Kieran left it two whole days after Benedict XVI's resignation to tell him
how wrong he was. Thank you, Kieran, for showing us how right he was.
The Synod on the Family is now fast approaching and it is likely that the scandal will overshadow parts of it. The Tablet are already spuriously claiming that Kieran (as we can now call him and as he always wanted to be called) was tripped up by tradition rather than his trousers. Presumably, if Kieran Conry was a Catholic husband unable to remain faithful to one spouse in a lifelong marriage, exclusive of all others, by not maintaining his marital vows and by getting unwisely involved, in some way, with someone else's wife, he would then too be a victim of 'oppressive tradition'. God forbid that morality should impede us from having our fun or creating havoc in the lives of others!
A prelate who has now become notorious within the breast of the Church which has looked after him very kindly throughout his ecclesiastical career, even if the said prelate decided that genuine repentance was not for him and whose dismal view of the Sacrament of Confession gives a pretty sad insight into his own 'struggle' with celibacy, says now that no Bishop in the English Conference 'knew' of his behaviour, because we are assured that if they had known, they would have 'said something' to him or to others. Yet it has to be said that this man's double life and long-term 'living a lie' lifestyle might very well cast doubt on the veracity of his recent statement that 'nobody knew'. As one of his former children, though I'm not really convinced Kieran thought of himself as a Father in any spiritual sense of the word, I no longer trust what he says.
Thorn in the side of the Bishops: Why do they always shoot
the messengers instead of accepting the message?
One cannot help wondering whether he could not talk to young people about salvation because he didn't really believe in it, but then that became clearer and clearer over the course of the years regardless of what was going on in his personal life. One assumes the best of Churchmen - indeed of everyone - so when a Bishop doesn't genuflect towards the Tabernacle, or derides Marian devotion, or fails to teach the Magisterium, one doesn't automatically assume he's having it away with someone else's wife or something. It is only in the light of this nuclear explosion and its fallout that more of his antipathy towards the Catholic Faith - what we really believe - makes a great deal more sense.
Dr Joseph Shaw and others have highlighted the problem when Bishops do not teach on matters sexual, that it begins to cast questions over whether their position and faith is compromised by their personal life and lack of discipline in this area. Unfortunately, when Dr Joseph's logic is followed to its logical conclusion, question marks would then arise over most Bishops, as well as priests, in England and Wales, for whom the Church's teaching in this area is presumably some kind of public embarrassment. Even His Holiness himself has very little, if anything at all, to say about the Church's teaching on sexual morality.
We see in the case of Kieran Conry that this whole idea that sex and sexuality is not very important and that justice and peace is much more important is a total fiction. There is neither justice, nor peace, for a husband whose family is broken up because of what he alleges is adultery, nor for his children. If sex and sexuality are not important areas of Church teaching, why does one family lay in ruins and why is the faith of a whole Diocese and that of others made more fragile and more shaky because of a Bishop's actions? A Diocese has just been truly decapitated and the body runs around aimlessly wondering what is going on but still, apparently, 'justice and peace' is what's really important!
I am getting pretty annoyed by the whole notion that, for priests, celibacy should be dropped because it is impossible to demand from them celibacy - that marriage would lift the 'burden' from them of loving the Lord alone - of, you know, offering themselves to God - that marriage is in some way 'easier' and more 'humane' than the vocation to celibacy in the priesthood. Statistics, both within and without the Church, would suggest that a great many marriages fail. One in three? One in two? What is the rate of breakdown in the Church? This is the very reason why the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops is, we are told, meeting. So many Catholic marriages, it seems, fail. Each break-up is a tragedy that God never wills for His children!
|We need a Eucharistic safeguarding team|
What possible reason do liberals have for thinking that a prelate or a priest who is unable to fulfill his vows before God in celibacy will be able to fulfill vows in marriage, which calls for lifelong monogamy, huge self-sacrifice and self-denial, total commitment to one's spouse, prayer, devotion, charity and not a small dose of heroism. I know because I, and presumably priests, see this heroism with their own eyes in their own parishes! It is not uncommon at all. So, too, do I see the heroism and witness of single persons who, I am inclined to believe, are not jumping in to bed with every Tom, Dick and Henrietta they meet, even if there are some who do.
It takes love, self-sacrifice and labour to make a happy and loving family.I expect that most Bishops, who act and live as playboys, could not do it.
The worst insult this whole idea that tradition caused this bishop to stumble sends to the Catholic laity and to the world is that the real sacrifices made by ordinary women and men for Jesus Christ, in the single life, in family life, those who simply follow Christ and try to obey his teachings, who love Jesus Christ, are impossible and unnatural and should be abandoned. What an insult that is to ordinary men and women in the Church who do not have the authority and power bishops have to use, or abuse, but who as 'little ones' of Jesus Christ and of Mary, ever Virgin, do something that liberals say is 'beyond' bishops and priests - remain faithful to Jesus Christ! That which is exemplified in the lives of many of the laity is not beyond a Bishop, unless, of course, he does not believe, does not pray and does not avail himself of the grace Jesus Christ wants to lavish upon his children, especially through the Sacraments and the maternal intercession of His Most Blessed Mother.
What idiot told Kieran Conry, a man who the laity can no longer trust, to tell us that the other bishops 'never knew' what was going on? Surely it should be left to another bishop, perhaps the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster or the Emeritus of the See, whose reputations and credibility for truth telling are not yet publicly in tatters, to tell us that! Why can he and especially the still deeply influential retired prelate who got Kieran appointed in the first place, not say it for themselves?
Thank you, Kieran, for assuring us that nobody else among the Bishops Conference knew. Now, please can we hear that from the other Bishops themselves, and from Rome who, with all its 'centralised power' and lack of regard for the 'local autonomy of the dioceses around the world' was, apparently, completely 'in the dark' because I'm growing more and more cynical about the Hierarchy, both locally and in Rome, by the day and hour. For that, you can thank, dear Kieran, yourself and your brother Bishops who have consistently, wantonly, willfully neglected to teach that which was entrusted you to teach: the Catholic Faith!
What an age we live in, when ordinary lay folk who will never confect the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, held daily by the hands of ordained ministers, have to tell Church 'personnel' in the highest places in the Catholic Church, that they do not live up their 'job specification', because presumably they never read the 'job specification' in the first place. Of course children need and deserve protection, rightly so, but if only - if only - the Most Holy Eucharist and indeed faith of the Mystical Body of Christ that is the baptised faithful had a Diocesan department for safeguarding and protection! I don't expect this to be an idea that emerges from the Synod though. Let the Hierarchy in Rome and in England know and understand, many laity and many clergy are not going to be duped. A Bishop in England has opened our eyes to the truth that a priest or a bishop who lives and acts as a playboy will sadly not make a good husband and father. Thanks to him, that's one popular liberal notion we can now comprehensively dismiss!