Dissent and Obedience

‘God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. … Perfect love casts out fear’

Sometimes I almost despair.  I have been praised and vilified, scorned, ignored, laughed at, hated, and all because I am a faithful Magisterial priest an obedient son of the Church. I am just one man and I feel the pangs, yet, I am called to be faithful, as are all baptised.

Someone asked me, “Today, what is the greatest danger to the Church?”  My answer is easy; it is disobedience.  Immediately, people will think of someone, bishop, priest, Pope, or anyone at all that is at variance with themselves, and the Church.

I am relatively new in terms of being a Catholic priest.  However, in the six years I have been a priest some of the following have happened.

  • Been vilified on the phone by a Latin mass goer because “I am not a priest because I am married”.
  • Been vilified because I do not (yet) celebrate a Latin mass
  • Been praised for wearing a cassock, and been vilified for wearing the same
  • Been praised for being a magisterial priest, been vilified for it
  • Been praised for being obedient to the Pope, and been vilified for it
  • Been told I am too orthodox, been told I am not orthodox enough
  • Been praised for praying for Pope Francis, and been vilified for it
  • Been vilified for not saying that Pope Benedict is still Pope, and been praised for it
  • Been praised for teaching the Magisterium, been vilified for it
  • Been praised for giving communion in the hand (an Ordinariate praxis), and been vilified for it.
  • Been called a good priest, a bad priest, an evil priest, and the list could go on

Each and every one of the above has, at its heart, some form of disobedience and dissent.

Disobedience takes many forms.

  • One can dissent from the teaching of the Magisterium as codified in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I am a Catholic except for …. (insert some form of dissent – homosexual, abortion, infidelity…)
  • One can dissent from obedience to those given charge over us, usually based on something they have done or said that does not fit our agenda.
  • One can dissent from canonical obedience to the Rites of the Church. I only go to a Latin mass, people have said, yet there are 24 other Rites in the Church that do not use Latin or English, and the Ordinariate has been given the mass in English. I take communion only on the tongue, people have said, yet the Church has decreed that Communion can be given in both species, and the Ordinariate gives communion in both species, kneeling.  I wear a veil, people have said, which is right and a good practice (one veils what is holy), and yet the Church has decreed that women can choose not to wear a veil. Each and every instance has at its heart disobedience to what has been given by the Church through the Pontiff, and the Bishops.
  • One can dissent by not acknowledging the Pope as the Supreme Pontiff. And the list could go on.

One might not like any of the above, one might question whether it is right or not.  However, the Church is a Divine Institution, a continuing revelation of Christ in the world, and as such, it is He and He alone that has control.  Usually, if one dissents, or is disobedient, there is a form of spiritual pride at work, one that says that “I know what is best.”

How does any of the above further the Kingdom of God?  How does any of the above attract people to know the beauty and Grace of God?  How does any of the above attract people into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ?  How does any of the above teach people that to follow God is a Holy and righteous occupation?  How does any of the above point to the love of God?  How does any of the above show the Sacrifice of Christ for all mankind?  How does any of the above demonstrate that we love?  How does any of the above tell people that God loves them, cares for them, and nurtures them?  How does any of the above demonstrate God’s forgiveness?

When I came into the Church, I had one aim, to further the Kingdom of God.  Furthering the Kingdom is the essential nature of the call to be Catholic.  Each and every one of us is charged with the Great Commission, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Mt 28: 19-20)

If all we do, day by day, is to snipe at each other, be disobedient to the Magisterium, be disillusioned with what is given by the Pope, and the Bishops, then how does that work to further the Kingdom.

Personally, I think that the Devil is having a field day, misdirection, dissention, sniping at each other, disobedience to the Pope and the Bishops, despair at this Synod or that Synod, looking to the next scandal, despair at the previous scandal, looking to the future and not the present.  All of this works in Satan’s favour.

