Monday, 1 December 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.

6 comments:

Louise said...

Every person without exception should be able to feel at home and never rejected...

except for all those nasty Catholics, who believe in the contents of the Catechism.

Son of Trypho said...

I read the Australian article too and thought that it didn't accurately represent the situation and certainly would have misled the average person who didn't know much about Catholicism about what was going on.

Especially loved the references to Opus Dei. Due to the bad press they have received (including the article) they have a generally poor reputation and are little understood, even by Catholics. Sort of reminds me of the pejorative use of the word neo-con etc.

It is an especially sad situation and you can only hope that Bathersby takes some effective action - i.e. using the civil authorities to evict them from the facilities, putting penalties on the priests etc. I personally think he has been procrastinating until it became so scandalous that Rome ordered him to do something so that he can argue that he tried to be reasonable but his boss is forcing him to do something rather than take responsibility himself.

Anonymous said...

I'd say it's high time to crack one or two (tonsured) skulls...

+ Thomas Wolsey

Archieps. Eborac., etc.

P.S., Terra, your name in real life isn't Alison, is it??

Marty said...

Ha! As IF Opus Dei gives a rats about anything the folks up in Bris-Vegas are doing. There are obviously no 'potential numarary recruits' up there hence there not being a substantial Opie presence up there. And if there were it wouldn't do much good...look at Spain!!

David said...

This is all very sad.

I'm almost certain the police won't want to be dragged into this, but the Archdiocese would own the land, and they ought to be able to evict squatters.

Could you imagine the hue and cry if the bailiffs forcibly evicted two "kicking and screaming" priests? One of the priests is not even incardinated in the diocese, so the chances of him doing as he's told and going peacefully are approximately nil.

As the saga of the Church of St Nicolas du Chardonnet in Paris shows, Bishops' powers are often weak in practice, particularly faced by a determined congregation and priests.

Perhaps His Grace should just pop 'round with the locksmiths and change the locks when nobody's looking!

I don't know about excommunicating the whole congregation, though. In the 1983 Code, it's terribly difficult to excommunicate someone...

I agree that a lot of pernicious nonsense is written about Opus Dei, an organisation that is, at heart, devoted to the sanctification of lay life. I know some SSPXers don't like them, though...

All in all, a terrible situation.

Son of Trypho said...

What I'm surprised by is the fact that these priests don't recognise that they are creating scandal through their actions. Although they may consider that what they are doing is right, they still have to understand that the press articles are bringing the matter to the public attention and is a source of division and a display of public disunity in the Church.*

Personally I think Bathersby needs to crack down hard to avoid creating a precedent where every malcontent decides to test out their Bp every time there is a disagreement.

p.s. Wolsey, you still haven't revealed who you are?

*Noting of course that some could say that its a bit rich that I, a known apostate, am upbraiding people for disunity.