Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Some Of McCarrick's Abused Come Forward - More Are Needed

On July 16th the New York Times published an article that details the sexual abuse that many seminarians endured at the hands of Cardinal McCarrick.  It also makes clear that higher-ups in Church leadership did absolutely nothing when complaints about Cardinal McCarrick were lodged with them.  LifeSiteNews links to the article, with helpful commentary of their own.  By the way - this article links to another that details McCarrick's role in procuring the pontificate for Cardinal Bergoglio.  McCarrick himself admitted it in the video embedded here.

The latest issue of the Catholic Standard published statements about McCarrick's mess.  Frankly, given their absolute silence regarding the Archdiocese's treatment of Father Guarnizo in 2012, a situation that literally made world-wide news, I was wondering if they were going to try the "mum" routine again.  They probably realized that they wouldn't get away with it this time, so they tried some "damage control"; either that, or they (and the New York Times) are participating in a wide-scale ruse.  What do I mean by "ruse"?  As I said in previous posts, I wonder if it's possible that McCarrick is simply taking "one for the team" to appease those of us who are tired of predators in roman collars roaming freely throughout the church.  At his age, he hasn't that much to lose, and could easily be placed somewhere to live his remaining years rather comfortably.

Anyway, the Standard published McCarrick's statement, available here.  I commented on the part where he said he "had no recollection" of the abuse.  However, he also said "I am sorry for the pain the person who brought the charge has gone through.."  Pain?  What pain?  If pain is present, what caused that pain?  And why would McCarrick think it appropriate to say he's sorry for the pain?  Freudian slip much?

Also on the 16th Renew American published a piece by Matt Abbott in which he discloses what one of McCarrick's victims told him about twelve years ago.  The now-ex-priest's name is Bart Aslin  So far he, Ciolek, and Father Boniface Ramsey (LSN article) are the only ones (to my knowledge) that have gone on record to detail   My blogging colleague Vox Cantoris opines that all bishops today at least knew of McCarrick's sordid activities and yet remained silent.  I agree but I think the conspiracy of silence goes much further than that.  There are many priests who either were targeted by the Cardinal or knew of the targeting of their brother priests and seminarians.  Mr. Aslin wrote that many of them chose silence to protect their chances of ordination.  However, they were taught (or should have been taught) in their moral theology classes that the ends do not justify evil means.  Yes, their silence was and is evil.  By their silence they made it easier for the abuse to continue unabated.  I reiterate my call for them to come forth and join Aslin and Ciolek to ensure that McCarrick has no more access to young boys.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

How Pious-Sounding But Silly Platitudes Trip Up Good Catholics

I speak mostly of pious-sounding platitudes that are put before some good Catholics by others whom they hold in esteem.  Many of them contain some elements of truth, but the truth is never differentiated from the outright rubbish that is also contained.  So let's start.

The first is actually a statement of St Mother Teresa of Calcutta that has been largely yanked out of its context.  In an interview when a reporter asked her about the growth of her order and her work, she said, "God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful."
  • She was speaking only of herself and the work of her order.  I would bet that she, in her wildest nightmares, would never have envisioned that Catholics in other apostolates,would attempt to take her statement and turn it into a maxim for their own work.
  • She was responding to inquiries about her success.  Too often pro-lifers, when faced with failed efforts, whip out that quote in a knee-jerk fashion instead of doing the hard work to see why failed and to learn from mistakes.  They'd rather do that then address their own failures, and more frighteningly so, the failures of their co-workers.
  • In adopting her quote for their own work, pro-lifers actually act in disregard of the words of another saint, Pope St John Paul II.  At the 1993 World Youth Day in Colorado, he told all people there "woe to you if you do not succeed in defending life".  Notice that he said nothing about merely "trying" and "being faithful".  The Holy Father clearly laid on our shoulders the onus for objectively measurable, tangible success.  We are NOT allowed to yank Mother Teresa's statement out of context to give our failures an "escape clause".
  • Now a little dose of irony.  If pro-lifers don't examine their failures and learn from them, if they don't strive with every ounce of effort to succeed, if they don't take ownership of their efforts and outcomes - they aren't truly being faithful!
Here's another regrettable platitude.  It is half-true and half-nonsensical.  "God doesn't called the equipped; He equips the called".  The second half of that statement is quite true.  It's the first one that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.  Consider that every ability, every talent that we have has its source in God, right?  So if "God doesn't call the equipped", that is, the people on whom He bestowed the "equipment", why did He give them the "equipment" in the first place?  That's absurd.

