Not My Bonny

Jan Brueghel, "The Bad Shepherd"

Just to start the year with a piece of exciting news, here is another example of a bishop too concerned with not displeasing anyone to care for his own job.

Bishop Bonny of Antwerp is on record with the following piece of genius. The first part is reported only to give a context, what interests me is the second one:

I fully understand it. The Church can not avoid the debate about the criteria for ordination. Personally, I strongly believe in the value of the unmarried priesthood and a full availability for Christ and the Church community. But I also think that the ordination of a number of married men or deacons to the priesthood can be an enrichment for the Church. In the eastern Catholic Churches married priests are more the rule than the exception. That fact is therefore not unfamiliar for the Catholic Church. The ordination of women to priests is theologically far more difficult. In the west that concern is present in broad layers of society, but worldwide the support is extremely small. But I do think that there needs to be more discussion about the place and role of the woman in the Church. Women must be allowed to take on responsible duties in the Church, on all levels.

This way of thinking is covertly heretical and/or overtly cowardly in several elements. Let us see them:

The ordination of women to priests is theologically far more difficult

The ordination of women priests is not difficult in any way. It’s impossible. Im-pos-si-ble. A bishop must know this, because my grandmothers did. Bishop Bonny most certainly does. He is merely being a coward, because he can’t find in himself the very modicum of strenght necessary to be a halfway decent bishop.

I can’t imagine Padre Pio listening to such crap and not slapping him in the face, but then I reflect in padre Pio’s time bishops didn’t go around saying such things, and even illiterate peasants would be aware of the enormity of such words.

In the west that concern is present in broad layers of society, but worldwide the support is extremely small.

This is so wrong it’s embarrassing. Firstly, I do not know how female priesthood is seen among homosexual belgian priests (possibly the pool from which the bishops takes his idea of “support”), but among Catholics the “support” for such jokes is minuscule, and actually only coming from people who aren’t Catholics anymore, though they might be baptised in some cases. Secondly, the Church is not about support, but Truth. Thirdly, a bishop happily talking of theological matters as if they could be seen according to the “support” they have is an open scandal.

It gets worse…

Women must be allowed to take on responsible duties in the Church, on all levels.

Here, the typical doublespeak of our modern chicken bishops is apparent. “All levels” means, well, all levels; which must include, if words have a meaning, priests, bishops, cardinals and Popes.  Therefore, the chappy first doesn’t have the gut of saying that about male priesthood there’s nothing to discuss, and one second later expresses himself in a way which – if words have a meaning – expresses support for the heretical agenda; without saying explicitly so of course, then a coward is always afraid of both sides of a controversy.

These are the sheperds of Catholic souls in the West: disgraceful cowards helping lies and spreading doublespeak wherever they turn. I am sure, no one will ever question their being in full communion with the Church, much less call them schismatics.

Bishop Bonny is an appointment of Pope Benedict XVI.

Mundabor

Posted on January 2, 2012, in Bad Shepherds, Catholicism and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Bonny isn’t bonnie at all! Benedict appointed him? OMG, the Vatican II rot goes on! I’ll keep praying for the Holy Father that things will get better, bt something tells mee that “better” won’t happen untill the VII generation (including PBXVI) passes from the scene.

    • Sad but true, Stephen, and this is not the first, of the fifth, questionable bishop not appointed by JP II.

      I think the reasoning is that whilst Pope Benedict will try to appoint conservative bishop everytime he can do so without conflicts, he will shun the fight whenever a more “progressive” appointment is expected. Some of the most scandalous bishops of the last years have been, in fact, either appointed or promoted by him.

      Again, I do not think the intent is evil; but I do think the necessary strenght is not there. He is in charge and, as such, responsible to an extent for what his shepherds do; particularly when he doesn’t silence them afterwards.

      Mundabor

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