Th Holy Spirit has been troubling me regarding events unfolding in 2009 at St. Mary’s in South Brisbane, Australia. I don’t mean to bore you, surfers, but clearly the Catholic Magisterium should be encouraged to rethink recent actions. I would point everybody to an article by ABC.net.au or one by the Australian News and bring you up to date on recent activities.
John Bathersby is the Bishop responsible for guiding the South Brisbane community and must ask for guidance from the same Holy Spirit who troubles me. If Bishop Bathersby understands the teachings of Pope John Paul II he will know that it is his responsibility to lead the St. Mary’s congregation. I would encourage the Bishop to be Christ to the St. Mary’s congregation.
The Church of God is called by Christ to manifest to a world ensnared by its sins and evil designs that, despite everything, God in his mercy can convert hearts to unity and enable them to enter into communion with him.
94. This service of unity, rooted in the action of divine mercy, is entrusted within the College of Bishops to one among those who have received from the Spirit the task, not of exercising power over the people—as the rulers of the Gentiles and their great men do (cf. Mt 20:25; Mk 10:42)—but of leading them towards peaceful pastures.
Bishop Bathersby was quoted as saying “To deny Jesus was (the) Son of God is to absolutely destroy the Christian faith,” This clearly shows the Bishop is on his heels, and is striking out instead of leading. To Bishop John Bathersby; I am praying for you.
The Catholic Church leadership also seems to have a seemingly hypocritical approach when dealing with groups identified as lacking full communion. In a decision by Pope Benedict to lift the excommunication from the Lefebvre Bishops he himself cited the following reasons.
“I have undertaken this act of paternal benevolence because those same bishops have repeatedly expressed to me their profound suffering at the situation in which they found themselves.
“I hope that this gesture of mine will be followed by a prompt commitment on their part to take the further steps necessary to achieve full communion with the Church, thus showing true faithfulness to, and true recognition of, the Magisterium and authority of the Pope and of Vatican Council II”.
Clearly Father Peter Kennedy has expressed his profound suffering in many interviews. He has been known to break down in tears during interviews because of this matter. If the Pope can can find it in his heart to offer paternal benevolence for a group deemed to be outside of the Churches orthodoxy, then Bishop Bathersby has two Popes guiding his path. One with the words of an encyclical, and one by his most recent actions.
Dear Bishop, do the Christian act and remove the pall of excommunication from Father Peter Kennedy. We are all one body in Christ.