Friday, December 19, 2008


This English Bishop is wrong. Here's a list of the things Bishop Conry says in an interview:

1. The Church's teaching on birth control "could be wrong" and is not infallible. Asked if Humanae Vitae was a mistake, he says: "I don't know."

2. "You can't talk to young people about salvation," says the bishop, because that concept means nothing to them. Instead, talk in their language - for example, about saving the planet.

3. Asked if frequent confession is a a good idea, he replies: "No, because my own experience when we had Confession every day at St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham was that regular penitents came back with exactly the same words week after week. So there you would say, actually, there is no conversion taking place."

4. He insists that Summorum Pontificum is not intended to provide ordinary Sunday Tridentine Masses. He paraphrases the Pope as saying: "Have it [the traditional Mass] but not as part of your standard Sunday repertoire."

Wrong on all accounts.

1 - The Church is completely right in this regard.

2 - Wrong. Young people want to hear about salvation more than anything else. One example.

3 - Frequent confession leads to conversion, not staying away from confession and remaining in sin.

4 - That isn't what the document says.

Not good, not at all.


Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

When a bishop is wrong about so many things in such a short span of time, it defies the odds of chance. It stretches charity to the breaking to presume that these are mere errors.

It becomes difficult to avoid the conclusion that such statements are the sound of willful dissent.

As you say, "not good, not at all."

Keep up the great work!

tour86rocker said...

The next Catholic Archbishop of Westminster should be chosen soon...let's pray for a miracle: a very-little known orthodox English Catholic priest or an out-of-country bishop. Perhaps Nigerian?

In any event, this is the sort of thing that I wish would be decisively admonished when it happens. Sometimes ordinary folks think orthodox Catholics follow some kind of fairy-tale, made-up religion because so few people follow Catholicism as it has been handed down by the apostles. It doesn't help when even bishops are branding their own kind of divergent Catholic teachings...

On the other hand, before Cardinal Martini's book and this guys interview, I haven't really noticed bishops making errors so publicly. I have to hand it to the journalist who coaxed this out of him.