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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2015-08-02

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Here is Bulletin_2015-08-02.

Analysis and Commentary

1. Time for a Vacation? Without saying so, it appears that our Pastor will be on vacation this coming week. There will be Communion Services on the 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th of August. The Pastor’s Piece adds that:

“Next weekend, Aug. 8-9, please welcome Rev. Thomas F. Malloy  OSPS [actually OSFS] who will be with us to celebrate Masses and tell us about the work of Unbound … Father Tom Malloy is a priest of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. … “

What this means is that my wife won’t have to travel the 23 miles to St. John the Baptist on the days when there are Communion Services – that’s a blessing.

Having done some quick research on Fr. Malloy, however, I think my wife and I will drive that blasted 23 miles to St. John’s and avoid the weekend Masses with Fr. Malloy. Why? Here are some excerpts from the official OSFS Meet the Oblates Web page with comments by Fr. Malloy about himself:

What is the most recent book you read? Who was the author, and what did you think of it?
Christology at the Crossroads by Jon Sobrino, SJ, first published in 1978 in English.  This was a review of Liberation Theology which I needed to catch up with.  In LT’s emphasis on imitating the historical Jesus, I saw a similarity with our goal to Live Jesus.

If you were pope, what would be one decision you would make to impact church in a life-giving way?
I would emphasize the Church’s welcoming attitude by opening the Eucharist to all believers of good will without regard to theologies or moral opinions.

In the first excerpt, Fr. Malloy demonstrates his interest in “Liberation Theology” of the type promoted by Jon Sobrino, SJ. That interest was not shared by the Vatican and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. According to a 2007 BBC story, the Vatican “.. says his [Fr. Sobrino’s] writings give too much emphasis to Jesus Christ as a mortal man and are “erroneous or dangerous.”

The second excerpt does not tell a tale of some other priest some eight years ago. No, the second excerpt is stated directly by Fr. Malloy about himself. The type of thinking displayed by Fr. Malloy is of the same type that threatens the The Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which will take place on October 4–25, 2015. My wife and I could not possibly attend a Mass celebrated by a priest who might say something like this during a homily.

So, Father, if this is what you want to feed your sheep while you are on vacation, please feel free to extend your vacation for several years. Also, I’ll be glad to pay for a ticket for Fr. Malloy to join you before this next weekend arrives. Then both of you can opine on what you might do if you were pope. Meanwhile, the flock at St. Peter’s will be spared from potential spiritual harm.

2. Six Flags Down and Holding: Our Pastor actually broke his pattern. There is no mention of homelessness. Shucks, my wife and I had already started making the popcorn we were going to eat while reading the amazingly cogent dissertation by German Lopez Myth #7: Homelessness is only a problem in big cities. Perhaps Father was distracted by some deep thoughts on liberation theology or perhaps “opening the Eucharist to all believers of good will without regard to theologies or moral opinions.”




1 Comment

  1. BK says:

    … and amazingly, the whole bulletin had not a mention of the Feast of the Assumption on Saturday, August 15th. Probably because our new pastor considers Saturday his second “day off” each week, and sends me to St. John the Apostle each Saturday. Our Bishops also relaxed the Holy Day of Obligation for this inconvenient Saturday celebration, but the Arlington Diocese still offers us a contribution envelope to recognize the Feast Day!

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