The latest edition of Into the Deep contains yet another story chronicling appalling practices in Brisbane archdiocese.
This time, the problem is outright idolatry, in the form of a statue of Buddha placed directly in front of the tabernacle in St Mary's Church, Brisbane.
Richard Stokes reports that:
"For the last month or so there has been a Buddha in the sanctuary. It was at first placed before the altar, removed by parishioners, and now has found itself in front of the tabernacle once again, so one is obliged to genuflect before it."
According to Mr Stokes letter on the same subject to AD 2000, when a note was left for the priests on the subject by a concerned parishioner, a reply appeared in the sacristy urging 'tolerance'.
Mr Stokes goes on: "The archbishop has been given photos of this outrage, but so far no action has been taken. He has advised that he is looking into the matter, but after several weeks the Buddha is still there."
Unsurprisingly, this is far from being the only problem at St Mary's:
"There is no confessional to be seen, and no confession times seem to be advertised. The confessional was apparently removed some years ago...
It has fortnightly ‘acceptance meetings’ for the Gay and Lesbian Group and weekly meetings for the Gay and Lesbian Choir whose thanks to the parish are noted on the wall of the church. An Eckhart Tolle group meets in the church on Thursdays, according to the parish Mass leaflet. There is Buddhist meditation on Mondays...
At Sunday Mass the people congregate around the priest. According to the Mass leaflet, the people say the Eucharistic Prayer, including the words of consecration, with the priest.
Bulletins have a heading for “Homily”, with someone’s name under it (not always a priest)."
And there's more if you have the stomach for it.
How long can this sort of thing continue unchecked?