Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Narcissism And Dissidence

When I wrote yesterday's post, I omitted an important connection between religious-star-wannabees and perversion.  That common thread is narcissism.  If you look at the links that I embedded in that article, narcissism reeks throughout.   Speaking of which, I learned of this official portrait of the pope.

Notice how he's standing in the light, in the center of the thing, while the Holy Family is shoved into a corner, partially obscured by shadows?  And why are his hands folded in a manner that hides his pectoral cross?  I also can't help but notice the rainbow; is that a nod to the cabal that seems to control the Vatican?

Now for another more glaring instance of the narcissism found in dissidents, I just became aware through LifeSiteNews that the pastor of St. Francis Xavier in Manhattan has been removed due to "boundary violations" with an "adult male who attended the parish".  The pervert's name is Father Bob VerEecke, S.J.  The acting pastor claims there was "nothing criminal", just "lack of good judgment".  This acting pastor's name is Father Daniel Corrou.  Given his dismissive platitude, I am none too confident in Corrou's fitness for his new position.

I've written plenty about that parish over the years, given their coddling of gays.  Now it turns out that the pastor is himself gay.  Is he also a narcissist?  Go back to the LifeSiteNews article and watch the video to see how he profaned Pentecost Mass in 2017.  By the way - should that video "disappear", please notify me via comments for I took the precaution to download that evidence of corruption.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Sex Scandal And Consecrated Religious Trying To Be Entertainers

Yes, there IS a connection, and it centers around the disregard for dignity and decorum befitting a religious.  Listen to this homily below and understand why the recent onslaught of religious-entertainer-wannabees is a blight upon the One True Faith, not cute nor harmless.  See here and here and here and here.   As Michael Matt said in his video in the previous post, we Catholics need to grow up and we must demand the same of our religious.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Remnant TV On The Vigano Revelations And Real Reform Needed

Michael Matt of Remnant TV shares some insights below.  It's necessary to emphasize a crucial point bout the dog-and-pony show that is to occur this coming February.  The point is something mentioned by Church Militant this past week.  This meeting ostensibly will focus on prevention of sexual abuse of "minors" and "vulnerable adults". The two terms, by definition, do not include seminarians. A goodly percentage of the targets have been seminarians, so they'd be excluded from consideration at that meeting. Seminarians were the "victims of choice" of ex-cardinal McCarrick. It can be argued that seminarians who submitted to de facto rape were so psychologically impaired that they would not have been suitable for the priesthood.  They obviously lacked the presence of mind to fend off their assailants - not at all excusable on their part.  I've repeatedly called upon them to come forth and bring this matter to justice, as their silence only served to enable their predators to continue attacking others.  Anyway, here is Mr. Matt's video.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Latest Betrayals By The Pope And Cupich

At the end of this month, the pope will formalize an agreement with Communist China that will essentially give to the Chi-coms the authority to decide who will be appointed bishops in that country.  As part of that agreement, the current bishops who have served the Church in the face of hostility and threats from China will be thrown under the bus by their chief shepherd.  The memories of those Chinese prelates who died in prison, are who had their lives shortened by communist brutality will be held in disregard, if not outright disdain.

Many church leaders had been calling on the pope to cancel the so-called "synod on the youth" to be held next month.  They rightly state that the Vatican in its current condition has no moral credibility to deliberate on how to serve young people correctly.  Well, the charade will go on (as of this writing).  Today the Vatican released a list of those who will participate in this synod.  Those names include Cardinals Tobin and Cupich, two prelates who are implicated in Vigano's statement quite heavily.  With this tone-deaf list, the pope and Vatican prove once again why this synod will be an abysmal joke.

Speaking of Cupich, he is at present preparing to snuff out an ember of faithful Catholicism in his diocese.  Father John Kalchik of Resurrection Parish in Chicago announced that he was going to hold a public burning of a gay rainbow flag that the previous pastor allowed to desecrate the Church.  The local gay mafia notified Cupich who immediately ordered Kalchik not to proceed.  The parishioners took over and held the flag-burning anyway.  So now Cupich is threatening to remove Father Kalchik's faculties as a priest.

Doesn't Cupich sound like the sort of person who would be the least qualified to discuss spiritual guidance for the Church's young people?  So did Francis select in spite of his disdain of Catholic morality - or because of it?

But faithful Catholics must remain silent and not raise their voices, you see?  Else we might be "punished by serpents".  Yes, he really said that.

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Hush-Up And Cover-Up Attempts Continue Unabated

Yesterday the pope met with Cardinal DiNardo and other US prelates.  Ostensibly they were discussing the ever-growing scandal of bishops covering for priest-rapists and/or engaging in those rapes as well.  They were serious.  They were somber: an appropriate attitude for crimes of this magnitude.  Can't you see their sincerity, their contrition, their firm resolution in this picture?

I agree with my blogging colleague Conquered By Love that the jocularity evident on the faces of the pope and the others is a slap in the face to the victims, their families and the aggrieved church at large, not to mention a spit in the eye to God Almighty Himself.

They must have been discussing strategies to silence faithful Catholics, that is, we the Great Unwashed, for they got right to it.  He used his homily to take jabs at Catholics who have had enough, calling us the "Great Accuser" This term has often used for Satan.  Perhaps this is a good entry for the Little Book of Insults.  He said, and I kid you not, "in these times, it seems like the Great Accuser (i.e., us) has been unchained and is attacking bishops".  Awww!!  The poor widdle bishops!  Their widdle feel-bads are hurt!  Let us all shed a tear!  Boo-hoo!  Seriously!  How many bishops knew and uttered not one peep?  Even if they did not engage in the perversions themselves, they cooperated in sin by their silence.

His faithful "vice-pope" lapdog, Cardinal Maradiaga, took his cue from that homily and tried to tell us that McCarrick's abuse of hundreds of young men was "of a private order", decrying its exposition.  Well, most abusers do try to keep their crimes "of a private order".  Perhaps Maradiaga bears some scrutiny?  Regrettably he is "talking the talk" of a serial abuser.  I'm not necessarily saying that he is an abuser, but he's using the language and tactics of an abuser.

These strategies are nothing new.  Church Militant reminded us of the usage of them in Bridgeport about eleven years ago.  A priest brought to light the massive embezzlement committed by another priest.  When then Bishop Lori dragged his feet in addressing the matter, Father Madden hired private investigators to help jail the embezzler.  Bishop Lori's response was to force Father Madden to apologize at Mass for "overstepping his bounds".  I suppose for Lori it was more important for him to save face rather than bring a criminal to justice.

Sometime before that in the Diocese of Arlington, Father James Haley attempted to get Bishop Lori to rein in some priests who were also embezzling, or using pornography, or conducting affairs with married parishioners.  As a reward, Loverde not only defrocked him but excommunicated him as well.  I might point out that Arlington is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  Lori took over as Archbishop shortly after this excommunication.  While he didn't commit that injustice against Father Haley, neither did he address it.

If they think they will silence us, they deceive only themselves.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

From The Fox Guarding Hen House Department - Lori Investigates Bransfield

Bishop Michael Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (WV) is no longer the prelate of that diocese.  He is currently under investigation for alleged homosexual predation on young men.  He is 75 years old anyway and accordingly had to submit his resignation.  This diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore is leading the investigation into the Bransfield allegations.  He will also serve as apostolic administrator of Wheeling-Charleston until the pope appoints a new bishop.

This is another case of the fox guarding the hen house.  Church Militant articulated their own concerns about this development.  In addition, I have written quite a bit about the homosexual infiltration that has been allowed to fester within the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  Much of my writing has been focused on St Matthew's on Loch Raven Boulevard.  Its pastor, Father Joseph Muth, has been defiant in his promotion of the mortal sin of sodomy, going so far as to lead his parish as they march in Baltimore's "gay pride" parade year after year.  Over the years I and others have written to Lori to ask him to replace Muth, as he is leading many in this parish to hell.  A friend pointed out to me that in addition to St Matthew's, Muth is now scandalizing the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament on Old York Road as well.  That is a recent assignment and had to be Lori's doing.

