Bishop Mark Davies, in his address to Youth 2000 at Middlewich, has stated that practicing the Faith is becoming as difficult for young Catholics since the days of the protestant persecution in this country:
‘For never since the days of persecution have so many obstacles been put in front of a generation to prevent you finding your way to Him. And it isn’t so much Sunday working, Sunday shopping, social lives which block out Saturday nights and Sunday mornings but losing sight of Jesus Himself which eclipses Sunday, not knowing where He is found which leaves it empty.’
Bishop Mark Davies admits that one of the reasons why it has become so difficult for young people to fulfill their Sunday obligation is because the older generation has failed to pass on the faith in its fullness:
‘For a generation before you so often failed to pass on those directions, the fullness of our Catholic faith which in Isaiah’s words at every crucial turn of our lives tells us, “this is the way, follow it!” And Sunday has often become the end of a “weekend” rather than the beginning which the Lord’s Day becomes for everyone who finds their way to Him.’
Predictably guardians of the failed liberal experiment have criticized Bishop Davies for speaking out against the secularization of the Church they have promoted, and their rejection of the fullness of the Faith, which they long ago abandoned.
Bishop Conry, Head of the Bishops Conference Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, criticized Bishop Mark Davies on both counts in The Tablet:
‘Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton disagreed that society was hostile to people practising their faith. “It’s easy tothink that we are privileged to have the biggest challenge ever,” he explained. “A Catholic historian editing Jesuit correspondence fromthe eighteenth century said that a recurring theme was that this was the most difficult period the Church has had to live through,”he said. “I think that our society is in different and uninformed, rather than hostile.”
The bishop also questioned whether older Catholics could be blamed for failing to passon the faith. “We have had many generations that learned their ‘faith’ in terms of catechism content, but can we say that they ever really understood and therefore were in a position to pass on their ‘faith’?” he said. “Moreover, the present generation is more critical and independent, more confident in many ways than we were at that age, and less socially conditioned – obedience is not a word you hear used a lot. It was when I was young.”
Sr Gemma Simmonds, a Heythrop College lecturer wrote on The Tablet blog:
‘No generation ever alive has passed on the fullness of faith to the next. The fullness of faith is beyond us all. This is why Jesus came on earth, to be “our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Each generation brings something to the search for faith and loses something…’Going to Mass on Sunday is certainly a way to express and nourish faith, but it is not the fullness of faith, which is something that has to be lived in the context of the ordinary in solidarity with all that is good and true and beautiful in our world. I’m not sure that putting the generations even more at odds with one another than they already are is going to help this.’
Protect the Pope comment: The moment a bishop in this country puts his head above the parapet to point out the blindingly obvious – that we’re living in a very hostile environment to living the fullness of the Catholic faith – liberal Catholics mock and jeer accusing him of being a prophet of doom, or just wrong.
The same thing happened to Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue, who got mauled by Bishop Kieran Conry and Prof. Nicholas Lash. This time its Bishop Kieran Conry and Sr Gemma Simmonds patronizing Bishop Mark Davies (Notice the common denominator?).
You keep telling us how it really is Bishop Mark, because you’re one of the few bishops with the courage to speak out.