, SHOCKED…
Given the above information about vocations being the key to any “long-term revitalization plan”, maybe it would be a good idea to check into the Boston ZombieArchdiocese™ and see how they prioritize their clergy/vocation needs. Here is what is written: (see here)
After a long period of struggle in finances and church attendance, a new pastoral plan in the Boston archdiocese emphasizes evangelization while encouraging parishes to share their resources.
It would appear that developing vocations is not a high priority in the Boston ZombiePlan™. Actually, according to the linked summary article, developing vocations is not even on the radar.
Maybe the Ordinary of the ZombieArchdiocese™ of Boston knows something that the Ordinaries of Lincoln and Madison do not?
One way to determine the OBJECTIVE REALITY of the situation in Boston is to apply the 2nd Principle of the LEX ARMATICUS, namely: “Even Neo-modernists need to eat”.
So how is this “tale of the tape” (Balance Sheet and Income Statement) for the new (as of 2013) Boston Archdiocese “Disciples in Mission” ZombiePlan™ working out 2 years later?
The OBJECTIVE FACTS appear on the excellent Boston Catholic Insider Blog and are as follows: (see here)
Boston Archdiocese Income Declined $20M in Fiscal 2015; Lost $5M
With little fanfare, the Boston Archdiocese published its Fiscal 2015 financial report recently, where they reported a $20 million decline in revenue vs Fiscal 2014, and a $5 million operating loss for the year. In addition, it should be noted that the Boston Archdiocese is unable to repay about $36 million in debt owed to St. Johns Seminary, and managed to get the seminary board to defer repayment from 2017 to 2027 with no interest charges. The annual Catholic Appeal raised $400K less in fiscal 2015 vs 2014, and spent $400K more than the previous year to do so. One third of parishes are operating in the red. Here are a few of the key points from the report.
But can we say, as your humble blogger likes to say on the Deux Ex Machina Blog, that this is just another FAILED NEO-MODERNIST EXPERIMENT™, this one in ecclesiastical sub-set of human activity?
No we can’t. The reason being that we relaxed our initial constraints. In other words, the result of the ZOMBIFICATION PROCESS™ might not be the work of an evil spirit (“new springtime of the spirit of VII” perhaps), that has possessed their bodies and has made them impervious to sensation.
This ZOMBIFICATION PROCESS™ might be the intended result of a conscious effort on the part of the ZombieOrdinaries™ in full possession of his “mental” faculties.
Let’s reflect on this point and its implications for a minute or two.
In other areas of human activity, outside the ecclesiastical area that is, violations of this extended definition of the 2nd Principle of the LEX ARMATICUS would fall into the category of: criminal negligence, embezzlement, corruption, misrepresentation, misappropriation, misapplication of funds, acting against the best interest of the company and even organized crime, covered under racketeering legislation.
Yet in the Ecclesiastical sub-set of human activity, these types of activities are readily observable, yet these ZombieOrdinaries™ do not meet with any reprimands, let alone prosecutions.
And finally, these type of ZOMBIFICATION incidents (see here) do not even slow down the more aggressive, careerist climbers with an insatiable appetite for power, men described as “sick with power” (see here), from advancing up the hierarchical ladder.
Stay tuned for more answers sports fans…
And have a pleasant weekend.