Look For The Skeleton: The Workings Of The Liberal Mind

Wait... the chap in sweater would be a bishop?

that chap in sweater would be a bishop?


The spectacular fall of Bishop Conry is occasion to repeat what I have already stated in the past: when a bishop is of clearly liberal tendencies, he probably has a skeleton in his closet.

Orthodox priests do what they had decided to do when they decided to become priests. Their life and ideology is aligned with their hopes and aspirations. They know and always knew (everyone does and always did, even the liberals) what is required of them, and what Christianity teaches. They know and always knew that their job consists in the salvation of souls (I mean: in doing their best for it), not in their self-promotion. 

When I read about a liberal priest or bishop, I never think he could be in good faith. You can’t go against 2,000 years of Christianity and be in good faith. When I read of people like that, I know that one of the two is at work.

1. Father (or Bishop, or Cardinal) such and such has lost the faith. He does not believe there is any God, any judgment, any hell or heaven. At that point, he tries to solve the horrible conflict inside his head (along the line of: “what on earth am I doing wearing this habit?”) by becoming a social worker spreading a secular wannabe gospel that is the perfect enemy of the real one. Not infrequently, these people will not even wear the habit, in an attempt to reduce the cognitive dissonance of being, in the eyes of the world, men of a God in whose existence they do not even believe. Enter Jesus the illegal immigrant, Jesus the unjust (because only merciful), Jesus the environmentalist, and all the other Jesuses they invent to look, and feel, good. 

2. Father (or Bishop, or Cardinal) has a skeleton in the closet. He is homosexual, or pedophile; or he has a mistress. Or he drinks, or gambles, or whores around. Again, an internal conflict takes place. The need to be seen as good arises as the awareness of not being the priest he is supposed to be also grows. Slowly, the zeal for the priesthood (provided it was there in the first place) fades in the background, because every thought of zeal reminds him of his betrayal of his vows. At this point, some kind of substitute goodness will have to take the place of the goodness he knows he does not have. Popularity, approval, the trust of the sheep will give him security and, he hopes, perhaps some kind of protection. But certainly, there is the internal absolution. “I may not be the best priest or bishop, but look how I fight for social justice!”, or the like. At this point, the mistress or the whiskey, the gambling or the call boys, become a secondary fault, a kind of venial sin compared to the Great Work Of (put here his favourite cause). When Christ gets smaller and smaller in the background, earthly issues become bigger and bigger as necessary compensation. 

Before you can say “mistress” (or “faggot”, or whatever it is), the fact that adulterers are not allowed to receive communion becomes a problem, and our man will be in the first line to try to solve it.

He will also find it convenient to be “alternative”. Bishop Conry’s photo in sweater shows us that very probably he went around in civilian clothes in his daily life; which, in turn, made him much less conspicuous, and therefore made it much easier for him to visit his mistress. Try to move around constantly dressed as a priest, and you’ll notice that… people notice you.

Conry is not the first, but only the last one a long series of progressive bishops found with… the reasons why they were so dismissive of orthodoxy.

Almost everyone needs to feel good, or at least in harmony with the system of values he has given to himself. When he betrays his vows or loses the faith (which is the same), the values must be readjusted, and a new equilibrium must be found. The stronger the failing, the stronger the push. 

It does not work only for priests. Have you noticed how many people become apostles of this or that to compensate for the fact that they are whores, or faggots? Lady Gaga? Elton John? Leonard Bernstein? Madonna (the singer)? Have you ever known a blogger who defends dissenting ideas but has no personal reasons (himself, or among his relatives or friends) to do so? No. When they complain of “exclusion”, it always is “our” exclusion; or the exclusion of their son; or “some of my best friends are gay”.

Whenever you see a priest, or a bishop, or a journalist, or a simple blogger with strange ideas, look for the skeleton.




Posted on September 28, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Here is a quote from Ret B. Conry: “The gospel has little to say about sexual behaviour and a lot more to say about justice and charity.”
    I believe this says it all.
    He either hasn’t read or has forgotten the Gospel according to Christ and has replaced it with ‘justifications according to Conry.”

    • Actually, the bible has an awful lot to say about sexual behaviour, and Christ has said he did not come to abolish the Law.
      But then again, when you have a mistress this is usually forgotten.

  2. Some very insightful remarks there, M. Thanks!

  3. I think you are correct about skeletons, and these days the skeletons are mostly some shade of lavender. Some people almost breathe a sigh of relief when a clergyman has a mistress, but he too will have to bend to the liberals agenda to protect himself.

  4. As is the rest of what you wrote, the second to last paragraph is dead on. Almost every family has been compromised by some member’s sin, which leads to excuses made by the whole family out of a false sense of mercy and sentimentality. A call to repentance and/or exclusion is not even considered by most anymore.

    It is as if God’s grace is no longer sufficient anymore for sanctification.

    • And then there is the deification of one’s own, which I found disgusting beyond words.

      “How can you say this? My son is GGaaayyy!” Note the mental process here: son is automatically above reproach, because he is the son.


  5. Wow! Great psychoanalysis, M; I believe you’re correct.

    • More than psychoanalysis, I’d call it observation of the reality around me.
      I started noticing it when I became aware that those who were sh*t at school were always the first to be oh so emotionally attached to social issues.

  6. Deacon Nick Donnelly did not create a new blog after having been « invited » to stop his blogging activities, but has now a twitter account wich is consultable on the Internet even if one has personally no twitter account (which is my case). Here is his last tweet :

    Nick Donnelly
    What’s the betting that The Tablet uses Conry’s fornication to campaign for the end of mandatory priestly celibacy?

    08:55 – 28 sept. 2014

    Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat !

  7. The problem with having skeleton in the closet is that it makes one susceptible to blackmailers – as anyone who remembers the Cold War can confirm. This is as true of Westminster and Rome as it is of Brighton.

  8. Simply outstanding. And applicable in many areas. For example: those who discard the clarity of Thomism for that Neo-Modernist claptrap have already lost the Faith, and are just looking for ways to make their particular heresy appear orthodox.

  9. Dear Mundy. Do you have any information on the new bishop of Leeds? is he orthodox or a very nice , personable, rule bender?
    Best regards. P

  10. Since I found the vicar in my parrish with a mistress and opposed it openly, my life became a living hell. They kicked me out of every parrish in the diocese, they defamated me, and even sent a gang to make sure I wouldn’t return.

    So I started shouting it in every direction: “the priests in this diocese are evil and dangerous to our faith!”

    ….but the community defends them, even if they know I was victim of their persecution, they say we all have to be merciful.

    I’m upset and cannot understand what’s going on, with the clergy and with the people.

  11. His penchant for the ladies has long been known. Therefore his scandalous continuation in office was almost certainly with the knowing consent of his superiors who should also resign and move to remote monasteries. The ‘civilian clothes’ were explained by Conry as arising from an occasion when some youths on a train gave him a hard time when he last (some years ago) appeared in public in clerical garb, so bravery was also not something the bishop suffered from. This is the man who said that ‘people confess too often’.
    I await Cardinal Nichols’ expression of his sadness at the loss of such a ‘good bishop’ with cynical confidence.

    • Ha!
      A true mertyr, then!
      And a fantastic excuse when you chase skirts in your free time, as confessions certainly do not take much of it…

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