John Allen’s Taliban Catholics are Bishop Bill’s Temple Police. Rome investigates a bishop. They listen to complainers, but they don’t consult the man’s closest colleagues. Fr Jamie Collins, parish priest, reported on his parish’s dismay:
They are devastated by the news because Bishop Bill had a wonderful rapport with the smaller communities in the diocese.
A lot of people feel hurt and devastated by what’s happened, especially as he has always been so open and transparent in his own leadership.
I think their faith will be affected in some way, but I think like Bill, they’re not angry but sad. It has caused them to question their faith in Church leadership.
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d have to concede a lot of this administrative mismanagement looks like intentional self-sabotage. Taking a grenade launcher to one’s own foot–that sort of competence.
As for Toowoomba Catholics and their view of Church leadership? Ask ’em about Catholics and a few of their big-city cardinals.
As for the Fitful Fifteen, they should feel very affirmed. They’re able to groom and manipulate the higher levels of Church authority like a pedophile. Any doubt as to who’s running the Church these days?