Sunday, 29 March 2015

A Call To Action


A round of applause for Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster. This from his Blog:
"As Bishop of Lancaster and thus as a Successor of the Apostles, I am charged, in accord with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, with a special care in my ministry as ‘overseer’ to uphold the unity of the Church in this Diocese of Lancaster and so to guard against any attempt to confuse the faithful regarding authentic Catholic teaching and ministry in this Diocese.
 There appears at times a momentum for certain pressure groups in the life of the Church Universal. Amongst these at the present moment is a small but vocal interest or lobby group self-styled A Call to Action (ACTA) which happens to meet within the Diocese of Lancaster and other dioceses and appears to espouse positions – at times and among others – in opposition to the defined teaching of the Catholic Church on faith and morals.
I need to make it clear here that in my judgement, as Diocesan Bishop, ACTA moves well beyond its self-described aim of ‘dialogue’ on controversial issues on its agenda and so does not provide an assured authentic forum or interpretation of sound Catholic teaching and sound pastoral practice in this Diocese. Accordingly great care is required here from priests and people.
Furthermore, although individual Catholics are quite entitled to meet and express themselves and certainly discussion within perimeters can be important and valuable, I have a duty at the same time to clarify for the faithful the status of such groups: This particular pressure group has no approval or recognition from the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Lancaster nor has it ever requested, as other groups do, as a matter of courtesy, formal ecclesial recognition from me."

8 comments:

Ben Trovato said...

We are blessed to have a bishop here in Lancaster who acts like a bishop!

Introibo said...

Great news thank you for posting Father. I will write to the Bishop to thank him.

David O'Neill said...

O that all bishops were as forthright

Mark Lambert said...

Thank God! So heartened to see this from Bishop Campbell!

Chloe said...

Deo gratias!

vetusta ecclesia said...

As his deacon who ran the blog "Protect the Pope "was constantly and consistently making these very points about ACTA perhaps it is time His Lordship publicly recognised his vindication.

Anonymous said...

Given the events of the last week...letter signed by 500 priests making a public statement regarding Church teaching on certain questions....the response of our Cardinal...etc. Is the timing of Bishop Campbells statement the beginning of a fighting back campaign. Are we going to be inundated with statements of adherence to Church teaching from members of our hierarchy not normally associated with orthodoxy. cynical old me....

Simon Platt said...

I protest at the implication that Bishop Campbell is "not normally associated with orthodoxy".