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Old 10th February 2010, 11:51 AM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Secular society has had an influence on the members of the Church, including the Bishops. This fact is compounded by the secular structure of the Bishop's conference -- it is in some ways democratic, with voting by the Bishops, but moreover (and more problematic) is the corporate structure. The Conference is set up like a corporation, with departments, and department heads, committees, meetings, etc. etc. The end result is that much of what the Bishops' Conference does is done by laypersons, such as the lay person who heads the CCHD. So in effect lay persons are making decisions, which are then presented to the faithful as the decisions of a Conference of Bishops. This system of governing the Church locally is very troubling. It is also a very recent development in Church history, and therefore not required by Tradition or Scripture or Magisterium.
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Old 10th February 2010, 05:33 PM
garabandalg garabandalg is offline
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Default Possibly toxic brew...

Sadly, I have seen many examples where secular people through necessity of some sort and practicality at some level become so intimately involved in Church doings that they actually begin to influence local parish actions. This, coupled with the fact that many moden clergy are very liberal in their views, makes for a dangerous combination, in my opinion.
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