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 team’ (ACTA wallows in the language of management consultancy) comprises:
Jean Riordan – Chair Gerry Hughes SJ – Vice-Chair Kathy Bamber – Secretary Richard Brooke – Treasurer Camilla Gilmore – Social media Claire Ball – Membership Terry Duffy – Conference John McLorinan – NDC Brian Pointer – NDC Derek Reeve – Founder John Wilkins – Media
The website forum seems an obvious focus for the dialogue that ACTA champions and demands. From the homepage it is not obvious that the site has a forum: not very conducive to dialogue. In order to join the discussion one needs to register – rather less open than PtP for example.
So, to what extent do members of the ‘leadership team’ engage in dialogue via the ACTA forum? Here are the answers including number of posts:
Jean Riordan – 3 Gerry Hughes SJ – 0 Kathy Bamber – 0 Richard Brooke – 14 Camilla Gilmore – 12 Claire Ball – not identified on forum Terry Duffy – 6 John McLorinan – 0 [over 15 months since last visit to the site] Brian Pointer – 0 Derek Reeve – 0 John Wilkins – not identified on forum
Only four of the eleven-member ‘leadership team’ have contributed to the forum discussion, and that amounting to just 35 posts out of the total 556 posts on the forum.
While the ‘leadership team’ is evidently shy of the forum, the ‘members’ are barely more enthusiastic. In fact, there are more contributions expressing orthodox viewpoints than supporting ACTA’s agenda.
On the basis of evidence from ACTA’s own website it is patently obvious that the ‘leadership team’ and ordinary ‘members’ have very little interest in dialogue with anyone else.
ACTA is not about dialogue: it is building an alternative hierarchy and awaiting an opportune moment to stage a putsch and pursue its agenda. Its public proclamation that it seeks only dialogue is a lie – and its leaders are disingenuous and frightened of debate.”
M Donnelly: Thank you Bob