More bad fruit: The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism

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CHICAGO — In a meeting room under Holy Name Cathedral, a rapt group of black Roman Catholics listened as Barack Obama, a 25-year-old community organizer, trained them to lobby their fellow delegates to a national congress in Washington on issues like empowering lay leaders and attracting more believers.

“He so quickly got us,” said Andrew Lyke, a participant in the meeting who is now the director of the Chicago Archdiocese’s Office for Black Catholics. The group succeeded in inserting its priorities into the congress’s plan for churches, Mr. Lyke said, and “Barack Obama was key in helping us do that.”

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Editor’s note: This is a truly wide ranging bio on the President – probably much more revealing than Mr. Obama would prefer. And now, he may have another willing collaborator in Pope Francis.

Louie Verrecchio: This pope, like his immediate predecessors, is utterly determined not to allow “the facts on the ground” to interfere with his view of the Second Vatican Council.

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One enormous rotten fruit – complete with maggots

“Vatican II produced a renewal movement that simply comes from the same Gospel. Its fruits are enormous. Just recall the liturgy. The work of liturgical reform has been a service to the people as a re-reading of the Gospel from a concrete historical situation.”

Pope Francis obviously dwells in the same parallel universe from whence John Paul II said, “The vast majority of the pastors and the Christian people have accepted the liturgical reform in a spirit of obedience and indeed joyful fervor,” even as the real fruits of the post-conciliar liturgical reform were such that desolate parishes were being boarded up at an alarming rate in dioceses all over the world as he spoke.

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Editor’s note: The “fathers” of Vatican II – and all the post-conciliar popes – evidently never heard the phrase, commonly attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”  

Catholics aren’t stupid. Nobody with any sense of history (or common sense) could look back on the last 50 years and see it as anything other than an unmitigated disaster for the Catholic Church – the bulk of it self-inflicted.

Last time I checked – telling lies – even with good intentions – was a sin! What we have here is a 50 year-long credibility gap that sullies virtually the entire Catholic hierarchy. What many of these clerics are doing is urging the faithful to live a lie! We expect that type of thing from cheap, tin-horn politicians – but not from Catholic bishops and popes. No wonder things are so fouled up!

According to the Catechism, the holy office of bishop is supposed to be the image of God the Father. I sincerely hope not, since – based on recent events – that would be blasphemy, on a very large scale! 

First, we have a pope who somewhat mysteriously, resigns. Then, we have a new pope who says he doesn’t want to be pope, who appears to be seriously conflicted and/or confused about a number of critical faith issues, and to top things off – he likes to ramble on about it in public – to non-Catholics, atheists and secular newspapers.

Please … enough already!

The time for phony reform is over. Nobody is fooling anyone. The Church is in shambles, with much of our leadership both morally and spiritually bankrupt. Yet all we need do to make things right again is what all Catholics had been doing for the 1,930-some years prior to the disaster now known as the 2nd Vatican Council.

The Church saved souls all that time. It can save souls, today. All we need do is what any failing team typically does, in order to recover from a long losing streak: get back to the fundamentals and practice, practice, practice.

God help us!

Seen on the web: Vatican II

John Sobieski says:
If a tree is to be judged by its fruits, the Second Vatican Council has been an unmitigated disaster. Every area that was reformed was devastated. Reformed liturgy led to empty and closed churches. Reformed catechesis led to unprecedented ignorance. Reformed discipline led to widespread vice. Reformed religious life led to empty convents and monasteries. Reformed priesthood led to empty seminaries.When, oh when, will we admit we’ve gone down a dead end, so we can turn back and find the way again?

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Newly retired bishop seems shocked that the Vatican promptly accepted his mandatory resignation

“The Holy Father accepted my resignation effective today, September 21st,” Bishop Matthew Clark explained.

With that announcement Bishop Matthew Clark officially entered retirement. He now holds the title of Bishop Emeritus. Clark submitted his resignation to the Vatican in July upon his 75th birthday, which Church law requires. He believed he would remain on the job until a new bishop was appointed.

“Commonly, I would have received a letter saying ‘I accept your resignation now effective when your replacement is named,’ in which case I would have continued without interruption my episcopal service here,” he said. “So this is not the common way.”

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Why the Vatican wanted him out (from the Cleansing Fire Website) 

Most of us expected a quicker than normal change, just not this quick! So why was the bishop’s resignation accepted after only two months? First of all, the bishop’s fruits have been rotten. Below is a table of figures comparing the state of the Diocese of Rochester when Bp. Clark arrived to when he departed:

Category 1979 2012
Active diocesan priests 341 90
Total priests 584 215
Priest ordinations 4 0
Religious sisters 1,047 443
Parishes 161 105*
Seminaries 2 0
Catholic high schools 9 5
Catholic elementary schools 78 25
Total Catholic school students 76,724 20,603
Infant baptisms 6,742 2,646
Marriages 3,919 1,009

Source: Official Catholic Directory, 1979 and 2012

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A 50-year personal retrospective: Vatican II was no “New Pentecost”.

by Doug Lawrence

Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, chronicles the authentic events of the first Christian Pentecost, which were shortly followed by the miraculous expansion of the Church and the subsequent baptism of countless souls, all over the known world.

The Catholic Church came into existence on Pentecost. The fire enkindled by the Holy Spirit on that great day still burns bright. Billions of souls, from scores of generations, subsequently came to know and love God, through their faithful participation in the work, worship, sacraments and devotions of the Catholic Church.

There was nothing sufficiently wrong with the Catholic Church to warrant anything like the destructive and spiritually violent “New Pentecost of the 1960’s” that has since been blasphemously proclaimed by so many, for so long, with little more than 50 years of  “rotten fruit” to show for it.

I lived through the heady days of the 2nd Vatican Council, which was shortly followed by what was arguably the greatest apostasy in the Catholic Church, that the world has yet witnessed.

I knew the pre-Vatican II Catholic Church. I loved the pre-Vatican II Catholic Church. Through the good offices and sacraments of the pre-Vatican II Catholic Church, I came to be a friend of God. All of that was turned upside down, violently torn asunder, ransacked and roughly trampled underfoot (sometimes literally) in the riotous aftermath of the council known as Vatican II.

That’s why I can say with certainty that Vatican II was NO “New Pentecost”. It was instead, a purely political (not “pastoral”) revolution, that for a time, effectively took over the leadership of the Holy Catholic Church, to absolutely NO good end. And it may well take another hundred years, with God’s good help, to properly restore all that has been lost.

So, there’s your 50-year retrospective on the 2nd Vatican Council, through the eyes of one still exasperated Catholic soul, who actually lived through it!

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