Should The Scots Bishops Apologise?editor
August Newsletter online early – click on image above to read…
note: this post published on 21 July (not 19th as per sidebar)
For years, the Scots faithful have been told that the Church is thriving in the aftermath of the Vatican II “renewal”.
Clearly, that has not been true at any point post-Vatican II. Throughout this alleged “springtime” in the Church the Bishops failed, by every objective measure, to deliver a healthy, faith-filled Church. That’s their job. To teach and promote the Catholic religion, which means, in turn, quelling dissent and correcting error. They refused, consistently, to do so and now they are forced to admit their failure. Having closed our seminaries, one and all, having overseen clergy being “educated” by heretics galore, both during seminary training and through continuing “in-service” events, they are now having to recruit priests from “wherever” – to quote the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia – to replace those who have married wives, bought oxen, you name it.
But, will he? Recruit priests from “wherever”, I mean. You kidding? There will be no “traditional” priests recruited by him or any other Scots Bishop. They’d sooner we attended a Protestant church than an SSPX chapel. Hence, it’s unlikely that the challenge issued on page 20 of the August newsletter will be taken up – can’t see the Archbishop of Glasgow handing over one of his churches earmarked for merger, closure or demolition to the Society of St Pius X, can you? Better to stick with the “missionaries” from far flung parts like India – at least they’re from the Vatican II sector and will engage only in the “new evangelisation” – that is, “evangelisation” in the name of the ever elusive new “springtime”, in pursuit of the non-existent “renewal”.
So, should the Scots faithful receive an apology from the Bishops who have misled us for so many years now? Surely, the Bishops should apologise for turning truth on its head by telling us that the dramatic lapsation from the Faith, the abandonment of priestly and religious vocations, the closure of churches, the heretical meetings permitted in parishes, the false teaching given in schools and pulpits, and all the other scandals are nothing to worry about; surely they should apologise for peddling the falsehood that these signs of decay are, in fact, signs that the Holy Spirit is leading us forward into a Church where the laity is more active – by which they really mean lay people, especially women, could, and should, run around the sanctuary playing at being priests. We are, surely, due a very loud and sincere apology for the falsehood that these signs of decay are the work of the Holy Spirit? No? Well what about an apology for insulting our intelligence, because those of us who don’t fit the description “useful idiots” know perfectly well that the Holy Spirit could not possibly be responsible for the decadent state of the Catholic Church in Scotland (or anywhere else) today.
A sincere (public) apology to God and to the faithful for all of the above, and more; an equally sincere and public expression of repentance for neglectfully allowing the Church of Christ to fall into decay; a firm determination to restore the Catholic religion in all its traditional glory – now there’s a recipe for a “new springtime”… Which, if any, of the Scots Bishops might be up to that challenge?