POSTED BY Bob Hayes
“Aspects of the agenda for ACTA’s ‘National Leadership Team’ meeting on 30 March give the clearest indication yet that the organisation seeks to break-up the Universal Church into autonomous national ‘churches’, establish an alternative ‘magisterium’ and usurp the authority of the successors to the Apostles.
The full text from the website – my comments in [bold]
‘Leadership Team meeting 30th March 2014
Members might be interested to know some agenda items –
How we can support other reform-minded groups who work for the fulfilment of the promise of the Second Vatican Council. To affiliate or not? There are pros and cons: some aspects of ACTA are unique among reform groups – our diocesan-based structure, our determination to be democratic in our functioning……
· The translation of the Mass – this is not an issue that we will abandon. How to spread the Leeds ACTA document further and campaign effectively for the 1998 ICEL translation.
· Real dismay at our Bishops’ Conference keeping secret the analysis of our answers to the Synod Questionnaire on the Family. Sadness at the Westminster “reflection” on the answers. What advice can we offer members?
· A Synod of the Laity for England and Wales – how could we help promote and plan a bottom-up structure, democratically representative of local groups of the People of God, reflecting a true sensus fidelium? Our diocesan/geographically based groups would be an ideal starting point.
[This is an explicit call to usurp the authority of Diocesan Bishops and establish an alternative hierarchy. The reference to a 'true sensus fidelium' is an implicit demand for an alternative 'national magisterium' for England and Wales.]
· Theological developments in ACTA’s model for local groups, based on Karl Rahner “The Shape of the Church to Come”.
[Another aspect of developing a local 'magisterium'.]
· What contribution can ACTA make in the debate about admission to Communion of Catholics in “irregular” marriages?
The tip of the ice-berg! Membership!
In among an avalanche of ACTA e-mails, I found a message from a long-standing ACTA member which he was circulating in his ACTA Google Group. Out of the 21 people he was communicating with, only 2 are actually registered centrally as ACTA members. Those other 19 are all very interested people, already involved in ACTA dialogues- but not on our central lists at all.
If that number were scaled up around the country – if for every 2 registered members of ACTA, there are 19 other people who might be inclined to join us or maybe even feel they have already joined us – and if we all worked hard to get our membership numbers up and carefully recorded – we could have over 15,000 members. [*****] Then undoubtedly our Bishops’ Conference would be able – and willing – to put ACTA to the use for which it was founded, being a dynamic voice for the laity, religious and clerical People of God. [*****]
[An explicit call - and an assumption that the Bishops will acquiesce - for ACTA to become an alternative hierarchy in England and Wales.]
So let’s all get recruiting, sort out our contacts and tell our national Membership Secretary, Claire Ball at …. about as many new supporters as possible. Please could all Coordinators check whether the Leadership Team is up-to-date with your local numbers?
Many thanks to everyone for all the hard work.
God bless and love from Jean [Riordan], Gerry [Hughes] and Kathy [Bamber], on behalf of all the Leadership Team of the NDC.’
ACTA is determined to present a ‘mainstream’ image: the latest example is a forthcoming ‘Study Day’ scheduled to take place at Manchester’s largest Catholic Church: The Holy Name, Oxford Road:
‘Salford ACTA Study Day
Saturday 24 May 2014, 11:00am – 05:00pm
Core event will be a talk given by Prof. John Sullivan of Liverpool Hope University, Christian Educator.
We will be hearing and discussing, “Speaking and Listening in the Church” and “Difficulties and Dialogue in the Church”.
An open forum will be included for questions and explanations.
Please use the main church entrance.
Fee charging car parks in immediate area.
Location : HOLY NAME CHURCH, OXFORD ROAD, MANCHESTER. M13 9PG
Contact : John & Dorothy Ryan – Co-ordinators ACTA Salford’
ACTA is becoming increasingly emboldened in its efforts to appear mainstream, but its agenda remains self-serving and destructive. We must pray that the People of God and especially our Priests and Bishops recognise ACTA’s real agenda and ensure it is given no quarter.”
M Donnelly: Thank you Bob