It is absolutely shocking and unbelievable to read the words of Fr. Nigel referring to the report in Mumbai Mirror. This only shows the desperation on the part of the hierarchy and loss of words to handle an issue which has stirred the faithful near and far to come to a decision to stage a fast unto death. These words exhibit lack of maturity and interpret silence of the vast majority of the laity – ‘sleeping giant’ as holding high regard of the Cardinal. This has nothing to do with regard; this has nothing to do with numbers. Citing creation of various institutions built on church land does not give a license to mismanage and paralysis of accountability. Also stating that some protestors are staying in housing societies built on church land, smacks of arrogance which should have no place in such a volatile situation.
I have heard words from a bishop saying that he will stand up for that one person who stands up for truth in the midst of many. Then when the truth stares in the face which puts a priest on the mat, then the statement changes to how many are you there? This is the double speak.
I truly salute the priests who have openly come out and shown support to the protest. May their tribe increase.
I don’t think this strategy to appeal to the majority to voice support for the Cardinal will work, and in any case, can the facts change with numbers. Today we are at crossroads; we need to ask ourselves in the light of the issues we are facing:
Where is the church in Mumbai headed?
How long can the laity remain passive?
When will we display true discipleship and imitate Christ?
For how long should we remain silent and digest corruption?
How long should we face bullying from the hierarchy?
How long should we remain impotent when the bogey of hostile government waiting to devour the Catholic Church is thrown at us by the hierarchy?
How long will we wait for the reply which never comes?
When will dialogue end and action seen? ( if at all there is a dialogue).
Brethren, what we are reading and will be witnessing is the frustration of being taken for a ride for too long by the hierarchy; when one feels demeaned and taken for granted; when one feels let down and humiliated; when one feels cheated and abused; when one finds no justice; when one sees how the laity has been fooled with those seminars, study papers etc; when one witnesses church has become business; when one sees Christianity without Christ.
Those who have gone through this dark journey of getting issues addressed, waiting for promises and assurances that have never come, will feel the pain and empathize with the members of the Body of Christ who are working on their salvation and for the church with fear and trembling.
For God’s sake ENOUGH!
Onward march Christ’s soldiers!