There is much more to be gained by loving Christ, having a relationship with Him, working out our own salvation in fear and trembling (Philippians 2: 13) We must become holy, not only the priest up the road, not only the Pope, not only the Bishop, not only the man or woman one castigates because they do not do Church as you do, but ourselves.  If we want to further the church we must become holy, that means you and I.

The sense in which we are to work out our salvation in fear and trembling is twofold. First, the Greek verb rendered “work out” means “to continually work to bring something to completion or fruition.” We do this by actively pursuing obedience in the process of sanctification, which Paul explains further in Philippians. He describes himself as “straining” and “pressing on” toward the goal of Christlikeness (Philippians 3:13-14). The “trembling” he experiences is the attitude Christians are to have in pursuing this goal—a healthy fear of offending God through disobedience and an awe and respect for His majesty and holiness. St Paul says that, obedience and submission to the God we revere and respect is our “reasonable service”

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Rmns 12: 1-2)

Are you holy? Are you perfect? Are you building up the Body of Christ? Are you furthering the Kingdom of God?  Are you Christlike in what you do?  Are you Christlike in what you say? Are you Christlike in how you act?

The first sin was that of disobedience, and the world has never quite recovered, and we must not continue to be disobedient.  Christ came in obedience to the will of the Father, to offer Himself as an oblation of Love for all, we are called to further that Oblation in the world by becoming Christlike, in love, reparation and sacrifice. It is His Church, His Body and we do a grave disservice if we do not continue in obedience to Him, in faithful love, and Christlike surrender.

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Marian Day, Cowwarr, Gippsland

The Most Holy Family invites you to come spend a day with us to celebrate Our Mother, Our Lady of Fatima.

Where: St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Church Street, Cowwarr

When: Saturday 11 May 2018

Theme: St Jacinta: Reparation and Sacrifice

9am         Adoration & Confession.
10am       Benediction.
10:15am  Morning Tea.
11am        Speaker: Fr Ken Clark
11:45am  Procession and Crowning of Our Lady’s Statue.
12 noon  Holy Mass.
1pm         Lunch – BYO.
2pm        Speaker: Fr. Ken Clark.
3pm        The Divine Mercy Chaplet and Close.

Reparation/Redemptive Suffering:

Pope Pius XII spoke of this in his encyclical on the Mystical Body:

“In carrying out the work of redemption Christ wishes to be helped by the members of His Body. This is not because He is indigent or weak, but rather because He so willed it for the greater glory of His spotless Spouse. Dying on the Cross, He left to the Church the immense treasury of the Redemption. Towards this she (the Church) contributed nothing. But when those graces come to be distributed, not only does He share this task of sanctification with His Church, but he wants it, in a way, to be due to her action. What a deep mystery . . . that the salvation of many depends on the prayers and voluntary penances which the members of the Mystical Body offer for that intention, and on the assistance of pastors of souls and of the faithful, especially fathers and mothers of families, which they must offer to our divine Saviour as though they were His associates.”

St Jacinta had a tender and affectionate heart, but seized with fright at the sight of so many souls falling into the fire of Hell, she wished to make reparation in every possible way for their crimes, and obtain the grace of their conversion from the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She wanted to save them from eternal damnation at any price  : “Pray, pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them !” These words of Our Lady confirmed Jacinta in her ideal and primary objective. With an unlimited generosity, she was to give herself over to heroic prayer and sacrifice, for the conversion of sinners.

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Other Ordinariates (Eastern)

A friend asked me the following question about other Ordinariates.

The exact question was “[A friend of mine] was telling us that their parish priest is also married, [previously] from the Uniting Church so it  got me wondering are there other  groups like the Ordinariate  who have changed back to the catholic doctrine?

