For a good many years, dating back to the early 80’s specifically, this Diocese has been under seige by some militant laity.
We had an openly lesbian “nun” in charge of several positions within the Chancery. We had priests complaining that they were being ignored by the Chancery’s lay management. Social action was being touted as the only way to find Christ. Liturgy was taken from the priests and given, again, to lay persons. Vocations were slumping. On and on, things were bad.
Bishop Finn has a huge task to undertake. His actions may not seem to make sense at first, but they seem to be working.
Our new lay education program, the Bishop Helmsing Institute, is incredible and infinitely more accessible to the faithful than New
Wine had ever hoped to be.
Vocations are increasing everyday. A priest is Chancellor (a layman is vice-chancellor).
We have a full time pro-life coordinator.
The spiritual well being of the faithful are now being addressed instead of being told to go do social work to find Christ in our lives.
Bishop Finn has an open door, just call and set a time to meet with him. Or catch him after Mass. He is a strong, very strong, supporter of greater lay participation, but not in replacing the priesthood or episcopacy with the laity.
He made a comment yesterday morning I think may help some people understand things a bit clearer.
“The Novus Ordo is the Mass of my ordination. I love it and always will. But as I studied the Extraordinary form, I have come to see and appreciate the great beauty and holiness of the Liturgy that served the faithful for centuries. It is my hope that we can learn from both the Ordinary and Extraordinary, to enrich each other’s lives.”
He feels that the new should never cancel the old, but should be built upon the old. We are in a time of rebuilding here in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.