These are just two examples that come to mind.  As I run across more, I will dissect them too.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bishop Paprocki Rebukes His Treacherous Brother Bishops And Their Slavish Devotion To Labor Unions

In their June 27th decision regarding Janus vs AFSCME, the US Supreme Court stated that public sector employees cannot be forced to pay union dues when these unions support political positions with which they don't agree.  It seems very simple; the average worker should not be subject to extortion by labor unions in exchange for their jobs.  After all - the worker has his/her rights of association, speech, religion, etc, correct?

One would think that the Church would uphold that right - but a few days later, the USCCB bewailed that ruling.  "Why", you may ask.  The USCCB revealed how they operate.  They get a fair amount of $$$ from these unions.  If the unions cannot extort it from unwilling workers, well, that means less $$$ for the USCCB.  Let's not forget how much the USCCB is in the pockets of their sugar-daddy puppet-string holders.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki remains (so far) the only voice of sanity who reminds his money-grubbing brother bishops of what Rerun Novarum had to say of the legitimate role of labor unions.  Too many of them support abortion, sodomy and a whole host of anti-God positions.

John Sweeney, Labor Boss
One of my first forays into activism against the rot in the Church occurred in 2002, when some of us protested the Catholic Charities gala in the Dupont Circle area of Washington DC.  Why?  Because Cardinal McCarrick (heard about him a lot these days) was the co-chairman of the gala along with his buddy, John Sweeney, then head of AFL-CIO.  At the time, AFL-CIO was pushing for labor agreements that would provide for contraceptives, and their web page linked directly to that of NOW.  Moreover, we all know of the insidious SEIU; enough has been written on this blog.

When the USCCB goes so far as to issue such releases, they only show what lemmings they are for progressive money bags.  I cannot say they undermine their own credibility, for they long since forfeited the last shreds of credibility they once had.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Church Militant Exposes Hypocrisy Of Diocese Of Helena Montana - Action Requested

Apparently two priests of the diocese and two others from a neighboring diocese attended a rally in clerical attire to support a pro-life Catholic who is running for US Senate.  President Trump also attended.  Some pro-aborts got into a hissy over it and complained to the diocesan administrator, Msgr. Kevin O'Neill.  He immediately waxed indignant at the two priests and browbeat them into an apology.

HOWEVER...

Church Militant obtained a photo of O'Neill attending the inauguration of pro-abort "katholyc" Governor Steve Bullock.  It sure appears to me that O'Neill is in his clerics sitting towards the front.  Bullock has voted to promote both abortion and homosexual perversion.  O'Neill also allows Bullock to receive Holy Communion in complete disobedience to Canon 915.  Bullock forks over healthy donations to the cathedral, so O'Neill happily accepts the "30 pieces of silver" in exchange for sacrilege against Holy Communion.

To the Catholics in the Diocese of Helena, I'd suggest that you boycott any collections until Msgr O'Neill issues an apology for:
  • Complete disregard for Canon 915
  • Toadying to the pro-abortion governor
  • His treatment of the four priests at the rally
Please let him know why you're boycotting.  The contact information is here.  Alternatively they have a facebook page.  Catholics of other locations should visit these sites and make their displeasure known.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Traitorous Bishops Galore

Yes, they abound.  At this time a retired Italian bishop has earned top (or bottom) ranking of sacrilege and betrayal.  Bishop Raffaele Nogaro, bishop emeritus of Caserta, said that he "is ready to turn all the churches into mosques" to facilitate the de facto muslim invasion of his country.

When I first heard of this, the term "judas priest" came to mind.  Indeed, he voiced his willingness to cast aside the Blessed Sacrament so that idolatry could be conducted in sacred grounds.  Would he be willing to remodel the churches so that child-"marriages" could take place or make rooms for the performance of female genital mutilation?

