January 27, 2008

Annual Appeal

A cranky Cathy post-fueled by cold medicine and surliness, you've been warned!

Once per year, the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis has its Annual Appeal. This is a, for want of a better term, fundraiser, for the Archdiocese. The money is used to help struggling parishes, seminarians, charities, and tuition assistance for our schools. The parishes collect the money and send it to the Chancery. The parish gets some of the money back but, if you think about it, we all get the money back. No, I'm not running to the mailbox to look for my personal check, but my parish may get some money for tuition assistance and/or our ongoing building maintenance needs.

This is a good thing and many Catholics and parishes are most generous in their response to help our Catholic community.

Well, once again, there are the usual suspects whining that they have to send money "downtown" to the "big bad leaders" that don't support their parish's mission of _______(fill in favorite dissident term here).

Do these whining children, as a form of protest, send any money THEY get from the Archdiocesen Annual Appeal back? You know: Thanks, but no thanks.

No, they don't.

They feel they are entitled to the money because they are so "oppressed" by "the man". I'll show him, I'll take the money and get back at him by using the money to fund something abhorent to him.

If they are so unhappy with the "central corporation" why don't they pack up and vacate the Archdiocesan land and buildings they are sitting on? If they are so unhappy why don't their priests send their salaries back "to the hill" and refuse the Archdiocesan retirement money? If they are so unhappy, why not remove the word "Catholic" from their parish name? Sure, these would be scandalous gestures but, why not just come out with it? You know you want to. You are cowards, that's why.

I think it was Father George Rutler who said in A Crisis of Saints : "It's easier to dissent, when someone else owns the copy machines."


Blogger ignorant redneck said...

I will now say something that will offend practically everyone:

Dissidents don't leave because they have no integrity. They know what the Church teaches, and they have a duty to assent to the teaching of the Church. They profess their "belief", they calim the name.

But they know they are not, in reality, fufilling their end of the covenant of faith. It's not unlike adultery, in many ways.

And since they lack the integrity to either repent and assent, they lack the integrity to refuse the benefits.

January 27, 2008 5:09 PM  
Anonymous adoro said...

A certain local parish has actually discussed, in their counsel minutes, the idea of formally leaving the Church.

And they also discussed the financial impact, and that's why they have remained.

They worship money and material things and reject divinity. They are heretics that happen to be the opposite of gnostics.

January 27, 2008 6:27 PM  
Blogger Angela M. said...

Redneck - thank you for that! Excellent comment!

Our appeal this year is undergoing some changes. Two parish priests with some business background are running it for the bishop. They have hired a company to come in and show them how to do it. (This company of course charges a fee)

The diocesan appeal, IMHO, is less about providing catechetical materials than it is about paying the salaries of a bunch of borderline heretics in ugly shoes and bad haircuts that are celebrating oh...I don't know...roughly their 60th birthdays. You know where I am coming from.

Cathy, I love your rants - don't take this one down!

January 27, 2008 6:59 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Thanks, Angela!

Redneck, Angela and Adoro: You all make several good points.

January 28, 2008 7:06 AM  

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