Lori is probably yet another prelate who should be thinking of early retirement.  He is not qualified, by dint of his own facilitation of gays in Baltimore, to be investigating anybody.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WaPo - Trump Has Power Over Hurricanes

In June of 2017, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops had a hissy-snit because President Trump rescued the United States from that fraud known as the Paris climate agreement.  They betrayed their ignorance of the US Constitution by claiming that the US ratified it.  That did not happened.  While the Messiah Most Miserable signed it, that was not sufficient to ratify it.  According to the Constitution, any international agreement must be approved by the United States Senate before it can be considered binding on the US.  That simply didn't happen.

Pope Francis has glommed onto this climate-change junk science, championing the Paris climate covenant.  Long-time readers of this blog will recall that for years I have decried the pope's servitude to environmentalism.  He has gone so far as to parade all sorts of anti-life people through the Vatican in the name of this environmental idolatry.

Not all are taken in by the hype.  Investor Business Daily reports on the sheepish admission by the UN that this Paris accord is a joke.  Of course sane people, including President Trump, knew that all along.

Sane people are a rarity in mainstream media.  The Washington Compost outdid itself today in its op-ed by claiming that because Trump pulled us out of that agreement, he is to blame for Hurricane Florence.  I wish I could say it was satire, but they are serious.  They said, and I quote, "when it comes to extreme weather, Trump is complicit".  What?  Do they think Trump did some American Indian rain dance to conjure up a hurricane?  Do they ascribe divine attributes to him?  Do they have one iota of common sense?  When you read the article, look at the comments.  Most are mocking the editorial, as well they should.

Now I wonder how the denizens of that USCCB building off Michigan Avenue are reacting to the editorial.  They are probably nodding in assent.  It's time to abolish the USCCB.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Listening Session At St Mary's In Rockville

This evening St Mary's Church in Rockville MD held a "listening session" inside the church.  Unlike the "small-group" format at my parish, everyone had a chance to address the entire gathering via open mike.  Many did so.  The general consensus among those gathered (including me) is that Cardinal Wuerl must resign as archbishop of Washington.  A few chided the clergy for "not speaking truth to power" and for covering for him.

I regret that two people used their speaking times to shill for female ordination.  However, I was also pleased that some acknowledged the homosexual aspect of these crimes against young people.

Most people acknowledged the need for prayer and fasting.  One lady astutely observed the emphasis on those to the exclusion of practical action.  I was wondering if someone was going to mention the withholding of donations to the chancery, but none did.  Many people got up and it was not my parish so I didn't think it appropriate to float that suggestion.  I might do so at the next session that I attend.

Friday, September 7, 2018

From The Season Of Healing Department - Bathhouse Romper Functioning As Priest In DC

Is the following account typical of what we might expect in Cardinal Wuerl's "season of healing"?  George Neumayr smoked this out

Seven years ago in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a Carmelite priest was arrested after he touched the buttocks of an 18-year old man.  The perp-priest's name is Father Emmanuel Betasso (legally Patrick Anthony Betasso).  He admitted to doing so for a "cheap thrill".  He was 45 years old at the time and had just been named pastor of a parish - and was teaching a workshop for new pastors.  I shudder to think of what that workshop syllabus contained, but I digress.  The archbishop revoked his priestly faculties and the Discalced Carmelites suspended him.

Fast forward to the present.  How in the name of heaven is Betasso on a "priest prayer list" for the DC province of the Discalced Carmelites?  His name is number 10 in the "October" column.  Given his history, how was he deemed fit by the Archdiocese of Washington to be granted faculties here?  According to Cardinal Wuerl, all this abuse happened "decades and decades ago".  Newflash!  Seven years is NOT "decades and decades ago".  Any adult male who gets a "cheap thrill" out of touching the private areas of anybody is a pervert.  For the sake of his own soul, let alone the welfare of potential victims, he should not be in a position of trust that could allow him opportunities for abuse.

This "season of healing" promises to be quite the trial.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Yippieee! We're Having A "Season Of Healing"!

In the wake of the Labor Day event at Little Flower this past Monday, Cardinal Wuerl announced that he was instituting a brand new band-aid for the gaping wound that both he and ex-Cardinal McCarrick caused and allowed to fester in this archdiocese.  It is worth noting that after the meeting on Monday, he didn't stick around for the picnic; he scooted away quite quickly.  Here is the letter, dated today, that announces this "season of healing".

Notice the focus of this letter; it's the same as was the focus of our parish "listening session" (the one that focused on feelings as opposed to opinions).  It's strictly on the victims.  Certainly it is important to minister to their needs, but that cannot be the sole focus so much that other facets of the mess are pushed from our minds.  I frankly suspect that we are hearing all about the victims precisely because the chancery doesn't want us to raise other questions or worse (for them), to propose solutions uncomfortable for them.

I am hearing from various sources that a goodly percentage of archdiocesan priests have called for Cardinal Wuerl to resign, owing to his sheltering of McCarrick during his time as Archbishop of Washington.  From the letter I get the impression that he has no intention whatsoever of resigning.  This is one instance where I hope to be proven incorrect.

Anyone in the healing professions will tell you that in order for proper healing to occur, there must be removal of the harmful agent that is causing the distress.  In the Church's present situation, that means that the removal of errant clergy - both the actual perpetrators and their enablers - must be removed.  They must be removed from their positions of power and they must be laicized.  I can think of three positive effects of such a move.
  1. Their removal will help prevent further abuse from happening.  Some of the situations of which we are learning are rather recent - within the past five or ten years.
  2. Their removal will assure the victims that there still remains in the Church a sense of justice.  That will have healing effects that will far exceed that of any "listening sessions" or "accompaniment".
  3. The removal will have salutatory effects for the perpetrators themselves.  They will see that their crimes will not go unpunished in this life; perhaps that will cause them to repent and make good confessions before they die and go to their judgments.
As I said, this bogus focus in the victims is a trick to keep us from deliberating about how real healing and justice will happen.  It is designed from contemplating actions of our own since this archdiocesan chancery clearly isn't going to remove the perpetrators and the homosexualist elements from its midst.  Here are some humble suggestions from me.
  • Obviously prayer and penance must be undertaken by each of us.  That certainly means the daily Rosary and remaining in a state of grace.
  • Discuss this matter among your fellow Catholics.  Many are still quite oblivious to the current state of affairs.  Educate them.  That is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy.
  • If your priest strays from liturgical rubrics or preaches heresy, call them out on it.  Be respectful, but by no means be demure about it.
  • If your diocese has a problem with pervert clergy and they still retain their positions, cut off all funding to your chanceries.  At the very least, that means boycotting any diocesan collections.  If your diocese assesses parish collections, explore ways to contribute to your parish in ways that don't benefit the chancery (assuming your parish is orthodox).  Don't be discouraged by talk of your boycotting hurting other charities; you can always contribute to the charities directly.
Let's get real.  This situation will most likely get worse before it gets better.  In fact, it is worse than it appears at present; we'll just have to face the ugly truth.  But sunlight is the best disinfectant.  We simply have to "man up" and "woman up" and deal with it.  The suggestions are, I hope, ways we can bring about real cleansing and healing.  Any other suggestions?

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Homosexualists Attempt To Shut Us Up

From the attempt to control our conversations at my parish last week to Cardinal Wuerl's failed attempt to spin his yarn at Annunciation last week, we see attempts to stifle the voices of faithful Catholics who are tired of debauchery in the highest levels of the Church.  I just mentioned local instances.

