Diocese of Antigonish asking for help with five year vision

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Prompted by difficulties and the need for periodic examination and revitalization the Diocese of Antigonish is embarking on a period of self reflection as it determines pastoral direction for a five year period.

The Cape Breton Post

Published on March 10, 2012

SYDNEY — Prompted by difficulties and the need for periodic examination and revitalization the Diocese of Antigonish is embarking on a period of self reflection as it determines pastoral direction for a five year period.

In a letter issued to the Cape Breton Post and other media, Bishop Brian Dunn outlined the reasons for and goals of “Rebuilding My People — The Church: Diocesan Renewal 2013.”

“The recent events that have touched every person in our diocese have led to a great deal of reflection upon the church’s need to bring justice, compassion, healing, hope and new life to the people of God,” Dunn wrote.

“I am asking that all Catholics participate in this diocesan project, knowing that we all have a voice to achieve colloboration, co-responsibility, healing and direction for our diocesan family.

In the letter, Dunn noted “difficult times” for Roman Catholics in the Diocese of Antigonish in recent years, such as  sexual abuse by clergy, the crimes of Bishop Raymond Lahey, the reorganization of parishes, the closure of churches, the sale of parish and diocesan assets, and “anger and sadness of many Catholics as they question the direction of the church.”

The process of consultation leading up to 2013 will take place at three different levels and each parish will respond during the current season of Lent this month.

These responses will be gathered and discussed at the deanery or regional level in seven areas of the diocese this fall.

The recommendations from these deanery gatherings will be submitted to pastors and parish delegates at a Diocesan Congress Oct. 6-9, 2013.

All Catholics are asked to share their experiences of their parish, diocese and church, Dunn wrote.

Through this process a diocesan vision to give some direction for the next five years will be formulated.

“Parishioners are invited to state what has been life-giving for them as well as what has not been life-giving for them. They are also given an opportunity to make recommendations toward a diocesan vision.”

Directions for partipation are found in each parish and on the diocesan website.

“I believe that this process: Rebuilding My People — The Church: Diocesan Renewal 2013, will remind us that the lord is calling us to a new level or response as we discover and affirm the plans that will give a future with hope.”

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Comments

  • Bill Mac Pherson
    – March 10, 2012 at 11:07:25

    The damage to our local church,s will never be the same after the diocese of Antigonish stripped our hard earned monies to pay for the crimes that we didn,t have anything to do with.My faith will not be broken by such deeds.How can you as our leader not take our concerns to the Vatican and fight for what is just by giving each parish back their hard earned money to maintain our churches.Not one person in our Diocesan community leadership have said that our voice has been taken to the Vatican.You have stopped fighting for us which is a real shame.In the mean time the voice from Rome says if your church is not making money for me close it and that is what is happening.Our fathers and grand fathers built these wonderful churches and would never let the Diocese get away with this .Shame on you .

3 Responses to Diocese of Antigonish asking for help with five year vision

  1. Sylvia says:

    Damage control!

    My thoughts here are that what really needs to be done to start to restore spiritual health to the diocese is: (1) defrock every priest who has been convicted (2) defrock every priest against whom the diocese has determined there have been “credible” allegations (3) publish the names of all priests in or from the diocese who have been convicted (4) publish the names of all priests who have been named in lawsuits or settlements which the diocese has settled (5) publish the names of all priests who have been recycled to another parish or diocese after being reported as a sexual predator .

    Honesty.

    It’s time for honesty. Not damage control. Honesty. I firmly believe that once truth prevails, and the diocese is in good spiritual health the finances will take care of themselves.

  2. Anne C says:

    Good words all. I totally agree. Enough is enough. We need our priests/monsignors/archdiocese to speak up to the Vatican. We need an empowered church. When that happens – things will change. And this will take courage, because after centuries of silence, speaking up to superiors is a whole new thing for Catholics. But, like the new bishop of Dublin, we must dig deep, and we must speak up. It is NOT okay that these creeps are wandering around, spreading their pathogens and illness, at will, to future generations. With the support (in the form of ignorance and lies) from their superiors.

    I was thinking about how comfortable these abusive priests must feel. The Vatican gave their superiors the okay to transfer them. To continue their illness. Like having a license to kill. Horrid. Not okay. When will the Vatican start selling off some of their wealth, their paintings and gold?

    I hope that the people, priests and leaders of Antigonish and elsewhere will now fight. Do not stop fighting for the future. Like Jesus, at your own risk.

    Keep a clear head. Get to the truth. Take a risk. Speak out for what you believe in.

    If you are still practicing Catholic now, a demand for justice is the only road.

  3. deeplybetrayed says:

    I would like to add a number 6 to your list, Sylvia. 6) Tell us where the perverts are living now – so others will know and history won’t repeat itself.

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