Bemoaning the marginalization of a “certain kind” of laity

Bemoaning the marginalization of a “certain kind” of laity

When a Voice of the Faithful member writes that a bishop’s reforms are weeding out VOTF members from Church leadership positions, am I supposed to be sorry about that? Amy Welborn blogs an op-ed by Paul Ginnetty about changes in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY, by Bishop William Murphy. Ginnetty writes that Bishop William Murphy is dismantling the pastoral ministry education structures that create VOTF zombies in the first place.

Morale across the diocese also has been tested by the recent heavy-handed edict reconfiguring the diocesan Pastoral Formation Institute, a respected training program for lay people most of whose 1,600 alumni went on to serve in parish ministries.

The administrative staffing has been drastically reduced from 33 to five, and the program dispersed among several parishes where clergy can be expected to exercise more control. It’s possible that the shakeup aims to eventually eliminate the Institute, which has produced the kind of empowered, theologically aware believers who also happen to gravitate toward Voice of the Faithful.

Pardon me if I shed no tears. “Empowered” and “theologically aware” are evidently euphemisms for taught to question and dissent from Church teachings. Ginnetty then complains that with Mass attendance dropping the diocese, Murphy shouldn’t be dismantling the structures in place. Or, it could be that those structures which have provided two generations of Catholics with faith-free, banal catechesis are partially to blame for those empty churches.

In contrast to Ginnetty, Amy has a prescription for examining the system and challenges those screaming about oppressive returns to a backward ecclesiology to prove it.

A prescription and a challenge

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  • Amen.  The VOTF types are the ones who demean and marginalize us when they try to run things to suit themselves.  Of course, they can’t get away with trying to silence us though, because God listens to everybody who prays with sincerity.  wink  VOTF can’t control that.

    The layoffs and firings of the dissident crowd are great news—the silver lining to the clouds in recent Catholic news.

  • Its evident these days the clericalism is no longer confined to the clergy! 

    These “elitist” “anti-Hierarchical” laity are no different that the Communists, they want all to be equal, so that in the end they come out more equal—so that they can impose their vision of Church on everyone else.

  • I live on Long Island, where many of us are very pleased with the changes being made in our Diocese by Bishop Murphy. 

    I might add that the church at which I attend Mass each Sunday is usually very crowded. And getting even more so.