At his Mass on Monday, the pope tried to get us to resign ourselves to "silence and prayer".  The entire homily is here.  Notice the none-too-subtle swipes he takes against faithful Catholics: "people who do not have good will", "people who seek only scandal", etc.  I suppose these could be added to the Little Book Of Insults.  But if he's truly convinced that "silence is golden", might I suggest a little leadership by example?  For starters, he can stop uttering bloopers about "the emergency of plastics littering the oceans".  He also tossed in some shilling for open borders.

Good ole' Cardinal Cupich certainly got his talking points right, didn't he?  In his "rabbit hole" interview, he flat out said that the environment and immigration was more important than the victimization of countless boys at the hands of perverted clergy.

But somewhere along progressive communications lines, the talking points became a bit garbled.  A few days ago, a USCCB official informed Catholics everywhere of the latest update to Christ's Great Commission.  He said that "the struggle of working the Gospel, pure and simple"!  Of course that's rank heresy, as the Church's first mission, given by Christ, is the salvation of souls.  But isn't it telling, though, how the progressives are throwing out every worn-out canard to distract us from the moral rot in the Church, starting at the papacy?  They might have a fleeting chance at being believable if they could coordinate among themselves what heresy they're going to promote this week.

So such are their pathetic attempts to get us to shut up.  For the most part, they are almost comical.  Almost, I said, for the latest attempt aimed at Archbishop Vigano is nothing short of sinister.  The pope is consulting with Cardinal Coccopalmerio (aka Cocaine Cocco) and canon lawyers to explore canonical penalties against Vigano.  Cocaine Cocco is one of the prelates implicated in Vigano's testimony, so I wouldn't be surprised if he has some axes to grind.  I'm looking at the Rorate Caeli account of this and its analysis.  Canon law cannot be wielded at whim against anyone without canonical crimes being committed, and these would entail the commission of sin.  Of what sin could they accuse Vigano?  The fact that the pope et al are even trying is telling both of their fear of discovery and their vindictiveness against those who shine the light on their evil.

I saw a comment on another site that pointed out that if the pope actually does sanction Vigano, then he'll just further enrage faithful Catholics who have already had enough.  Is he foolish enough to try it?  Your guess is as good as mine.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Cupich's Rabbit Hole Is A Qucksand Pit

Remember how a few days ago, when asked about the pope and Cardinal McCarrick, he said the pope wasn't "going down that rabbit hole"?  Refresh your memory here.

Well, it seems that Cupich has found himself trapped in quicksand, and it's both his own doing and following along the lines of his buddy McCarrick.  Two Chicago-area priests were in Miami (why did they go there?) in a car near a public beach performing oral sex on each other.  In other words, they were engaged in perversion.  The car's windows were not tinted and everyone - children included - could see what was transpiring in that car.  The priests were arrested.  One of the two, Fr. Diego Berrio, was a tribunal judge for the Archdiocese of Chicago and was involved in "youth ministry".  I say "was" for Cupich stripped him of his faculties.  I might suggest a thorough review of that "youth ministry".

I will have more to say about Cupich's inane interview later.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Wuerl's Appearance At Little Flower Today

Yesterday I suggested that concerned Catholics gather outside Little Flower Church this evening to pray a Rosary and to let the cardinal know that we won't let this matter of him harboring a criminal be forgotten.  I realize it was short notice, but unfortunately I was the only one there - well, not entirely.

At The Mass Ave entrance
I arrived at the Massachusetts Avenue entrance about 4:30, hoping to greet the cardinal with my bullhorn.  At the top of the driveway I saw a Montgomery County police cruiser (see photo).  This officer was looking into each and every car that pulled in.  One might have thought they were pulling into a military base containing secret weapons, the way that the cars were being scrutinized.

I too watched the cars for Cardinal Wuerl; later I found out that he had already scurried in.  I was praying the Rosary when a woman walked down from the parish grounds to chat with me.  Apparently she is a registered parishioner and tried to stop inside the Church to visit the Blessed Sacrament.  She was told she couldn't do so, as there was a "private function" occurring.  I don't recall whether or not she was aware of Wuerl's presence.  Regardless, does Canon Law permit the barring of Catholics from praying in their own Church?

At Chesterbrook
As we were talking, several men came over to us.  They had heard that George Neumayr was there and were trying to locate them.  They mentioned that they saw police at every entrance to the parish grounds.  They and the lady went off to find Neumayr.

At about 5:15 I headed to my car and drove to the other entrances.  Both were towards the back, away from Mass Ave.  I took pictures.  Here's one to the west of the church,   Yes, you are looking at three county cruisers.

The bottom picture is the last entrance to the east of the church, at Kirkwood and Jordan.  Two cruisers block that entrance.

At Kirkwood and Jordan
So there you have it - six cruisers in total!  I didn't know that Montgomery County was so crime-free that they could spare six or more officers to basically sit in the parking lot of Little Flower and twiddle their thumbs.  I certainly hope no real crimes (you know, things like rape and murder and theft, etc) happened with these cops just sitting there.

Of what was the chancery and/or parish afraid?  Were they afraid that Neumayr or I or someone else might have dared to (gasp!) ask the cardinal a question?  Neumayr asked one of them who called them there.  The officer said their lieutenant ordered them there.  That makes sense; those officers really had no say; they were dispatched to Little Flower so off they went.  The question is, who requested their presence, and why?  We Montgomery County citizens have a right to know for that was paid by our tax dollars.

So what happened inside that meeting?  Were the priests allowed to voice their concerns?  Or did they have the pope's sanctimonious demands for "silence" (see here and here) cast into their teeth?

Possible Reasons For Pope Benedict's Resignation

Dr Taylor Marshall reviews some situations in the Vatican that may have contributed to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI from the papacy.

Dissident Hymnast David Haas Coming To Maryland

I just received word that David Haas is scheduled to give a concert at St. Ignatius of Loyola in Ijamsville, MD.  It will happen Friday November 9 at 8pm.  See here why David Haas and his "works" have no place whatsoever in Catholic worship.  Here is the announcement from the church's facebook page.  Let's contact them to cancel.  If they won't, we'll consider a picket..

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Prayer And Protests - Cardinal Wuerl

A few days ago some of us wondered whether or not Cardinal Wuerl took flight.  Well, he is back in town and offered Mass at Annunciation Church this morning.   He tried a verbal tap dance around the mess.  He then asked the parishioners in attendance to remain loyal to Pope Francis as "increasingly it is clear that he is the object of considerable animosity".

One parishioner just wasn't having any of that.  He shouted "shame on you!" as he walked out of Mass.  Another parishioner in the choir loft stood up, turned her back and folded her arms as Wuerl continued his spiel.  Usually I'm not a fan of disburbances at Mass, but neither am I a fan of dissident clergy carrying on at Mass as though the congregation was their captive audience.  That itself is its own disburbance.

I don't think these clergy should feel comfortable as they prattle on like that.  They need to be made most decidedly uncomfortable if they continue to play faithful Catholics like patsies.  Tomorrow lends to us another opportunity to do just that.

I have become aware of a gathering of priests tomorrow, Monday Sept 3, 5pm, at the Church of the Little Flower on Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda MD.  I am suggesting that Catholics congregate on the public sidewalk in front of the church along Massachutsetts Avenue to pray and offer reparation.  If any do bring signs that ask for his resignation, please use language befitting Catholics - no profanity, imprecation, etc.

Revisiting The 2010 Gonzaga Debacle

In his now-famous testimony, Archbishop Vigano stated that Pope Benedict XVI had forbidden then-Cardinal McCarrick from offering public Masses, and this prohibition occurred between 2009 and 2010.  I could be incorrect, but I think it safe to assume that if it was later, then it had to have happened in the early part of 2010, certainly before June.

