Friday, July 28, 2006

Making news in the Blogosphere today

Lots of posts in St. Blog's today about the 'priestess coming out' of a chancery official in Boston. It seems that the creature in charge of hospital ministry in Boston was one of the deluded witches 'ordained' on the river. (I need to be careful the ' key may get stuck on this puter.) I don't feel the need to go into depth over the fact that women cannot be validly ordained. What I do want to go into is point number seven on my program for reform in the Church in America: De-bureaucraticization of church administration.

IMHO one of the biggest problems in most dioceses is the diocesan bureaucracy. The same can said of many larger parishes that judge their effectiveness by the size of their staffs and also of the uber-bureaucracy of the USCCB. Have a problem? Open a new office and start a new program. Some diocesan bureaucracies are actually larger than that of the Vatican!

Why is this a problem? Financial resources are taken out of parish for offices that do little or nothing. Are there necessary offices? Sure. Are there hard working, faithful people in chanceries? You bet. But there are also unnecessary office and people working to forward agendas apart or contrary to that of the Church. (Examples: the water witch mentioned above and the people who organize the Anaheim Religious Education Conference.) In most cases, resources are better used at the local level. (I also find it amusing that the bishops who complain the most about interference from Rome are often the ones whose diocesan bureaucrats are the ones who interfere the most in parochial affairs.) There is a story floating around sometimes attribute to Bl. John XXIII or Cardinal Spellman. In it the Pope/bishop is asked, "How many people work in the Vatican/your chancery?" To which the answer is, "About half." That this is largely true is scandalous.

What should be done? Every church bureaucracy should be reviewed asking, "Do we need this office?" And the prejudice should be in favor of "No". There is a story of a California bishop, now retired, arriving at his new See and being amazed at the size of the chancery staff. Within six months the staff was cut in half and no one noticed any real difference. But the staffs should also be examined for orthodoxy. Do we really need heretics using church positions to advance their agendas? If you think I am over-reacting, look at this woman, the above mentioned 'water witch priestess'. Does anyone think she didn't use her office to advance her heresies?

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