As you saw in my previous post, Judgement Day looms for 53% of the Archdiocese of Boston. So what does this mean for the Archdiocese?
Well, since there are several wordy details on the Reconfiguring website, I am not going to give you every single detail. But, I will summarize the most crucial points that will radically change the archdiocese, some of which are not even Catholic in character:
- Grouping parishes into "parish collaboratives" with one pastor, while remaining open as parishes. Under Canon Law, all this means is merging several parishes into one parish. When they talk having one pastor doing two or more parishes, it usually means that the parishes will eventually merge into one parish. While the parish territory may operate two church buildings for worship, only one can be designated as the parochial church, which usually becomes the name of the parish, unless the bishop determines otherwise. All other church buildings become chapels of ease or oratories.
- Parish collaboratives to share clergy, musicians, administrative and custodial staff, etc., while finances for each parish will be separate. Layoffs of lay employees at the parishes will be last resort. I don't buy this one bit. How can you a parish afford all these employees and most of them are operating in the red? I understand that people need jobs, but how many lay people does it take to run a parish? Also, many of the archdiocesan employees are union, so even if they don't actually believe in church teaching, they will most likely stay on as charity cases.
- In terms of musicians: In many parishes, the bulk of the musicians are volunteer, while the music director (who traditionally is an organist) may be on the payroll. At my Latin Mass Parish, I believe most of the schola are volunteers, but we have a music director, and I believe she is the only one who is paid.
- Parish collaboratives will be required to have a single Parish Council, which will be appointed by the pastor of the collaborative. The parish council will in-turn hire the pastors, parochial vicars, music directors, religious ed directors, school principals, and other clerical, religious, or lay employees. First of all, this is not Catholic teaching. The bishop is supposed to make clerical appointments, and secondly, a parish council has no place in the Roman Catholic Church. I suppose they'll change the theology as well. This is not congregationalism. This is Catholicism. So does this mean that they will hire woman priests?
- The hierarchy will be revised to meet the "needs" of the people. If this is the case, then the Boston hierarchy will forfeit their authority to teach, govern, and sanctify, and will be structured like this:
Pope appoints Archbishop
Archbishop is the landlord
The people make the parish
The Parish Council hires the clergy
The clergy appoint the parish council
The emphasis is on Man.
- The Traditional Hierarchy of the Church is as follows:
- GOD (Father, Son, & Holy Ghost)
- The Pope (The Vicar of Christ)
- Cardinals (Those who will elect the next pope)
- Archbishops (Appointed by the Pope)
- Bishops (Appointed by the Pope)
- Monsignors (Given title by the Pope)
- Priests (Assigned by the Bishop)
- Tonsured clerics
- Religious brothers
- Married couples
- Single lay men
- Single lay women
- Minor children not confirmed
- Infant children under 7 who have not received First Holy Communion
And lastly, the most devastating thing waiting to happen:
THE ELIMINATION OF 53% OF THE CURRENT 288 PARISHES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE, AND POSSIBLY ALL THE PARISHES THAT REGULARLY OFFER THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS AND SACRAMENTS; THAT ALL PRIESTS GO THROUGH "SENSITIVITY TRAINING" TO FALSE RELIGIONS, THAT ALL THE PRIESTS THAT CELEBRATE THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS AND ALL ELDERLY PRIESTS WHO ARE STILL ACTIVE IN PARISH MINISTRY WILL BE POSSIBLY HAVE TO EXILE.
BY THY FRUITS, THOU SHALT KNOW THEM.
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