+ Conry casts aside recorded history to give his distorted take on things.
Elsewhere we have Bishops shutting churches in a style more akin to Chairman Mao than to a Prince of the Church.
For years they (their lordships) have trundled out tired and weary nuances that have weakened the faith of many and led them down the path of relativism.
Yet we, the poor old sheep in the pen, put up with it all ad infinitum.
If George Orwell was alive and writing Animal Farm today he would not be focusing on Communism but on the Catholic Church.
Just think, for one minute, of the track record of the Bishops over the past forty or fifty years.
Catholic Schools are a disgrace, abortion on demand goes unheeded, marriages and baptisms have nose dived, adoption by homosexuals accepted, foreign priests drafted to prop up parishes in a lazy attempt to maintain the status quo and the seminaries sniff out any candidates that might have a touch of sanctity about them.
In fact, the old Noel Coward joke could be adapted along the lines of:
Bishop interviewing prospective seminarian: "Tell me, are you a homosexual?"
Prospective seminarian: "I'm sorry My Lord, I didn't realise it was an entry requirement"
In a business world, the Bishops would have received an appraisal interview 12 months into the job.
The object would be to identify weaknesses or flaws in performance and give firm guidance and objectives with the aim of helping the Bishop to become more proficient.
This is not be a spiritual exercise, it concerns management and administration matters.
How to plan effectively, how to overcome issues such as the lack of vocations, how to motivate your priests and how to inspire your flock by your words and deeds.
And then, at the end of year two and on the occasion of the second appraisal interview, if objectives had not been achieved, the Bishop should be told to go, and quickly.
That goes part of the way to ensuring a vibrant and strong Church.
The other part is, of course, the spiritual element.
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