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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2016-03-20

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My wife and I have had a wonderful day together. The day began with Mass at St. John the Baptist – we, along with our guardian angels, felt true peace. Later, we had St. Peter’s to ourselves and took the opportunity to pray the Way of the Cross together. The reflections of Lent are so helpful when we are tempted to complain about our minor problems. Suffering and penance are necessary to attain the joy of Easter.

Although we are in very good spirits this evening, our post is rather somber and dark. As time passes and we see the cumulative effects of our current situation at St. Peter’s, it becomes difficult to write in hope-filled terms. That does not mean there is no hope. It only means that it becomes increasingly difficult to see it. Nevertheless, here are some thoughts that come from this week’s bulletin.

Analysis and Commentary: Two Recurring Themes

In the beginning, he took things away – for example, the bells, the richness of the liturgy, and the missalettes.

That was not enough though – he had to fill the void. It is a familiar methodology. First comes deprivation. Next comes substitution. My Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) training would call this a brainwashing technique – you end up believing what they want you to believe. You have been put off balance, then you are manipulated.

Substitution Theme One: Having lost our central focus on the Eucharist, we are now called to “group reunion” – “D0 you want to go on Cursillo?” The recent Laudato Si dialog sessions are another example of substitution. With Cursillo we can sing “De Colores” all day long, but in this diocese you won’t hear what Cursillo was intended to be. (My wife and I found that out at Holy Family Parish back in 1985/1986 when another radical pastor caught us actually using the official Cursillo materials that provided the substance of faith upon which the Cursillo movement was originally founded. The radical pastor was not pleased with our exposition of the truth.)

Consider how many times we have heard about Cursillo from our Pastor. Just in case you forgot, you can review the following posts:

Rules and Tools for Radical Pastors #8 – Bishop With a ‘Fresh View’

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2015-05-17 – Absence

Dead Horse #5 – A Herd of Dead Horses

Rules and Tools for Radical Pastors #3

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2015-01-04

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2014-12-21

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2014-12-07

“A breath of fresh air”

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2014-11-16

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin Nov. 9, 2014

Substitution Theme Two: You might not be able to follow the Mass because you have been deprived of a missalette, but, with the Little Book series, you can surely follow Bishop Ken Untener, a documented dissenter. This week you will be able to obtain your own personal copy of The Little White Book. (We’re sure you’ll love the piece on May 5th, the Feast of the Ascension. You will find the most charming reflection on the life of Fr. Andrew Greeley, even if he was “sometimes controversial”.) We have spoken at length about the Little Book series already. You can find most of that in the following posts:

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2016-02-28

Rules and Tools for Radical Pastors #9 – Bumper Stickers

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2015-12-06

Rules and Tools for Radical Pastors #6 – Victory!

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2015-03-29

Rules and Tools for Radical Pastors #4 – Update

Rules and Tools for Radical Pastors #4

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2014-11-30

 

 

 

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