Let's take a stroll down memory lane, shall we?  Long-time readers of this blog will recall that we picketed the 2010 commencement exercises of Gonzaga High because Sr Carol Keehan, who was so instrumental in foisting Obamacare on this country, was giving the commencement address.  Our account of it is here.  Please note that the video includes a very direct rebuke to then-Cardinal McCarrick, who presided at the Mass.

Now keep in mind that this Gonzaga even happened June 6, 2010.  Also consider from the first paragraph that he had been sanctioned by Benedict, probably before that commencement happened.  McCarrick was most likely offering that Mass in direct disobedience to Pope Benedict XVI.  Moreover, it is very likely he did so with Wuerl's full approval.  At the time, we had no way of knowing or even suspecting that.  We can assume the same ignorance of the Gonzaga administration and Sr Carol; I'm not sure they would have cared, but that's beside the point.

My account of the 2010 episode garnered many comments, some allegedly from parents.  We had some irate parents confront us, not caring that a dissident was addressing their sons.  We wonder now what they would say, knowing that a serial rapist of young men was in such close proximity to their sons.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Archdiocese Of Washington Lends Little Support To Grassroots Pro-Life Activists

I have been involved in pro-life efforts for approximately 30 years.  As a Catholic, much of my earlier activism has been within the contexts of parish and diocesan structures and other affiliated organizations.  I was a founding member of our parish pro-life committee.  At the same time, I was also praying along with many other Catholics outside a Gaithersburg abortuary.  Many of us in several parishes shared frustration that the support we received from several parishes was tepid at best.  This included the Archdiocese of Washington.  However, as tepid as that support was, the archdiocese did not try to squelch any actvism on our part, provided that it wasn't carried out as a specifically Catholic endeavor.  McCarrick didn't bother about us, one way or the other.  If others have different experiences, please advise via com boxes.

But that was at the grass roots level.  Cardinal Hickey had created a pro-life office staffed by good pro-lifers.  After he retired and McCarrick took over, I noticed disturbing things.  The parish pro-life groups simply weren't receiving much in the way of leadership from that pro-life office.  The latter's time was being gobbled up by what I can only call busy-work.  Much of it centered around the archdiocesan "youth rally" that they conducted right before the national March for Life.  There were talks, concerts, and a Mass that were all scheduled to end immediately before the march began.  In other words, the archdiocesan Catholics did not participate in Nellie Gray's rally beforehand and thus weren't included in the counts conducted by the Park Police.  That bothered me greatly.  I recall asking one official (don't remember who) why they did that.  I told him quite frankly that we could do with a simple Mass without all that other "dog and pony show" stuff.  He responded (I kid you not), that some of Nellie's speakers weren't suitable for Catholic audiences.  He mentioned one of the speakers as being the now-deceased Jesse Helms.  I was aghast.  From then on I didn't attend those rallies.  Since my parish did, with the buses dropping off at the rallies, I started going separately via Metrorail and made sure that I was at the entire rally conducted by Nellie Gray.

When I saw things going horribly awry within the leadership of the Catholic Church, I started the website and this blog.  I knew they weren't compatable with my membership in the Church-affiliated groups so I resigned my affiliations with the latter.  By that time I had also become involved in sidewalk counseling and protests using the abortion victim pictures.  Both of these activities the archdiocesan pro-life office (under different leadership) were loathe to support.  I began to see the wisdom of conducting pro-life work outside the context and restrictions of parish and diocesan affiliations.  When McCarrick retired and Wuerl came in, things became quite strange.

Several years ago I and other sidewalk counselors came across an announcement from the archdiocesan pro-life office that they were holding sidewalk-counseling training sessions, assisted by the Helphers of God's Precious Infants.  On one hand, I was quite pleased that the archdiocese was finally seeing the wisdom of offering help to women before  they did the deed and slaughtered their babies to their everlasting regret.  On the other hand, I was rather puzzled that they didn't ask those of us who had been in front of mills every week for the past twenty years and who have saved hundreds to attend, let alone offer the benefit of our own experiences.  We were being excluded and, I think, marginalized.  I don't think much ever came of their efforts.  A few counselors who I think were trained by the Helpers still remain, but I believe they are not operating under diocesan direction.

The archdiocese also thumbed their noses at the idea of associating with those who took leadership roles in dealing with Leroy Carhart when he first came to Germantown.  When "Pray For Germantown" held rallies and protests on Wisteria Drive, the archdiocese did not send official representation.  We are grateful for the individual priests who lent their support over those several years, but regret that the archdiocese did not join the other churches and grass-roots prolifers.  I learned why when archdiocesan emails were mistakenly forwarded to me.  They eschewed any affiliation with Troy Newman and Operation Rescue, claiming that OR's "reputation" (whatever that meant) was the reason.  I also know that the archdiocese is very squeemish about the usage of pictures of abortion victims.  To be clear, the archdiocese did conduct their own candlelight vigils, etc  along Wisteria Drive.  Still, their standoffishness was lamentable.  I understand that now that Carhart has moved to Bethesda, the archdiocese still lends no support.

We noticed something else in relation to crisis pregancy centers.  There are a number of them in Montgomery County - some run by Catholics, others by protestants under the Carenet network.  Generally we tried to utilize the Catholic ones when we had the opportunity to take women there, owing to their understanding  of the inherent evils of contraception.  When they weren't available, we would resort to the carenet cpcs, as time was of the essense in securing assistance for the women.

When we started counseling at Spring Street, two Catholic cpcs were nearby.  Centro Tepeyak at the time was located on Apple Avenue, within walking distance of the (now closed) Spring Street Planned Parenthood.  We walked at least two women to that cpc, where they received immediate assistance.  We also took women to Wheaton Birthright, located on Grandview Avenue.

A few years ago, however, very strange decisions were made.  First, Birthright moved away from Wheaton further north into Glenmont.  They moved into an archdiocese-owned building dubbed the McCarrick Center (I pray that they will rename that place, given recent revelations).  A short while later, we learned that Centro Tepeyak also moved there.  In other words, the location of both Catholic centers became less convenient to us.  Moreover, we found that their hours were cut back.  We couldn't depend on them being open when most of the area's abortions occur.

It certainly seemed odd to have two pregnancy centers located in the same building.  That situation didn't last, as Birthright was moved to Olney.  Frankly, I am not aware of any abortuary in Olney that would warrant such a move.  If in fact there is such an abortuary, please advise.  Well, at least the two protestant centers were open and (usually) available.  But they are further away than the other two were.

So there you have it.  In the space of a few years we see:
  • the archdiocesan pro-life office cutting loose the individual parish pro-life groups and not dealing with real issues of the day.  Did they ever do anything to prevent the passage of Obamacare, for instance?
  • the de facto marginalization of veteran sidewalk counselors during the archdiocesan efforts to institute their own program (that seems to have fizzled)
  • the archdiocese not joining with other churches in the efforts against Carhart in Germantown and Bethesda
  • coaxing two crisis pregnancy centers away from sidewalk counseling sites 
I had debated over the years whether or not to bring all this in the open.  Given recent revelations over the past few days, I must admit the possibility of a desire to hamstring the local pro-life movement.  I'm sure certain donors would have wished that very much.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Focus On Feelings?

On Wed Aug 29, starting at 7pm, St John Neumann in Gaithersburg MD (my parish) conducted an evening of prayer for the victims of the clergy sex abuse.  It was quite well-attended.  It was valuable if only for the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and Benediction.   It started out with the exposition and a Gospel reading.  After a short prayer, we were invited to adjourn to the parish center for the meeting.

When we got there, the chairs were arranged in circles with approximately 10 chairs in each circle.  We just picked a circle and sat down.  Each circle had a moderator who kept notes of general things said (without names or other identifying details).  Before discussions began, the moderators passed out sheets listing "12 listening session guidelines".  One is reproduced to the right.   You might have to open this in its own window to read it, since it is small on the screen.

