Bottom Line Up Front: Our Shepherd is bringing a “wolf” in to speak to the flock at St. Peter’s on December 6. That “wolf” is actively working towards influencing Pope Francis to install a bishop in the Diocese of Arlington who is less orthodox than Bishop Loverde and who would be more in line with the beliefs of Modernism, Americanism, and “Social Justicism”.
Please read: Local Catholics Ask For New Arlington Bishop With a ‘Fresh View’ and Requested Considerations in Selecting the Next Bishop of the Arlington, VA Diocese. Also take note of the many comments in the section Individual Comments Made by Signers. At least one comment demonstrates that this type thinking already resides within our parish:
“I would like to see a bishop focused on social justice issues and one who supports a more active role for women. I would like to see our diocese move in a more moderate, less conservative direction. — Sperryville, Virginia“
Analysis and Commentary
Earlier today, we posted For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2015-11-29. We found one item in the Pastor’s Piece to be a clear sign that we have not seen a cessation of our Pastor’s radical agenda for St. Peter’s and the Diocese of Arlington. We draw your attention to:
ADVENT PROGRAM NEXT SUNDAY, DEC. 6TH–JOIN US!
Pope Francis’ Joy of the Gospel is a call to action for us as Catholics. It calls us to invigorate our parish community, to share the Gospel message of joy with others, and to care for each other and especially the poor – topics we recently discussed in the Pastoral Council. Since Advent is a good time to reflect on our personal faith journey, on Sunday, December 6, we’ll be hosting a discussion program on Joy of the Gospel after the 8:30 am Mass in the parish hall. Fred Pugarelli will lead the discussion. I think you will find it interesting and informative. ALL ARE WELCOME! Coffee, Tea, etc., will be served.
Before we examine what we might expect from the “Advent Program”, let’s review Father’s radical rules of engagement as presented in our post Rules and Tools For Radical Pastors #2:
RULE 1: Build an organization through individual meetings
Building and sustaining an organization requires a great deal of time meeting with people one-on-one. The reason for this is to discover where your leadership is and to develop relationships of trust so that you may call upon that leadership.
RULE 2: Build an organization by presenting a vision of where you are going and moving toward it.
Saul Alinsky said that people were to have the power, that their ideas and programs should come to the surface. But he also understood that the organizer had to capture the best of those ideas and present them as a vision so that people could move toward them. Alinsky wrote, “The organizer’s biggest job is to give people the feeling that they can do something”
RULE 3: Build an organization through leadership development.
Alinsky had a strong notion that leaders are made and not born. He believed that people’s leadership skills could be developed. He started working among the poor, people among whom some would say leadership skills are lacking. He didn’t let that deter him. Remember the “iron rule” –IAF has a principle called the “iron rule” of organizing. It goes like this: “Never do for others what they can do for themselves.”
RULE 4: Teaching happens best through an action-reflection model.The fourth principle is that teaching happens best through an action-reflection model. Alinsky felt strongly that the best model of education is not one of training people and then sending them out to do their work. Rather, the best model involves sending people out to do their work and then helping them to learn about what they are doing.Alinsky was very intolerant about taking a long time to get things started. He hit the ground running. Get going. Then do your learning through reﬂection upon what has happened.
“OUR WEBSITE – I have a friend, Fred Pugarelli, who has offered to update our website and make our website more interactive. …”