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by Ted Schmidt
Courage is nowhere
Prudence is everywhere
and we shall all die of wisdom
Cardinal Leo Suenens
Corporately we are totally co-opted, part of the system, enjoying the benefits too much to critique either church or society.
Richard Rohr OFM
One of the many side effects of the last pontificate has been the disappearance of what the apostolic Church called parrhesia or free speech, the type of plain talk which characterized Paul’s challenge to Peter at the Council of Jerusalem. The word went out very early in John Paul ll’s tenure that even in non-infallible areas of Church teaching, no dissent would be brooked. Over one hundred theologians were muzzled and a veritable chill descended on the Church. Fear seemed to stalk the ecclesial landscape, the irony being that the mantra of the last pontificate was "Be not afraid."
     This fear seeped all the way down to local levels and any diocesan priest brave enough to proffer a different opinion was disciplined or reprimanded. In Cobourg, Ontario (an hour east of Toronto) parishioners were outraged at
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