Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Disappeared Blog

How sad that a seminarian putting decent stuff on a blog is forced to take it down because the liberal staff at his seminary can't stomach real Catholicism. No nothing extreme. Just the real thing. I've seen this sort of persecution first hand. It involves other seminarians sneakily going behind the back of the ones who are oppressed for being 'traditionalists', telling tales to staff who are always willing to listen to tittle tattle. Well my experience tells me also that it's those who are sneakily playing politics for their own ends who come to a sticky end, and the oppressed who make very fine priests. I don't need to mention the name of the blog - if you're a blog watcher you'll be able to tell. Suffice it to say, the blog has been taken off our blog roll.

If you happen to be a self-seeking sneaky seminarian looking to bring other people down, then please get a life...outside seminary.

14 comments:

Mark said...

It's a horrible situation.

Sadly, I think I know what you're talking about. :(

It was a good one.

Mhari said...

So cross. I found it cached in google and he said nothing bad. Prayers for him.

Ttony said...

Prayers left, right, and centre. Best wishes for the man concerned.

Sharon said...

I don't know the blog you mean but surely the seminarian's superiors could have read through the blog and determined that he wasn't talking out of school or posting heterodox material.

That being said I think the best thing for a seminarian is to keep the head down and get ordained and then show the Faith. The relatives of a now priest here in Australia said that they bought him a copy of Catholicism by McBrien and he laced his essays with quotes from it, passed and when ordained revealed his true/Catholic colours. Some other seminarians not many years ago had to sneak into the chapel to say the Rosary or pray before the tabernacle.

Fr Julian Green said...

Well the fact that it wasn't heterodox would be more disturbing to the superiors than if it were probably. I know what you mean about keeping your head down and getting through. When I think of the moral theology that I had to learn by heart at seminary in order to pass exams I wonder how I managed to get through it. But seminary should not be like that! I'm happy to say I think our diocesan seminary isn't like that... I teach there and I don't give marks for quoting McBrien!

Sharon said...

The seminarians of whom I spoke used to go to two orthodox priests outside the seminary for private instruction in theology and Church teaching.

Fr Julian Green said...

When I was in seminary, we were lucky enough to have a staff who were liberal enough to let us go out and find our own stuff. It was about the time when the Diocese of Valladolid Spirituality Centre was starting up and I found great help from the priests there who were excellent. The problem is when you have fascist liberals who not only believe very little but insist everyone else is the same.

Salome said...

This is so sad. It was a really good blog. I'll continue to pray for him, other seminarians and generally for vocations.

The changing heathen-Pottyaboutjesus said...

it is Sad, rugududfueuusdf (thats the polite version of my comment)

Matt Doyle said...

Yes, Mhari is right. You can see a sneaky peek of the 'censored material' here (hope that works!)

Sharon said...

Is it not possible for the young man to transfer to a more orthodox seminary?

I have just read some of his blog entries and they are wonderful.

Matt Doyle said...

Isn't it shameful that seminarians cannot rely on a wholly orthodox formation in their seminaries? Young priests are being shaped and formed by liberals, whose time is surely over. And it is pretty much the same with Catholic schools, to the extent that many families are now opting for home schooling. In this climate, it is quite amazing that all the Catholic blogs are so orthodox and traditional. (obviously with exceptions)

Fr Ray Blake said...

When I was at the seminary, a kindly priest suggested I should keep the works of a certain Bavarian theologian out of sight. Kung was alright, Rhanner fine, Schillibex (is that how it is spelt?)was a set book, but JR ....
How times have not changed.

Fr Julian Green said...

What we need is a proper visitation of the seminaries by Rome. Not the 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours' job that happened last time, where the Scottish bishops visited the English seminaries and vice versa. But a proper root and branch visitation by people keyed into what priestly formation ought to be.