|Gail Gill The Lay Leadership Fuhrer of Wahroonga Parish and another of the lay sisterhood.|
During the time Bishop Walker has been Bishop of Broken Bay the number of clergy has evolved as follows:
1996 : 55 Diocesan and 81 Religious for a total of 136 Priests
2012 : 43 " " 74 " " " " 117 Priests.
Over the same period the number of Religious has evolved thus:
1996 : 120 Male and 180 Female Religious
2012 : 85 " " 32 " " .
The Religious figures are perhaps not as bad as they look. The Diocese had a number of Provincial Houses of Religious Orders with a high proportion of retired Religious. Many of these have gone to their rewards and some others have moved to alternative accommodation outside the Diocese.
|Vietnamese Seminarians on Easter Sunday in Vietnam.|
The total lack of Seminarians is to be expected. Just as in Brisbane at some times in the past, no-one interested in serving Our Lord in the Priesthood, would think of putting himself under the "care"of Bishop Walker. All would have already headed off to Sydney and Parramatta or even further afield. The Bishop's ruthless pursuit of "Lay Leadership"
has set him at odds with his clergy, many of whom he has disparaged as not suitable for pastoral leadership. Well, not in the New Church he has in mind .
But now, with only twenty months or less to go until his retirement ,Bishop Walker is trying to build a barrier against the troubled waters he has created! He has an idea! Brisbane has its successful Nigerian Seminarians and Priests Project, even his ecumenical soul-mate Bishop Michael "the Eucharist is a symbol"Putney "has a couple of Nigerian Priests. BUT - there is a problem, these Nigerians are well-educated , orthodox, devout
and tough-minded! But if I do a deal with a Bishop in Vietnam for Seminarians to come here, I'll have a better chance of moulding them!
He may be in for a surprise. These young men will have come from a church accustomed to rigorous totalitarian Communist hostility, Bishop David Walker's regime will be all too familiar to them , even the political correctness of the lay sisterhood will be old hat.
|POLICE HARRASSMENT OF CATHOLICS IN VIETNAM|
CONDITIONING FOR BROKEN BAY'S LAY SISTERHOOD RULE
And so it is to be ...details to be released. We should pray for those Seminarians. At least they will be able to contact and be supported by the
|FATHER MARTIN HOUNDED OUT OF BROKEN BAY UNDER BISHOP WALKER'S LAY LEADERSHIP SCHEME|