While not religious, I do try to follow church “politics” a little.
Christchurch has had a bit of a bad run with Catholic Bishops. Back in the’80s we had bishop Ashby. known as the “Red Bishop”, Ashby was on board with all the socialist causes, particularly the anti Springbok Tour Movement.
We then had the comparitively “conservative”, Bishop Meeking. We then went backwards with another left leaning, left footer, Bishop John Cunneen.
Bishop Cunneen was an ally of the late Marxist priest, John Curnow, probably the most subversive NZ cleric in modern times.
In October, another Curnow ally tok over the top job. Barry Jones was ordained by his predecessor, John Cunneen as the Coadjutor Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch.
Barry Jones is
A member of the Council of Priests and of the Bishop’s College of Consultors for the diocese, he is a member of the Christchurch Commission for Justice and Peace, and for fifteen years worked in the diocesan Maori Mission. Before moving to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament as Administrator in 2003, he was Director of Good Shepherd House, responsible for the preparation and formation of young men accepted by the Bishop for seminary training.
In addition he was a founding member of the New Zealand Bishops’ Gender Issues Committee, and served on the Social Justice Committee for Caritas.
Justice and Peace is of course the radical cuckoo in the Church nest, while Caritas is the Church’s organ for channelling parishioners money to “politically suspect” overseas groups and causes.
Bishop Jones is an advocate of “Liberation Theology”, a subversive teaching increasingly influential in the Catholic Church, particularly in the Philippines and Latin America.
Liberation Theology is basically Marxism dressed up as Christianity.
In November 1986, Barry Jones and Auckland ultra radical priest, Fr Bernard Dennehy, wrote some articles for Peacelink magazine, specifically dealing with Liberation Theology.
I quote from Fr Jones’ article “Liberation Theology-An Introduction”
“It (Liberation Theology) explicitly affirms that religion and politics go together…
It uses concepts taken from Marx, to explain and illuminate-not because he is an oracle, but because the concepts actually do explain and illuminate.”
Silly old me. I thought a Catholic priest would be relying on the bible and church teachings for guidance. Not some 19th century atheist who has inspired the murder of millions, including not a few Christians.
Maybe I’m just too old fashioned.