The answer is not so straight forward.  Of the Reformation churches, those that split with Rome from the Reformation on – Church of England, Lutheranism, Anabaptists, Calvanists, and the resultant splits within these denominations – there is only one group that has returned and been approved by Rome as being fully Catholic.  That is, of course, the Personal Ordinariates as established under Anglicanorum Coetibus in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI.  We are the only post reformation church to come back into union with Rome.  As we are historically part of the Latin Rite we were given a home back within the Latin Rite,  As such, we are Latin Rite Catholics with our own history, Missal, and Patrimony.  Methodists, United Methodists, and anyone in the Anglican family of churches if they want to come as a corporate body have to come into the Personal Ordinariates.

Read more Other Ordinariates

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Plenary Council Reflection of a Magisterial Catholic

Msgr Harry Entwistle, Ordinary of the Ordinariate of the Southern Cross, has asked us to prayerfully reflect on the question posed by the forthcoming Plenary Council, “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?”

Prayerful reflection must be central to this listening process otherwise it will be impossible to distinguish truth from opinion. In my own reflections on the current situation I am coming to recognise that the confusion created by treating truth as relative is a key element, not only in why chaos exists, but in plotting the way out of it. As Cardinal Ratzinger said in 2005 before his election as Pope, “We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognise anything as certain and which has at its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires. (Msgr Harry Entwistle, Musings 32 (1))

The Church is infected with this relativism at the moment, and this council, if you have read anything from the other Diocese of Australia, seem to point to a Church that is going to follow social justice, and not the truth of the Gospel, that there is one Lord, one Church, and that we are called to be obedient to the Magisterium.

It is no wonder that we are where we are. Some bishops who do not teach the faith, subjective faith, disobedient priests. Our Lady said it all, “Do what He tells you'”. Instead we pick and choose what part of the Magisterum we like and ignore the rest, we hold on to our sins and change the Word of God to fit our immorality, we praise the Saints but do not listen or take to heart what they have spoken or done. We are a perverse generation of Catholics doomed to hell unless we take to heart what God requires.

In the run-up to the Pleanary Council, Life Site news reports:

Here is some of the responses from one Diocese in Australia, and these reveal a real, and frightening (remember these are Catholics) detachment from the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.  Among the sixteen different categories of responses were the following suggestions, quoted here verbatim:

  • The ordination of married priests;
  • Women deacons and women chaplains should be considered;
  • Focus on developing a more inclusive church. God’s love is inclusive. The church has spent too much time excluding rather than including, eg, women, LGBT people, the divorced, people of other religions … Many people who have drifted away from the church feel intimidated to return by past traditions of the church;
  • A more active social justice stance from the church, more dialogue from the pulpit, more promotion of involvement by the laity in social justice matters. Church leaders should […] emphasis on the need to combat climate change as a fundamental social justice issue;
  • Leaders of other Christian churches should be invited to provide advice to the Plenary Council, especially on matters of church governance.

The document makes no mention of Jesus Christ, the centrality of the Sacrifice of the Mass in the lives of the faithful, and seems to emphasize an adherence to relativism rather than the Kingdom of God obtained through Christ and his cross.

It is important that we respond and give our response to the Listening Sessions of the Pleanary Council.  You can submit them as an individual.  However, if we do nothing, if we say nothing, then we collude with what is happening.

I have submitted my own response:

  • A return to the Magisterium as codified in the Catechism
  • Catechesis on the faith.
  • A return to tradition
  • Bishops who uphold the faith as outlined in the Catechism.
  • Faithful and holy priests
  • Reverent and holy offerings of the Holy Sacrifice
  • A return to our primary mission, the salvation of souls.

Will they listen? Will they change things?  Will it change the outcome of the Plenary Council?  The Church is losing its way, moving from its primary  purpose of the Salvation of all souls, to a social justice model.  It is our duty, a duty of love, to tell all about Christ, to bring all people into the Church, to love all people into the Church, and not at the same time to lessen the Gospel, or to let our own sins, weaknesses, and opinions get in the way.   We are called to be faithful to Christ,His Gospel, His Mission, His Magisterium.  We need to be there, we need to have our say, and we need to remind the Church that God is is in charge.

