One of my heated responses during a 'Caritas' and that 'bloody' book discussion - included a photo of cardinal Kung as I felt it appropriate to remember such a man in these times.
I concur wholeheartedly Damian, that the conference of Bishops is a reprehensible travesty [the permission given for the use of 'catholic christianity' in our schoolrooms is scandalous!] - I had a 'polite' barney over a dining table with his Eminence while I was a lowly seminarian and he was bishop of Arundel and Brighton regarding his oecumenical activities [shared tabernacles etc] so am fully aware of what we face .
But my old deceased Bishop Francis Thomas stood up against Peter Stanford with no support from anyone [it ultimately ended up with the futile measure of his cancelling his subscription to the CH- but that was due to fellow episcopal acedia]
I remember the highly orthodox old bishop Gray of Shrewsbury, ignored and ridiculed by fellow bishops and the clerics in his diocese [nicknamed Charlie Laughton or Boss Hogg] and now Northampton has Peter Doyle as Bishop and he's a devout, orthodox "good 'un" in a sea of reprobates....
But how is a bishop supposed to act when clerics and professional laity are hostile , antagonistic and work to their own agenda with the ostensible full support of the conference?
Can a bishop remove heterodox catechetical material from the classroom ?
Cancel anti-catholic RCIA programmes ?
Censure religious retreat centres which are half Buddhist/half Timothy Leary ?
My children have had no catholic instruction since the age of 11 yet vatican two commands every child to be instructed till 16 - and the instruction they did get was celebrating seder meals and Diwali and doing paintings of the Islamic Qa'aba!!! Interspersed with neo-protestant dumbing down of the gospels [every year they painted Zacchaeus up that bloody tree!] - Yet we are purported to have a fully active [and expensive] youth ministry in our diocese - my kids have never seen them !
Bishops are being systematically 'cuckolded' in their dioceses by 'professional' clerics who belong to the infernal 'Inner ring' in this country - the old-boy/girl network which is highly anti-clerical and anti-catholic.I remember being dumbstruck when Pat Jones announced to us that it would be wrong for us to mention the Holy Spirit in confirmation-preparation classes; when 'liturgy expert' mgr 'KM' banned the singing of any communion hymn that referred to the real presence - all had to be meaningless gathering songs.
When a seminary rector turned to a bishop and an american monsignor and declared 'we don't do latin !'
Systematic Theology lecturers who declare there was no bodily resurrection; Moral theology lecturers saying abortion was the responsible good if a mother already had a young child to care for, and that dropping bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a 'good in itself'!! - and the Bishops are impotent to prevent this.
Admittedly we have a 'bad lot' who conspire in this heinous misrepresentation of our faith; but we have a 'few good men' abandoned in their episcopacy, receiving naught but antipathy from the conference of bishops; but the same must be said for our priests ! Just look at our collarless inept bunch running the conference of priests - cumulative IQ of rubber plants who couldn't run a bath; let alone a support/pedagogical training system for our clergy.Some of our bishops we have to fight for, not fight against.