Sunday, January 31, 2010

Where will the 10,000 go?

Yesterday, in the basement of an hungarian lutheran church, there gathered disenfranchised and disgruntled catholics of the Cleveland diocese, those that are living in Lennongrad. They saw an edited video of the Mass of Eviction at Sacred Heart of Jesus, Akron of the 24th of January.

In it his lordship is content, and remorseless, about letting people go. In private conversations with clergy and others, he estimates ten thousand catholics will leave the diocese over his 'reconfigurations'. He is fine with that. Many do not wish to be aware of this, some are.

In the northeast corner of Parma, O., there is a parish of a schismatic church. Now, short distances away are three polish catholic parishes of the diocese in Cleveland, that are scheduled for suppression (Sacred Heart of Jesus, Corpus Christi and Saint Barbara). They have had the sign supra up for some time.

This gathering was a presentation of evidence and arguments to an absent, or intimidated, or disinterested press. It was held in an ethnic protestant church that clings to their hungarian nationality. Is it not possible, that ethnic catholics evicted by an uncaring bishop will turn to their fellows in another church?

Richie Lennon says he realises that he is responsible for the catholics in his care. Does he understand this pericope and Gospel parable?
But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. ... See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. What think you? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them should go astray: doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the mountains, and go to seek that which is gone astray? And if it so be that he find it: Amen I say to you, he rejoiceth more for that, than for the ninety-nine that went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. —Matthew xviii. 6-7, 10-14.

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