Frj82’s Blog

September 30, 2010

The Calm Storm…Before the Storm

Filed under: Polish National Catholic Church — frj82 @ 2:33 pm

Here we are, on the precipice of the 23rd General Synod of the Polish National Catholic Church. Here we are, with 4 Bishops, all with but 4 years experience, potentially vying for the office of the Prime Bishop (if, of course, the Holy Spirit breathes in a particular direction). Here we are, with the Supreme Council calling for two new bishops to be consecrated…but the Nominations Commission only finding one, at this time, viable.

Ladies and gentleman, although this may have been said four years ago, this may be the most important synod of our Church. Hey, we all know Catholicism in general is in a bit of a struggle due to a number of reasons, but there is a beacon of light at the end of every tunnel. This beacon is the fact that after this synod, we will have a group of bishops in the PNCC all younger than 60. With no disrespect at all to our current bishops, who, like anyone, wishes they were 10 or 15 years younger/spryer, this should only be a positive.

Of course, among the other important things to be deliberated will be the church finances, direction, mission, vocations, and overall viability/vitality. It can be intimidating when discussing the church; God knows this isn’t the Roman Catholic Church and that we aren’t blessed with millions upon millions of both people and dollars. But we are a hard-working and stubborn people. Surely in your area the local Roman Catholic bishop has closed a parish or ten? Not in the PNCC. Our people are too stubborn, and they’ll work too hard before they give the bishop the OK to close their parish.

I’ll be praying for everyone up there in Niagara Falls, Canada. Do I wish I was there? Well, yeah, but I’m also happy I’m not going. I’ll have my day I’m sure when I’m tucked away at my own parish. I also heard sessions are running from 7am-11pm. With breaks, of course, but that still is a pretty long day. Since I will be one of the few guys left behind in the diocese, I am fairly certain I’ll spend my week doing funerals. I sure hope not.

I write this in the midst of a gigantic storm, although it has petered out a bit. It has become quiet outside, although the sky looks quite ominous, with promises of continued wind and downpour. Hey, it could be worse…man, was that scary.

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