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Catholic Cultural Revolution #3: The Parish Pastoral Council has been “Disappeared”

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I went to the St. Peter Catholic Church Website this week to find out what’s new. Every now and then I find some useful information. For example, last week I found out that Father was missing in action – again. (See Catholic Cultural Revolution #2: Where’s Father? Again!)

To really know what’s going on in the parish, I need to hire a good detective.

This week, oh my goodness, I found out that the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is missing in action. It is gone. There is no trace. Either the PPC and all of its members have disappeared or, even worse, they were “disappeared”.

This really calls for a good detective.

Oh, what’s that you say? You didn’t remember that St. Peter’s had a PPC. Well let me refresh your memory. Way, waaaaay back in September of 2014, Father said: (Taken from Bulletin_2014-09-21)
PPC-Beginning
From the beginning, that was all a bunch of crapola.
Perhaps, like me, you have trouble recalling what the PPC has done, if anything. I don’t know if anyone really knows. Of course, you could have read the minutes from their meetings, but the last meeting for which there are published minutes was November 7, 2015. We brought this to everyone’s attention, but nothing happened. Does anyone care?
Oh no, save yourself the trouble. Don’t go rushing to read those old minutes now. You won’t be able to find them. Instead, take a look at this side-by-side, before-and-after comparison.

PPC-MIA

  • So, you might ask, who is the PPC member for your Mass? You can’t find that on the Website anymore.
  • What wonderful works of the New Evangelization are being developed by our PPC? Sorry, you can’t find that out on the Website.
  • What plans for savings souls have been considered? Nope, you won’t find it.
  • In fact, you just can’t find anything about the PPC anymore.

 

Not Really “Disappeared”: Although the minutes of past PPC meetings have been “disappeared” from the parish Website, that does not mean the Sheep in Exile no longer have access to them. (This was the first success for our newly hired detective.)

For our Pastor, in case you want a personal copy, here are the ‘disappeared’ PPC minutes:

2014-10-07_PPC_Minutes

2015-02-10_PPC_Minutes

2015-05-05_PPC_Minutes

2015-11-07_PPC_Minutes

Char’s Commentary:

Our radical Pastor has once again made a sneaky move to cover up an inconvenient truth – The PPC is not what parishioners have been led to think. Although I can’t read his mind, there is every reason to suspect that the PPC always was, and as long as Father is at St. Peter’s, always will be just another tool used in the Catholic Cultural Revolution. There is also every reason to suspect that this PPC charade is fully in accordance with RULE 2 for Radical Pastors.

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”

Dear readers, RULE 2 is why Father established the PPC. As Alinsky wrote, “The organizer’s biggest job is to give people the feeling that they can do something”. It doesn’t matter if anything is accomplished or any souls are saved. Our Pastor’s vision of a good PPC is a coffee clutch that has the feeling that they can do something.

 

More importantly – keep no records and keep the parish in the dark. Mushrooms grow well at St. Peter’s where PPC minutes and members get “disappeared”.

 

That’s it folks. The PPC is charade. If it remains missing from public view, it might just become another self-licking ice cream cone and book club like the PPC at Father’s last parish, St. Charles Borromeo.  Woohoo!!! (Read: Minutes – Pastoral Council Meeting – St. Charles Borromeo Church – April 21, 2014)

 

“Oh, just one more thing” … Meet my new detective!

 

 

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