Seattle Archbishop Sartain: “The archdiocese supports their decision. The decision has been misunderstood and mischaracterized by some, and we now have an opportunity to help our students learn even more about Catholic teaching.”

“Leaders of Catholic schools are charged with the responsibility of both imparting and modeling” the Catholic church’s teaching, he said, adding that the decision by the board and administrators of Eastside, an independent Catholic school, asking Zmuda to resign “was made after a great deal of prayer and consultation.”

“In no way was their goal to be discriminatory to anyone but to be faithful to their mission as a Catholic school,” the archbishop said. “The archdiocese supports their decision. The decision has been misunderstood and mischaracterized by some, and we now have an opportunity to help our students learn even more about Catholic teaching.”

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Pope Francis’ ”Who am I to judge?” comment causing big problems for Seattle Archbishop

Supporters of ousted Eastside Catholic School vice principal Mark Zmuda took their case to Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain on Wednesday, submitting 21,000 signatures on a petition seeking a dialogue and calling for reinstatement of “Mr. Z.”

Eastside Catholic students were in school where they presented their own petition to Principal Mary E. Tracy. Zmuda was forced out in December after the school learned that he had married his male partner last summer.

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Editor’s note: We have no way of knowing how many of the 21,000 signatures on that petition are from Catholics – but from this we might infer that the level of Catholic faith formation in the Seattle area is downright pathetic.

Obvious conclusion: The Blessed Virgin Mary was a lot like Sister Joan Chittister and the LCWR.

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The purpose of this column is not to parse what the bishop said about Mary on the Feast of the Assumption. I prefer instead to look at what he did not say about her because, it seems to me, what he left out of that homily says much about what is expected of women in the Catholic church.

For instance, Mary answers the angel’s declaration to her by questioning it. An angel! Someone of much higher rank, it would seem, than even apostolic delegates, and only then with a “Be-it-done-unto-me” response to a situation to which, apparently, “no” was a viable answer. Otherwise, why bother to have the conversation?

Even more important, perhaps, is the awareness that despite the seriousness — even the danger — of her situation, Mary did not go to any man — to the high priests of the temple, the local rabbi, her father or even Joseph — for directions about what to do next. She went to another woman for the wisdom she needed and followed that instead. No visitations here.

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Editor’s note: Since the Blessed Virgin Mary was full of grace from the moment of her conception, whatever Mary did and however she chose to do it would have been in complete conformity with God’s divine will.

The priest Zecharia was instantly made speechless when he dared question the angel Gabriel, yet  Mary’s immaculate state of grace led that same angel to humbly respond to all her queries – and then to wait patiently for her answer – so that according to the “yes” of a humble but sinless maiden of Judea, Salvation might finally be permitted to come into the world.

As the spouse of the Holy Spirit and the one who carried the Son of God in her blessed womb – first in the order of God’s grace – Mary would have had ready access to whatever wisdom and direction she needed – probably before she even knew it. She would also have been virtually invisible to the forces of evil – a spiritual “singularity” of which the evil ones could make absolutely no sense.

There were a number of very practical reasons for Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, but avoiding men (or “dissing” members of the hierarchy) likely had nothing to do with it. Bible prophecy was fulfilled, John the Baptist was baptized/anointed in-utero by the Holy Spirit, with Jesus attending – and Mary was able to safely maintain a low profile, until her wedding – and the subsequent birth of Jesus.

Despite her high level of education, Joan Chittister’s “twisted sister” mentality has once again led her to all the wrong conclusions, simply because she inordinately covets the things of men and lacks basic humility. Pity!

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Archbishop Sartain’s full homily to the members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) on the feast of the Assumption.

Full text of Archbishop Sartain’s homily

Editor’s note – A relevant excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

1558 “Episcopal consecration confers, together with the office of sanctifying, also the offices of teaching and ruling. . . . In fact . . . by the imposition of hands and through the words of the consecration, the grace of the Holy Spirit is given, and a sacred character is impressed in such wise that bishops, in an eminent and visible manner, take the place of Christ himself, teacher, shepherd, and priest, and act as his representative (in Eius persona agant).”37 “By virtue, therefore, of the Holy Spirit who has been given to them, bishops have been constituted true and authentic teachers of the faith and have been made pontiffs and pastors.”38

1559 “One is constituted a member of the episcopal body in virtue of the sacramental consecration and by the hierarchical communion with the head and members of the college.”39 The character and collegial nature of the episcopal order are evidenced among other ways by the Church’s ancient practice which calls for several bishops to participate in the consecration of a new bishop.40 In our day, the lawful ordination of a bishop requires a special intervention of the Bishop of Rome, because he is the supreme visible bond of the communion of the particular Churches in the one Church and the guarantor of their freedom.

