Seen on the web: Bishops in handcuffs?

My own apostolic zeal is for protecting my own family, participating in parish life, educating my children in the Faith, and — when opportune — speaking with non-Catholics about the Faith, and extending a welcome to these people to investigate the Faith, with myself as a kind of “sherpa,” guiding them if they show the least interest. My wife and I also give monies to our parish, to the diocese, and to various Catholic charities.

We are also quick to question the actions — or inaction — of our priests and bishops, such as when the Campaign for Human Development is giving monies to pro-abortion/pro-homosexual/pro-contraception organizations.

Of course, we never get more than a non-response to these queries — i.e., no response or acknowledgment at all of our complaint; or a non-sequitur response; or words alone, with corrective actions never taken.

I have learned — in large measure — to ignore the bishops and their “social justice” pleas. There is no effort to correct decades-long corruption of these programs by out-and-out leftists and heterodox “catholics.”

Bishops and priests will regain credibility when I see them in handcuffs — protesting, for example, at the White House (USA), or at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Where were they, for example, when the Court was hearing arguments in the Hobby Lobby case? Where were they when Sebelius handed down her forced abortion-funding and forced contraception funding ukase? If they aren’t in the streets protesting and getting arrested, I can’t believe a word that issues from their mouths. Where — pray tell — where is THEIR “evangelization”?

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The pope is the servant of the Truth, not its maker.

“Never criticise the pope” has never been a Catholic rule. Ever.

There has also never been a rule that says, “Only saints can criticise popes”. Nor has there ever been any rule that says you can’t criticise a pope on the internet or other public forums.

All that stuff is in fact made up. And pretty recently. Mostly since we started feeling, in the early 1980s, with more and more bishops going weird and wiggy on us, that the pope was the last bastion of sanity in a world gone pazzo. But the history of the Church is longer than the last 40 years.

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The new (Catholic) McCarthyism: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a critic of Pope Francis?”

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Philadelphia Archdiocese has been unfairly depicted as a critic of Pope Francis.  This stems from an interview he had with John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter.

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Seen on the web re: Illinois politicians using the Pope’s comments for cover on their vote to legalize homosexual marriage

Janet Baker
November 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm · Reply

I just don’t see it that he has been misrepresented. He said what he said. He had the chance to deny that he said we were not ‘to judge.’ But in fact that is Vatican II’s legacy, when it made the Church subsist along with all others in a greater ‘church’ where salvation may be found for all, without Christ, without the sacraments, without baptism. It is a doctrinal problem and Pope Francis’ words accurately reflect the doctrine of that cursed council. Perhaps God is letting us have enough rope to hang ourselves. It was easier to believe Benedict’s more elevated modernism, to hope it meant that everything was okay, would turn out okay, without the painful process that rooting out that council and that rotten doctrine. Maybe now the middle-of-the-roaders, who forget yesterday’s lesson as soon as they awaken each morning, will finally get it. What that awakening means for us, I do not know. It is the duty of the Cardinals to declare a manifest heretic. They can do that. If he allows a woman ‘cardinal,’ will they? By the way, this is not the first time the flaw has influenced our politics: democratic politicians, including Nancy Pelosi and Biden, cite the Council as the source of their votes on abortion.

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Pope Francis violates his own standards, by enumerating his Twitter followers.

“Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you!” the pontiff wrote on his nine accounts, which publish simultaneously in languages including Latin, Polish and Arabic. “I thank you with all my heart and ask you to continue praying for me.”

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Editor’s note: Rampant Pelagianism has evidently penetrated to the highest level of the Catholic Church.

Related link: Pope Francis “dissing” Catholic group that prayed 3,525 rosaries on his behalf – merely for mentioning the number of rosaries that were prayed!

Interview with fired Radio Maria journalist who criticized Pope Francis’ ambiguous pronouncements, objective philosophical and doctrinal errors.

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We speak to each other as fellow journalists: We discuss the classic case of a non-message.

Here are two baptized Catholics who have heard for months what the Pope says and for months experienced discomfort, while that’s obviously what they hear are very large steps away from what the doctrine says.

At the end, after all, it is their job to write and comment, write and comment on them. Thus, it provides not only a basic rule of information, but also the Church law.

The letter to Scalfari, the interview with Scalfari, the interview with the Civilta Cattolica , are only the most recent, glaring examples. They went around the world, they led to calls for revolution, they amazed thousands upon thousands of Catholics, and thus souls, and no one has something to say?

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Editor’s note: The U.S. Secret Service trains its agents to identify counterfeit money by making absolutely certain that those agents are able to successfully identify, describe and enumerate all the various characteristics of genuine U.S. currency, because when you know the real thing, even the best of the counterfeits is relatively simple to identify.  

