Saturday, 10 November 2012

The Sour Cream of Antigonish

Brian Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish
Bishop Brian Dunn of the Diocese of Antigonish, Nova Scotia has made the news in the secular media. Under the headline, "Catholic Bishop urges Vatican to allow women to take on a greater role" CTV Atlantic reports that His Excellency believes that women should be "officially recognized as lay ministers in the church,” says Dunn. “As soon as you have official recognition, that would be a major acknowledgement of the role of women in the church.” What we don't know is what does the bishop mean in these comments. Is it administration within a diocese? May the best person be hired. Is it something more? Does it mean an "Installed Lector" or perhaps an "Installed Acolyte" the former "minor orders."

Well, maybe we known this because according to one diocesan pastoral expert, "one of the subjects at the moment is the appointment of deacons within the church,” says Pat Bates.

One wonders where Miss Bates has her sources that indicate how this is high on the Holy Father's agenda?  

“Women have sustained their church in many capacities and I certainly don’t see any reason in the world why they can’t take more of a leadership role than they have been allowed, to date,” says women’s rights advocate Louise MacDonald. Yes, Louise, because it is all about you and "women's rights."

Louise is correct, women have sustained the Church. I can think here in this country of our own two St. Marguerite's; Bourgeoys and D'Youville or how about St. Joan of Arc or St. Hildegaard of Bingen? St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, St. Katherine Drecker or Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, St. Catharine of Sienna or St. Brigit of Sweden; were these not great women who sustained the Church! How about St. Teresa of Avila or St. Edith Stein, St. Theresa of Liseux or our own Lily of the Mohawks, St. Kateri Tekakwitha or is calling her a "lily" somehow insulting to women? I could go on, and on, and on, and say nothing of the real nuns who built the health care and education systems in this country before they were corrupted by the likes of Remi the Polkaroo. They seemed to do quite a bit Louise and Pat, they were holy, strong-willed, successful and sacrificing women; women whom you and all Catholic women should emulate.

Abuse Crisis

Bishop Dunn was quoted in Reuters as saying that church leaders must "consider the reasons why this crisis (sex abuse) happened" and "put into place measures which will create safe environments for children and all who are vulnerable in the faith community."

Now laicised,  Sodomite Raymond Lahey
On the latter, no argument; on the former, it happened because homosexual men with a predilection for ebophilia (sex with boys) were admitted to the Catholic priesthood and when the problem was discovered they were shuffled around. Period! Let us consider briefly the last bishop of this long-suffering diocese in Nova Scotia; a not so in the closet homosexual who had a predilection for pornography involving sex acts with young boys to fuel his own masturbatory fantasies and who enjoyed his travels to Thailand a little too much? To the right we see the now Mr. Lahey in the clown vestments of the 2002 Toronto World Youth Day. Here's hoping that Mr. Lahey had less than a "good-time" in Hogtown!  Of course the question has never been answered, did nobody in Antigonish know what was going on? Did anyone ask the then bishop, "Excellency, what liturgical conference is taking place in Bangkok?"


Two years ago, Bishop Dunn sanctioned a conference lead by dissident theologian and former Jesuit Priest, Dr. Paul Lakeland of Fairfield University in Connecticut, who openly holds views on abortion, homosexuality, contraception and women priests that go against Catholic teaching. That's right, Paul Lakeland was invited, but when another man was invited by the laity the welcome mat was not only not put out but some associated with it were interrogated as if in a communist country. Perhaps one of the organisers, Anna Vautour said it best when she opined emotionally, that she felt this clandestine conference (with Mr. Voris) was "a huge comfort because so often we feel like we are fighting this battle for our children's innocence, their purity and their faith life and not supported within the Church and not within the clergy." 

How's that for a condemnation of the whole clerical establishment of Antigonish!

Kneeling Catholics Arrested

Then of course, there is the infamous scandal a few decades ago of having people arrested because they desired to kneel for Holy Communion? This fiasco directly lead to the law now in place in Redemptionis Sacramentum. Who do these bishops think they are?

Well, the "Cream of Antigonish" as the whole of the university faculty was referred to by a bishop to generations ago is nothing but a sour stench that didn't even get to become yogourt. The cream is supposed to rise to the top except in Antigonish.

What did the poor Catholics of Antigonish do to deserve this and lack of care spoken of so eloquently by Mrs. Vautour?  


Winefred said...

LOVE the sheep graphic. Will be tucking that one into my files.

It's amazing how all these abuses tend to dovetail where the culprits come together.

Barona said...

This reminds me of the tragedy in London Ontario a few years ago when the diocese began a campaign to push Communion under both Species....

All the while Catechesis etc. is completely ignored. Gimmicks, buffoonery, heterodoxy leads all in one direction: the collapse of the Faith.

Vox Cantoris said...

