Vanity Fair Magazine on homosexual clergy in Rome: For fear of laughing out loud, priests sometimes try to avoid making eye contact with one another when hymns like “Hail, Holy Queen” are sung.

The Vatican’s Secret Life
Despite headlines about a powerful “gay lobby” within the Vatican, and a new Pope promising reform, the Catholic Church’s gay cardinals, monks, and other clergy inhabit a hidden netherworld. In Rome, the author learns how they navigate the dangerous paradox of their lives.

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Musings about Catholic clergy, malfeasance, cowardice, peace, luv – and blogging

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Blogs like mine – and countless others – are the result of the genuine suffering and righteous anger of many sincere Catholics who feel that the post V II clergy are culpable of dereliction of duty in the gravest of ways, and possibly in an unprecedented manner in the history of Christianity.

Our elementary religious feeling simply rebels at seeing so much – I must say the word, because I find it appropriate – brown-nosing to the world, going on at all ecclesiastical levels since the beginning of the Sixties.

This, and nothing else, is what leads us to blog. I for myself would not even dream of being here at 11pm writing this angry blog post, rather than sitting with a good book, a glass of Porto and Schubert in the background, if I knew the clergy are doing their job.

If they did, blogs like ours would be of no interest for the reader even provided we were – which would not be my case – willing to write them. People would, very simply, follow the events in the Catholic world through the interviews, the homilies, the books, the blogs, the calls to battle of the good clergy themselves.

If we had a halfway decent clergy, every church would resound of their rage against the abominations and godlessness of our times, and the parish magazines would contain long lists of locally, nationally and internationally excommunicated politicians. Instead, the pulpits – if they are still used – are generally used for convenient waffling about peace, luv, social justice, & Co.

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Catechist: VIRTUS training, something born out of the sins of a few priests and the bishops who sheltered them, has become a millstone around the neck of the laity.

Was there a single person in that room that was unclear about the horrific nature of the acts committed by a specific set of priests and the bishops who covered up for them?  Why were we, the laity, being required to watch what was quickly boiling down to an indoctrination film as a solution to crimes that were not ours?

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Illinois scandal of the week: 260 clergy — many from Chicago — back gay-marriage legislation.

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Church scandals are nothing new. Neither is the solution.

The great medieval Doctor of Reform, Peter Damian (1007-1072), determined the root cause of systemic sexual abuse to be episcopal laxity resulting from a misunderstanding of the bishop’s office.

Instead of seeing the bishop as a teacher who leads people by his humble example, whose authority is based on his service for the community, and who seeks to persuade people freely to embrace a Christian life, a number of medieval bishops frequently understood their roles as princes or lords of the Church, whose office unequivocally demanded obedience, and who pronounced the moral law by fiat.

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Editor’s note: When the post-Vatican II bishops discounted all that had come before, they almost totally abandoned many tried and true techniques for ultimately maintaining the faithfulness and fidelity of Catholic clergy and religious.

This is not to say there was no scandal prior to Vatican II … just that the church already had effective mechanisms in place to suppress and deal with such things.

When the post Vatican II church threw in the towel, apparently giving in to the world, the flesh and the devil in a wholesale fashion … all bets were off. Nobody really knew what the new rules were, nor did they seem to care.

The result was spiritual anarchy, which rapidly decimated the ranks of the priesthood and religious orders … left the church’s venerable institutions broken and in shambles … and the church wide open for precisely the type of massive and unfettered abuse that we’ve recently witnessed, all around the world.

It’s not about you, Bishop Zurek … or even about Father Pavone. It’s about saving babies!

Fr. Frank is the reason I am where I am today…emotionally and spiritually.  He has given me guidance and direction that I couldn’t find from anyone else.  I am not a particularly emotional person.  The first time I heard Fr. Frank speak at an event about clinic workers, I wept.  How could he see inside my heart?  How did he know my thoughts?  Because this is his life. He isn’t just in this for the children; he is in this for people like me, too…the wounded, the broken, the angry, the scarred.

I look at how abortion has crept into our Christian culture and see thousands of clergy who are scared to defend our unborn children.  And then I see Fr. Frank.  He is a man who is always ready to speak the truth.  A man who is always ready to stand up for what is right.  He is a man of courage.  I am proud to stand by him during this time of trial.

