Eric M
The priest's mannerisms are a little too effeminate?
Marianna
Meaning what? Cardinal Tobin is the one that gave New Jersey governor the green light to put a governmental interdict on the Mass when his jurisdiction is only the Diocese of Newark. The other Diocesan Bishops did not call the Governor to speak on behalf of the Catholics under their jurisdiction. Nor did any Diocesan priest speak up to their Bishop on behalf of their own flock. So, whose …More
Meaning what? Cardinal Tobin is the one that gave New Jersey governor the green light to put a governmental interdict on the Mass when his jurisdiction is only the Diocese of Newark. The other Diocesan Bishops did not call the Governor to speak on behalf of the Catholics under their jurisdiction. Nor did any Diocesan priest speak up to their Bishop on behalf of their own flock. So, whose mannerisms are effeminate? Father Robinson fighting for the rights of his parishioners or those priests who cower in silence?
Ultraviolet
Problem is, the legal system moves at a glacial pace, especially when NJ corruption slows things down even further.
Marianna
No, the problem is that Bishops do not realize that they are duty bound by Canon law to do everything within their power to supply spiritual goods to their flock under all circumstances. The other problem, however, is that Catholics do not realize that they have the right to demand of their Bishops do their duty by getting on the phone with the Governor to work something out . Otherwise, both …More
No, the problem is that Bishops do not realize that they are duty bound by Canon law to do everything within their power to supply spiritual goods to their flock under all circumstances. The other problem, however, is that Catholics do not realize that they have the right to demand of their Bishops do their duty by getting on the phone with the Governor to work something out . Otherwise, both clergy and laity are agreeing with the Governor that public, corporal worship is non essential. Thank God that there is a way to get the message out to the Governor when no Bishop was willing to make a simple phone call.
Ultraviolet
Catholics have been getting on the phone and demanding Bishops do their duty regarding paedo-priests for decades. Fat lot of good it did. Nothing less than an overload of lawsuits finaly forced those bishops to make even a token effort to address the problem. Even now, it's been a grudging, stubborn, mulish refusal every step of the way. The Bishops routinely bend or even ignore the very terms …More
Catholics have been getting on the phone and demanding Bishops do their duty regarding paedo-priests for decades. Fat lot of good it did. Nothing less than an overload of lawsuits finaly forced those bishops to make even a token effort to address the problem. Even now, it's been a grudging, stubborn, mulish refusal every step of the way. The Bishops routinely bend or even ignore the very terms the Church's own attorneys negotiated.

Since neither of us have taken a poll, we can't say with certainty who the laity do or do not agree with. The clergy are bound by their own oaths of obedience and the political realities of the Church hierarchy to which they belong. It's an extremely naive priest who's going to publicly contradict his Bishop. All the moreso when it's obvious that Bishop has already decided his diocese should comply with secular autorities. If priests were willing to politely hang up on some distraught parishioner begging him to give a dying relative the Last Rites, staying quiet is even easier.

In this case, getting a message to NJ's governor isn't the problem. NJ's Governor -is- the problem, as is the very slow nature of the legal system, especially under the "Covid Crisis". By the time this finally moves through the legal system even to reaching those first hearings (where the judge will likely rubber-stamp the Governor's decision), the state might have already been "partially" re-opened.

No doubt with "reasonable precautions" as the new and near-permanent part of the Liturgy. Ten people max, communion in the hand or nothing, and oh yes...

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