Dear Hidden One,

You choose to hide behind anonymity, notwithstanding your pen name, it is an easy thing to do and quite cowardly, particularly with a rather trite and smarmy comment such as you've left.

What do some others say:

"You are in charge of the garden of the Holy Church. So, uproot from the garden the stinking weeds full of impurity and avarice and bloated with pride. I mean the evil pastors and administrators who poison and corrupt the garden... Use your authority, you who are in charge of us." - Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, in a letter to Pope Gregory XI

And why would the Pope not? What are we to do today when the Pope does not? It is surely not for a lack of desire on his part. He needs to know that his bishops will obey. They do not obey him, but we are to obey them? If in doubt, look to Peter. Who is Bishop Dunn and who are these women to make these demands?

What does this great man say?
"Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops like bishops, and your religious act like religious." - The Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen

Now dispresct to whom? Do you really think Ramnond Lahey was a Succesore of the Apostles? Well, one maybe. Now, what about Bishop Dunn? Is it I who spoke out at the recent Synod in this regard? Well, at least Rome knows who and what it is dealing with.

Oh, and it is "Cantoris" mind the genitive please.

Barona said...

Hidden One,

I would recommend that you read Grabowski's "The Church". Within that book you will see St. Augustine's thought on bishops...

Barona said...

"St. Augustine is fully aware that not all members of the clerical state and hierarchy are holy men, and if such is the case what is the relation of the wicked members to the body of Christ? The relation is the same as that of all other members. Good bishops participate fully in the life of the mystical body; they, as principal members are bound to it by life-giving ties. Bad bishops, may have jurisdictional powers and authority and belong to the Church, like all sinners not separated from it, but they do not participate in the life of grace. They are not however severed either from the external Church or the mystical body... till the end of time two categories of pastors are bound to exist. There are shepherds “who occupy a pastoral chair in order to tend to the sheep; others, however, sit on them in order to enjoy temporal honors and secular advantages” Unrightous bishops are not honored with the name of sons, but are called mercenaries. St. Peter, who is portrayed by St. Augustine as a personification of the Church, is also presented as a symbol of all the pastors of the Church. However, it is only good pastors and not of mercenaries that Peter is opposition to the other apostles, Judas is reputed to be such a mercenary; and if this happened to one of the apostles, who were so close to Christ, there should not be reason for scandal if his example finds imitators among the apostles' successors. They can have a place in the temporal existence of the Church, but will not enjoy the eternal existence of the mystical body of Christ" (Grabowski, pp. 219-221).

Unknown said...

I have gone to the meetings at Bethany and had the bishop sitting to my left. The purpose of the meetings was to discuss with the bishop the structures of the church. This group at Bethany led by sister Donna Brady called the gathering of the wisdom clearly made it known to the bishop there desire to take over the church, rewrite canon law and even rewrite the Bible. Bishop Dunn has clearly made it known he supports them. When other members of the group found out who I was and what I was doing there the spoke up and said to the group that the have a mole in the group in front of everyone. They were not very nice about either. The Pope needs to do something. Long live the Pope and God bless the Roman Catholic church.

Dave said...

Dear Vox Cantoris
The gathering of the wisdom which is the Brain child of Sister Donna Brady, and the disgraced Bishop Lahey are related to one another. Before Raymond Lahey was accused of child pornography he and the not so good sisters planned to have Dr. Paul Lakeland come and speak to the Priest and to host a conference about a year before his arrest, at that same time Lahey was in court proceeding to have the Church sued. HELLO wake up call, WHY? WHY? WHY?
The Nuns were preparing for something, and the Bishop took the fall to push the agenda. Controversy is key, “the gathering of the wisdom” and Bishop Lahey have embraced each other. The law suit is also used to create a bottomless pit to keep the church under pressure to change. I was told if the Church does manage to come up with the money to pay off the lawsuit, that there are 44 more cases the Antigonish diocese would be hit with. The goal, destroy the Church and push the diocese into bankruptcy. Bishop Dunn is doing what they say because he knows the power the Nuns have, do to their connections to an underground movement in society, and they are holding the reins.
The Nuns won’t let off, that is why they lent the Church a Million dollars, and they wanted to have a stake in the matters of the church. My question is how much of this whole mess has been created, and when and who started it, it runs deep.
From where I stand it is look more to me that the attacks on Children were planned, and the timing of the lawsuit was planned to. Everything has been planned; if you want to save the church understand the source of the problem.
It’s time to be angry alright, but that anger needs to be focused on the problem makers and not blamed on the Church itself.
Sister Donna Brady is a good place to start, but be careful she is not alone. A Sister that displays a Dragon with and Owl riding its back in her office is someone with a dark mind and has pagan beliefs. We know that Satan is at the Core of the whole mess, God help us and God save the Church.

Anonymous said...

Wow.I can honestly say that comment literally frightened me as I read it....God help us..