Archbishop O’Malley is asking for protesting Catholics “to make greater sacrifices” for the good of the Church. I can already imagine how that’s going to be received. The archbishop was interviewed on Boston Catholic Television and talked about the closings, but not about the occupation of two churches by disgruntled former parishioners.
One thing about this whole mess that bugs me is the complete hands-off approach. The archdiocesan spokesman said the archbishop has not gone to these two parishes to speak to the people because the pastor is the archbishop’s representative. The pastors are part of the problem! Especially in Weymouth where Fr. Ron Coyne as much as incited a schism by his words and actions. “I’m not telling you to protest the archbishop’s decision and occupy the church, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.”
Anyway here’s some of the reaction from the spokesman for the church occupiers in Sudbury:
Bannon said he watched a recording of O’Malley’s appearance on BCTV and was unimpressed. “He seemed to imply that we are congregationalists, which bothered me,” Bannon said, referring to O’Malley’s use of that term to describe why local parishioners might ‘‘think only of their parish,” rather than of the broader church. ‘‘His premise of an aging priests’ population is fine—that is an issue—but there might be some creative solutions to that.”
He doesn’t like being called a congregationalist, but if the shoe fits, wear it. That’s what you’ve become, Bannon, by your actions and words. If you don’t like the term, then examine your conscience and return to the Church. After his “creative solutions” to the lack of priests, I can imagine what they might be. Sorry, Bannon, but they’re not possible in the Catholic Church.