1560 As Christ’s vicar, each bishop has the pastoral care of the particular Church entrusted to him, but at the same time he bears collegially with all his brothers in the episcopacy the solicitude for all the Churches: “Though each bishop is the lawful pastor only of the portion of the flock entrusted to his care, as a legitimate successor of the apostles he is, by divine institution and precept, responsible with the other bishops for the apostolic mission of the Church.”41

1561 The above considerations explain why the Eucharist celebrated by the bishop has a quite special significance as an expression of the Church gathered around the altar, with the one who represents Christ, the Good Shepherd and Head of his Church, presiding.42

Father Z comments: When heresy gives you (Archbishop) Sartain, make lemonade!

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Archbp. Sartain of Seattle was appointed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to keep his eyes on the doings of the sisters. (Ed: The notorious and often heretical Leadership Council of Women Religious – LCWR.)

One former LCWR president said its members are preparing for this year’s assembly with an “ominous feeling.”

“We’re going into this assembly knowing that there’s a cloud over our head and that we are being investigated and they are going to be monitoring us,” said Mercy Sr. Theresa Kane, who served as LCWR president from 1979 to 1980.

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Editor’s note: Archbishop J. Peter Sartain (pronounced “Sarten)”) is a fair man, a good bishop and an all-around nice fellow. The sisters should be pleased to have him in attendance – unless they again plan to blatantly and publicly spout heresy. That could turn out to be a problem – unless perhaps, our new Pope – who has already advised similar groups not to worry about such trivial matters – also decides to attend!

Seattle Archbishop Sartain: Catholic Churches may not recognize same-sex ‘marriage’ in any way.

“Since marriage is regulated by both civil and canon law,” he wrote, “clerics must always keep in mind the demands of both law systems.  Now that any two persons regardless of gender are permitted to enter marriage as defined in the state of Washington, the law of the Catholic Church diverges from civil law.”

“This change in civil law is not in the best interest of children or society,” he wrote.

– No priest or deacon or lay minister may officiate at a same-sex “marriage.”
– No church facility or school facility may be offered for such an event, even if it is to be witnessed by a non-Catholic minister or civil official.
– No church facility or school facility may be used for a reception after such an event.
– No church ministers, ordained or lay, may offer “wedding preparation” for such couples.

The refresher also addressed the civil aspects of the law.

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Editor’s note: Also worth considering – those who choose to live in an objective state of mortal sin are typically unable to receive absolution (for ANY sins) in the sacrament of reconciliation – unless/until their living arrangement changes – for the better.

They just don’t make nuns like they used to…

“I’m stunned . . .We haven’t violated any teaching, we have just been raising questions and interpreting politics,” Sr. Simone Campbell, head of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, told The New York Times.

Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister, former president of the LCWR, told the National Catholic Reporter:

“When you set out to reform a people, a group, who have done nothing wrong, you have to have an intention, a motivation that is not only morally biased, but actually immoral.  

“Because you are attempting to control people for one thing and one thing only — and that is for thinking, for being willing to discuss the issues of the age . . . If we stop thinking, if we stop demanding the divine right to think, and to see that as a Catholic gift, then we are betraying the church no matter what the powers of the Church see as an inconvenient truth in their own times.”

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Editor’s note: Ms. Campbell and Ms. Chittister intentionally fib when they “bill” themselves as Catholic, while consistently failing to affirm all the truths of the Catholic faith.

In truth, these ladies are radical feminists who have no allegiance to anything but their own novel ideas. Unfortunately, many if not most of those ideas have little in common with the authentic Roman Catholic faith.

There was a time when people like that … whatever their gender … were rightly termed Protestants … or even … pagans.

Better think fast, sisters … the “jig” appears to be … “up”!