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Re-Visitation

By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Dec 20, 2004

VERY interesting, Diogenes.

I was in the seminary during the last round of Visitations in the mid-1980s. We did have the right to present ourselves to a member of the Visitation team if we wished.

But the Team was composed of a bishop chairman (+Friend of Shreveport) and several faculty of other progressive seminaries. It is certainly the case that observations of several of us who spoke to the spiritual life issues were not reflected in the final report of the Visitation Team. One seminarian who stopped by a Visitor in his room found him copiously typing whole paragraphs from the seminary catalogue into the Team report; when we received it, we were amused to read of the "lush green lawns which are the setting of...," presumably referring to the dead, brown wasteland surrounding the seminary.

One of the guys, having read the report, said, "That Thing reads like a description of Clairvaux under Saint Bernard." This was the Pontifical Visitation Report of... Holy Trinity Seminary, Dallas. Think about that for a moment.

Yup. Another Seminary Visitation. The New Evangelization rolls along.

Chilly Spring, eh?

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 23, 2004 2:53 PM ET USA

    It is indeed a chilly spring. I wonder when global warming will start to affect the modern Church. Bishop Sheen once liked to point out that Catholics have all the light, but Protestants have the heat. Well, thanks to these perverts and social workers it's just as chilly in the church and getting a whole lot darker (certain venues happily excluded!).

  • Posted by: - Dec. 23, 2004 11:41 AM ET USA

    I remember Bishop Nienstedt as a young, orthodox, faithful priest in Detroit. I don't think he will allow "slip ups" of the type from previous seminary invetigations under the ledership of the late Bishop Marshall.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 21, 2004 9:49 AM ET USA

    Thanks for verification of what I have long suspected having lived in the Dallas Diocese for over three decades. Sadly I have watched Holy Trinity Seminary sink from an apparent model institution to what it has become today where I understand that a spark of traditional conservative bent is treated like a plague. As an aside, parishioners that live in the Dallas Diocese "Gulag" are often rewarded with good conservative pastors that are also infected with the plague. How fortunate they are.

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