You can have your say here: https://acu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bf379tGXeK9DkMt

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Christmas Greetings and Times

NativityFor all of the friends of the Gippsland Ordinariate those who are near, and those who are far away, this year has been rich in blessings of many kinds.

Our missal is now a couple of years old, and it forms and shapes the liturgy so that our focus is on God, not on each other;
We are starting to grow as people get used to our distinctive form of worship;
We are forming friendships, and ties with other Catholic groups who see in us, and our worship, something to treasure;
We are getting known as defenders of the Magisterium as codified in the Catechism of the Catholic Church;

As we are in the final couple of weeks before Christmas I would like to remind Catholics, who perhaps have not been to Church for a while, that one should go to confession before receiving Holy Communion. We, as Catholics, are to be in a state of grace to receive our Lord, and what better time than now to go to confession. As you all know, we are called to be Holy, just as our God is Holy.

For those around Heyfield/Cowwarr mass times for the Ordinariate are:

  • Christmas Midnight Mass: Carols 11.30pm Saturday 24th December followed by Mass: Cowwarr: St Brigid’s Catholic Church
  • Christmas Day: Mass 10.00am Heyfield: St Michael’s Catholic Church
  • Feast of the Holy Innocents: 28th December: Friday:: 7.00pm: Cowwarr
  • Feast of the Most Holy Family: 30th December: Sunday: 10.00am: Heyfield
  • Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God: 1st January Tuesday: 7.00pm : Cowwarr
  • The Epiphany: 6th January 2017, Sunday: 10.00am: Heyfield.
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Original Sin – forgotten?

I have been thinking.

I have been thinking that we have forgotten original sin. In the great leap forward of humanity into a culture of death, and those within the Church that follow the world, and not Christ, we have forgotten this:

Catechism of the Catholic Church 402 All men are implicated in Adam’s sin, as St. Paul affirms: “By one man’s disobedience many (that is, all men) were made sinners”: “sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned.”

Original Sin, the reason that Christ came, the reason he died for you and I. Original sin is the constant ability of all humanity to fall short of what God calls us to be. It is the lack of sanctifying grace.

We are not born perfect, nor are we beasts that are defined by our instincts, our greed, our sexuality, nor our abilities. We are given much at our birth including free will.

Free will allows us, to choose heaven, or to choose hell. Free will, the decision to follow Christ, with grace given at baptism, to rise above, to be more, to become whole in Christ. We are not defined by anything the world has to offer. We are defined by what God calls us to be, through his grace, and in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. We are called to be Holy, as God is Holy.

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Novena of masses for the crimes, and sins of the Clergy

The Gippsland Ordinariate is offering a Novena of Masses in reparation for the heinous sins, and crimes, of some of the clergy, not only in Australia, but in the USA, Chile, Italy, Ireland, and throughout the world.  These masses will be on nine consecutive Fridays (unless I am away on the weekend in October, mass of reparation will then move to the Thursday). Enough is enough.  For too long, clergy have hidden their sins (paedophilia, homosexuality, mistresses, and other sins); Cardinals, and bishops, have helped them, and turned a blind eye.  They have made the church a cesspool for their evil deceit, their lack of faith, and their disregard for the teachings of the Church. I, as a priest, am totally disgusted, and ashamed of what these men have done/are doing/and will do.

If you cannot join me, then you might persuade other clergy to offer a Novena of masses.  We must fight these agents of evil with the power of prayer and sacrifice. For too long this evil has been i our midst, and it must be lanced, and cleansed by God.

  • For the Heinous Sins of the Clergy
  • Nine Consecutive Fridays at 6 PM: there is a possibility that I will be away on the weekend of the 13th If that occurs mass will move to the Thursday at 10.00am.
  • Litany of the Sacred Heart after mass.

