If you didn’t read the first post by the Nabi, go here. You won’t want to miss this series on the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston and Bishop Bransfield. Sadly, there are many like him among our bishops and it’s high time someone called them out like the prophets of old!
Wisdom from the Nabi....
The Nabi sayeth, or actually asketh: Why the push, push, push for the Bishops’ Annual Sharing Appeal???
‘Twas the result initially of a discovery by a bishop back in the 70’s from out west that he could apply secular marketing principles to the Catholic Church organization. He launched his first annual appeal and struck gold! “Ah”, he thought, “If I do this year after year, I will increase the amount of each gold strike!”, and he did, and it did. Hence, the Diocesan annual appeals were born. Then when that bishop told the other bishops at their annual bishop’s meeting, the idea spread like wildfire. Now every diocese has an annual appeal. Isn’t that SPACIAL??!!
You may be thinking at this point, “Why would the diocese of Wheeling-Charleston with such huge reserve funds continue to have an Annual Catholic Sharing Appeal?”
The short answer is MONEY.
But there is another more unhealthy reason.....Do you remember the game children used to play as they plucked the petals from a daisy? If you were a little boy with a crush on a little girl, you would hold the daisy, and as you plucked one petal at a time you would whisper: Does she love me, does she love me not; Does she love me, does she love me not....and, of course, you hoped that the remaining petal was the one where you said joyfully, “SHE LOVES ME!!!”
For FORMER Bishop Bransfield, the annual appeal was a way of demonstrating loyalty AND bringing his FORMER flock into SUBMISSION. His motto of choice for his FORMER flock was “Pray, Pay and Obey.” The person with a narcissist personality demands total and complete submission from his subjects. Just ask his FORMER priests.
Wisdom from your humble and unworthy Nabi: Before you even think about donating another penny to the diocese, demand to see the balance of the Sarah Tracey Reserve Fund.....More to come....