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Kangaroo IEvery now and then, a post comes across your humble blogger’s radar that is truly outstanding. What makes the below one even more outstanding is that it comes from a member of the clergy. Taking it to the next level, this member of the clergy is, as the leftists like to say “speaking truth to power” and he’s not “beating around the bush”. Specifically, this priest is speaking to his immediate superiors as well as to the entire chain of command.

What this priest is saying to them is something that you loyal readers will immediately recognize. Here are the highlights:

(1) (…) respond to the many grave crises that afflict the Church, and the general culture, given that the 50 year old strategy (if one can call it that) of appeasement has failed.

(2) If we could begin with an admission of failure, and the acceptance of responsibility by those concerned, we might get somewhere

(3) But it is evident that no such honesty or clarity is intended. Quite the contrary

(4) As in the case of the Synods on the Family, it will be carefully prepared and conducted so as to exclude – or at least marginalise – any views that do not conform to the clichéd expressions of worldliness that pass for insight and compassion, in a tired restoration of a Church adrift in the 1970s….

(5)The speech is essentially a political speech cast in pseudo-theological terms, drawing heavily from the Lexicon of Ecclesial NewSpeak (about which I recently wrote)

(6) Contrary to what he claims, there is nothing fresh or courageous about this at all. It would simply be an intensification of policies that have demonstrably failed over several decades.

(7) Against this, it must be restated that true charity and compassion for a sinner requires that we speak the truth with clarity, in order to encourage conversion of life. Ambiguity and obfuscation have never converted anyone to Christ – although they have certainly helped many a career….

I think the above says it all.

I will also say, as one who has had experience with “structured” organizations that the above amounts to “insubordination”. Yet the incompetence of the command structure is so gross and glaringly obvious, that loyal, holy priests are being forced to go public with their accusations. So it must be really bad “in the field” to observe such occurrences.

NB: Another good example of just this PHENOMENON is Fr Hunwicke who writes the Mutual Enrichment Blog. (see here) But I digress…

Back to the subject at hand, the below was written by Fr. Glen Tattersall PP from Archdiocese of Melbourne. (see here) (with emphasis and added emphasis)

From the Parish Priest’s desk….

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Archbishop Coleridge of Brisbane has proposed a national Synod for Australia in 2020:

.http://catholicleader.com.au/news/brisbane-archbishop-calls-for-first-synod-for-entire-catholic-church-in-australia-since-1937

No doubt, it could be useful (as in the case of the four previous Plenary Councils in Australia – the last being in 1937) for the Successors of the Apostles in our country to consider how better to respond to the many grave crises that afflict the Church, and the general culture, given that the 50 year old strategy (if one can call it that) of appeasement has failed. If we could begin with an admission of failure, and the acceptance of responsibility by those concerned, we might get somewhere. But it is evident that no such honesty or clarity is intended. Quite the contrary. This assembly, should it ever meet, will have all the breadth and spontaneity of a Communist Party Congress in Pyongyang. As in the case of the Synods on the Family, it will be carefully prepared and conducted so as to exclude – or at least marginalise – any views that do not conform to the clichéd expressions of worldliness that pass for insight and compassion, in a tired restoration of a Church adrift in the 1970s…. Any doubt about this should be dispelled by a keynote address recently delivered by Bishop Vincent Long (newly advanced by Pope Francis to the Diocese of Parramatta), who is always attentive to prevailing trends:

.https://web.archive.org/web/20160819152044/http://catholicoutlook.org/bishop-vincent-long-ofm-conv-delivers-2016-ann-d-clark-lecture/

The speech is essentially a political speech cast in pseudo-theological terms, drawing heavily from the Lexicon of Ecclesial NewSpeak (about which I recently wrote). The Bishop proposes what amounts to an open ended process of surrender, across a broad front, to aggressively anti-Christian secular forces. Contrary to what he claims, there is nothing fresh or courageous about this at all. It would simply be an intensification of policies that have demonstrably failed over several decades.

One example of this is Bishop Long’s repeated calls for the so-called “inclusion” of practising homosexuals, and the rejection of such terms as “intrinsically disordered” in making a moral evaluation. Against this, it must be restated that true charity and compassion for a sinner requires that we speak the truth with clarity, in order to encourage conversion of life. Ambiguity and obfuscation have never converted anyone to Christ – although they have certainly helped many a career….

Bishop Long concluded his lecture with an assertion and an aspiration: “Pope Francis has unleashed a new energy, he has poured a new wine which cannot be contained in old wineskins. He has challenged us to move in concert with him and bring about the rebirth of the church. … May we be like the prophets for our people during this our contemporary exile. May we be strengthened to walk the journey of faith with them, proclaim the message of hope, the signs of the new Kairos and lead them in the direction of the kingdom.”

Let those who would dare alter the Church established by Christ, or change the teachings Christ bequeathed to Her, heed the Lord’s warning given by the prophet Isaias (30: 1-4, 9-14): Woe to you, apostate children, saith the Lord, that you would take counsel, and not of me: and would begin a web, and not by my spirit, that you might add sin upon sin: Who walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth, hoping for help in the strength of Pharao, and trusting in the shadow of Egypt. And the strength of Pharao shall be to your confusion, and the confidence of the shadow of Egypt to your shame. For it is a people that provoketh to wrath, and lying children, children that will not hear the law of God. Who say to the seers: See not: and to them that behold: Behold not for us those things that are right: speak unto us pleasant things, see errors for us. Take away from me the way, turn away the path from me, let the Holy One of Israel cease from before us. Therefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel: Because you have rejected this word, and have trusted in oppression and tumult, and have leaned upon it: Therefore shall this iniquity be to you as a breach that falleth, and is found wanting in a high wall, for the destruction thereof shall come on a sudden, when it is not looked for. And it shall be broken small, as the potter’ s vessel is broken all to pieces with mighty breaking….

Fr Glen Tattersall PP

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