Skip to comments.The Pope Has Let Us Down
Posted on 08/20/2002 9:29:00 PM PDT by gcruseEdited on 04/22/2004 11:46:56 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
There he was on Sunday, the old lion, John Paul II, preaching to a crowd of two million faithful in his native Poland. His words thundered a condemnation of modern man, who embraces "freedom without truth or responsibility." Said the pope: "He claims for himself the Creator's right to interfere in the mystery of human life. Rejecting divine law and moral principles, he openly attacks the family."
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I was very depressed today to read in Zenit that Archbishop Milongo, he of the Moonie wedding and the fraudulent "healing services," has been welcomed back to the fold and is out working his same old magic again. He was "punished" for all of what, 3 months?
What does this say to all the good and faithful bishops and clergy?
I honestly don't understand what's going on.
What do you know about the above?
I was disturbed to read some time ago that Milingo performed exorcisms in an unorthodox manner. Catholic clergy are not permitted to perform exorcisms unless they get prior approval from the local bishop and then must follow the ritual.
It is conceivable to me that he can do as much or more damage to souls, potentially, by his unorthodox approach to healing - as are many others these days - than from the scandal caused by his marriage, annulment or whatever, and subsequent discipline.
By now there has been such a breakdown in traditional disciplines and safeguards that I really don't know what to think any more. I have nothing whatsoever against laity or anyone praying for people for healing, but indiscriminately and unlawfully laying on hands and doing all the other mumbo jumbo is probably very risky business imo.
We have a sacrament for healing and if only the faithful would avail themselves of that instead of chasing after these alternatives. Maybe the priests don't want to do that any more because it takes more time, is one-on-one, doesn't put one in the limelight, and is not as exciting as healing masses and services. But what do I know?
Actually, you know a lot. This has bothered me very much, too. Milingo has set up a sort of para-church in his area, and it distresses me enormously that the "official" Church, after all of Milingo's blatant unorthodoxy, is just saying, "oh, okay, it's cool with us."
I don't think Jesus intended to establish Peter as his rubber stamp for the Zeitgeist, but that seems to be what's happening. I'm very, very upset by this.
I wouldn't care about any of this, within certain obvious concerns about going overboard, if there weren't rules. But there are rules and the church is thumbing her nose at her own rules until it comes to other matters such as women priests, power to the laity, etc.
The bottom line is that you can't turn your family loose in the church to partake of all that is offered (questionable retreats, extra-liturgical services, etc., etc.) without being eternally vigilant. For myself, I can will to stick just to the sacraments and do fairly well, but for my friends and loved ones, they are at severe spiritual and possibly physical (from wacky healing practices.
There is heavy peer pressure to participate in some of these questionable activities. Pressure is also being exerted by priests who want to shine and are willing to compromise to do so . . .
I am not talking about blind obedience here, but I am concerned about blindly following the disobedient factions. What is most tragic to me is that I have seen otherwise very orthodox catholics being taken in through their blind trust in the pastors and their woeful ignorance about rules governing clerical practices.
And all this on top of the horrendous sexual abuse scandals.
Where are the watchmen on the wall? They are slumbering.
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