My heartfelt thanks to Bishop Smirk for allowing me the freedom of his blog to alert readers to developments in the Gorgonzola debacle.
As I wrote in my weekly column in The Clyster, the sacking of Bishop Gorgonzola in Italy with the closure of the justly famed and prestigious Aula Libera Sanctuary, following complaints by traditionalist Catholic Christians, leaves me aghast at the brutality of the Vatican's repressive machinery.
Gorgonzola, who did so much to meld the mystical practices of the great world faiths into the fabric of the Catholic tradition, always stuck to his vision of the Pilgrim Church, travelling on unknown terrain without maps, seeking enlightenment at every hospitable waysite inn, in search of Truth.
A staunch rejecter of dogmatism, papal infallibility, celibacy ("that hothouse of lust" as he so memorably called it), and an outspoken supporter of whatever is innovative, inclusive, tolerant, compassionate, and ecological, the Bishop is said to the considering an appeal against his dismissal, using the 'normal channels of civil law'.
A petition is being organised with the support of such powerful bodies as:
Church Be Us,
Sex-Workers For Universalist Vision,
Catholics For Choice,
Jail The Pope,
Deviants Against Dogma,
We B Church-like
and is being coordinated by the staff at The Clyster.
I urge all people of good will to write to their bishop, pastor, shaman, or whomsoever demanding transparency and justice.