Similarly, a Catholic who knows God and thoroughly knows all the authentic teachings and precepts of the Catholic faith instantly “alerts” when anyone – even a pope – proposes something which fails to pass the “smell test”.

The modernists and liberals who have been running the Catholic Church for the last half century have done their best to dumb-down the Body of Christ through incomplete, incompetent, ineffective and otherwise, exquisitely poor catechesis, so it’s no wonder that so many of today’s Catholics seem to be thrilled with what Pope Francis has been saying and how he has been saying it.

Alessandro Gnocchi is nothing less than a modern day martyr (witness) and true defender of the Catholic faith. Where are all the others?   

Postmodern liberal leaders insist that everyone should invent his own truth – yet also demand that everyone should conform to their code of political correctness.

Postmodern liberals still believe Schleiermacher’s dictum. Situational ethics, moral relativism, and the cultural relativism of truth claims are based on the idea that the truth must be discovered subjectively.

The relativism of truth claims made it possible for idealist philosopher Georg Hegel (1770-1834) to invent his own cosmos. He argued that the truth changes over time in accordance with his theory of historicism. However, historicism is logically impossible.

No cosmos can exist in which every individual invents his own truth claims. Historicists believe that each generation must subjectively discover its own truth. However, a generation seeking truth subjectively could never agree on its own truth claims because the subjective search for truth requires each person to invent his own truth. Hegel could not invent his own cosmos without implicitly inviting everyone to invent their own cosmos. Any society that invites its people to do this will shatter into fragments and collapse.

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Prominent blogger’s opinion of Michael Voris – “He strikes me as a conspiratorial blowhard who has a thing about Jews and who has all the subtlety and wit of a dead possum.”

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Editor’s note: To be fair, let’s carefully parse Donald R. McClarey’s personal comment on Michael Voris.

“He strikes me…” (Yes, he does. MV tends to get right in everyone’s face as he delivers news of the latest public scandals and failings of those who dare to call themselves Catholic. Nobody wants to hear that kind of stuff, but we know it’s true.) 

“as a conspiratorial blowhard…” (Conspiratorial? How did all those altar rails come down, tabernacles get moved and all those liberal prelates obtain their positions, if not by some form of organized political effort within the universal church? The late Cardinal Bernardin was indeed a highly placed, Chicago style “wheeler – dealer” – and the U.S. church is still recovering from his various appointments and his ill considered. self-serving “seamless garment” approach. Then there were the abusive priests who were for years, secretly transferred from diocese to diocese to diocese. That didn’t happen by accident – so what would you call it, if not some kind of a coordinated effort/conspiracy? A good old boy’s club? Malfeasance – negligence – malpractice – or what? Certainly not an act of God!)

“who has a thing about Jews…” (It can be legitimately claimed that Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis had/have “a thing” about Jews. What “thing” might that be? How about lumping every individual Jew and Jewish organization into one big group and claiming that they all believe exactly the same things, and are working toward precisely the same ends – which are all good – which means we Catholics are no longer supposed to be concerned with their conversion – which is a bunch of outright lies – and is also about as patronizing, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic and bereft of human charity as can be! MV understands that not everyone who personally identifies as Jewish has the best interests of the the Catholic Church – or the world – in mind. The same can be rightly said about many Christian denominations and other groups. So what’s the problem? Or do you too have “a thing” about Jews?)

“and who has all the subtlety and wit of a dead possum…” (Possums that only appear to be dead are actually very, very subtle. As for MV – I would classify this as an ad hominem attack – and that’s simply unfair – like shooting the messenger who brings bad news.)

The mythical “Q” source and modern Bible criticism’s self serving double standard

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There are identical verses in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The Markans claim both authors copied from Mark’s Gospel. They further assert that Matthew and Luke had no knowledge of each other. So where did they obtain their many identical verses that were not present in Mark’s Gospel? Markans say they copied from a lost document, which they call ‘Q’ from the German word ‘Quelle’ (Source).

There is not the slightest historical evidence, or even a hint, that ‘Q’ or its author ever existed. If ‘Q’ had existed, it would have been the most treasured, copied, precious scroll of Christianity during the first 50-70 years of the new religion. According to the Markans we owe the preservation of ‘The Our Father’ and ‘The Beatitudes’ to ‘Q’. Mark did not bother to record them. If ‘Q’ had been the key document containing the sayings of Christ, it would have been passed from hand to hand and read at Services.

