In another entry I offered tips for how to write letters to the Vatican.
I got a very jaded response from one person, which I can share with you now with my emphases and comments:
I would like to ask why you did not suggest that your readers NOT write to Rome.
In your blog "Writing to the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" you provided some tips,
which seemed helpful but I feel that you left out the best tip of all.
ROME DOES NOT CARE! DO NOT WRITE, IT IS A WASTE OF TIME!
Indeed you should have provided some of the infinite evidence that the powers that be in
Rome do not care. Specifically:
You could have pointed out that no letter (from us peeons) has ever removed an apostate
bishop or priest and never will. [That is simply ridiculous. The removal of clerics requires canonical procedure. Remember! The Church has laws and people have rights. So, in a canonical procedure there must be "proofs". Proofs include testimony by witnesses, letters, etc. Evidence. So, clearly letters are included in the proofs, as are other documents. This is a reason why some important letters must be written properly.]
You could have pointed out that our letters are at best a nuisance that usually end up in the trash, or as the butt of a joke around the diner table at some for fine restaurant. [Well… yes. I could have pointed that out. But for the most part, letters are treated with great respect! The really wacky ones get occasionally the treatment you mention. But they have to be pretty extreme or bizzare. I have memories of the weird things I had to read at the PCED. People sent things about aliens, etc. However, at those fine restaurants there are better things to discuss.]
There are just too many instances of obvious dissent where out right defiant Cardinals
(Mahoney is a fine example), Bishops (Weakland another fine example), and priests (Too
many to mention) and lay people (Too many to mention as well) should have been chastised
by the powers (who be) that sit on their butts in Rome and instead were given greater license
or in some cases were promoted or awarded for their opposition to Church Teaching. [In another entry I mentioned that during the conference I went to today, a speaker said very openly, and in front of the Prefect of the CDWDS! that the Church today is too afraid to censure. That is certainly right.]
This in a nut shell, no matter how you parse it, is de facto "Rome Does Not Care!" [No. That is simply not true. Most of the curial officials I know, all the men who are my friends, care deeply. However, let me repeat what I said in that other entry but in clear words that are hard to misunderstand: if you write useless letters, no use can be made of them. There are good ways and bad ways to write to a Vatican office, or a bishop or a priest. Very many of the letters, which are sincere or heartful or accurate… or all three… can’t be used because they don’t have any use as a PROOF, or because they become so extreme that they diminish their utility.]
Yes pray that things change, yes fight the good fight, yes do not give up, but for good faithful
Traditional Catholics, do not write to Rome since Rome Does Not Care. [False.]
Jim… I imagine you are someone who has been hurt and hurting for a long time over the state of the Church.
I feel for you. I really do.
But be of good cheer! The situation is not as you describe it.
It is not pointless to write to the Holy See. It matters. Moreover, people have a right and a duty to write, sometimes.
Let’s review the closing of Redemptionis Sacramentum:
6. Complaints Regarding Abuses in Liturgical Matters
[183.] In an altogether particular manner, let everyone do all that is in their power to ensure that the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist will be protected from any and every irreverence or distortion and that all abuses be thoroughly corrected. This is a most serious duty incumbent upon each and every one, and all are bound to carry it out without any favouritism.
[184.] Any Catholic, whether Priest or Deacon or lay member of Christ’s faithful, has the right to lodge a complaint regarding a liturgical abuse to the diocesan Bishop or the competent Ordinary equivalent to him in law, or to the Apostolic See on account of the primacy of the Roman Pontiff. It is fitting, however, insofar as possible, that the report or complaint be submitted first to the diocesan Bishop. This is naturally to be done in truth and charity. [It is smart, not just fitting. It creates paper that can be used as proofs.]
Let me just say that in one meeting, years ago, letters from lay faithful were exactly the right ammunition in a fight with a bishop about permission to have Mass with the 1962MR. They were exactly the right things to have in that moment.
Finally, you might gain some insight into how the Curia works from the great game of baseball, useful for all discussions of the sacred. The best teams in baseball are such because they diligently accumulate tiny advantages over a long season. Bit by bit. Tiny pieces of information are noted and remembered. "This pitcher tends to throw this sort of pitch when someone is on base", "This batter tends to hit to left field", etc. Then one day you find yourself in the position where these bits of information come together at a critical moment and you are in business!
Tiny advantages over a long time.