Nuns on the Bus (also known as BS on the Bus) leader “answers” Pope Francis … sort of.

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From my vantage point (excluded from the halls of power and never consulted before being named as a problem by CDF) it appears to me that these actions continue to be about both church and U.S. politics. Women religious are a soccer ball between competing church departments. None of this is really about faith. The Vatican officials continue to say that they like our work when we do direct service, but they do not like our politics when they do not align with some U.S. bishops’ hard right views.

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Editor’s note: It’s not your politics, sister. It’s your abject heresies and your calling things that you do “Catholic” when they’re often, not even close. The time for political rhetoric is over. If you’re truly Catholic, then conduct your affairs accordingly. If not, the Anglicans have a slot open for you!

More from retired Bishop Gracida on the latest developments in the Corapi case.

MY CHIEF COMPLAINT AGAINST BOTH THE CHANCERY OF THE DIOCESE OF CORPUS CHRISTI AND THE LEADERSHIP OF SOLT IS THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE GOOD OF THE CHURCH IN MIND WHEN THEY ACTED PRECIPITOUSLY TO  PUBLICLY SUSPEND FATHER CORAPI.

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Bishop R. Daniel Conlon’s Remarks to Steubenville Faithful – May 17, 2011

STATEMENT FROM BISHOP R. DANIEL CONLON
TO THE PEOPLE OF THE DIOCESE OF STEUBENVILLE

Nine years is long enough for someone to settle into a place. Nine years is more than enough time for a pastor to become attached to a community of faith. After nine years, the Diocese of Steubenville is very much my place and my community. I even have a plot picked out in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

The Holy Spirit and our Holy Father on earth, Pope Benedict XVI, have other ideas. On Easter Tuesday, April 26, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States called on behalf of the Pope to ask that I serve as the bishop of Joliet in Illinois. Relying on God’s grace and wisdom, I said yes. On July 14 I will be installed in Joliet’s cathedral of St. Raymond.

I came to the Diocese of Steubenville in 2002 as a complete stranger. Yet, I came as a member of the Body of Christ and a priest of the one priesthood of Jesus Christ. So, I never truly felt like a stranger.

We are all pilgrims on the journey to heaven. On holy pilgrimages there are no strangers, just brothers and sisters united in the Spirit, moving in and out of each others’ lives. We hail each other, pray together, care for one another and give witness of faith to those we encounter along the way.

Just as I broke off from the Cincinnati contingent of this grand pilgrimage nine years ago, now I must break off from the Steubenville contingent and join up with the pilgrims from Joliet.

As to personal feelings, this will not be easy. Separating from the company of such dedicated priests and deacons, setting aside the hopes bound up with seminarians, deacon candidates and new religious communities, missing the talented, hard-working chancery personnel, leaving off so many fruitful and promising enterprises, and losing contact with the thousands of good people throughout our thirteen counties—how incredibly blessed I have been.

Until July 14, Pope Benedict has provided that I will serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Steubenville. Then, the College of Consultors, a pre-designated group of priests, will elect a priest of the diocese to serve as administrator until a new bishop arrives. That may not be for several months.

So, we pilgrims walk on, by faith not by sight. Some days our progress is easy and joy-filled. Some days we experience delay and pain. We go together, though, and Christ leads the way, holding high the banner of victory, ironically, his cross.

I am exuberantly grateful to God for these nine years. I am grateful to the people of the Diocese of Steubenville for accepting me and joining with me to do the Lord’s work. As the hymn proclaims, “How can I keep from singing?”—even as I walk toward a new part of the pilgrimage to heaven.

Will success spoil Father John Corapi?

By Doug Lawrence

Some have maintained that the statement issued by Santa Cruz Media was in some way, disobedient, inappropriate or misleading. Taking it at face value, I see it merely as additional positive confirmation of the facts alleged in Father Corapi’s original statement.

By now, many have figured out that Santa Cruz Media Inc. is a corporation of which the CEO and registered agent appears to be none other than Father John Corapi. I say, “So what?” For a host of reasons, running a business through a corporation is a smart way to go. Furthermore … the statement of Bobbi Ruffatto, Vice President of Operations at Santa Cruz Media, stands on its own as the best, first hand, eye-witness testimony we have, so far. I’m grateful for that.