Most of the guidelines are decent enough, with respect to confidentiality and not being overly probing.  But others raise red flags.  Look at number 3: "There are no right or wrong statements."  That's simply false.  If someone were to have said that "homosexual relations are fine with the Church", we were supposed to let that ride?  That did not happen in my group so happily I didn't have to confront that bogus guideline.

Guideline 6 is one with which I took strong issue in my circle.  "Focus on feelings, not opinions".  Two big things are very wrong with that, and the mindsets that they seem inculcate.  First, we have the emphasis of feelings over opinions, that is, emotions over thoughts.  Ladies and gentlemen, our society is increasingly becoming one that judges morality and situations by the emotional reverberations that they make on some people, as opposed to their objective merit.  Even at that, the emotions of some (politically correct classes like gays or minorities) are valued over others.  That is why we have the spectacles of some people being punished at law because their words seem offensive to others, regardless of the truth behind them.  Our society values emotions over objective merit because it no longer believes in any objective truth.  At the root of that rejection of objective truth is rejection of God Himself.

We also see in that "guideline" a put-down of thoughts and opinions that people might have regarding the scandals.  As we were leaving, a group of us agreed that this guideline may have been an attempt to squelch real thought and conversation about the events of the past few weeks.

One point I made about this in the circle is that a "focus on feelings" would have as an immediate effect a paralysis, for if one turns in on one's own feelings and focuses on them, he/she will not be able to engage in actions that will be appropriate to the crisis that we face.  Whether or not that was the intent of the writers of these guidelines, I have no way of knowing.  However, they should have seen that would be a consequence of their suggestion.

I also made the point that our parish had a foretaste of this current scandal a little over six years ago, when our parish curate, Father Marcel Guarnizo, was thrown under the bus (yes, I used that phrase) for withholding Holy Communion from a flagrant lesbian.  I gave a brief background as some in the group were relatively new to the parish and weren't informed about that debacle.

I'd be interested in hearing from others who participated in the listening sessions via the com box.  I'd also be interested in learning whether or not other parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington had events similar to ours, and if so, whether or not they had similar guidelines.

Cardinal Wuerl - Fugitive From US Justice?

I'll let this video speak for itself, but will post some other thoughts below it.

Speaking of "fugitive", he may not be the only one.  Remember that "place of penance" that was posted yesterday?  According to George Neumayr, the journalist that discovered it, the palatial hovel now looks rather deserted.  In other words, is McCarrick joining Wuerl?

If all this is true, that means that we of the Archdiocese of Washington may soon be receiving a new prelate.  All this "cloak and dagger" does lead me to believe that the replacement might well not be along the lines of Cupich or Tobin or McElroy.  For all we know, exit strategies might be in the works for them, too.  If nothing else, that would clear a lot of stench out of the air of US Churches.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A Life Of Prayer And Penance??

A few weeks ago, after McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals, the pope ordered him to a life of prayer and penance.  Generally when one thinks of that situation, one thinks of this penitential life being carried out in austere settings, in a place that is more cell than home.  George Neumayr discovered the location of this "penitential cell", this place of austerity and mortification.  Church Militant published the news, and here it is!  Try not to let your heart ache too much for the erstwhile cardinal as he does penance for his crimes in the confines of this simple cell!

Quite the little hole in the ground, isn't it?  5,000 square feet, nine bedrooms, five bathrooms, and worth over $2 million.  It has been in the possession of the archdiocese since the days of Cardinal Baum, but still - when I hear of this and also of that law firm that Wuerl just retained - to the tune of $50k per month - I find it increasingly hard to take seriously any requests for donations coming from the Archdiocese of Washington.

The address?  It's 4110 Warren Street, in the neighborhood of American University.  That's quite the tony area.  So much for mortification and penance!  I opined that McCarrick was probably taking "one for the team" and would be repaid via a comfortable retirement.  Was that a good call, or what?  The cabal was probably hoping, in this strategy, that we would be satisfied with McCarrick's removal and forget about pursing matters further.  They couldn't have been more incorrect.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

More On The Vigano Statement

Now come reports of various individuals - including the Pope Emeritus - of Vigano's testimony being corroborated.  The National Catholic Register's sources confirm that Pope Benedict XVI did indeed discipline the errant former cardinal McCarrick.  Of course Pope Francis completely disregarded them and allowed McCarrick free reign and much influence in the process of selecting new bishops.

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix released a statement that appears on the diocesan website.  He knows Vigano and vouches for his honesty and character.  He urges that "Vigano's testimony be taken seriously by all".

Msgr Jean-Francois Lantheaume, a former Nunciaoture official, vouched for Vigano's honesty.  We have now been informed that Archbishop Vigano has fled and gone into hiding in fear for his life.  His fear is understandable.  Consider in his testimony he said that his two predecessors died "prematurely".  Both?  That's quite the coincidence.  Also consider how two of the dubia cardinals both died within a short period of the dubia being released.  These evil thugs in the Vatican seem to play for keeps.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Pope's Odd Response To Vigano's Testimony

The pope was in Ireland at the Wicked Mangling of Families event that was just winding down when Archbishop Vigano's testimony was made public.  Today he flew home and gave another interview.  The patterns of the past few years have shown that when the pope flies and talks with the reporters on that plane, nonsense often billows forth from his mouth.  Today was no exception.  The only difference is that it didn't take endless bloviation to reveal his inner mind.

Of course he was asked about his reaction to Vigano's revelations.  Let's examine his remarks bit by bit.
  • "Read the statement carefully and make your own judgments".  Who among us, if we were made aware of spurious accusations against us regarding some heinous crime, would simply tell the public to "make your own judgments"?  I for one would react with outrage at my name being pilloried and slandered.  Perhaps the pope can't - because the statement is not slander?
  • He believes in the "journalistic capacity to draw your own conclusions".  Look - either the statements are true, or they are false.  They stand on their own factual merit - not upon some "journalistic capacity".  Talk about a cop-out response!
This is quite similar to the cop-out that McCarrick tried initially when he said that he "didn't recall" that alleged episode of abuse.  Many of us cannot remember everything we did thirty years ago, but we know damned well we did not rape children and we can say so with absolute certainty.  Why couldn't McCarrick?  Why couldn't the pope, this morning?

The pope's utterly dismissive attitude is contrasted to that of Cardinal Burke, who said that "the declarations made by a prelate of the authority of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò must be totally taken to heart by those responsible in the Church."  The cardinal went on to call for a thorough investigation into these allegations.

In his homily today, Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler TX also called for an investigation, adding that he found the allegations to be credible.  Lending weight to the credibility of the allegations is an account published by England's Catholic Herald.  It recounts that Pope Francis reduced sanctions against a number of clergy abusers of minors.  The article is from February of last year, but still it demonstrates an imprudent tendency of the pope to be lenient with those who pose threats to children.  The article contrasts the pope's practice with that of Pope Benedict, who laicized about 800 priests and who hardly ever granted clemency to the abusers.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

BREAKING - Former Papal Nuncio To The US Testifies That Pope Francis Participated In McCarrick Coverup

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former papal nuncio to the United States under Pope Benedict XVI, released a statement that said that Pope Francis participated in the cover-up for ex-cardinal McCarrick.  Furthermore, he stated that Pope Benedict had laid sanctions on McCarrick but these were lifted after Cardinal Bergoglio became Pope Francis.  Recall that McCarrick played a huge role in that election.  Many other prelates, the "usual suspects" were named by Vigano as being part of the cover-up. 

