"THE MEMORY OF JESUS IS BOTH SACRED AND SUBVERSIVE"
Friday, 16 June 2017
Catholic bishops tell of ‘hostility’ and ‘persecution’
The Irish Times
PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent
A newly ordained Catholic priest has been warned about the hostility he will face in a changed Ireland.
BILLY CAULFIELD AND DENIS BRENNAN
Bishop of Ferns Denis Brennan told Fr Billy Caulfield how at times “you will feel the anger/hostility people have for the church in general directed at you.”
The ordination was at St James’s church in Horeswood, Co Wexford.
“There is a lot of concern in church circles these days about the future. This is understandable given the volume of criticism and negativity directed at the church over recent times,” Bishop Brennan said. “In these Pentecost days we need to cast off our fears too, we are not the first generation of Christians to worry and wonder about the future. In every age people have written the obituary of the church and our age is no exception.”
Bishop Brennan is the second Catholic bishop in recent days to address the issue of increased hostility towards the church in Ireland.
In Cavan last week Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly spoke of a “hostility to the church that is now a settled part of our society’s culture. People from abroad are often astonished at the antipathy to the church displayed in our country.” Bishop O’Reilly said “I don’t think you have to be paranoid” to believe that there is a kind of persecution of the church taking place in Ireland.
“It is not physical persecution but it is no less real for that. It is more subtle. It takes the form of gradual exclusion of church people or activities from the public space,” he said.
PAT SAYS: DENIS BRENNAN says that people are "angry and hostile" towards the Roman Catholic Church. He is right! We are! And our anger is the same as Christ's anger when he went into the Temple with a whip and threw those who were using and abusing the House of God out of it! It is a JUSTIFIED ANGER! We are not angry with the RC institution because of its doctrines of transubstantiation, papal infallibility, the Assumption of Saint Mary into heaven etc. Many Catholics agree with these doctrines to a greater or lesser degree. There are other reasons we are angry with you: 1. We are angry because so many innocent little children were abused by you and yours. 2. We are angry that you covered up - and are still covering up - for these abusers. 3. We are angry about what you did to our young women in your Magdalen Laundries. 4. We are angry about the Tuam Babies. 5. We are angry because the head of your church in Ireland locked two little boys in a room and asked them if they enjoyed their abuse, if they got erections when BRENDAN SMYTH molested them. 6. We are angry because you are still allowing this man SEAN BRADY into parishes to celebrate Confirmation and allow him to give the Raphoe Priests Retreat next Monday. 7. We are angry because you have allowed the national seminary of Maynooth to become a place of disrepute. 8. We are angry because you and yours allowed little children to starve to death in your baby homes. 9. We are angry because you are continuing to ordain unsuitable men to the priesthood to cause havoc in the future. 10. We are angry because you hide people like Archbishop Marchinkus and Cardinal Pell to hide in your Vatican. Denis and Leo - do you not get it? Why do you not get it? Are you that out of touch in your ivory towers? Yes young priests like Father Billy Caulfield will feel the anger and hostility of the Irish people for years to come. But that will not be the fault of the good decent people of Ireland - the people of Ireland who are now saying: STOP" WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH! It will be your fault Denis and Leo and the fault of other members of the Maynooth Sanhedrin So please stop this bleating of yours. You are not the victims. You are the perpetrators !