Thursday, 28 July 2011
Are the battle lines becoming clearer? Dissident priests etc
This is a picture of Fr. Roy Bourgeois, the suspended Maryknoll priest, "concelebrating" with some female "priests". I believe it was supposed to be an "ordination Mass". In this report we are told that 157 priests have declared their support for him. This, together with the 300 or so Austrian priests who have banded together in disobedience shows that there are more serious problems in the priesthood than just sexual abuse (although not on the same scale). Being involved in the deliverance ministry and obviously reading and discussing with others around the activity of evil spirits I have to say that I am smelling a big rat. From a slightly different point of view we could say that as the Church passes through what seems to be a kind of purification that lines are going to be drawn and, perhaps, some of the darnel amongst the wheat is being revealed. What will emerge will be a purified and spiritually stronger Church, so we should not be too discouraged by what we see and hear. I'm sure there is even more to come. Some good priests will fall (and I believe Corapi was good to begin with), some apparently weaker priests - perhaps being humbler - will survive, and some who are not praying too much and have become too materialstic are heading for disaster. I remember reading Fr Bourgeois' comments when he was threatened with suspension and thinking that he seems to be emotionally unstable in some way. Sentimentalism and theology do not mix well, and so much of our western spirituality has been heavily influenced by psycho-therapy and "selfism". Perhaps it is time for house-cleaning as they say in the states. If anyone doubts the scale of the problem, take a look at The Progressive Catholic Voice blog!