As for the part about the corporation being a private, secular corporation, not under the jurisdiction of the Catholic Church: Of course that’s true! And because of that, there is absolutely no reason for Santa Cruz Media to suspend normal business operations, even though Father Corapi has been temporarily suspended from his ministry.

Some have also assumed that Father Corapi had taken a vow of poverty … something which seems very unlikely, based on his apparent living arrangements. But even if he did, there’s nothing to say that he couldn’t have been dispensed from that vow.

Then we have others who are concerned that Father Corapi has been looking rather tan and has apparently been dying his hair. Again I say, “So what?” The man has been sick, he’s no spring chicken, and he’s smart to maintain his appearance … especially since he regularly appears on television.  A nice tan and a bit of hair color makes you look alive for the camera … and it also minimizes the need for a lot of troublesome and tedious makeup.

In this age of 1080p HD TV such things are more important than ever … especially for those who already have a lot of miles on them. Ask anyone in the industry!

Now … about that late model BMW automobile that Father Corapi allegedly chooses to drive…

I hate BMW’s!

Corapi allegations: Unsubstantiated rant of former employee, who, after losing her job, promised to “destroy” Father Corapi.

Statement of Santa Cruz Media, Inc.
Relative to Fr. Corapi’s Suspension

Santa Cruz Media, Inc. is the owner of all of Fr. John Corapi’s intellectual property and the DVDs, CDs, and books that flow from it. We are a secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church, although we have the utmost respect for Church authority.

We fully support Rev. John Corapi in this terrible trial, not surprisingly having begun on Ash Wednesday. Through the sacrifice and struggle of the desert and all of the dark moments that this entails, we are confident that the glory of the risen Lord will shine forth from the power of the Resurrection and Easter.

We have consulted with a number of canon lawyers. They have assured us that the actions of the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas are, on several points of canon law, illicit. It is our fervent hope that The Dallas Charter will be changed because of false accusations like this. There is no evidence at this time that Fr. Corapi did anything wrong, only the unsubstantiated rant of a former employee, who, after losing her job with this office, physically assaulted me and another employee and promised to “destroy” Father Corapi. We all continue to pray for this person, and we ask you to do the same.

We sincerely believe that the work Fr. Corapi has done is of greatest value to the Church, hence hated by the devil. We fully intend to make Fr. Corapi’s material available as a service to the Church and the world for as long as we possibly can.

The Church provides no financial support to Fr. Corapi. He has to pay for his own legal representation, medical costs, food, housing, etc. We have never accepted donations or charitable contributions of any kind. We are supporting Father’s efforts to defend himself. Your purchase of products from Santa Cruz Media helps provide the funding for Father’s continued work as well as the legal expenses he continues to incur as a result of these malicious allegations.

Father Corapi and all of us here at Santa Cruz Media, Inc. greatly appreciate your kindness, support, and prayers. Please continue to pray for Father Corapi and his accuser, as well as all priests who find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bobbi Ruffatto
Vice President of Operations
Santa Cruz Media, Inc.

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Rick Santorum vehemently attacked by the left for calling a spade a spade

Anyway, according to The Politico, Santorum said:

“Jihadism is evil and we need to say what it is,” he said at the Strafford County Lincoln-Reagan dinner, remarks that show how the former Pennsylvania senator continues to establish himself as the candidate most-aligned with the Republican Party’s conservative base.

“We need to define it and say what it is. And it is evil. Sharia law is incompatible with American jurisprudence and our Constitution.”…

Santorum added, “Sharia law is not just a religious code. It is also a governmental code. It happens to be both religious in nature and origin, but it is a civil code. And it is incompatible with the civil code of the United States.”

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Fr. Oprah (Alberto Cutié) calls it quits and jumps ship. Bishop responds.

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Archbishop John Favalora of Miami released the following statement on Alberto Cutié’s “separation from the church”:

“I am genuinely disappointed by the announcement made earlier this afternoon by Father Alberto Cutié that he is joining the Episcopal Church.According to our canon law, with this very act Father Cutié is separating himself from the communion of the Roman Catholic Church (c. 1364, §1) by professing erroneous faith and morals, and refusing submission to the Holy Father (canon 751). He also is irregular for the exercise of sacred orders as a priest (canons 1041 and 1044, §1) and no longer has the faculties of the Archdiocese of Miami to celebrate the sacraments; nor may he preach or teach on Catholic faith and morals (cannon 1336, §1). His actions could lead to his dismissal from the clerical state.