Markans want us to believe that the community that produced ‘Q’ made such few copies that none have been found or have been mentioned by historians. Yet the anonymous authors of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, unknown to each other, found two rare copies and made them the basis of their writings. Then the communities of both Matthew and Luke lost ‘Q’. If ‘Q’ was so important, multiple copies would have been made for many communities. Markans have not explained how all copies of this key Christian document were lost. Also, how did all knowledge of ‘Q’ disappear without leaving even a vague reference or echo in any piece of Christian or heretical literature?

Those who hold the Markan theory demand the most stringent proof for the historicity of the Gospels, for which we have much historical evidence. Yet they accept conjectures and theories about ‘Q’, based on further conjectures and theories for which there is no evidence at all. In reality ‘Q’ was created out of nothing by theologians in the 19th century, to fill a hole in the Markan priority theory.

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It’s fair to ask what esteem Pope Francis holds the centuries long Tradition of the Church.

Pelagianism has been a much used word in Catholic circles of late.  Which is a surprising, because as a formal heresy, it was fairly well stamped out  1500 years ago or so. Arianism actually persisted longer than Pelagianism.

Certainly, the Holy Father seems much enamored of the word.  He used it a couple of weeks ago to describe traditionalists to some visitors from S. America. He just used it again yesterday, when he went a bit further:

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Jimmy Carter, quickly fading into total irrelevance, criticizes Catholic Church over male priesthood

President Jimmuh thinks the Catholic Church discriminates against women and has, since the 3rd century, so he wants the Catholic Church to accept women as priests.

Jimmuh has even left his former Baptist congregation over the issue of women’s role in the church, in favor of a smaller, more progressive sect.

The only problem is – Jimmuh knows nothing about the authentic Catholic faith, or the Catholic ministerial priesthood – or the Old Testament basis for it.

But things like that have never stopped Jimmuh before. Somebody should remind him that fools rush in, where angels fear to tread – although applying the term “fool” to former president Jimmuh is probably being overly charitable.

One more thing … the clueless and gutless Mr. Carter failed to even mention Islam and their blatant, open discrimination against women.  We can only wonder why!

What a jerk!

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Irish politician: Is Obama running for “Hypocrite of the Year Award”?

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Tough talk about President Obama from another Socialist, in Ireland. This woman doesn’t mince words!

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Meet Francis, the Chatterbox Pope

His morning sermons are often extemporised, accompanied by shrugs worthy of a harassed maître d’ and “huh?” noises that the Vatican press office has given up trying to render into English.

All very sweet – but what do we really know about Francis’s views? Well, he’s not a traditionalist like his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Indeed, he’s positively anti-traditionalist, not aggressively so, but in an I-can’t-be-doing-with-all-that-fussy-nonsense kind of way.

Consider, for example, what he said to a group of Latin American members of religious orders who sat with him in a circle the other day, none of the nuns wearing religious dress (Benedict would have been horrified).

Apparently, Francis recalled that one traditionalist group had presented him with a spiritual bouquet of 3,525 rosaries that they’d prayed for him. “Why didn’t they say ‘we pray for you’… but this thing of counting.”

Now, it’s true that the devotional practice of counting rosaries is very old-fashioned – but they were said with love, and it’s just rude, Your Holiness, to diss the old ladies who counted them.

Link to Damien Thompson’s column

Editor’s note: Much like presenting someone with “a dozen roses” – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with presenting someone with an enumerated spiritual bouquet – no matter what particular practices the 2nd Vatican Council may or may not have intended to suppress.

The “Bishop of Rome” was almost certainly out of line on this one!

We should also count ourselves fortunate that the Vatican has no nuclear weapons!

George Weigel vs. DeLauro re: Ryan

How, then, does DeLauro imagine herself as someone who speaks for “my Church, the Catholic Church?”

My hunch is that she imagines herself a spokeswoman for authentic Catholicism because she, like many other Catholics on the port side of both American politics and the Church, have long thought that they alone hold the high ground at the intersection of Catholic social teaching and public policy.

Memo to Congresswoman DeLauro and friends: Those days are over.

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Cardinal accuses government coalition of trying to “redefine reality” – calls their proposals a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right.”

In an article for The Sunday Telegraph, Cardinal O’Brien wrote: “Since all the legal rights of marriage are already available to homosexual couples, it is clear that this proposal is not about rights, but rather is an attempt to redefine marriage for the whole of society at the behest of a small minority of activists.

“Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child. It would create a society which deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father. Other dangers exist. If marriage can be redefined so that it no longer means a man and a woman but two men or two women, why stop there? Why not allow three men or a woman and two men to constitute a marriage, if they pledge their fidelity to one another?”