In addition to the passage from Matthew 15 to which the linked article refers, I'd suggest for consideration Matthew 24, beginning at verse 11.  Therein Jesus warns not only of false prophets but also of "the abomination of desolation..standing in the holy place".  We can also think back to Exodus 32, the first instance of mass idolatry committed by God's people - instigated by Aaron the first high priest.  While God forgave the people after exacting a great punishment, Aaron would never see the promised land.  Will these scenarios be repeated to appease those who hold to the barbarism of Islam?  We can be grateful that Nogaro is an emeritus and not the actual prelate, thus lacking authority to implement his treachery - but how many more are of his mindset?  Now Judas betrayed Our Lord for thirty pieces of silver.  What are the "thirty pieces" being offered to Nogaro?  Is George Soros the financier behind all this?

Coming stateside, we now deal with more antics from Cardinal Cupich.  Recently, he caused Father Frank Phillips, a traditional priest from the Canons Regular of St John Cantius, to be removed as pastor of the parish of that same name because of allegations of improper conduct.  Despite the proper investigations that exonerated Father Phillips, Cardinal Cupich refuses to restore him to his former position.  Father will take recourse to canon law; I pray he prevails.

Meanwhile, a real dissident Chicago priest, Father Michael Pfleger (Where have we heard that name before?  Oh, yes!  He's "Obama's other pastor"!) decided to protest gun violence by shutting down a major highway for several hours.  Cardinal Cupich reacted by thanking officials for allowing Pfleger's debacle to occur.  By the way - take a look at Father's shirt.  Those are raised fists!  They are most commonly associated with violent revolution - the kind that Michael Sean Winters awaits with bated breath!  They certainly don't evince sentiments of peace and non-violence!  But then again, Father Pfleger did threaten to "snuff out" a local gun shop owner - all in the name of peace!

So Cardinal Cupich stabs faithful priests in the back while allowing renegade priests to run rampant.  He and Bishop Nogaro are but two of many "judas priest" bishops.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Pope Francis Joked Of McCarrick Going To Hell

These jokes happened twice over the years, and the Cardinal thought them so hilarious that he couldn't resist rehashing the "charming" anecdotes.  Some questions come immediately to mind.
  1. Hell is a serious business.  It is one of the main missions of priests to save people from that horrible fate and direct them to heaven.  Since when do competent priests consider hell to be a joking matter?
  2. If, as Ms. Yore suggests, Pope Francis knew of McCarrick's sordid conduct with young men, why did he not address it appropriately?  Was he afraid of McCarrick or were the jokes a "wink-wink" sort of approval of his behavior?
Let us pray for the gift of repentance to the cardinal and all clergy who have engaged in this conduct, lest they suffer the horrifying fate about which they so glibly joke today.

John McAdams And The Faith Triumph Over Wayward Catholic University

LifeSiteNews carries the story of McAdam's two-year ordeal inflicted on him because he stood up for a faithful student.  The tyrants in this case are the administrators of Marquette University.  It is supposedly a Catholic institution, but since it's run by Jesuits, we know that in truth it's anything but Catholic.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court found that Marquette violated McAdam's rights and ordered him reinstated with full tenure, pay, benefits.  It's quite telling when a secular court has more sense of decency than Jesuits.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Michael Sean Winters Has Betrayed His Liberal Comrades

Yes, dear liberals who troll this blog!  I almost hate to break the news to you if you haven't already seen it in the Not-At-All Catholic Reporter.  It appears that he does espouse capital punishment after all.  Knowing how its abolition is a cause that is near and dear to your hearts (in direct contradiction to Church tradition, but we've already discussed that), I surmise that your hearts must be broken by his (dare I say it?) mean-spirited rhtoric, to wit:

Normally, when I get into a debate with a conservative friend and we are at an impasse, with no hope for resolution, I try to ease the tension with levity, and say, "Well, when the revolution comes, I will put in a good word for you and your family." To my friends in the Republican political and legal establishment who have not stood up to Trump: When the revolution comes, you are on your own, and I will be clamoring not for mercy but for a seat next to the guillotine, where I can do my knitting.

