Belleville’s 60%???

March 18, 2008

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Much hay is being made in the blogosphere about the 60% of priests in Belleville calling on Bishop Braxton to resign. But is this accurate?

To get to the “60%” statistic being bandied about in the press and blogosphere, most are demonstrating that a lot of arbitrary and self-serving qualifications need to be used to achieve it.

To get to the “60%” mark one has to selectively excise a significant group of priests with faculties in the diocese by not counting those who were in orders and not diocesan, those who are on loan, those who are retired and have different capacities of activity.

At the end of the day, you come to 45 signatories actually located in the diocese (one is outside as a military chaplain) out of somewhere between 106-110 with faculties… and only 37 of those signatories not retired.

Interestingly, over at SOIL, a reader offers:

There are 38 active priests in the Diocese ordained 25 years or less.These are the “John Paul II” priests — attracted to the priesthood by the late Pope’s person, teaching, example. They are the bishops, chancellors, vicars general — and good parish priests — in the years to come.Of these 38 JPII priests, only 5 signed the infamous letter! That’s only 13%…This opposition to the Bishop is generational. Those trained/ordained in the 1960’s and 1970’s — who are now in their own ’60’s and 70’s — are the dissenters.

So of the Belleville 45, 40 of them were ordained in the 60s and 70s and now seem to enjoy – like a good many priests from that cohort – popularity among Call To Action and similar crowds. Interesting and telling.

I am still looking to cross-reference the signatories of the letter of revolt to the signatories of the 2005 letter of protest over the +Braxton appointment.

I am betting dollars to donuts that the men protesting today will be found to largely be the same group that were protesting +Braxton before +Braxton even got there. I smell expedience…

And the math just doesn’t add up to 60%.

See also: Bishop Braxton Fire Them!
See also: +Braxton’s “Belleville 46” Identified – Look Familiar?
See also: Are You Kidding Me? SUPPORT BISHOP BRAXTON

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+Braxton’s “Belleville 46” Identified – Look Familiar?

March 17, 2008

Below is the list of the “Belleville 46” that constitute the majority of the “native born calling for resignation”… That is to say 46 = 60% of the priests with faculties in Belleville if and when you don’t count the 20ish priests who are on loan, and the 41 or so others who didn’t sign the letter of revolt.
fist.jpgSo now that we have this list, can anyone do a little research for me and see if we can find a list of the signatories of the 2005 Letter of Protest against +Braxton’s assignment? I for one would very much like to cross check the list of those who were protesting his assignment with those calling for his ouster.

If they aren’t substantially the same, I will buy intrepid PC reader Rob of Arizona a Heineken. (He will have to come here to get it though – it is not legal to mail it.)

H/T: Doctor E!

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Bishop Braxton Fire Them!

March 15, 2008
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Some 44+ priests of the Diocese of Belville have publicly signed and announced a letter calling for the resignation of their bishop. It is beyond sad, it is a disgrace.

This is some unsolicited advice, from a man of no importance to a bishop not his own in dealing with a matter he can’t be bothered to delve into:

Bishop Braxton give the priests who have signed a document demanding you step down one week to rescind, apologize and reaffirm their filial loyalty to you, their rightful and canonical superior. Failing that they do just that, suspend them.

There is no more to it than that – it is a shameful and embarrassing thing to see this sort of activism by the priests of a diocese against their bishop in this public fashion, and absolutely no good can come of it. Even if they were justified in their complaints against the Bishop (I personally don’t believe they are) this sort of clerical activism and attempt at an “episcopal recall” is beyond foolish and prideful – it is arrogant and destructive.

Irony of ironies, do they really believe that this sort of public insubordination is going to curry favor with Rome? Had they made their case privately through the appropriate channels, that would be one thing. This PR stunt?

Though honestly, I believe these dissidents are the same ones who publicly signed a letter protesting his appointment in 2005! They have been out to get him since day one! Before day one really!

So Bishop Braxton, again, give them a week to publicly recant, and then give them all marching papers. You need disloyal sons about as bad as a dog needs rabies, and only decisive action will send the message as to who is in charge.

If you need help locating replacements for them while getting your vocations program in gear, I can make some recomendations.

They can all be replaced. Fire them.

See also: +Braxton’s “Belleville 46” Identified – Look Familiar?
See also: Are You Kidding Me? SUPPORT BISHOP BRAXTON
See also: Belleville’s 60%???