This article from the Daily Telegraph reports a situation in England where the headmaster of a Catholic elementary school has entered a gay marriage, but he can’t be removed from his post in charge of influencing Catholic children.
The Catholic Archbishop said pitifully that ‘lawyers had been consulted’ and ‘employment law would be violated’ and the church was ‘powerless.’
Echoes of the sixteenth century I reckon:
Church official: “My Lord Bishop, the King is demanding the keys to our parish churches, monasteries and convents. We believe he intends to close them all and take all the property. What shall we do?”
Bishop: “Alas, Lawyers hav been consulted (not that pesky Thomas More mind you) and there is simply nothing we can do. We are powerless.
Church official: “But will you sign that paper that acknowledges that Henry VIII is the head of the Church in England?
Bishop: “Dear boy, there is simply nothing we can do. We have consulted lawyers, and we are powerless.”
If the Catholic clergy, led by the Cardinal Archbishop and the bishops of the land were to march in, fire the guy and say to the government, “So lock me up. Make me a martyr.” You can bet the government would back down.
In addition to that the Catholic Church in England and Wales would receive the biggest quantum leap boost in her recent history.
But the bishops say, “We are powerless.”
I think “Impotent” is the word you meant my Lord…