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JUNE 4, 1999 LETTER FROM BISHOP BANKS TO VINCENT T. BEMOWSKI
DIOCESE OF GREEN BAY
Office of the Bishop
June 4, 1999
(My address has been omitted for privacy purposes)
Thank you for your letter and your persistence. I shall keep your suggestions in mind.
As for the truth of your opinions, insights and revelations, you will simply have to let that be tested by what happens when you share your ideas with others.
Let's keep one another in prayer.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. Banks
Bishop of Green Bay
Readers of this website: The above is another letter that makes no spiritual sense. How can you thank someone for their "persistence," and then fail to indicate the type of action you are planning to take?
There were many verses from the Sacred Scriptures quoted in the letters I sent to Bishop Banks, so how can it be said: "I will keep your suggestions in mind"?
And which "suggestions" is the Bishop keeping in mind? Were the booklet and letters I sent the Bishop actually studied?
Is scandal and the loss of faith among his Flock actually being addressed? He does not say.
And why does he state: "As for the truth of your opinions, insights, and revelations, you will simply have to let that be tested by what happens when you share your ideas with others."
Should not the Bishop of a Diocese be among the first to "test" spiritual writings written by a member of his Flock? Or is it easier to "wash your hands" of any responsibilty, and wait for others to assume that responsibility?
And must a "majority" be sought from those the Lord has already acknowledged are "lukewarm" and lacking in love for Him? If someone is speaking of the grave sins being committed within the Church, must you receive a "majority vote" before you take any spiritual action?
When the Prophets, Apostles, and Saints gave the Lord's Word in times of great evil, did they become "silent" because that Word was being rejected by the majority of people they preached to? Was that Word therefore no longer true because that majority did not accept It?
And when we put the Lord's Word to a "test," are we not testing the Lord Himself?:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God"
"Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them tempted (tested), and perished by the serpents"
(1 Corinthians 10:9).
In addition, this bishop apparently does not regard the Holy Father's Blessing for my wife Loretta and my "Mission" to be part of that "test," for he did not respond to the documents I later sent him and the rest of the U.S. Bishops, (dated 2-16-01) that contained that "blessing."
And how could Bishop Banks miss the message stamped on the outside of the envelope he and the other bishops received regarding this matter:
"Pope John Paul II has given his blessing to this Work. Your participation is requested."
It is unfortunate that many Leaders of the Flock do not follow the Lord's Word when they feel they lack discernment and wisdom (this includes material sent to them in the mail). Does not the Lord reveal:
"But if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men abundantly, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him" (James 1:5).
Perhaps it is because you must have a solid faith to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit:
"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering" (James 1:6).
Vincent T. Bemowski
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