If I am not mistaken, you probably have more fingers – Capt. Hook included – than all of Ireland has priestly ordinations.
Remember the video of the old jack ass priest saying that he’d rather not have any vocations than priests like these new young guys?
Here’s another reason why there are problems.
Mind you, this is an extreme example, but it does underscore a real problem: a growing divide between priests and bishops. I read a piece the other day about a study with priests about their bishops. It was grim, to say the least, and very sad.
Several readers have written to me about the following. In this case it is about an older priest who still has his head screwed on in the right direction, unlike many of his coevals.
A priest preaches about moral issues. The bishop stomps on him. thejournal.ie
Bishop of Kerry apologises after priest tells mass that free condoms [TO GIRLS] promote promiscuity
Fr Seán Sheehy also told the congregation in Listowel that sex between two men or two women was a sin, as was ‘transgenderism’.
A PRIEST IN Kerry has sparked backlash after telling a mass that sex between two men or two women is sinful and that free condom schemes from the HSE promote promiscuity.
Fr Seán Sheehy, a retired priest deputising for parish priest Fr Declan O’Connor, said during his homily at St Mary’s Church in Listowel that repentance would save people from Satan and his “wiles and ways”. [Imagine such a thing!]
He also said that Irish legislation took a “lunatic approach” to “transgenderism”.
The Bishop of Kerry, Dr Ray Browne, has this morning apologised for the homily, saying the views expressed were not representative of Christianity. [Thus, the problems in Ireland.]
Bishop Browne in a statement posted on the diocesan website this mid morning said he was aware of “the deep upset and hurt” caused by the contents of the homilies in question delivered over the weekend.
“I apologise to all who were offended. The views expressed do not represent the Christian position. The homily at a regular weekend parish Mass is not appropriate for such issues to be spoken of in such terms.
[Get this…] “The Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is a Gospel of love and ever proclaims the dignity of every human person. It calls on us all to ever have total respect for one another. [I ask you… is it loving to candy coat or be silent about things that separate you from the love of God and which, if not dealt with, bring you to Hell rather than Heaven? Is spiritual neglect, refusal to do one’s duty as a priest, show respect to people? “TOTAL respect” includes the hard styff.]
The statement included three passages from the Bible, including: “Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are,” from the Gospel of John. [There are other passages.]
A number of people left the Sunday morning mass in protest. A member of the congregation can be heard shouting at the priest in a video circulating on social media. [Hardly a surprise after decades of seriously bad shepherding.]
The video sparked backlash on Facebook and Twitter. One person told The Journal that the sermon was “like stepping back to 1980s Ireland.”
Fr Sheehy told the congregation: “You rarely hear about sin but it’s rampant. It’s rampant. We see it for example in the legislation. We see it in the promotion of abortion we see it and in the example of this lunatic approach of transgenderism and in promotion of sex between two men and two women.
“That is sinful. That is mortal sin.”
The mass in question was an anniversary mass and there were children and families in the congregation. [Anniversary of… what? A marriage? In that case, there were probably some younger people there who have never heard anything like this.]
Fr Sheehy also condemned the distribution of condoms to girls by the HSE, which he said promoted promiscuity.
As people apparently left the congregation, he said: “Those of you who happen to be leaving today, God help you is all I have to say. God bless you who are here and worshiping God. God bless all of you.”
Fr Sheehy, who returned to Kerry from Baton Rouge in Louisiana in the US in 2007, has previously made the news after outcry when he shook hands and gave a character reference for convicted sex offender Danny Foley of Listowel, in Tralee Circuit Court in 2009. [I don’t know anything about that case, but I do know that many Catholics … catholics … have a “one strike” attitude. They don’t really believes that a sinner can ever repent. Donatists at heart. Conversion? Repentance? Pffft.]
Then Bishop of Kerry Dr Bill Murphy distanced himself from his actions.
Sometimes the Church is accused of focusing on sexual sins too much. It is said, correctly, that there are more serious sins. While this is true, sexual sins by and large are mortal sins. If there are more serious mortal sins, such as those of malice and pride, etc., that doesn’t make less serious mortal sins un-mortal. If you are crushed by a bus-size meteor from space, you are dead. If you are shot with a .22 round and you die, you are dead. If you commit a mortal sin of malice and you die in that state, you go to Hell. If you commit a less serious mortal sin of the flesh, and you did in that state, you go to Hell.
So there’s a reason why the Church tends – or tended – to stress sexual sins: there are a lot more of them being committed. And they can pave the way to worse sins yet.