Monday, September 5, 2016

MAD...AND SOMETHING ELSE

Posted by Tim

Perhaps my OR....IT COULD BE SOMETHING ELSE..AND MAYBE, NOBODY WANTS TO GO THERE was a bit too cryptic. No doubt the skeleton in the closet pic probably had something to do with it. 

Let me try to be clearer. 

First, there is no question that for decades (and I mean beyond Apuron) this diocese has been internally governed by MAD: Mutually Assured Destruction. I know that this accounts for the silence of the clergy (most of them) because it accounts for the silence of the laity (most of them). 

I have a particular sympathy for this. This is a small place. Families and family connections go back generations. It's hard to escape one's past around here.

Most of us are not only content to let sleeping dogs lie, we also know where the dogs are sleeping (ahem). And had it not been for the obvious usurpation of power by Pius the Putrid and Eddie the Ugly, Apuron's dogs might have stayed sleeping. But I digress.

The real issue is that we the laity are all aware of a certain "something" going down behind the curtain. Someone attributed it to "clericalism," a haughtiness and arrogance which treats the laity as vassals. 

Hon's laughing the CCOG out of the room at their January 2015 meeting is Exhibit A of said "clericalism". Exhibit B is Hon's near absolute ignoring of the laity for nearly the first two months of his assignment as Apostolic Administrator along with his "they'll be gone in two weeks," prediction. 

But while there is certainly the element of clericalism here, I attribute most of the "behind the curtain" stuff to MAD and to subsequent deal making. 

We are not interested in knowing what the skeletons in the closet are, so long as they are only personal peccadillos and not grave abuses which wounded and maimed real people with names like Walter, Roy, Sonny, Roland, and now Leo. (There's more, by the way). But what we ARE interested in is our church leadership coming clean about what is already public.

Fr. Paul was accused of endangering children and parishioners. Archbishop Hon, is that TRUE or FALSE? 

Msgr. James was accused of financial mismanagement. Archbishop Hon is that TRUE or FALSE?

Both priests were publicly removed from their positions. Both priests were publicly maligned. Both priests had their sagas played out in the media for many months. Both priests were publicly rallied around and defended by various members of the laity. 

In the case of Fr. Paul, Hon has essentially said that Apuron's accusations against him are FALSE, but has strangely left all the documentation against Fr. Paul (e.g. the Decree of Removal), in place. 

In the case of Msgr. James, Hon has admitted that he was mistreated, but has left all of the documentation against Msgr. James in place. 

Let's move beyond the two priests. 

Hon admits that RMS controls the Yona property by twice now demanding that they give it back. But he continues to publicly hold that only its use and not the title is in control of RMS. He knows this is not true. So why does he continue this charade?

And here's another. 

The Neocats continue to celebrate their illicit liturgy right under Hon's nose, yet, not a word. Hon, WHERE IS THE DOCUMENT that Apuron said he was looking for? Apuron said that the Neocats were permitted to receive communion sitting and that Rome "had permitted it. " Hon, YOU ARE ROME. What sayest thou? Not a word. Not a word. 

This is why we are suspicious of you, Hon. This is why we think there is deal making gong on. This is why we think someone is pulling your strings. This is why reconciliation and unity can NOT happen. This is why the crowds outside your door grow larger and louder. This is why we think there is "something else!"

I'll be back. 




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