This lovely liturgical season of Advent is more than a sentimental journey to the side of the manger with an ox and an ass and some straw strewn around for ambience. We Christians fast before our feasts with vigils and with whole seasons. Advent, dressed in violet and not white, is therefore penitential. We sing…
This is the context in which we need to see draconian measures such as Pope Francis' summary dismissal of Bishop Strickland.
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It is this apparent contradiction that brings about the darkness which can be felt.
The people of God need clarity, they need to have firm references in matters of doctrine and morality, not these slippery answers.
I have discovered a great deal of new information which shows that in fact things were far, far worse than I imagined.