One certainly must wonder now if Pope Benedict XVI resigned under duress.  I'll have more to say about this as I digest it.  Meanwhile I link now to the LifeSiteNews article.  It has the full English translation as well as links to downloadable pdfs; please download them for I can see where nefarious elements in the Church might want to pull these offline.  There is speculation that this testimony may call into question the continuance of Francis' papacy; as well it should.

George Neumayr Barred From Entering Church Below Wuerl's Residence

This afternoon a group of faithful Catholics gathered on the sidewalk in front of Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church.  It's located on Embassy Row in Washington DC. They interceded for the resignation of Cardinal Wuerl and for a general cleansing of Holy Mother Church from all the sexual perversion and impurity that seems to have gripped a large number of our clergy, both priests and bishops.  Why was that church chosen?  Because Cardinal Wuerl resides in a penthouse atop the Church.

George Neumayr, Catholic investigative journalist and author of "The Political Pope", joined in that effort.  He then attempted to attend the 5pm Mass inside that church - and was prevented from entering by the pastor, Father Alejandro Diaz.  Neumayr recorded that encounter on his cell phone and posted it to Facebook.  As Neumayr recorded it, he was quite astute in enunciating the various issues at play - with one exception.  I'll point that out after you watch this encounter.

Notice that at the 0:56 mark, as Neumayr is talking, Diaz's lips are moving, as though he is muttering.  Why?  Is he praying?  To whom or what is he praying?  I cannot see how he's praying to God while acting in blatant disobedience to Church law and basic justice.  What is going on?  This is utterly bizarre, if not downright ominous.

There are those who might be frightened by occurrences such as this.  While these do show the depths to which the evil gnomes in the clergy will sink, it also displays how frightened they are at the prospects that their gig is up.  Please continue to pray your Rosaries and speak out.  We can speak out against this miscarriage of justice by calling and/or emailing Diaz and letting him know that we are watching.  Here is the contact info (note: you may have to translate it into English).

Heretical Filth On Website Of Archdiocese Of Baltimore

I recently came across a tome entitled "U.S. Jesuit Urges Catholics To Examine Attitudes Towards LGBT Community".  I don't have time to correct every error in this pig-slop, so I'll home in on just a few.  First, we examine these two paragraphs.  Here they are as originally presented:

He urged people to examine their own attitudes and ask themselves whether they believe someone “is sinful because she’s lesbian, or more inclined to sin than a straight woman? Do you hold the parents ‘responsible’ for a gay teen’s orientation? Do you think a person is transgender person only because it’s ‘fashionable’?” he challenged. 

One of his recommendations for Catholic parishes and communities is not to reduce gays and lesbians to the call to chastity.

I'll now reprint it with comments interspersed in red.

He urged people to examine their own attitudes and ask themselves whether they believe someone “is sinful because she’s lesbian, or more inclined to sin than a straight woman?  They certainly are more inclined to commit mortal sins of sexual perversions than would be straight people. Do you hold the parents ‘responsible’ for a gay teen’s orientation?  If the parents in any way applaud or facilitate their children's dalliances with that mortal sin, they certainly are.  Of course there are good parents who are most definitely heart-broken that their gay children are endangering their own immortal souls.   Do you think a person is transgender person only because it’s ‘fashionable’?” he challenged.  Irrelevant.  Anyone who flirts with "being transgender" is playing God with his/her own person.

One of his recommendations for Catholic parishes and communities is not to reduce gays and lesbians to the call to chastity.  The call to chastity is not a "reduction".  It is a command of God enjoined upon all persons.  Those with a homosexual orientation are not exempt from that call on account of that orientation.

Like I said, I just don't have the time to unpack that entire mess.  I will now point out the worst thing regarding that article.  Where was it published?  Was it published in "America"?  No!  How about Not-At-All Catholic Reporter?  Again, no.  It was published on the website of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  Furthermore, it is an article circulated by the Catholic News Service, the official news arm of the USCCB.  Over the past few days, Archbishop Lori et al have issued statements of regret regarding the PA grand jury report and McCarrick's ouster.  I replied to them, saying that we'll know if he's serious if he purges the gay rot from St Matthew's on Loch Raven Blvd and St Theresa's in Severn.  Now he needs to get it out of the Archdiocese's own website.  Lots of people need to be fired.

Current PA Offenders Still At Large

From LifeSiteNews we read of Father Richard Terdine of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  He admitted to giving a 16-year old boy condoms and pornography.  Yet he remained active in priestly ministry until just a few months ago.  In the nearby Diocese of Allentown, Father Kevin Lonergan was arrested just weeks ago for sending nude pictures of himself to a 17-year old girl and assaulting her.  He committed these crimes just last year.

So how do Cardinal Wuerl and others pretend that clerical sex abuse ended "decades ago"?  How do they pretend that this "Dallas Charter" and other overly-vaunted protections are working?

Another Jesuit In The Vatican

From Church Militant we read of a Jesuit in the Vatican chiding an Ohio prosecutor for seeking the death penalty in relation to a murder that he is prosecuting.  The Jesuit is Father Paul Mueller and the Ohio official is Joseph Deters, Prosecutor for Hamilton County, Ohio.  Mueller is trying to bamboozle Deters into believing that 2000-year-old Church teaching no longer exists, owing to the way that Pope Francis is trying to mutate it.

A canon lawyer who spoke with Church Militant flat out said that Mueller is wrong and that he himself has committed canonical crimes of calumny and defamation against Deters.  I'm just wondering when outfits such as "People for the American Way" and "Freedom from Religion Foundation" are going to rally to Deters' assistance.  After all, aren't they all about "separation of church and state"?  Or does that only work when the clergy is upholding actual (instead of imitation) Church teaching?

I looked around for more information in Mueller in addition to what is on the CM site.  He is an author of sorts.  His "scholarly" works include a book entitled, "Would You Baptize An Extraterrestrial?"  Yeah, that should solve all the problems of the universe and quench the thirst of the human heart!  One wonders what about this case would pique his interest since they are thousands of miles apart.  That is its own mystery.

By the way - since Mueller is so quick to charge into this situation (in which he has no authority to do so), please point out to me all the times he has railed against Catholic politicians who support baby-murder and gay perversions.  Please do so in the com-box, but be advised that I won't be holding my breath.

Speaking of the death penalty, this is an interesting read about why opponents of the death penalty among the clergy might have been predisposed to shield their perverted colleagues from the consequences of their mortal sins.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

What They REALLY Mean By Clericalism!

A few days ago, Pope Francis released an open letter regarding the sex abuse scandal perpetrated most infamously by Bishop McCarrick and all too many others.  LifeSiteNews carries the full English text of that letter as well as an excellent analysis.

The pope states, without hesitation, that the culprit behind this squalid mess is...CLERICALISM!  That's right!  Nowhere in his tome is there one mention of the mortal sins of sodomy and other homosexual perversions.  To be clear, girls were victimized too, but the great bulk of the attacks - at least 75% - were carried out against post-pubescent males.  By definition, the attacks were homosexual in nature.  Also notice that while we see the words "clerics" and "priests" mentioned, there is not one instance of the word "bishop" being uttered.

I call notice to this "gem" uttered by the pope: I invite the entire holy faithful People of God to a penitential exercise of prayer and fasting, following the Lord’s command. This can awaken our conscience and arouse our solidarity and commitment to a culture of care that says “never again” to every form of abuse.

If he were directing this statement solely to the bishops and others who engaged in these crimes and/or covered them up, I'd applaud it.  But he isn't and that is one thing that demonstrates why this open letter is just another part of the "damage control".  Quite a goodly portion of the laity are aware at this time and more are opening their eyes with each passing day.  I daresay the chanceries are feeling the effects of our awareness as they see their collection revenues shrinking.  Is this an attempt to shame us into resumption of our donations - so that more lavish lifestyles and/or payouts can be financed?  The ones who need the "awakening of consciences" are those who pretend that "clericalism" is the root cause and not gay perversion.

