PROTEST-US INTERRUPTUS AND TEA-OLOGY
Do you ever wonder - as I do - why most so called liberal priests only protest so far and then crawl back into the safety and comfort of their monastery or diocese, toe the line, and accept all the privileges of being regarded as being "IN GOOD STANDING".
They then seem to "glory" in being called "silenced" and parade around like modern day martyrs.
The so called ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC PRIESTS OF IRELAND is full of these types who engage in what I call PROTEST-US INTERRUPTUS. They take their protests only so far - usually to the bounds of making noises - but they are not willing to go the whole hog - put their words into action - and suffer being suspended, excommunicated and expelled from their comfortable monasteries and presbyteries.
Jesus said that His disciples would be known by their ACTIONS - not by their words.
He also said:
"Would that you were cold or hot. But you are only lukewarm. I will spit you from my mouth"
I remember one time being at a meeting with a real liberal and challenging priest - Father Des Wilson from Belfast. Some ladies were telling us that they been to see Cardinal O'Fiaich about change in the church. Father Des asked the ladies if the cardinal gave them anything. One said the cardinal gave them tea. Father Des said: "It is by their deeds that ye shall know them - not by their tea".
FR DES WILSON - REAL RADICAL
We have a lot of tea-ologians in our Catholic Church in Ireland today. The very worst of them in that slimy Brian Darcy. But there are others who are more intelligent and therefore should know better. Father Brendan Hoban is a verbal tea-ologian. Father Tony Flannery is a tea-ologian. The Association of Catholic Priests of Ireland is full of tea-ologians.
These people are not harmless. They are dangerous. They give the corrupt Catholic institution a bit of good PR. They lend some respectability to something that is vile.
We need people like Hans Kung who has gone all the way and had his licence to teach theology removed by The Roman Empire MK 11.
We need people like Father Des Wilson who was pursued and tortured by Bishop William Philbin of Down & Connor.
We need priests like Father Michael Keane (RIP) who was suspended and evicted from his home by Archbishop Dermot Ryan - of unhappy memory.
FR MICHAEL KEANE - REAL RADICAL
We need theologians like Matthew Fox, Ernesto Cardenal, Charles Curran & Co who were tortured by the modern day Inquisition.
ERNESTO CARDENAL - REAL RADICAL
We do not need the Darcys, the Hobans and the Flannerys who are "sixpence each way" men whose graves will produce weeds and not roses.
FLANNERY - TEA-OLOGY?
We do not need "coitus interrutpus" priests and tea-ologians who do not have the balls to create the new baby of a renewed church.
HOBAN - TEA-OLOGY?
Of these people who are theological and pastoral seed wasters we need to say with Jesus: LET THE DEAD BURY THE DEAD"
Bishop Pat Buckley