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Some see home schooling as a threat to Catholic schools, while others recognize it as valid option

According to the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Christian Education (Gravissimum Educationis), parents are the primary educators of their children, and Catholic home-schoolers take that commitment seriously. For them, their homes are places where authentic Catholic education occurs, and many members of the clergy and hierarchy agree with them. Several dioceses explicitly recognize home schooling as a valid option for Catholic education.

But not all priests and bishops agree. At the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1884, the bishops wrote that parents have an obligation to send their children to parochial schools, and some clergy members today say Catholic home-schoolers abrogate that responsibility.

The latest skirmish flared earlier this year when the Holy Family Homeschoolers Association invited Austin Bishop Joe Vásquez to celebrate a blessing Mass at the beginning of the next school year. The response came not from the bishop’s office but from the Catholic schools superintendent, Ned Vanders, who wrote:

“Bishop Vásquez received your invitation to celebrate a Eucharistic liturgy for the fall home-schooling blessing Mass.Bishop Vásquez believes Catholic education, and in particular Catholic school education, is an essential part of the life of the Diocese of Austin. As you know, Catholic schools are at the heart of the mission of the Church.“Bishop’s presence at the home-schooling Mass would convey a contradictory message equating the importance of Catholic school education with Catholic home schooling; therefore, Bishop Vásquez must respectfully decline the invitation.Sincerely in Christ,Ned F. Vanders, Ed.D.”

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Philadelphia Catholic laments scandalous betrayal of the faith

It is a true test of faith, to try to remain in the Catholic Church knowing all that has happened, not only in Philadelphia but throughout the world, with clergy sex-abuse scandals. It is like everything I once believed, has been turned upside down, inside out.

The trust that has been broken is almost too great, the betrayal runs so deep. As a child, I was taught to look toward the clergy as an example of what is good and holy, and now I find I have had to tell my children to look away.

I was taught from a young age that as a Catholic, I needed to be careful to not fall prey to the corruption and evil that exists in the secular world around us. But this time the threat comes from within the church. The problems of the outside world have never shaken my beliefs the way the church itself has done in recent years.

I was also taught to speak out against injustice and all that is wrong, and so I do; however it is against all that I have ever known and believed. So for now, I remain, wanting to walk away, but in doing so feeling like I would be abandoning all that the Catholic Church has destroyed.

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How Some Catholic Seminaries Promote the Homosexual Sub-Culture

“Under no circumstances may a student report to a third student his concerns regarding another student’s sexual orientation or behavior. If there are concerns this must be brought directly to the student himself or if serious tell the rector.”

(Thus two heterosexual students may not discuss with each other that Billy seems a little sweet in his affections.)

If they tell Billy to his face as mandated, he can report that their evaluation of him has made him uncomfortable and he feels they are not accepting of him because he might be gay.

If someone tells Fr. that he is wondering about Billy then Fr. writes down that the guy is fearful of intimacy because he is homophobic.

The culture is set up for close living with homosexuals who are encouraged to share their proclivities with self selected friends while heterosexuals may not criticize or shy away from such disordered affections.

The heterosexuals may not discuss with one another if they suspect a seminarian is eroticizing the philia of male friendship. This is neither a masculine nor a Catholic anthropology.

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Catholic Etiquette: The who’s, what’s, where’s and why’s of polite, respectful Catholicism

TERMS OF ADDRESS

(Key: in formal address, as indicated in the following: (a) direct speech or conversation; (b) correspondence. The abbreviation, add., is for the address on the envelope; sal., the salutation of a letter.)

THE POPE – (a) Your Holiness. (b) Add.: To His Holiness, Pope … Sal.: Most Holy Father.

CARDINALS – (a) Your Eminence. (b) Add.: His Eminence (Christian name) Cardinal (surname). Sal.: My Lord Cardinal.

LATIN PATRIARCHS – (a) Your Excellency. (b) Add.: His Excellency the Patriarch of … Sal.: Your Excellency or Most Reverend Excellency.

EASTERN PATRIARCHS – (a) Your Beatitude. (b) Add.:His Beatitude the Patriarch of … Sal.: Most Reverend Lord.

APOSTOLIC DELEGATES AND NUNCIOS – (a) Your Excellency. (b) Add.: His Excellency Archbishop (or Monsignor) … Sal.: Your Excellency.

