Seen on the web: An old joke.

Beefy Levinson (paraphrased)

An old joke from Latin America:

What happened when the Church opted for the poor?

The poor opted for the Pentecostals.

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In spite of all the scandals, it’s nice to know that the Catholic Church still accomplishes its’ divine mission.

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There is probably never a moment during the day in which Mass is not being celebrated somewhere on this planet, where the Liturgy of the Hours is not being celebrated. At every moment, Catholic school bells ringing, the poor and sick attended to by the Church, confessions being heard, counsel being given.

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Editor’s note: Msgr. Charles Pope provides a much needed look at all the good things the Catholic Church continues to accomplish in the world. The short video is both inspiring and informative. And all this has been going on virtually nonstop, 24/7 and 365, for the last 2000 years!

What Catholics know about God that Protestants typically don’t. Or won’t.


God respects the dignity of the human race, (which he created in his own image and likeness) by kindly remembering to include the People of God (along with our good works/voluntary cooperation with his grace) in his ongoing, universal plan of salvation.

It makes no difference where we (or the saints) might presently happen to be, since Heaven poses absolutely no obstacles to the awesome power of divine love and grace (with the unfortunate but notable exception of those already in Hell.)

This is the basic premise behind the Traditional Catholic practice of venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary, along with all the other saints. It also forms the basis for the belief that the saints do indeed have the necessary power and authority from God, to intercede on our behalf.

It’s all totally biblical, and an essential function
of God’s “amazing” grace.

Divine injunctions forbid the Vatican boasting of its good work, so the only news we get is bad news


One of the biggest propaganda coups against the Catholic church in recent years has been to portray it as riddled with paedophiles whose vile activities it has sought to cover up. Apart from the occasional defensive flash when a senior churchman is wrongly accused of inaction, the church has merely apologised and asked for forgiveness.

Well, so it should. One child abused would be one too many; but it is frustrating that the church does so little to put its role in proportion. Meek and mild may be good, but leaving the ordinary members of the flock bleating in bewilderment as the wolves of Fleet Street snarl around them, jaws foaming with allegations, is not so good.

After all the dust had settled in America, 98% of priests were untouched by allegations, let alone convictions. We do not yet know the final figures for Ireland but what we do know is that there is nothing unique to the Catholic church about child abuse. Teachers, care home workers and scout masters are just a few other examples, while the biggest category of abuse is, horrifically, within families. The church of course would never seek to compare its own sins with those of others, so this point is never made.

The same applies to the allegations of cover-ups. In the 1970s the National Council of Civil Liberties, an eminently respectable body staffed by eminently respectable people like Patricia Hewitt and Harriet Harman, actually allowed affiliation with the Paedophile Information Exchange, so little was the nature of paedophilia understood.

Cases were often dealt with by magistrates and sentences could be light. In the 1980s I was doing Samaritan training and, far from reporting cases, we treated child abuse no less confidentially than any other crime. It was the mid 1990s before we had a sex offenders’ register in this country. Why would the Catholic church be expected to know what the rest of the world did not?

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