Collegiality Vs. Cronyism

Collegiality is the relationship between colleagues.  Colleagues are those explicitly united in a common purpose and respecting each other’s abilities to work toward that purpose. A colleague is an associate in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office.  When the common purpose becomes the advancement of the leader’s individual goals at the expense of the organization’s then a more descriptive word would be cronyism.

After letter writing, phone calls, pilgrimages, and a rosary rally there is still silence from the hierarchy about Bishop’s Gaydos’ Process.  If you contact Archbishop Carlson or Papal Nuncio Cardinal Christophe Pierre will just refer you back to Bishop Gaydos.  Pope Francis is 5,000 miles away and only hears about such things if his own Nuncio or Bishops inform him, unless a huge public scandal should erupt, this issue apparently no longer being a huge public scandal in America.  The Bishops depend on each other for promotion and are loath to interfere with their Brother Bishops even in severe cases of abuse.  This is apparently not what Jesus and his Church intended though.  On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation we recall that The Council of Trent issued the Decree Concerning Reformation and in Chapter 18 it instructs Bishops to establish seminary colleges to instruct new priests.   To show they were serious the council Fathers included this section in Chapter 18: “But if the prelates of cathedral and other greater churches should be negligent in erecting the said seminary, and in preserving the same, and should refuse to pay their share; it will be the duty of the archbishop sharply to rebuke the bishop, and to compel him to comply with all the matters aforesaid, and of the provincial synod [to rebuke and compel in like manner] the archbishop, and earnestly to take care that this holy and pious work be, wherever it is possible, as soon as possible proceeded with.”  This is rather like a proposed solution for cronyism:  cronyism is self-perpetuating; cronyism then begets a culture of cronyism. This can only be apprehended by a comprehensive, effective, and enforced legal code, with empowered government agencies which can effect prosecutions in the courts.

The concept of proper governance exists in the Church but like many things it has simply been ignored.  Nevertheless, should a public scandal erupt, Archbishop Carlson and Cardinal Christophe Pierre have been contacted beforehand about their duty to govern the Church and to at least to inform the United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops.  500 years ago it took a very severe division of Christendom to rouse the Bishops to action, this time corruption and indifference seems to be leading to a general collapse in Church attendance of any kind with no catalyst for reform on the horizon.

Catholic Missourian Editor Jay Nies on Bishop Gaydos’ refusal to dialogue, (He doesn’t hear you)

This video comes from an Church Militant news report and article about a rosary rally held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Jefferson City, MO on Saturday October 7th.  The occasion was the holy Mass at the end of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Missouri Catholic Conference.  Bishop Gaydos, Archbishop Carlson, and Papal Nuncio Cardinal Christophe Pierre presided at the Mass.  The placards indicate that the rosary was held to stop the process of slipping the LGBT/Transgender agenda into Diocesan Catholic Schools.  Keep in mind that Bishop Gaydos’ 17 page document includes in the title the words “A Pastoral Process of Accompaniment and Dialogue”  The Chancery has been open about not wanting parents to know about the process.  In this video the priests process out with the Bishops behind them but when the Bishops see people praying the rosary they don’t dialogue, rather they retreat into the Cathedral.  The man with his back to the camera is Catholic Missourian Editor Jay Nies, he’s apparently waiting to snap a picture of the Bishops.  When they don’t come out Jay turns and angrily tells those praying the rosary “He doesn’t hear you.”  Now if he means that God doesn’t hear the prayers he’s confused because his God is omnipotent and hears everyone.  If he means that Bishop Gaydos doesn’t hear them then he is telling the truth because Bishop Gaydos won’t listen, he refuses to dialogue with anyone who disagrees with him and refuses to listen to parents.  Jay Nies is in charge of making sure that none of this is ever reported in The Catholic Missourian.  It’s a little creepy how uncomfortable this rosary rally made him.  If anyone at the Chancery has any other career ending comments to make please report to the front desk.

This fall Bishop Gaydos, Jay Nies, and the Chancery staff who wrote the 17 page document are asking for $2,000,000 in donations from parents and parishioners of every parish in a campaign they call the “Catholic Stewardship Appeal.”  They’ve got quite an attitude for a group who lives off the charity of others.  If you think this is the proper way to treat your donors and you also support their agenda then by all means give them some money.  Maybe, though, you can think of some less privileged people who truly need your help.  Those people might hear you when you speak.