As an aside, over twenty years ago I left a charismatic cult.  After I left, I did copious amounts of reading on cults and thought reform so that I could understand the dynamics of what happened to me as a young adult.  I learned that there are many varieties of thought-reform, and not all of them occur in the settings of a cult.  One tactic of thought-reform is known as "blaming the victim".  Basically it is used when the "leaders" of the cult abuse the rank-and-file members, and then direct them to blame the resultant pain on their own weakness, sinfulness, etc.  This screed issued by the pope reeks of that tactic.

If the pope tried delicately to shut us up, not all bishops shared his desire for tact.  Cardinal Sergio Obeso Rivera, a retired Mexican Archbishop, said some victims "who accuse men of the Church should be careful because they have long tails that are easily stepped on".  One can only hope that this is merely an attempt to embarrass the victims.  The only other possibility is that he issued a thinly-veiled threat of blackmail to the victims.  As you read that article, please note that he was created a cardinal just recently.  That means this current pope is responsible for his red hat.  One consolation is that he is over the age of 80 so he cannot participate in the next papal conclave.

Over at the Not-At-All Catholic Reporter, we see Michael Sean Winters waxing apoplectic at the "anti-gay agenda".  Of course he's always shilled for sodomy and now he's pitching a hissy-fit at the "diabolical craziness of Church Militant and others" because what we've warned about is now coming to light.  And yes, we do want gay priests out of the priesthood.   The Church, in her wisdom, has always excluded homosexuals from the priesthood, knowing that those so afflicted would be unsuited for the role of "alter Christus".  Over 75% of these assault cases are homosexual in nature, despite the denials that Winters, the pope, etc try to use.

In their rantings against "clericalism". I think the pope et al are drafting a new definition of the word (getting back to thought-reform, that is a tactic known as "loading the language").  Might that definition be "ascribing responsibility of clerical and ecclesial sins to the faithful lay Catholics in the pews"?

IMPORTANT UPDATE - The state of Illinois is following Pennsylvania's lead and launching its own investigation into the Archdiocese of Chicago.  I believe it was Chicago's Cardinal Cupich that concocted the "clericalism" schtick.  The state of Missouri will also be investigating dioceses in that state.  We might well have a RICO investigation upon us.  The bishops might be kissing those federal funds (that is, our tax dollars) goodbye - or, as Cardinal Joseph Tobin might say, "nighty-night, baby bucks!"

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Words Of McCarrick Revisited

Courtesy of LifeSiteNews, we have this clip of ex-cardinal McCarrick giving a talk in 2013 after the election of Pope Francis.  Ponder these words in light of his downfall and his debauchery over the past several decades.  Don't you think it interesting to hear him speak of the pope as the "pied piper"?  And did you catch the "nephew" remark?

Gay Seminarian Pipeline From South America

As you listen to this, keep in the back of your mind the USCCB's unceasing shilling for 1) amnesty for border-crashers and 2) open border.  Might this offer a glimpse as to another potential motive for their stances?  Makes sense to me!  The perverts in the chanceries wouldn't want anything to prevent the growth of their "stables" now, would they?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

From The "Et Tu Brute" Department - Rob Schenck

Rob Schenck, a protestant minister, is widely known as a pro-life activist and leader from years back.  He participated in a number of clinic rescues (blockading them) and for that has gone to jail quite a few times.

Just today I became aware of an interview that he gave to National Public Radio in which he hawks his new book, "Costly Grace".  In the course of that interview he disavowed his previous activism.  Here is a pertinent quote:

Schenck now sees abortion as a moral and ethical issue that should be resolved by "an individual and his or her conscience" — rather than by legislation." "This is not a question for politicians," he says. "When your end goal is a political one, you will, without exception, exploit the pain and the suffering and the agony of those who face the issue in their daily reality, in their real life."

Schenck demonstrated two flaws in his thinking.  First, no pro-life activist worthy of the title ever pretends that protection for babies is solely "a question for politicians", so I don't know what causes him to imply that.  But while the legal front is not the only one on which we fight for the protection of babies, by the same token we can never pretend that law and politics can be neglected.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr himself recognized that when he said, "the law cannot make my white brother love me, but it can keep him from lynching me".  The unborn child is a human being deserving of protection regardless of the capricious whims of his/her mother's "individual conscience".

The preceding sentence brings us to Schenck's second and even greater glitch in his thinking.  Nowhere in that quote do we see any thought or concern given to the one who stands to lose his/her life - the baby.   The words "baby" and "child" don't appear once in that quote or anywhere else in that interview.  He whines about being "callous" to abortion-bound women's feelings.  I submit that he has acquired a new callousness to the unborn child in deference to the mother's errant sentiments.

I checked Schenck's facebook page to see if perhaps NPR engaged in - shall we say - "embellishment" of this interview.  Sadly, I saw no mention that NPR misquoted him, no sign of displeasure at how he was represented.  He seemed to be in agreement with the interview report as presented.

In recent months I had noted on his page an inordinate desire to abridge our rights to self-defense to "reduce gun violence", and the promotion of amnesty for border-crashers.  In other words, he adopted some leftist positions.  I didn't think too much of these, as there can be room here for good people to disagree.  Well, now I know that there was much more to the leftward tilt.  I do hope and pray that he regains his perspective regarding the need to secure protections for the smallest and most defenseless of innocents - the unborn babies.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Fear Grip$ The Vatican! They Quake In Their Boot$!

The video below was released today.  Attorneys general from several states are considering investigations similar to the one undertaken by the state of Pennsylvania into the subterfuge conducted by prelates who enabled pervert clergy and who may themselves have raped young people (mostly young men) in their charges.  This raises the possibility of the US Department of Justice launching its own investigation into RICO violations.  Should the Church in the US be found guilty of RICO violations, they would immediately lose millions in federal funding.  That impact would be felt at the Vatican for they in turn receive large amounts of money from the US Church.

So now we see the root cause of the Vatican's panic.  It's not the widespread scandal and subsequent loss of souls to hell that is the main concern, but the loss of $$$.  The Vatican is sending over Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta to head its investigation efforts.  It was his investigation into Chile's scandals that led to the mass resignations of many bishops there.  If it's the loss of money that causes the Vatican to take this matter seriously, well, so be it.

When I first suggested that faithful Catholics in the pews withhold their donations, naysayers mocked the idea by saying that "the bishops don't need our donations".  Well, they might feel our denial now, since they stand to lose the millions of federal dollars upon which they had been relying.  Voris hints that the USCCB and state conferences would be severely crimped, if not forced out of existence.  To that, I say, "bring it on"!  The USCCB and its state satellites have been absolute shills for every progressive agenda that the left puts forth: amnesty for border-jumpers, climate-change junk science, death penalty abolishment (complete contradiction to Church tradition), seizure of guns from law-abiding citizens.  These conference-beasts need to be starved out of existence.

While we pray and fast for the situation in this Church, we should also withhold any donations from our chanceries and instead redirect it to truly worthwhile organizations that do the real work of the Church.

UPDATE: I originally posted the youtube, but that seems to be removed.  It still exists here on facebook.

Bishop Morlino Stands Out From Sickening Reactions From His Brother Prelates

Among the "sickening reactions" are those from Pope Francis himself.  I'll get into that.  First let us take a look at the open letter that Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Wisconsin issued.  This is a letter that I urge you to download to your own machines.  He openly states that the scandal is homosexual in nature; it's the "elephant in the living room" that so many of the prelates refuse to acknowledge.  Why do they refuse to acknowledge it?  Perhaps they themselves are engaging in mortally sinful sodomy and/or they are being blackmailed on account of it.  Or perhaps they are simply cowards who don't want to buck politically-correct societal sentiments for fear of backlash or losing donations.  Pray that more bishops may face and state the facts as candidly as Morlino.

