Is Anonymous Protest Helpful?

PrayTell posts from an anonymous priest preaching morality to the non-anonymous 99%.

I’ve already made my strong distaste for this type of anonymity made known there. It was pointed out that speaking out has its cost. Frankly, I don’t need clergy coaching me on ecclesiastical politics and the cost of discipleship.

Fr Jim Blue, defender of Father Anonymous:

In a world where serious input is requested and welcomed by ecclesiastical authorities that would work, Todd, but the sad truth is that no cleric can speak the truth about the VC2010 without sacrificing his career. That goes for clerics at all levels.

So instead we get this piece of wishy-washy preaching:

Perhaps it would be more honest just not to show up, and to pray at home or elsewhere—but perhaps too it’s important that we not overreact to the moral failures of our hierarchy by letting these failures provoke us into absenting ourselves from the Church of our baptism. Such integrity from the ordinary members of the Church amid authority’s failures has noble precedent.

I think I get it. This priest is happy to preserve his path to glory, or at least in keeping stocked in whisky and cigars and in-house plumbing. But it’s fine to muse about advising people to skip Mass. Or maybe not: he can’t decide. Maybe this is just a typing exercise, and it has nothing to do with morality at all.

So as to my question in the title above: I vote two thumbs down. This sort of pontificating is even worse than the MoroneyMissal, which, as many agree, is horrific enough.

Taking a stand, a public stand, in the face of opposition is indeed dangerous, unnerving, and challenging. But a believer, not to mention a priest, is called by God, by nature of baptism, to imitate the Master. If an issue is important enough to merit an internet sermon on morality, then by God, the person taking the Church to task should step out from behind the computer, the curtain of anonymity, and do what is needed. And do it publicly. And if it’s not important enough to imitate the Lord and demonstrate the Paschal Mystery, I don’t think the message is worth hearing.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to Is Anonymous Protest Helpful?

  1. Jimmy Mac says:

    “In a world where serious input is requested and welcomed by ecclesiastical authorities that would work, Todd, but the sad truth is that no cleric can speak the truth about the VC2010 without sacrificing his career. That goes for clerics at all levels.”

    Ah, yes, the Clerical Career:

    Would you be free from the pesky need to lead?
    There’s power in control, power in control;
    Would you o’er pastoring a victory succeed?
    There’s wonderful power in control.

    Refrain

    There is power, power, self-serving power
    In control of the lambs;

    There is power, power, self-serving power
    In total control of the lambs.

    Would you enjoy your passion and pride?
    There’s power in control, power in control;
    All those pretty gowns that come with the ride;
    There’s wonderful power in control.

    Refrain

    Would you be attired in raiment all aglow?
    There’s power in control, power in control;
    Guilt stains are ignored no matter where you go.
    There’s wonderful power in control.

    Refrain

    Would you avoid service to the flock that you lead?
    There’s power in control, power in control;
    Would you have them daily your praises to sing?
    There’s wonderful power in control.

    As Tim Unsworth once put it:

    “Bishops (any clerics) break out in shingles in the face of ambiguity; laity live with it each day in their homes, jobs and social life.”

  2. Todd, you know how I come down.
    How did our savior come down on “recognition?”
    “Who do you say I AM?”

    You da Mensch.

  3. crystal says:

    I aree about with you about Father Anonymous.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Todd :)

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