This means that Father Cutié is removing himself from full communion with the Catholic Church and thereby forfeiting his rights as a cleric. Roman Catholics should not request the sacraments from Father Cuité. Any sacramental actions he attempts to perform would be illicit. Any Mass he says would be valid but illicit, meaning it does not meet a Catholic’s obligation. Father Cutié cannot validly officiate at marriages of Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Miami or anywhere.

Father Cutié is still bound by his promise to live a celibate life, which he freely embraced at ordination. Only the Holy Father can release him from that obligation.

To the Catholic faithful of Saint Francis de Sales Parish, Radio Paz and the entire Archdiocese of Miami, I again say that Father Cutié’s actions cannot be justified, despite his good works as a priest (statement of May 5, 2009). This is all the more true in light of today’s announcement. Father Cutié may have abandoned the Catholic Church; he may have abandoned you. But I tell you that the Catholic Church will never abandon you; the Archdiocese of Miami is here for you.

Father Cutié’s actions have caused grave scandal within the Catholic Church, harmed the Archdiocese of Miami − especially our priests – and led to division within the ecumenical community and the community at large. Today’s announcement only deepens those wounds.

When Father Cutié met with me on May 5th, he requested and I granted a leave of absence from the exercise of the priesthood. Because of this, he could no longer be the administrator of St Francis de Sales Parish or the General Director of Radio Paz. For the good of the Church and to avoid the media frenzy, I chose not to impose publicly an ecclesiastical penalty, although his admitted actions clearly warranted it. Since that meeting, I have not heard from Father Cutié nor has he requested to meet with me. He has never told me that he was considering joining the Episcopal Church.

I must also express my sincere disappointment with how Bishop Leo Frade of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida has handled this situation. Bishop Frade has never spoken to me about his position on this delicate matter or what actions he was contemplating. I have only heard from him through the local media. This truly is a serious setback for ecumenical relations and cooperation between us. The Archdiocese of Miami has never made a public display when for doctrinal reasons Episcopal priests have joined the Catholic Church and sought ordination. In fact, to do so would violate the principles of the Catholic Church governing ecumenical relations. I regret that Bishop Frade has not afforded me or the Catholic community the same courtesy and respect.

In my nearly 50 years as a priest, I have often preached on Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son – which really should be called the parable of the Forgiving Father (Luke 15, 11-32). Perhaps the story told by the Lord so long ago is applicable to our discussions this afternoon.

A father had two sons. One of them took his inheritance early and left home, spending his money wantonly. The father waited patiently for the return of his prodigal son, who after he had seen the error of his ways, repented and returned home. Upon his return, the father lovingly embraced him and called him his son. I pray that Father Cutié will “come to his senses” (Luke 15, 17) and return home. The Catholic Church seeks the conversion and salvation of sinners, not their condemnation. The same is my attitude toward Father Cutié.

We must not forget, however, that there were two sons in the Lord’s story. The other son, who never left home, was angry that his erring brother was welcomed home by the father. To all faithful Catholics, I say what the father said to this second son: “You are with me always and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice. This brother of yours was dead and has come back to life. He was lost, and is found” (Luke 15, 31-32).

In this beautiful parable Jesus teaches us that God is a loving and forgiving Father. Each of us has experienced that love, each of us needs that forgiveness; for we are all sinners. If our brother comes home, let us celebrate with the Father.

In conclusion, I commend and salute the priests of the Archdiocese of Miami and all priests who faithfully live and fulfill their promise of celibacy. By their fidelity to their promise they reflect more clearly to the world the Christ whose total gift of himself to the Father was pure and chaste love for his brothers and sisters. In our times so pre-occupied with sex, the gift of celibacy is all the more a sign of the Kingdom of Heaven where, as scripture says, there will be “no marrying or giving in marriage” (Matthew 22, 30). I encourage all Catholics to pray for and support our dedicated priests.”