ARCHBISHOPS – (a) Your Excellency. (b) Add.: The Most Reverend …, D.D., Archbishop of … Sal.: Your Excellency.

BISHOPS – (a) Your Excellency. (b) Add.: The Most Reverend …, D.D., Bishop of … Sal.: Most Reverend.

ABBOTS – (a) Father Abbot or My Lord Abbot. (b) Add.: The Right Reverend …, Abbot of … Sal.: Right Reverend Abbot.

ABBESSES – (a) Lady Abbess or Mother Abbess. (b) Add.: Lady Abbess …, Abbess of … Sal.: Dear Mother Abbess.

PROTHONOTARIES APOSTOLIC (Domestic Prelates and Vicar-General) – (a) Monsignor. (b) Add.: The Right Reverend Monsignor …, P.A. orV.G. Sal.: Right Reverend and Dear Monsignor.

PROVOSTS AND CANONS – (a) Provost or Canon. (b) Add.: The Very Reverend Provost (or Canon). Sal.: Very Reverend Provost or Dear Canon.

PAPAL CHAMBERLAINS – (a) Monsignor. (b) Add.: The Very Reverend Monsignor … Sal.: Very Reverend Monsignor.

RECTORS OF SEMINARIES – (a) Father (or title). (b) Add.: The Very Reverend … Sal.: Very Reverend and Dear Father (or title).

PROVINCIALS OF RELIGIOUS ORDERS – (a) Father Provincial. (b) Add.: The Very Reverend Father Provincial … Sal.: Very Reverend and Dear Father Provincial.

PRIORS – (a) Father Prior. (b) Add.: The Very Reverend Father Prior … Sal.: Very Reverend and Dear Father Prior.

PRIORESSES – (a) Mother Prioress. (b) Add.: The Very Reverend Mother Prioress … Sal.: Very Reverend and Dear Mother Prioress.

RURAL DEANS – (a) Father. (b) Add.: The Very Reverend … Sal.: Very Reverend and Dear Dean.

PRIESTS, DIOCESAN – (a) Father. (b) Add.: The Reverend … Sal.: Reverend and Dear Father.

PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS – (a) Father. (b) Add.: The Reverend Father … Sal.: Reverend and Dear Father.

CLERICS (BELOW ORDER OF PRIESTHOOD) – (a) no title. (b) Add.: The Reverend Mr. … Sal.: Reverend Sir.

BROTHERS – (a) Brother. (b) Add.: Venerable Brother … Sal.: Venerable and Dear Brother.

SISTERS – (a) Sister. (b) Add.: Venerable Sister … Sal.: Venerable and Dear Sister.

PAPAL KNIGHTS – (a) Sir. (b) Add.: The Honorable …, K.S.G. (or K.H.S.) Sal.: Honorable and Dear Sir.

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Archdiocese of Chicago Retracts CCHD Grants to Pro-Life Groups

Chicago’s Pro-Life Action League was “stiffed”. This is merely Chicago  politics as usual! The pro abort liberals are still firmly in charge, flexing the muscles of  the “Machine” that recently managed to reelect Governor Quinn and others …

The Reform CCHD Coalition Now received confirmation on Monday that Chicago’s CCHD had retracted grants previously promised to pro-life groups.

With the departure of Rey Flores as CCHD director, a group of Chicago clergy have been publicly exerting pressure on the archdiocese to restrict grants to only “anti-poverty” organizations.

These clergy don’t accept the argument that the lack of respect for the sanctity of life, along with the destruction of traditional marriage, are a major cause of physical, as well as spiritual poverty in society.

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“Rough Justice”: Alleged abuse victim arrested in priest’s beating.

“Many times I thought of driving down to LA and confronting Father Jerry. I wanted to exorcise all of the rage and anger and bitterness he put into me,” Lynch told the newspaper. “You can’t put into words what this guy did to me. He stole my innocence and destroyed my life.”

The Associated Press does not identify victims of sex crimes as a matter of policy, but Lynch previously came forward to tell his story.

There have been several other instances of violence, sometimes fatal, against priests accused of abuse since the Roman Catholic clergy abuse scandal unfolded in 2002.

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Worldly matters should not keep clergy (and lay people) from their sacred duty.


