This Week’s Smoke of Satan: How “bogus” psychological counseling is used to expel good men from “Catholic” seminaries.



In 1972, Pope Paul VI observed,

“From some fissure,
the smoke of Satan
has entered the Temple of God.”

The purpose of this weekly column is to help wake
the bulk of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics
from their self-imposed slumber
and powerfully remind them of who they are,
and what they are called by God, to be.

This week’s story: Chapter 7 – Go See the Shrink! How “bogus” psychological counseling is used to expel good men from “Catholic” seminaries.

“If one or two years of psychological counseling
on a fee for services basis is not successful in alienating
the the man from his faith in the Church, he is given
a negative recommendation from the psychologist
which usually means another dismissal
and another lost vocation.” – Dr. John Fraunces,
psychologist and member of the Catholic Medical Association

Read more of Goodbye, Good Men: how liberals brought corruption into the Catholic Church, by Michael S. Rose

Despite the generally positive (2008/PDF) Report of the Vatican’s Apostolic Visitation of U.S. Seminaries, not much has really changed. In fact, the summary of that report was very critical of seminaries run by religious orders, and probably avoided being more critical of diocesan seminaries, only for political reasons.

In short … with few exceptions … little or nothing has changed!

Read the Vatican Report (allow time for PDF file to load)

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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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Book Selection: Goodbye, good men: how liberals brought corruption into the Catholic Church – By Michael S. Rose


Read it at Google Books