POSTED BY BOB HAYES
“ACTA claims in the ‘mission statement’ on the homepage of its website, ‘we believe that an atmosphere of openness and dialogue both with each other and with our bishops needs developing’. [http://www.acalltoaction.org.uk/] Is this statement true or a bare-faced lie?
Well, let’s look at the ACTA website for evidence. The ‘leadership . . . → Read More: The reality of ACTA – in its own words and numbers
Alan and Angeline have written another post about their experience of dissent in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, seeking to ‘demonstrate some of the connections and persons involved in the institutionalized dissent in Liverpool and how these now link in to ACTA.’ ‘Amongst the important points made by the thoughtful comments of Louis is the line: ‘Dissent is firmly established in the diocese, yet it is not seen as dissent, but just another way – the correct way – of being Catholic. Sometimes it feels like there is a schism in all but name’. We also strongly agree with Louis when he says he is speaking out because Liverpool has reached a ‘critical point’. Our late friend Fr. Mike Williams served as a priest in the Archdiocese for 7 years. He told us that he had heard priests saying it was ‘not Catholic’ to pray the Rosary and referring to lay people who disagreed with the liberal agenda as ‘dissenters’. . . . → Read More: More eye-witness testimony on dissent in the Archdiocese of Liverpool
The following exchange between readers on Protect the Pope provides an insight into the tragic problem of dissent among some of the clergy in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The most shocking example of dissent is related by Louis who tells of a Catholic lay chaplain at an FE college (not Catholic), installed in the presence of one of the auxiliary bishops, who is for women’s ordination and pro-choice on abortion – and ‘proud of her compassion’.Louis writes .’The FE chaplain I talked about was not appointed by the diocese. The presence of the auxiliary bishop at her installation only gave credence to the woman as a Catholic in good standing. I completely fail to see how a Catholic can accompany a student to an abortion clinic, not once, but twice, and retell the events to a class of students as an example of compassionate Christian pastoral support. Her pathological hatred of Benedict XVI is quite evident.’ . . . → Read More: The problem of grave dissent among some of the clergy, chaplains and teachers in the Archdiocese of Liverpool
The Diocese of Clifton and the Diocese of Northampton have both given the A Call to Action dissent movement official status on diocesan websites. The Diocese of Clifton lists ACTA under ‘Services and Commissions’, and states that Bishop Lang attended the 26th November 2013 meeting as an observer, ‘thanked us for our views, and expressed the desire to be kept informed of our progress.’ The Diocese of Northamption lists ACTA under ‘Groups and societies actively represented in the Diocese. . . . → Read More: Dioceses of Clifton and Northampton give the ACTA dissent movement official status on diocesan websites
Bishop Colin Davies, the Emeritus Bishop of Ngong, Kenya, has written a letter to The Catholic Herald, accusing critics of A Call to Action of being unfair because, according to him, ACTA only wants to encourage ‘dialogue’. However, Bishop Davies’ repetition of ACTA’s PR spin since their Hinsley Hall meeting in 2012 doesn’t square with the facts. . . . → Read More: Bishop Colin Davies’ accusation that critics of A Call to Action are being unfair doesn’t square with the facts
Maurice Taylor, Bishop Emeritus of Galloway, has lent his weight to The Tablet and A Call to Action’s rebellion against the revised Roman Missal. The Tablet began its misguided campaign against the revised Roman Missal, one of A Call to Action’s founding objectives in January 2014. The Tablet reported that ACTA has written a letter on behalf of its 1,500 members calling on the bishops of England and Wales to drop the new translation of the Roman Missal with a news report and an editorial. The Tablet/ ACTA campaign isn’t only about their rejection of the new translation of the Roman Missal, its even more about their rejection of the legitimate authority of the Pope and the Holy See over the Catholic Church. Bishop Taylor ignores two important points in his letter to The Tablet. Firstly, many changes to liturgy were made in the post-conciliar period that are not contained