One such questionable prelate is Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta GA.  He decided to appoint three priests as "diocesan spiritual directors" for victims of clerical abuse.  One of those "directors" however, is pastor of an extremely gay-affirming parish.  This parish holds social events for GLTB "couples" and hosts booths at "pride" events.  Isn't this more of the "foxes guarding the hen houses"?

In the Diocese of Syracuse NY sits a bishop, Robert Cunningham, who three years ago opined that the rape victims of these pervert priests share culpability.  Mind you, he was specifically speaking of 7-year-old victims, giving the excuse that they had attained the use of reason.  So I suppose he thinks female rape victims are culpable as well?  Generally in these cases the perpetrator is bigger than the victim and can easily overpower them.  Did Bishop Cunningham not consider that?  Or is he actually trying to excuse misconduct?  I wonder if it's his own misconduct (if only his cowardice) that he tried to justify?  What is truly mystifying is why he still sits in that chancery.  Why hasn't the pope removed him?

Some of the pope's appointments have been similarly mystifying.  From LifeSiteNews, we read that he recently consecrated as bishop a Portuguese priest who supports a nun in her promotion of abortion and homosexuality. He himself claims that Jesus "didn't establish rules".  That of course is a flat-out lie.  To those who think that the pope could not have known this about Father Mendonca, I reply that is absolute rubbish and an exercise in self-deception on your part.  If LifeSiteNews could glean these facts that are publicly available, so too could the pope.

The Vatican finally issued a statement regarding the scandal unearthed by the downfall of a major supporter of the pope's election- McCarrick, of course.  The statement said that the Vatican is in "shame and sorrow" over the mess and to the victims "the pope is on their side".  So what?  Big deal!  Who cares what the Vatican says?  The real question is what will they do?  So far they haven't done much. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Washington Archdiocese In Full Panic Meltdown

In an earlier post, I observed that the local Catholic prelates were in "damage control mode".  Well, now the "damage control" has morphed into "full panic meltdown".  Earlier this week, the ADW launched a site called "The Wuerl Record".  From what I understand, it was an attempt by the Cardinal to say that "golly gee-wizz, I'm not such a bad guy after all, yada-yada-yada."  It sounds like it was an exercise at pure self-aggrandizement.  I never got to see it for it didn't take too much time for the site to be laughed off the internet.  Ed McFadden, Communications Director for the ADW, took responsibility for the fiasco; when he took it down, he announced "in hindsight, it was a mistake".  One wonders if McFadden really is to blame for the bomb, or if he's just "taking it on the chin for the team".  He is correct that it was a mistake.

That was how the Archdiocese of Washington tried to handle its public image.  However, the Archdiocese sees the aggrieved Catholics who are angry at the Cardinal for allowing them an/or loved ones to be victimized.  So what does a Prince of the Church do in that circumstance?  Why, he seeks legal refuge!  Will that work before God's Judgment Throne?

The skeptical reader might ask why I make such a big deal of these developments?  Let me begin to answer by asking my own questions: How is all this being financed?  Who is footing the bill?  Hint: if you live in the Archdiocese of Washington, you can answer these questions by staring into your mirror.  Consider that the next time you hear or see any whining and sniveling from your pastors about the "harm done" by denying the chancery your donation dollars.

By the way - in yesterday's Washington Post is an editorial entitled "Cardinal Wuerl Must Go".  It is a rare occasion when I agree with the Post, but this is one of them.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Bill Donohue Is Sticking His Feet In His Mouth

Last week I pointed out that Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, is not a journalist per se and as a layman has no particular unction to ferret out the misdeeds of the Catholic clergy.  By the same token, though, he has no particular expertise to besmirch the work done by the State of Pennsylvania in putting out the report to which I linked yesterday.  But that is what Donohue seems to be doing in this post on the League site.  Fortunately it's not a long piece so it won't be too much trouble to dissect and rebut.

First, let's look at the title: "PA Grand Jury Report Based On Accusations".  So what?  Of course it is!  That is the nature and purpose of grand juries: to decide if the available evidence constitutes cause for criminal indictment.  It usually is the body that actually brings the indictment to court.  Donohue states that plain fact in such a way to cast doubt on the grand jury's integrity.  It is true that this report shines the light on misdeeds of clergy now deceased or now out of reach because of the statute of limitations.  However, some instances are somewhat recent and can be brought to trial.  It also shines the light on prelates who willfully concealed the crimes of their underlings and might make some ripe for prosecution.

"When the dust settles, what counts are the facts".  Has he looked at the report?  There are multiple testimonies regarding the same clerics.  There are photocopies of letters and other documentation.  There are money trails.  Bring on the facts!

"Many of those named are not priests: the list includes lay persons, deacons, and seminarians".  He forgot to add "bishops".  The point is that all accused were operating in church-related scenarios, under the authority of the hierarchy when they committed their crimes.  But let's look again at Donohue's curious omission of the word "bishops" in that sentence.  One key feature of this grand jury report is that it details the nefarious roles played by prelates either in the commission of the crimes themselves and/or by concealment of the crimes of their underlings and refusal to bring dangerous underlings to heel.

"Even among the living, most have not had opportunity to rebut the accusations".  Excuse me, but what's to stop them from doing so now?  Let them do so - if they can.

"In most cases there has been no attempt by the dioceses or the grand jury to verify the accusations.  This is what happens when an investigation extends back to World War II."  Again, the purpose of a grand jury is to bring forth accusations, not conduct the actual trial.  As far as the dioceses goes, many have been doing everything in their power to stymie any real investigation; they are interested only in silencing the victims and "damage control".  The latest evidence of that can be seen in my post from yesterday.  As far as the "world war 2" quip goes, that is necessary because there was no investigation of the crimes that occurred back then.

Then there's this: "Those awaiting a grand jury report on the sexual abuse of minors in the public schools, or among the clergy of other religions, shouldn’t hold their breath. It will never happen."  Talk about an irrelevant straw man!  As far as the crimes go that have been committed by clergy - including bishops, what happens outside the church is irrelevant.  At least these public school teachers and protestants aren't committing sacrilege against the Sacrament of Holy Orders and vows of celibacy.

Then in this tome Donohue says that the "bishops strike the right tone".  We're not concerned about "tone".  We're concerned about truth.  Any bishop who concealed any pervert clergy - even if that pervert is a fellow bishop - should resign.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Catholic Standard Goes Into Damage Control Mode

Just a little reminder.  Many years ago, the Standard had a "letters to the editor" section; a fair number of mine were printed.  However, as soon as ex-cardinal McCarrick announced his intentions to hold Canon 915 in disregard, that section disappeared from the paper and remains gone today.  Inside contacts indicate that the Standard was flooded with letters decrying McCarrick's nose-thumbing at the Blessed Sacrament and received orders from "on high" not to publish one of them.  That silence was a key motivation behind my start of the website and this blog.

Therefore it is no surprise that the Standard is in full "damage control" mode in the wake of the PA report.  As you read the Standard piece, notice a few things:
  • Pennsylvania released the report today.  The Standard article is dated today.  So are we to believe that the Standard staff had time to study the report, write the article and upload it to their site on the same day that the report was released?  Or was this sorry excuse of a rebuttal crafted ahead of the report's release?
  • I fail to detect any specific examples of inaccuracies regarding Wuerl that are allegedly in the report.  We see just a bunch of blather about "standards" etc.
In this same Standard issue is a letter that the Cardinal sent to his priests - again, the same smoke and mirrors.

Such speed!  Such alacrity!  The Standard is most prompt with its damage control, even if it's rather inept.  However, they cannot be faulted, for no one can defend the indefensible and still claim to have an ounce of intelligence and integrity.

I wonder if the Standard will bring back its "letters to the editor" feature.  Just kidding!