September 7th, 6.00pm
First Friday, Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

September 14th, 6.00pm
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 21st, 6.00pm
Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist

September 28th, 6.00pm
Votive Mass of the Five Wounds

October 5th, 6.00pm
First Friday, Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

October 12th, 6.00pm
Votive Mass of the Five Wounds

October 19th, 6.00pm
Votive Mass of the Five Wounds

October 26th, 6.00pm
Votive Mass of the Five Wounds

November 2nd, 6.00pm
Commemoration of the Faithful departed.
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Bishop Morlino condemns “homosexual subculture” in the hierarchy
Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino [Bishop of Madison in the States] urges “perfect hatred” for sin and a return to holiness,…

MADISON, Wis. — Bishop Robert C. Morlino decried the “homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church” in a letter to his flock of more than 280,000 on Aug. 18, suggesting the faithful develop a “perfect hatred” for wickedness and sin, giving them no refuge in the home or society at large.

Morlino’s five-page letter was sent to each of the 104 parishes in the diocese and published in the diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Herald. In it, he condemned the homosexual predation by former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 victims by priests in six dioceses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, reported last week by a grand jury. Morlino’s plainly spoken diagnosis of the crisis quickly spread across the internet.

“It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord,” Morlino wrote. “The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest. And the decision to act upon this disordered inclination is a sin so grave that it cries out to heaven for vengeance, especially when it involves preying upon the young or the vulnerable.”

Morlino condemned the sexually predatory actions of priests and bishops as evil “that cries out for justice and sin that must be cast out from our Church.” He said the seeming acceptance of sin by some in the Church, and the cover-ups of scandal by others, must be met with just punishments and a clarion call to sanctity. “We must be done with sin,” Morlino said. “It must be rooted out and again considered unacceptable. Love sinners? Yes. Accept true repentance? Yes. But do not say sin is okay. And do not pretend that grave violations of office and of trust come without grave, lasting consequences.”

Morlino said it is important to describe the crisis for what it is, and not soften or obfuscate. “In the specific situations at hand, we are talking about deviant sexual — almost exclusively homosexual — acts by clerics,” Morlino wrote. “We’re also taking about homosexual propositions and abuses against seminarians and young priests by powerful priests, bishops and cardinals. We are talking about acts and actions which are not only in violation of the sacred promises made by some, in short, sacrilege, but also are in violation of the natural moral law for all. To call it anything else would be deceitful and would only ignore the problem further.”

The Church needs more hatred of sin and wickedness, Morlino said, citing Proverbs 8:7, “My mouth shall meditate truth and my lips shall hate wickedness.” The bishop said hatred of sin and calling others to turn from sin are acts of charity. He noted that this must not extend into hatred of sinners, who are called to conversion and penance through Christ and His Church.

… Morlino has also called on his parishes to reinforce reverence in the liturgy and restore a sense of the sacred. He asked all parishes to move tabernacles to the sanctuary, so the Eucharistic Lord is again the center of Catholic life. He also encourages Catholics to receive Holy Communion on the tongue while kneeling, which was the longtime practice prior to changes brought since Vatican II. A number of parishes in the diocese have installed the once-familiar altar rails for reception of Holy Communion.

Morlino again stressed sanctity in his Aug. 18 letter to parishioners. “More than anything else, we as a Church must cease our acceptance of sin and evil,” he wrote. “We must cast out sin from our own lives and run toward holiness. We must refuse to be silent in the face of sin and evil in our families and communities and we must demand from our pastors — myself included — that they themselves are striving day in and day out for holiness. We must do this always with loving respect for individuals, but with a clear understanding that true love can never exist without truth.”

Morlino will preside at a public Mass of reparation for “sins of sexual depravity” committed by members of the clergy and episcopacy on Sept. 14, the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. He asked all diocesan priests to join him in observing the autumn Ember Days (Sept. 19-21) as days of fasting and abstinence in reparation for these “sins and outrages.”

https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/08/18/bishop-morlino-condemns-homosexual-subculture-in-the-hierarchy/

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