Matt Schulte (Brother Matthias) Responds To Vatican Document


Matt Schulte (Brother Matthias) agreed to share some thoughts on the subject of the proposed Vatican document defining the relationship between “clergy and laity” which is forthcoming next year. If you recall, this was a topic of a previous blog sent out last week. Matt replied to me directly. Subsequently, I ask him if he would present it as a guest presenter. He agreed.
 
Before I proceed, I’d like to share a little about Matt.  He was ordained a Salvatorian in 1968 and resigned in 1973. He was laicized in 1974. He is married with two children and two grandchildren. Retired from teaching at Montgomery College (Rockville MD — philosophy & religion, and with a bit of English, ESL, and math too).
 
 
 Comments by Matt Schulte:
I enjoy following your stuff, and the guys’ responses.  You pushed a couple buttons regarding ‘priests fearing bishops.’
For this matter (the Vatican document) it ‘Looks like a smokescreen being put up by Rome – [a] to dodge dealing with disintegration of respect for Vatican authority; [b] to cover over the unwillingness of the Pope and Vatican leadership to face head-on the matter of priest shortage and subsequent deprivation of laity’s right to the sacraments; [c] to avoid taking leadership to condemn continuing cover-ups. 
 
Not to mention that notion that “governing is part of priestly ministry” – spare me.  It’s just not so.  What are they thinking?  ‘Appears that the thinking is that ‘if we create other issues for folks to worry about, then (maybe) they will get over, or forget, the bigger problems.’
 
Most people I know and hang out with have long ago given up on looking to bishops or Rome for real leadership.  We stay Catholic because of our sacramental imagination.  And we stay Catholic because we think the Church transcends the Roman institution or diocesan institution.  We keep believing Vatican II’s promise that church is people of God – whenever and wherever two or more are gathered…..
best regards, Matt.
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3 Responses to Matt Schulte (Brother Matthias) Responds To Vatican Document

  1. Paul in DELaware says:

    Here is a suggestion for those seeking comparison.
    Find a Baptist church.
    A moderate one.
    One with a healthy deacon group, and active members who discuss the Bible.
    One that guarantees that the Pastor is a servant of the people,
    and not a Pulpit Bully.

  2. Paul in DELaware says:

    “”Most people I know and hang out with have long ago given up on looking to bishops or Rome for real leadership. “”

    I do not trust any local Priest, at this time.

  3. Speaking-Up says:

    I was at a prayer-meeting today and a couple of people brought up the topic of the persecuted Church etc. Looking for external distractions is a political tactic to prevent the hierarchy and the laity from dealing with serious internal issues. The proposed Vatican document defining the relationship between “clergy and laity” is one such tactic. The new Missal is another. Or are these cases of denial? If we do not ‘wake-up, the ‘big ship’ may sink and we may all go down with it.

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