BISHOP DAVID WALKER - NOT A SINGLE SEMINARIAN




Gail Gill The Lay Leadership Fuhrer of Wahroonga Parish and another of the  lay sisterhood.
The troubled waters of Broken Bay Diocese, which reaches into the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, are undisturbed by the presence of Seminarians. Seminarians cause Bishop David Louis Walker no problems at all. Reason?...He has NONE! After 16 Years as Bishop of Broken Bay ,a Diocese of 206,000 Catholics ( approx. 176,000 in 1996) he has not a single Seminarian.

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
Vietnamese Priests in the Archdiocese of Sydney. Or perhaps they could talk to the Burmese Father Martin Aye Ngwe who had to leave Broken Bay to the great regret of his Parishoners at Wahroonga when the Lay Leadership Juggernaut rolled in. Father Martin was gladly incardinated in the Archdiocese of Sydney. 


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

CONVICT PRIEST - FATHER JAMES DIXON

CRASH THROUGH OR CRASH ?

SILENCE IS NO LONGER SAFE