documenting the abuse of authority in the Catholic Church
Abuse of authority in the Catholic Church
Only yes-men selected. Gate controlled by the secret ‘Oath of
Bishops are denied their rightful responsibility within their own
dioceses. They represent Christ directly, they do not represent the
Bishops’ Conferences not given the national autonomy envisaged
by the Vatican Council.
Bishops do not dare to speak out in defence of their people. Bishops
who express dissent are sacked.
The Synods of Bishops, created by Vatican II to curb the power of
the Curia, have been incapacitated.
The appointment of 'party-line'
Originally a bishop was
appointed over a diocese by the local church. The role played by the Pope in
Rome has grown over the centuries. At times, the influence of Rome has been
beneficial to a local church. But in recent years the Pope has abused his role
by systematically selecting only candidates who are anti-reform.
An oath of fidelity
ensures that new bishops feel bound to observe to the letter all instructions
received from Rome.
Constant pressure is put on bishops 'to resolutely refuse any
support to those people, whether individuals or groups, who defend the priestly
ordination of women, whether they do so in the name of progress, human rights,
compassion or whatever reason it may be' (Letter of the Congregation for
Doctrine to Bishops, Osservatore Romano 13 September 1983).
Individual bishops receive detailed instructions from Rome
regarding supposed 'dissidents' in their dioceses.
Theological Faculty of Tuebingen (Hans
Küng), Bishops and People, Westminster Press 1970.
The suppression of the rights of Bishops'
Conferences, the Synod of Bishops and individual bishops
As a check against excessive
centralisation of all power in Rome, the Second Vatican Council laid down the
rights and duties of Bishops' Conferences for ruling the Church in each country
It also established the Synod of Bishops with the express purpose of
provinding a counter-balance against the Vatican
The Synods of Bishops, which were instituted by
the Vatican Council to curb curial monopoly, have been deprived of any real
influence by a rigging of the agenda, by saturating committees with members of
the Roman Curia, by a subtle censorship of bishops' contributions, by
selectively omitting resolutions voted on by the bishops. This has been
documented in detail for the Synod on the Family. Similar manipulations took
place at the Synods on Evangelisation, on the Laity, on Africa, on Asia, on
Europe, to mention but a few (see The Tablet, correspondence 16
Oct - 20 Nov 1999).
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