Your Excellency, [April 28, 2018]
In a little over a month you will all gather in Ft. Lauderdale. I think your priorities as shepherds are very poor in these meetings. I watch your meetings and many of them sound like “deck chair placement on the Titanic.“ You place barriers against the faithful using electronic mail, so I am sending this by USPS in hopes that you actually read it. June 2nd is my 82nd birthday, as you meet and my time is probably short. I have lived a wonderful Catholic life, but our Church has been weakened.
I was well formed in my faith and still believe strongly that the morality based in the commandments and Jesus words, as taught by our Church, must form my conscience for it to be a reliable guide. Most Catholics seem to ignore the need to have authoritative teaching in forming their conscience. The onslaught of literal and insinuated morality by the electronic media is overwhelming compared to the silence from most parish masses about issues which are literally killing off large numbers of the flock.
St. John Paul II spoke about shepherds: “The Good Shepherd, according to Christ’s words, is just he who, “seeing the wolf come”, does not flee, but is ready to risk his own life, struggling with the beast of prey so that none of the sheep will be lost. If he were not ready to do so, he would not be worthy of the name of Good Shepherd. He would he a hireling, but not a shepherd. “
When was the last time your pastors protected by warning the flock about deadly sins?
When was the last time you protected the flock to treat sexual immorality as sin?
When was the last time homosexual practice even mentioned? Or pornography?
Do you think children know nothing about sexual deviation and gay coupling? It is all around them! They know a lot more than you may think!
When was the last time we heard a sermon on the common demonic addictions of our day? When was the morality of suicide ever mentioned?
How about blatantly evil videos presented attractively on smart phones for every age?
Is not texting used to practice and promote sin? Are not children targets for the evil one?
How about parental responsibility to monitor unrestricted child and family media and cell phones?
Who pays attention to the spending done by youth in their family? What do they buy?
Is Satan restricted from access to both adults and children? Is not sinful life being presented in public schools?
Are the 10 commandments still in effect? Maybe each of them deserve a Sunday homily once a year! Are you really leading the diocese and caring for the flock if you do not direct parish homily content as needed to protect the flock?
The Church sometimes acts as if some of these issues have nothing to do with God. Is He neutral to them? Are not these evils far more prevalent than guns? Are not far more lives lost to them? We hear about God’s love every Sunday. Aren’t the commandments also an expression of God’s love?
The world tells you clearly and threateningly that you will be condemned and lose members if you start warning and teaching morality; it threatens you will lose our tax exemption. Threats seems to stiffle your acting as shepherds to battle the enemy! Are you ready to suffer the persecution that will follow! I see very little persecution today in the Western church as a result of protecting the flock. Is anyone protesting outside your chancery? Instead, large numbers of the flock are wandering away from your pastures. and we say: “how sad.”
This letter may be worthless to you, but I firmly believe God is trying to restore some balance to your responsibilities and I ask you to pray upon it. Mike & Nancy Donnelly, 2 Locust Hill Blv, Hamilton,NJ 08691 firstname.lastname@example.org