Some of my friends have already pointed out Winters' rank hypocrisy in fantasizing about Trump supporters going to the guillotine, but that's not all he admits.  He admits that the whole progressive dreams for revolution will indeed be about violence, much like the Bolshevik revolution in Russia was, and the Communist takeover in China was as well.

I think I detect another verbal indiscretion on Winters' part in this article.  Here's the quote: Kennedy was my least favorite justice because he was the most libertarian of the justices. My liberal friends liked that he sided with them on same-sex marriage and upholding Roe but his reasons on both issues were always libertarian reasons, which are not my reasons.

Winters admits that he didn't disagree with Kennedy's favoring of Roe and same-sex "marriage", just his reasons.  So Winters dissents from God's laws that call these evils out as abominations, albeit for different reasons than did Kennedy.  Any doubts as to Winters' pro-baby-murder proclivities are now erased.

So my dear naive liberal friends, are your eyes now opened just a tad?   You've just been given a glimpse into the real mindsets of your progressive "dear leaders".  To those "dear leaders", do you realize that in Michael Sean Winters you have a blabbermouth who has just tipped your hand?

Ok, liberals.  You can now come out of your little safe spaces!  Open your eyes!  Time to #walkaway from liberalism and convert to the One True Faith!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

McCarrick Matter Puts Past Situations In New Light

Both LifeSiteNews and National Catholic Register raise a very serious question.  That is, "In light of what they knew regarding Cardinal McCarrick's crimes of perversion, why did his brother bishops say nothing, essentially allowing McCarrick to carry on unfettered?"  We even know that when Pope John Paul II was considering the bestowal of the "red hat" on then-Archbishop McCarrick, a group of seminarians (some prior targets) went to Rome to advise against this appointment; the were ignored.

I now link to an article written a few days ago by Eric Sammons.  It appears on the One Peter Five site and is entitled "Who Watches The Watchmen?  The Fatal Flaw Of The Dallas Charter".   He, like I, resided in the Archdiocese of Washington at the time and we experienced in our different ways the damage control mechanisms of the DC chancery when the Boston Globe first broke the story regarding the rampant abuse of minors by clerics.  He relates his experiences as a parent of being treated as a potential abuser when he challenged the fatal flaws of Virtus.

My experience of the damage control was different but still quite revealing.  In the wake of the scandals, the chancery decided to have discussion panels at various parishes to detail to concerned Catholics "what they were doing to address the problem".  I realized very soon after the first and only session at St Raphael's in Rockville that its purposes was to quell our questioning and displeasure.

The room at St Raphael's was packed.  The panel of so-called "experts" from the Archdiocese first tried to tell us that nationwide only about 10% of pedophile cases are homosexual in nature.  That didn't work when we pointed out that we were not concerned with pedophilia as it occurs in the general population but that which is perpetrated by Catholic clergy, and that indeed is over 90% homosexual.  For the rest of the evening, the "experts" adopted  "deer-in-headlight" facial expressions as they tried to suffer through and end their torture quickly. This first of these sessions turned out to be the last as well.  Clearly these "experts" were instructed to brainwash us into disregarding the homosexual component.  Now they probably had no idea that their boss Cardinal McCarrick was one of those abusers, and we certainly didn't.  However, last week's news puts my St Raphael's experience in a new light.

Also put in a new light is the situation that occurred at my parish over six years ago, when Father Marcel Guarnizo was expelled from the Archdiocese for denying Holy Communion to a flagrant lesbian.  I needn't go through these details, including the ADW's despicable conduct towards Father, but when you consider that another pervert, albeit retired, still wielded much influence in the chancery, we get a bit more insight into the mindsets of ADW leaders.

Some of my colleagues voice optimism that this revelation might signal a paradigm shift in attitudes of church leaders towards gay sex abuse among their clergy.  I remain cautious for leopards don't change their spots overnight.  I voiced a possibility that Cardinal McCarrick, since he is already of advanced age, might simply be "taking one for the team", and if our attention is diverted to other matters, he might simply be left alone to be quietly rewarded.  But I may happily be proven wrong.  God does work miracles.