Scripture says the Clergy must Speak…..Paul says of the bishop: He must be able to encourage men in sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it (Titus 1:9). For the same reason God tells us through Malachi: The lips of the priest are to preserve knowledge, and men shall look to him for the law, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts (Mal 2:7). …..

Every Priest Must Preach – Anyone ordained a priest undertakes the task of preaching, so that with a loud cry he may go on ahead of the terrible judge who follows. If, then, a priest does not know how to preach, what kind of cry can such a dumb herald utter? It was to bring this home that the Holy Spirit descended in the form of tongues on the first pastors (Acts 2:3), for he causes those whom he has filled, to speak out spontaneously.

The People must pray for the clergy – Beloved brothers, consider what has been said: Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest (Matt 9:38). Pray for us so that we may have the strength to work on your behalf, that our tongue may not grow weary of exhortation, and that after we have accepted the office of preaching, our silence may not condemn us before the just judge.

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Hundreds of traditionalist clergy poised to leave Church of England for Rome.

Evidently, women priests and openly homosexual bishops have so strained the sensibilities of traditional Anglicans that the thought of women bishops is just a bit too much.

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Newsweek: Catholic priests seem to abuse children at the same rate as everyone else.

Since the mid-1980s, insurance companies have offered sexual misconduct coverage as a rider on liability insurance, and their own studies indicate that Catholic churches are not higher risk than other congregations.

Insurance companies that cover all denominations, such as Guide One Center for Risk Management, which has more than 40,000 church clients, does not charge Catholic churches higher premiums. “We don’t see vast difference in the incidence rate between one denomination and another,” says Sarah Buckley, assistant vice president of corporate communications. “It’s pretty even across the denominations.” It’s been that way for decades. While the company saw an uptick in these claims by all types of churches around the time of the 2002 U.S. Catholic sex-abuse scandal, Eric Spacick, Guide One’s senior church-risk manager, says “it’s been pretty steady since.” On average, the company says 80 percent of the sexual misconduct claims they get from all denominations involve sexual abuse of children.

As a result, the more children’s programs a church has, the more expensive its insurance, officials at Guide One said.

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Exposing Planned Parenthood in your community: Getting the clergy involved

Exposing PP in your community is a weekly feature of the Wednesday Stopp Report (WSR), written by Rita Diller, STOPP’s national director and former diocesan director of Respect Life Ministries for the Amarillo Diocese. Rita and Bishop John W. Yanta conducted a focused 12-year prayer and education campaign in the Amarillo area, which culminated in the closure of 18 PP facilities and the disaffiliation of the remaining two from Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

When I talk about the 20 PP centers that folded in the Texas Panhandle under the weight of truth, people tend to think that was accomplished only because we had an outspoken, passionately pro-life bishop.

I point out that while involvement of clergy is critical, it is the job of the laity to bring the clergy into the mix. Bishop Yanta always said, “If the people will lead, the leaders will follow.” He should know; he was led into pro-life activism by a lay- person.

Before Bishop Yanta was a bishop, he was a parish priest in San Antonio, Texas. He tells the story often of how he was visited on a regular basis by a layperson, who just kept inviting him to come with him to pray at the abortion mill. This layman knew that he was fighting the epic battle of good vs. evil, and he needed spiritual leaders by his side. And this particular layperson that kept asking this priest to help him was not even Catholic.

He told Fr. Yanta his war stories and kept asking for his help. Eventually, no longer able to say no, the priest decided to step out in faith, if only to get the guy off his back.

He went out to pray at the abortion center, and the rest is history. Once he had stepped into the battle, he became passionately pro-life. So much so that he was arrested for defending the preborn. So much so, that when he became Bishop of Amarillo, he incorporated the precious feet of a preborn baby into his crest and took the motto, “Bear Witness to the Truth.” He did, and he never looked back.

Please, never give up in trying to get clergy to join you at Planned Parenthood. Befriend them, tell them your war stories, and emphasize that they are vital to the success of your endeavor. The most important part of the last sentence is the first part: befriend them. You need them like the grass needs the rain.

There are two things we don’t have the liberty to do, when millions of innocent children are being slain at our feet and our children are being sexually exploited and abused: we can’t stop fighting for their lives and souls and we can never stop trying to befriend clergy and bring them into the battle.

