Monday, December 1, 2008
St Mary's, Brisbane: Still defiant (wot a surprise)
Archbishop Bathersby's December 1 deadline to recalcitrant parish St Mary's, Brisbane has apparently brought a predictable response according to CathNews: rejection of the Archbishop's demands, but a continuing claim on the part of the parish to be 'catholic'.
One really has to wonder why so many heretics continue to insist that they are catholic - what happened to the good old days of stomping off and forming your own church! In any case, the continuing insistence on being part of something when you actually reject what it stands for is an issue that really needs some attention in a number of contexts...
Particularly outrageous is the attempt to co-opt some words of the Pope (shown in the picture above) directed at acceptance of traditionalists, who accept Church teaching and follow the liturgy practiced for centuries, to their cause. In a similar vein are scurrilous claims that the pressure on Archbishop Bathersby to protect the Church's sacraments is all an evil plot by Opus Dei and 'ultra-traditionalists' close to Cardinal Pell.
It is pretty clear they know what is coming, however, and will go out defiant to the end. The Australian reports that yesterday's 'Mass' included contributions from Brisbane's Gay and Lesbian Choir, the hoisting of the Aboriginal flag, and the signing by Father Kennedy of a "sacred treaty" with an indigenous leader.
All the same, we must pray that they do repent, for the victims of their deceptions (particularly those whose souls may be in peril due to invalid sacraments), and for the Archbishop as he takes the necessary corrective action.