Wednesday, March 23, 2011
THIS IS THE RICHARD SIPE I KNEW, FLAKEY, FLAKEY, FLAKEY!
The National Catholic Fishwrap, I mean, Reporter has a brief article on Richard Sipe. Sipe has been an out-spoken person asking for sweeping reforms in the Church due to the sex scandals. In this article it is pointed out what Pope Benedict should do. "What can Benedict do to resolve the sexual crisis of Catholicism? At the very least he could open up for discussion and study the antiquated sexual teachings on such common practices as birth control, use of condoms and sex outside of marriage. Further, he could lead the way to making celibacy optional for priests and allow women in the ministry."
The other thing Sipe says is that Pope Benedict and most of the bishops of the world should resign. Read the NCR article by pressing HERE.
Richard Sipe is a former Dominican priest who in the 1960's left the priesthood and married. He is a product of the flakey 1960's.
In an obvious prejudicial statement against the elderly,(an anti-elderly position) both the NCR and Richard Sipe conclude the following: "But it is unlikely that any of these reforms will happen as long the aging pope and the old men of the Vatican persist on retaining their power and control."
Keep in mind that Richard Sipe is probably as old as the pope, not to mention most who read the NCR and write for it! These are the mirror image of the Holy Father, the hippie generation of the 1960's and 70's! Richard Sipe and his ilk are in arrested development, still banging that drum from the 1960's and thinking it is cool, man!
In the 1970's Richard sipe was hired by St. Mary Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland to teach pastoral theology, which means that he taught me pastoral theology at St. Mary's Seminary.
He was a lightweight teacher and extremely boring. All of his students made fun of his class. It was something we had to endure and we learned nothing except the following two things that stick in my mind to this day:
1. He loved Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He was obsessed with her. Every class it seemed had something about Mother Teresa in it.
2. He loved the bringing up of the gifts of bread and wine in procession at Mass with his children. He said that just as the "bells" at consecration were so important to children at the pre-Vatican II Mass (keep in mind that by the 1970's most parishes had done away with any bells at Mass, so children no longer heard them nor adults)that today (1970's) it was the procession of the gifts to the altar that was important to them. So he equated the bringing up of the gifts at Mass with the bells at consecration. Is it any wonder that the children that Richard Sipe was speaking of in the 1970's no longer practice the faith today as adults if the bringing up of the gifts to the altar was more important that what happens at the consecration in their eyes?
Richard Sipe is an old man, if you pardon me borrowing from his jargon, who thinks that he can effect change and reform in the Church through all of his efforts to take her down. He is a Pelagian formed by a corrupt translation of the Mass which has poorly translated prayers that indicate that we can do all things and God will simply pat us on the head and say, "go for it.!" Sipe is a sad character indeed.
Richard Sipe has become a left wing Episcopalian. He should be honest about it and join them.