Oh man………not again January 28, 2010Posted by tantamergo in Dallas Diocese, North Deanery, scandals.
I told you, my dear, sweet faithful readers, both of you, that I had some indications that policies to review the credentials of speakers invited into diocesan parishes were under review. Well, either that review did not amount to much, or what I’ve been told wasn’t very accurate, because we have another dissenting speaker coming to a North Deanery parish – St. Mark in Plano.
Dr. Richard Gaillardetz will speak soon at St. Mark in Plano. The first session is after Mass, and all sessions are in the sanctuary. You know, that place where Christ is sacrificed at every Mass? Yeah, that place.
It seems that Dr. Gaillardetz has some problems with Church doctrine. For one, he states that couples should ‘follow their own conscience’ regarding infallibe Church dogma on the use of contraception. He actually feels you should try, like really, really hard to follow that doctrine, but if it’s just tooo danged hard, you can follow your own conscience. Apparently, around 95% of Catholic married couples find it too danged hard…….I’m sure after a terrible amount of internal conflict and turmoil. I’m sure they would never use justifications from such theologians as Dr. Gaillardetz to help rationalize their opposition to God’s Perfect Will! And neither would any pastors at certain parishes!
Dr. Gaillardetz has some pretty……..interesting…………ideas regarding infallible dogmas and how they are arrived at. The Church has stated, infallibly!, that it is properly constituted Church councils, the Pope, and the long-held views of the Magisterium that constitute infallible dogma. Not so with Dr. Gaillardetz! Oh no, for him, it’s the theologians who constitute the Magisterium, and who decide what doctrine is infallible. Isn’t that convenient?!? How nice for him! He has written books on the subject, and he sides with such well known dissenters as Dr. Hans Kung for support in claiming that no doctrine arrived at by humans can be infallible. Guess we better scrap that Credo!
Once again, I guess I, and those who think I might have a point regarding all these dissenting speakers coming to the diocese, have to go back to the pastors and the diocese and make our concerns known. But, since I know some of the pastors involved read this blog, let me ask a semi-rhetorical question, again. Is this really, REALLY, the best we can do? While much foot dragging goes on to bring in an orthodox speaker, it seems the dissenters just breeze right in without a problem. This makes me wonder about alot of things, like inherent biases and things like that.
You know what to do. The only way to affect change is to let the staff at the parish and diocese know that this kind of speaker isn’t acceptable.
Contact info below:
Judy Clark Family and Adult Ministry at St. Mark firstname.lastname@example.org
Father Cliff Smith Pastor, St. Mark