October 01, 2010

File Under Dumb A--!

No, I'm not a member of the Return The DVD group so I didn't want you to think I meant the Archbishop in my post title. I fully support the Archbishop's DVD that was mailed to all registered Catholic households in the Archdiocese. I got my copy on Thursday and I intend to hang onto it.

On the DVD, the Archbishop reminds Catholics of Church teaching and instructs us as our Shepherd should. He's not the first Archbishop to speak out in favor of the traditional family and, please God, he will not be the last.

Friends, in this month that will see the announcements of church closings, clusters or mergers in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, I want to take a moment to recognize that there is probably no better time to draw attention to yourself and your dissident bulls--t than now.

In a month when many Catholics are going to be consumed with rage, hurt and anger that their parish, that is actually faithful to Church teachings, may be altered while parishes full of CINO's and "progressive" priests remain intact, this is as fine a time as any to point out your dissent so the Faithful (capital F) will write to the Archbishop and encourage him to turn his attention to YOU.

Your inflated numbers of CINO's and non-Catholics may save your parish from closing, clustering or merging but how much longer do you think it will be before your pastor is replaced by a more traditionally minded one? Think about it. None of your heroes are in Seminary.

Curiously, the leaders of the return to sender movement are identified members and "artists in residence" of certain parishes in south Minneapolis. Yeah, the next time you want to rant in City Pages about how "political" the Archbishop is, you may want to leave your names and your parish affiliation out of the article.

I know. You've become accostomed to thinking nothing is going to happen because nothing too dramatic has happened yet. No pastors, yet, have entered your parish that you can't make a nervous wreck out of. Did it never occur to you that your recent pastors have been a tad more conservative than the ones just before? You are being gradually introduced to authentic Catholic liturgy and teachings. Eventually, you'll be treated like an adult and get the whole package.

I continue to pray for the children of our Archdiocese-GROW UP!

Pray for Archbishop Nienstedt. Give thanks to God that we have him for our Shepherd.


Blogger nazareth priest said...

My prayers for y'all, really.
It cannot be easy.
But you know what?
The decreasing numbers of practicing Catholics, the awful demands of the economy re: the reality of electricity, gas, upkeep of buildings, etc. and the lack of many Catholics to support the work of the Church; as well as the general decline of faith...God is not mocked; if you don't put your money where your mouth is, things shut down; if you just want a pretty setting for a wedding, baptism or funeral...guess what? If you haven't darkened the vestibule of said Church in forty years, get a life...
That may sound harsh; but darnnit...Catholics have such an
'entitlement mentality' (much like the Democrats in the WH and Congress)...well, money don't grow on trees...and if you want spiritual ministration, you better be willing to provide for it. Priests, religious, and lay ministers don't exist off of "air"...
Okay, I'm done!:>)!
And God Bless and keep Archbishop!
He's a great man!

October 01, 2010 10:10 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Father NP: I know! We have only ourselves to blame. But, you just know the griping and muttering is coming!

October 01, 2010 10:24 PM  

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