Wednesday, January 16, 2013

WHO WILL TAKE THE POISONED CHALICES ?


THE MITRE -THE BISHOP'S SYMBOLIC HEADDRESS WITH ITS TWO "HORNS " REPRESENTING THE NEW AND THE OLD TESTAMENTS, IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN   ORIGINALLY WORN WITH THE " HORNS" ON EITHER SIDE OF THE HEAD AFTER THE MANNER OF CERTAIN JEWISH HIGH PRIESTS
As the months roll by, it is becoming painfully obvious that possible appointees to Australia's vacant or available Sees must be declining the challenges offered. In human terms, one can easily understand that reaction in a number of those Sees such as Rockhampton, where the incumbent has been told that his resignation tendered even before his August , 2012 75th Birthday, has been accepted . He communicated this to his Priests at the time, but said it would not be effective for some time. Whoever is appointed as Bishop Heenan's successor will have a tough task to restore the Diocese to Catholic orthodoxy. Bishop Heenan has held the view that important Encyclicals and Letters Motu Proprio " don't apply to us". The local Diocesan structures churn out material which would require serious revision to become consistent with Catholic teaching and practice. In human terms the next Bishop will face an enormous task in dealing with the idealogues entrenched in positions of Power and as hard in their unChurch and even anti-Church stances as could be imagined. 


CATERPILLAR D9 BULLDOZER - RIPPER AT REAR IN RAISED POSITION
He might need the Episcopal equivalent of a Caterpillar D9 Bulldozer with the Ripper down and welded in place , in order to demolish and start anew.



The sorry news that Bishop Michael Putney of Townsville suffering from inoperable stomach and liver cancers is not expected to live long ( we ask readers once again to pray for His Lordship) present another, though somewhat smaller problem. Here, the question will  arise whether or not the Diocese will or should, survive, or be amalgamated with Cairns for example.

The Sees of Hobart and Canberra- Goulburn are available and vacant respectively, and the See of Wilcannia Forbes, which has been vacant for some time, is also considered a prospect for a carve-up and amalgamation with other Sees.

Delay is distressing in these cases , and allows for much mischief by dissident vested interests in the respective ecclesiastical bureaucracies in the intervening period.

Yet if human self interest is to trump the call to serve Christ , we can only expect the Evil One to have a field day.We need heroes of God to step up , and in the old Navy terms, to respond " Ready, Aye, Ready!" Maybe the wrong people are being asked , perhaps some have been deemed too conservative, when that is just the strong medicine we need - even at the cost of stirring up the opposition of those who are astray.

And, in only 300 days Broken Bay , with all it woes and errors,  will also need to be filled - and what a bureaucracy there for the Caterpillar to handle!

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