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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