The other day, I posted a question from a reader about a priest who had, for the second year, put out a “gay” flag at the parish for Hubris Week. HERE
I suggest that, in a situation like this where satisfaction can be gained from neither the priest nor the bishop, your only recourse might to be to cut off all or some of their money.
Think about this. Demographics are shifting in the Church. Lots of the people who have money – people who do or have worked – are aging or are aged. Their money is not going to be available to parishes and dioceses pretty soon and their kids aren’t going to Mass at all. The “nones” are going to stop pretending to associate themselves with the family’s “legacy faith”. They won’t be a source of money for the Church either.
So, the individual giver is going to be ever more important. Even in politics today, small donors are making a huge difference.
So, cutting off money may be the way to go.
I would modify that to say that you should do research to find out solid and reliable Church entities to support. Hey! Remember the TMSM!
Did you see what is happening in the Christ the King Seminary? Diocese of Buffalo (where a RICO suit has been filed)?
A letter was made public. The “dean” of seminarians at Christ The King resigned his leadership position – said he is leaving the formation program – and issued a letter addressed to the Bishop of Buffalo, Richard J. Malone, and clergy and seminarians, made public by a local news station. PDF HERE Before becoming a diocesan seminarian for Buffalo, he had been a religious brother for 24 years.
It’s a real bombshell. One line: “How do I commit my life to representing a diocese that is suspected of being so corrupt that it is being investigated by the federal government under the R.I.C.O Act?
Here is a short video clip I spotted on Twitter
Parisi: “The only way for the church to survive is for good and honest lay people to reclaim their church and the first step is to stop putting money in the collection basket.” @WKBW @Charlie_Reports pic.twitter.com/WHp1cBqTSR
— Nikki DeMentri (@nikkidementri) August 16, 2019
Well that’s another take on “New Evangelization”!
I don’t know if we can in good conscience entirely cut off every entity of the Church. We have an obligation to support the Church materially and support the works of religion. But we don’t necessary have an obligation to support entity X or entity Y. Z – YES! but not necessary X or Y, if you get my drift.
There are many great groups who are doing wonderful and important things in and for the Church which need support.