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Pro abort Canadian Catholic legislator upset over criticism

In speaking with the media about the current controversy Trudeau noted that like his father the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, he sees no inconsistency between his Catholic faith and his promotion of homosexual “rights” and legalized abortion.  He claimed he is personally against abortion, but believes in letting women make decisions about their own bodies.

“My own credo is completely consistent with that, and I’ll defend my own faith and my own values to the utmost extent,” he said.

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Editor’s note: What a self righteous, puffed up, impudent little jerk! Maybe Trudeau, Biden, Pelosi, Durbin, Quinn and Cuomo can start a “Deviant Catholic Club” for Catholic in name only politicians, with no guts.

“Abortion is the cause of the problems in the world and the Lord is helping us to provide the cure.”

A religious order that claims to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary has been criticised for displaying bumper stickers about abortion near a primary school.

Devotees of the vision, nick-named Our Lady of Surbiton, meet near Christ Church Primary School in Manor Drive, Surbiton, each day.

But bumper stickers about abortion have upset neighbours and mothers at the school.

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Doria2 supports indicted Bishop Finn. Doug thinks the bishop was “in over his head”.

Andy P/Doria2’s letter to the bishop:

Dear Bishop Finn,

I am writing from the Archdiocese of New York.

I must say that I thank God for good holy Bishops such as yourself. Yes you will be attacked, but remember what our Lord said, “They will hate you because of Me, but remember, they hated Me first.”

Take the slings and arrows as they are just stepping stones on your way to Paradise and know full well that there are millions of us out here who stand shoulder to shoulder with you as tug boats slowly turning the Barque of Peter back to where it belongs.

God continue to bless you, Your Excellency and keep up the good holy work you have begun.

AndyP/Doria2

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Doug Lawrence comments:

If the case has any merit, we should expect a protracted legal battle, then a plea bargain, with a token sentence. If not, after a suitable delay, all charges will be dropped.

Bishop Finn is known as a straight shooter, but his own public statements about his personal failings in this matter made him a very easy target for the grand jury, as he admitted everything in advance, and in writing.

That was simply too much temptation for the secular authorities (who obviously DON’T BELIEVE the bishop’s account) to resist … and a very bad move, politically, on Bishop Finn’s part.

The bishop should have simply made a good confession, and kept the rest of the details to himself.

There’s good reason that Jesus, in the Bible, reminds us, “Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves. (Matthew 10:16)

The bottom line: Bishop Finn was in, over his head. One way or the other, he mishandled the matter. Now, he must deal with the consequences.

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Bishop Finn’s email address

Remnant Newspaper Article

As the article in the Remnant says: I ask you all to pray that the truth of the matter comes out swiftly and completely. St. John Fisher, pray for Bishop Finn.

Israeli diplomat praises Pope Pius XII for saving thousands of Jews during the Holocaust

Apparently breaking with a taboo among critics of the Catholic Church and of Pope Pius XII – who reigned during the Second World War and the Holocaust – Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican has recognized that the pontiff did actually save thousands of Jews during the years of Nazi predation.

Ambassador Mordechai Lewy affirmed on June 23 that “as of the raid of 16 October 1943 and the days following in the ghetto of Rome, the monasteries and orphanages of the religious orders opened their doors to Jews, and we have reason to believe that this occurred under the supervision of the highest authorities of the Vatican, who were aware of these measures.” The diplomat spoke at a ceremony in which a Catholic priest, Gaetano Piccinini of the order founded by Don Orione, was post-humously awarded a medal honoring him as numbering among righteous Gentiles.

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Bryan J. Brown of the ArchAngel Institute: Understanding the Black Sheepdog (John Corapi)

My initial reaction to Fr. Corapi was not positive.  While I agreed with most – if not all – of what he said, and while it was great to hear a Catholic priest saying such things, something just did not seem right to me.   His affectation – the deep booming voice – seemed synthetic, seemed more akin to a stage actor’s bad rendition of King Lear than a real, live person.  His trademark “I once was so very bad”  testimonials seemed to glorify John Corapi more than glorifying God.  His claims of great intellectual prowess — immediately  followed by disclaimers that such god-like mental powers are meaningless – struck me as disingenuous at best … and more likely narcissistic.

In short, I was not impressed by Father John Corapi.  But so many others were infatuated with the gravel-voiced preacher that I decided my bad reception must be me, my cynicism, rather than a gut reaction that I should trust.

As I watched Magisterium affirming Catholics swoon over this priest in a fashion reminiscent of  teen girls during the British Invasion of the 60’s I forged  a sociological theory about the phenomena that was Father John Corapi.

He was the byproduct of Protestant envy among the Catholic faithful.

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