The National Catholic Reporter published this article on the Diocese of Jefferson City LGBT/transgender process, an article which no one from either side seems to like except Sr. Elizabeth Youngs. She is only unhappy that parents and lay Catholics found out about it: “Among the worriers are several blogs and websites, which Superintendent of Catholic Schools Sr. Elizabeth Youngs, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, says started posting a “hijacked” copy of the document, which was meant as internal guidance for pastors and principals only.” And they would have gotten away with it too if Scooby Doo and his friends hadn’t uncovered their plot. Ruh Roh Shaggy, when the Diocese has it’s annual capital campaign this fall you would be excused for thinking the were selling you shares in the South Sea Trading Company, ““For carrying-on an undertaking of great advantage but no-one to know what it is!!” Hijacking is stealing airplanes or ships and making them take a different course, which means that she is implying that information was stolen from her and that it is stealing to inform people of what the Chancery says and does. Dialogue is theft if it contains meaning they wish to conceal. Good is bad and bad is good you know. These people are so arrogant and clerical that they really think they have unlimited authority over your children, that the clergy is the Church, and that it belongs to them to do with as they wish. Folks, the Church is the body of Christ, all baptized believers, and these people exceed the authority delegated to them by the Jesus they claim to serve because Church moral law applies to them as much as anyone else.
Dear Sister Elizabeth, please have the courtesy to inform parents before upending 2000 years of Catholic morality in education, please dialogue with parents. “Those at the chancery claim that in the spirit of Pope Francis they are enlisting a spirit of dialogue and accompaniment,” Presberg said. “Well, there was no dialogue for the parents who have kids in the school already; and a lot of them feel extremely unaccompanied.”
In the spirit of the great South Sea Bubble we wish to point out, again, this recycled bit of very bad math: “Hundreds of opponents attend monthly vigils near the cathedral, and the diocese has received dozens of concerned letters and phone calls.” So you are telling us that hundreds of people drive from all over the Diocese to attend a rosary vigil and yet only dozens have written or called?
The math of Church attendance is even more, well, bad. It’s powerful weak. But wait, they simply wish to evangelize at all costs! At the cost of annihilation. Fr. Joe Corel Weighs in: “However, Corel said, “It would almost be inconsistent to say you cannot enroll these children no matter what. If the purpose and nature of a Catholic school is to evangelize and reach out, then our stance when we visit with someone is ‘How do we bring you in?'” Besides the very questionable idea of letting the clergy in this Diocese make decisions about homosexuality and children, Fr. Joe Corel and Bishop Gaydos haven’t brought anyone IN but they’ve helped a lot of people come OUT. They have overseen the Diocese as nearly 60% of the Catholic population left the Church along with almost the entirety of the cohort under age 30. If you are older than 30 look around at the empty pews and recall how many people attended mass in rural parishes up into the 1980’s. Do you remember standing room only Masses at urban parishes up until around 2002? If senior citizens now outnumber children in your parish then the decline will accelerate. Two things you will rarely see at Mass in this Diocese are teenagers and anyone in their 20’s. That’s not a natural human population, it’s rather the opposite of the normal population pyramid. Young people apparently find this Diocesan Church and the clercy unattractive. They might try to argue that the decline is the result of the decline of the rural population in the last few decades but this cannot be the cause. Examine the urban parishes in the two largest cities in the Diocese, Columbia and Jefferson City. Keep in mind that this isn’t the rural South, there was a dominant Catholic population in Cole and Osage counties and a strong Catholic population throughout the Diocese, look at the Census map. One of the bright red Catholic counties in the middle of the state is Cole County, home to Jefferson City and the Cathedral. The Population of Columbia grew from 36,650 in 1960 to 120,612 currently. Jefferson City grew from 28,228 in 1960 to 43,013 currently. Columbia tripled in size and Jefferson City grew by 50% (Boone County grew 220% while Cole County, home to Jefferson City, grew by 88%, Columbia annexed more land than the City of Jefferson which makes Columbia appear to grow much faster comparatively.) Yet currently there are the same number of parishes as there were in 1960. A healthy Church would have at least 50% more parishes and maybe even double the number. Instead Mass attendance since the 90’s is down 40-50% and two Jefferson City parishes recently reduced the number of Sunday Mass times. In one sense only are they evangelizing people to new parishes: they are growing “parishes” with names like Concord Baptist Church and The Crossing. They’ve grown large partly by absorbing fallen away Catholics. If you interview those people you will often find devout people who were scandalized by abuse, ignored, or who were thirsty for truth even if it was only part of the truth. Watching the obstinacy and intrigue of the Chancery should give a reader of this blog some empathy for those believers. A word to those churches though, we have very few faithful for you to poach anymore, you are on your own in this anti-Christian culture. Good luck to you all and to the leaders of the Diocese.
Now, knowing all of that, you can begin to understand what a betrayal it is for Bishop Gaydos, John DeLaPorte, Fr. Joe Corel, Sister Elizabeth, and Sister Julie to stand on their failure and open the Church and Catholic Schools up to a process that has been a disaster for other churches. Membership at mainline Protestant Churches has declined precipitously, see here, and here. These are Churches that ordain openly gay ministers and embrace the physical acts that have come to define the Gay lifestyle. Wherever you stand on the debate about the sinfulness of those acts the indisputable fact is that most people don’t commit those acts and most Christians aren’t interested in attending a Church that considers them good. A Christian Church that embraces homosexual acts is like a mirage in the desert, once one reaches it it ceases to exist. It’s sterility self erases. At the head of this Process stands Bishop John Gaydos, what does he think about the annihilation of the Catholic Church?