You never know how much difference one spiritual leader will make in the epic battle of good vs. evil.

Rita Diller is eager to assist you in your local fight against PP. You can contact her by email: rdiller@all.org.

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Seen on the web: Plenty of blame to go around for abortion

“One must remember that problems within the Church laity have their roots in those within the clergy.

A crew of Jesuit intellectuals devised the “I’m personally opposed but” mantra which was picked up by the Kennedys and Mario Cuomo in the ’70’s and several years later in a speech at Fordham University, Chicago’s prelate and hierarchal prince, Joseph Bernadin minimized oppostion to pre-natal infanticide with his “Seamless garment” rationale (which was meant to defuse anti-abortion activity by New York’s John O’Connor.

This also gave a cover for Democratic Catholics who switched sides in droves to avail themselves of Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List Funding.

Here in Arizona, the Diocese’s then Legislative Liasion would lecture out raged pro-life legislators that they were no morally better since they opposed public welfare programs and progressive taxation.

Rome should clean up the problem at its source, but it seems that doctrinal discipline went out the window after 1958.”

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“Any church that could survive the ignominy of clergy who have disgraced it for 2,000 years must be divine.”

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The late Robert Novak told me that he became a Catholic after reading the history of the Church. He decided to convert because, he says, any church that could survive the ignominy of clergy who have disgraced it for 2,000 years must be divine. Good point-and these two news items reaffirm Novak’s point.

Clerical Bubblehead No 1.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has recorded a robo-call… going to every registered voter in a certain city council district… praising Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez. It doesn’t bother Bishop DiMarzio one whit that Lopez, a Catholic, has been endorsed by NARAL (National Abortion Rights League) and has sponsored a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. The reason for the prelate’s warm praise: Lopez helped derail a bill that would have lifted the statute of limitations against pedophilia priests and other clergy accused of indecent acts. The bishop says he doesn’t call upon voters to reelect Lopez… who is facing a very tight squeeze for reelection… but he just wants to thank him on behalf of the Brooklyn diocese.

Clerical Bubblehead No. 2.

Santa Fe [N.M.] Archbishop Michael Sheehan told the National Catholic Reporter last week that he supported Notre Dame’s decision to confer an honorary degree on President Obama and further cannot understand the reason for what he called the “big scene” of protests against Obama’s address and honorary degree. “We don’t want to isolate ourselves from the rest of America by our strong views on abortion and the other things,” he said. What “other things?” Probably the items listed in the 10 commandments. He exhibited his further ignorance thusly: “We’d be like the Amish, you know, kind of isolated from society, if we kept pulling back because of a single issue.”

Both deserve the Thomas Cranmer Medal… named for the Archbishop of Canterbury [1489-1556] who processed the request of Henry VIII to the pope for a divorce from Catherine of Aragon and handed the Church to Henry as his plaything, designating him sovereign head of the Church of England. Unfortunately weasel Cranmer got caught between the switches and when Mary I, a Catholic, ascended the throne she took it rather hard that wily old Cranmer had renounced his and her faith and converted to Protestantism. So she locked him up and condemned him to death. Then Cranmer experienced a most nervous, jittery re-conversion to Catholicism. Then when he found out his re-conversion to Catholicism would do him no good, he… let’s see how one says this… re-re-re-converted to Protestantism. His head was lopped off by Bloody Mary (who was no more bloody than Henry) and… believe it or not… this weak vessel Cranmer was proclaimed a martyr to Anglicanism.

To both DiMarzio and Sheehan the Cranmer medal… with our salutations.

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Father Corapi speaks up about abortion, corruption, more

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Vatican makes firm statement on sexual abuse (About time!)

The Vatican has lashed out at criticism over its handling of its paedophilia crisis by saying the Catholic church was “busy cleaning its own house” and that the problems with clerical sex abuse in other churches were as big, if not bigger.

In a defiant and provocative statement, issued following a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Holy See said the majority of Catholic clergy who committed such acts were not paedophiles but homosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent males.

The statement, read out by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, defended its record by claiming that “available research” showed that only 1.5%-5% of Catholic clergy were involved in child sex abuse.

He also quoted statistics from the Christian Scientist Monitor newspaper to show that most US churches being hit by child sex abuse allegations were Protestant and that sexual abuse within Jewish communities was common.

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