Of course a Catholic Tea Party would be different from the political variant. The political version at large in the land today exists to elect. The Catholic version would exist to renew the 2000-year traditions of the Church. I see it operating in six distinct areas. I welcome your ideas pro and con to creation of a consumer movement of authentic Catholics to stimulate change from the ground up. I am too old to do much more than encourage and advise….and a younger cadre will have to supply leadership over these general areas:
- Applying pressure on weak bishops and prelates… those who don’t make a murmur about politicians who purportedly are part of the Faith and draw political strength from that identification, betraying the theology of the Church by supporting abortion and gay rights policies which offend against the traditional concept of marriage in public discourse, county boards, legislatures and the Congress. Here in Chicago for instance we have scores of politicians serving in high places who make a mockery of the faith by using the old canard “separation of Church and state” and trot freely up to the altars to receive the Eucharist. Bishops should be put on the spot—to use the faculties of their office to insist that these political hypocrites should be vigorously instructed to either change their anti-Catholic positions or stay away from the reception of the Eucharist. Tactics: Initial meetings followed by enabling public sessions, media and use of the communications arts to propel change.
- Applying pressure on weak bishops and prelates to exert greater leadership over so-called “Catholic” colleges and universities in their dioceses including those which are a disgrace to Catholic teaching—installing so-called “Queer Studies: 101”…sponsoring Kiss-Ins for homosexual students …allowing the disorientation of studies to include anti-Catholic positions without proper academic rebuttal….inviting scandalously irreligious “lecturers” to address the student body without adequate rebuttal….turning over management of academic departments to anti-Catholic professors as university presidents abdicate their role in supervising and maintaining proper Catholic presence…allowing departments of “Religious Studies” to make mockery of the Catholic training and theology-philosophy.
- Strenuously applying pressure on weak bishops and prelates who have allowed radical and carelessly designed “innovative” liturgical practices to be utilized that make mockery and impose sacrilege on the Mass…including use of radical formations such as gay choirs to intrude leftwing social engineering campaigns on parishes.
- Forcefully utilizing pressure on weak bishops and prelates who have allowed “Hot Dog” clergy members….priests and nuns… to get involved in politicking from the altar, inviting politicians to address congregations, holding news conferences on issues non-germane to the vital purpose of the Church.
- Forcefully utilizing pressure on weak bishops and prelates to curtail the power of the USCCB officers and paid staff members which hugely enjoy the adventure of negotiating with Washington politicians on health care, immigration reform and other issues and announcing conclusions as bearing the imprimatur of the Church. The USCCB should be transformed into a sedate information-gathering entity without the right to disseminate statements and position papers supposedly reflecting the views of the Church…either that or abolished in its entirety. Once again individual bishops and prelates should bear the responsibility for articulating their own policy positions (if needed) that assists the Church—not pass the buck to a group of ideologically motivated bureaucrats working out of a splendiferous office building in Washington, D.C. supported by those in the pews who have no knowledge of the practical effects their well-intentioned contributions are having.
- Forcefully utilizing pressure on weak bishops and prelates to make regular reports on operations of the diocesan seminaries including details on teaching staff and curricula to curtail recruitment that continues growth of a lavender and thoroughly revolutionarily radical priesthood.
I would hope readers would comment on this as they see fit. Finally I hope younger authenticist activists with more energy than I take up this mission of reform.