A fairly insightful story in the Boston Globe yesterday on the democracy the wizards are putting in place of the Catholic Church in Boston yesterday, eh?
The mystery of trying to figure out what side of the fence Erikson is on has been solved:
The archdiocesan vicar general, Rev. Richard M. Erikson, strongly defended the proposed sale. Erikson, a onetime professor at St. John's, said that seminary students have long been able to take classes at BC, Weston, and area divinity schools, and said he himself took courses at those institutions when he was a student.
He also pointed out that although some seminaries are "totally separate from university or community," there are multiple American seminaries located on Catholic campuses, in Maryland, Minnesota, and two in Texas, for example.
"The history of St. John's is that we've been moving gradually from the model of the separate oasis . . . to the midst of the city and of the campus, and part of it is simply because of the expansion of Brighton around us," he said.
"We are preparing men for ministry in the 21st century in an extraordinarily diverse diocese of 144 communities, 2 million Catholics, and many urban centers, and if our seminarians don't face these challenges and issues as seminarians, they will the day they're ordained. I'm not afraid that having a very diverse and wide experience at seminary is somehow going to corrupt our seminarians."
The diversity you get when you send seminarians to learn dissent at BC, the Harvard Divinity School & The Weston School of Theology which was responsible for corrupting the consciousness of the people under their tutelage is much better than teaching loyalty to the teachings of the Church. It's the 21st Century - Adam & Eve and Adam & Steve join Christ and Mary as diverse partners in salvation.
Just as I was trying to wrap my head around it, thinking it was sounding more and more like Leonard Swidler's and Sean O'Malley's Consitution of the Catholic Church - a friend called and left a message on my voicemail telling me that parishioners at St. Paul's in Cambridge are voting on who they'll accept as pastor. Fr. Paul O'Brien will get Coyned - - they intend to hold an election.
Then, out comes the statement from the Bishops regarding the Legislative vote on marriage and I couldn't quite put my finger on what was wrong with it until the second reading...
Ignoring the will of more than 170,000 people who signed the marriage petition and blocking the people from exercising their right to vote is tragic.
In the Commonwealth, our state laws provide for the process whereby the citizens have a right to vote on a constitutional amendment.
However, the leadership of the Democratic Party refuses to allow citizens and elected officials to vote their conscience on social issues. Their ideological positions undermine the common good. Today, the common good has been sacrificed by the extreme individualism that subordinates what is best for children, families and society.
It is obvious from the unprecedented amount of pressure that was put upon elected officials that opponents of the amendment believed that the voters of the Commonwealth would have voted in favor of the traditional definition of marriage. The pressure tactics were engineered to insure that the will of the people would not prevail.
The question for those elected officials who opposed allowing the marriage amendment to be voted on by the people is: do we live in a country where people are free to vote their conscience or are we controlled by what is viewed as politically correct and by powerful special interest groups?
We extend our sincere appreciation to those members of the legislature who stood firm in their support to allow the people an opportunity to exercise their right to vote on the marriage amendment.
Perhaps in the future legislators will have the courage to let the people vote on an issue so important to the future of families.
It all about "let the people vote" on right and wrong in consensus -
apparently they'll reset the moral compass of the Church whatever way the vote goes.