This Week’s “Dispersing the Smoke of Satan”: Grapling with the widespread failure of American Catholic Church leaders to teach and defend Catholic truth.



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: Spiritual Abuse

In September of 2002, Father Joseph Fessio, S.J. addressed the group, “Catholic Citizens of Illinois” where he attempted to explain the various causes of the diabolical crisis in which the post-Vatican II Catholic Church has become mired.

“What we are seeing today is a crisis in fidelity to Catholic truth: in accepting that truth on the part of the faithful and the priests, and on enforcing and defending that truth on the part of Bishops.”

Father Fessio was quick to point that “the crisis in the Church today is not pedophilia.” Indeed, the overwhelming majority of abuse cases involve homosexual priests molesting teenage boys barely under the age of eighteen. In the past decades, hundreds of problem priests have simply been shuffled back and forth from parish to parish, leaving trails of abuse across the country.

“It’s not just a problem of priests who are homosexuals”, cautioned Father Fessio, “but Bishops who are derelict in their duties. These scandals have been covered up, lies have been told, and lies have become a culture in some areas.” He also noted that while hundreds of priests have been defrocked, the colossal failure of the Bishops to root out and correct sexual deviancy in their own dioceses has yet to result in any Bishop being removed.

Faithful Catholics see the cause of the sex abuse crisis as the rejection of the Church’s traditional teaching on sexual morality by American society, including, sadly, most Catholics.

But the Faith was lost first.

St. Paul says of those who lost their Faith, “they were turned over to their lusts”. Father Fessio noted that the crisis of dissenting Catholic laity, priests and Bishops was born in the rejection the Church’s teaching in Humanae Vitae, published in 1968, which reinforced long held Catholic values in the midst of the hedonistic revolution known as ‘the Sixties.’

This revolution has ushered in a growing plague of societal ills — divorce, child and spousal abuse, rape, and abortion — that emerge from the disordered ‘free love’ view of human sexuality that dominates our culture today.

Commenting on the traditional Catholic view, Father Fessio affirmed that “God created us male and female for a number of purposes, but he made the marriage bond sacred, so that there is an indissoluble bond between the marriage act and openness to life. But if you dissolve that bond…there’s no way to justify restricting that pleasure to only married couples. Why not outside of marriage?”

The removal of the unity of sexual intimacy and marriage has “removed the bulwark that helped people to resist sexual temptation” and other moral lapses.

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If we begin to step up in faith, God will certainly lead us forward. If not, this mess in which we we presently find ourselves will likely continue to worsen … and we will all deservedly
suffer the consequences!

This is a time for heroes, for straight talk, for prayer, and for inspired, creative thinking. This is a time for good people
of action (and substantial intestinal fortitude) to step up,
realize their true vocation, and become saints.

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