Filipino bishops: We will strip Catholic status if schools defy Church teaching

Catholic schools that fail to uphold Church teaching may be stripped of their affiliation with the Church, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) warned last week.  “If we are a Catholic school, we should not teach anything contrary to the official teaching of the Church,” Archbishop Jose Palma, the CBCP’s president, told CBCPNews, the conference’s official news service….(Source)

See?  The Filipino bishops know the score and are playing hardball.  We did not get that here in Ontario when the bishops caved on Catholic education in favour of the Gay clubs.  I’m not sure just exactly how long we can go on by passing the buck, but it can’t be that long.  The good news, of course, for any of us who really care about the Catholic faith, at least we’ll have a clean slate to build on.  It won’t be built on pseudo Catholicism.

Off to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament in a little while.   I’m more and more resigned to the collapse of the culture and CanChurch and am more and more unwilling to put up much effort to stop its demise.  Instead, I think it’s time to think outside of the box. So far, we’ve been busy trying to salvage what was once part of our culture and Church.  I don’t think that’s really the ticket out of this.  In fact, there is something to letting the existing edifices collapse, and let the full weight of it come down on the architects who built it and the “religious” cowards who propped it up.

One thought on “Filipino bishops: We will strip Catholic status if schools defy Church teaching

  1. I’m re-posting this comment from an article on “Dialogue” a little down the page. Perhaps it’s equally a propos here:
    The problem with dialogue is that most people don’t know what dialogue is. It is not simply “keeping the conversation going.” This is a favourite phrase of the Ontario Catholic educational community, especially the trustees and the Institute for Catholic education: keep the conversation going among all the “partners”, secular and in the Catholic community, and we’ll survive and even thrive. Not really.
    Suzanne’s point is important. Dialogue presupposes standing consciously in one’s identity and faithfulness to that identity, which includes long held, time-tested beliefs and Tradition. When true dialogue of this kind takes place, people will respectfully agree to disagree, and sometimes resentment results – as Suzanne noted. That’s okay. There are too many Catholics in positions of responsibility in Church-related organizations (e.g., Catholic education, even diocesan funded organizations), who are smugly convinced they know better than 2000 years of time-tested Tradition. The tragedy is that they’re engaging in what they think is dialogue (but isn’t) and selling the rest of us out in a slow, insidious progression of concessions. Well, this is bigger than all of us. It’s right to bring it to light, but ultimately, God never loses, Christ triumphs, and the Holy Spirit continues to be the Spirit of Truth, bringing fruition to what has been divinely authored, in mysterious unforseen ways. These are our times, and John, you are right to turn to prayer as your consolation while engaging in this ministry against such forces that prey on ignorance and pride. We need to speak the truth, but to be detached from the outcome, which rests in God’s hands. This is the way of the Saints.

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