in Sacrosanctum Concilium. Secondly, the Revised Roman Missal contains the Decree of Publication for Scotland from the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland signed by Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien as President of the Bishops Conference and Mgr Paul Conroy, as General Secretary, signifying its official approval by the isn’t only about their rejection of the new translation of the Roman Missal, its even more about their rejection of the legitimate authority of the Pope and the Holy See over the Catholic Church. This second point makes his argument seem altogether silly. . . . → Read More: Scottish bishop joins Tablet/A Call to Action rebellion against the revised Roman Missal
A Call to Action have escalated their campaign to get the bishops to drop the revised translation of the Roman Missal by starting a letter writing campaign among parishioners to ask Archbishop Longley to revert to the old version of the Roman Missal. The Parish Newsletter of St Peter’s Parish, Bromsgrove. The failure of the Bishops of England and Wales to deal with the dissent of ACTA and the co-operation of some dioceses in assisting ACTA has resulted in this first phase of them fomenting rebellion in the Church. If the bishops continue to fail to acknowledge that ACTA is a dissent group that seeks to challenge the doctrines and discipline of the Catholic Church, this problem will only get deeper and more widespread. . . . → Read More: ACTA starts letter writing campaign among parishioners to ask Archbishop Longley to drop the Revised Roman Missal
Protect the Pope would like to thank Bishop McMahon of Brentwood diocese for affirming the authority of the revised Roman Missal in response to Fr Butler’s attempt to incite rebellion among his priests. Fr Michael J. Butler, the chairman of Brentwood’s diocesan commission for liturgy, had sent his letter in The Tablet to every priest in the diocese telling them it’s legitimate for priests to ditch the new translation, and use the previous missal. Three weeks ago The Tablet published A Call to Action’s request to the Bishops’ Conference that they drop the Revised Roman Missal and resort to the older version that has been superseded and is now illegal. Fr Butler jumped on the bandwagon of ACTA’s campaign and attempted to instigate a rebellion in Brentwood. No doubt this is just the first of many headaches that ACTA is going to cause the bishops of England and Wales. Thank you Bishop McMahon for defending the communion of the Church expressed and enabled through the liturgy. . . . → Read More: Thank you Bishop T McMahon for affirming the authority of the revised Roman Missal against Fr Butler’s rebellion
Why has ACTA High Command buried Dr Woodman’s post from its website? Did they realise that by publicly supporting Fr Radcliffe that they were showing their dissenting hand thereby undermining their PR policy of saying they only want to encourage dialogue? Dr Woodman’s post rather gave the game away, ‘ Although he is liberal on such matters [gay issues]….’ Or is it that ACTA doesn’t want to be publicly associated with Fr Radcliffe in light of his submission to the Pilling Report? . . . → Read More: Why has ACTA buried Dr Woodman’s appeal for support of Fr Radcliffe at Dublin’s Divine Mercy Conference?
In a number of recent addresses Pope Francis has insisted on the importance of faithfulness to the doctrines of the Church, dashing the hopes of dissenters that they will succeed in changing fundamental truths of the Catholic Faith. Pope Francis’ description of the correct attitude of the faithful towards the doctrines of the Faith is completely opposite to the attitude of dissenters such as members of ACTA, Queering the Church, Quest and the Farm St Masses LGBT Group. They all seek to become masters of the Gospel, masters of the doctrine they have received, to use it as they please.’ In their arrogance and will to power these dissenters makes themselves the judges of God’s Word safeguarded by doctrine rather than allowing God’s divine teaching to judge their lives. This is the tragic absurdity of the position of all dissenters. In these three addresses Pope Francis has made it clear that he is not on sympathy with the agenda of dissent that is being promoted in his name by Catholics who are seriously misrepresenting him. . . . → Read More: Pope Francis dashes the hopes of dissenters by insisting on the importance of faithfulness to the doctrines of the Church