Pope Francis

{ 1 comment }

A friend and well-known commentator everyone knows, Al Kresta,  President of Ave Maria Radio, sent me this today. I said it captured a lot of Catholic’s sentiment and asked if I could share it. He said YES!  I think his comments reflect the heart of all of us good Catholics in America struggling to understand the situation.
Let’s be very clear Al and I are good friends and we love the Catholic Church. We are not discouraged or disheartened and we are ready to fight.
***********************
Holy Father, we have been silent,
We have been team players.
We have been in prayer and fasting.
We trusted our shepherds.
We have been mild. We have not been noisy.
We have been docile and open to the Holy Spirit and most reluctant to do anything to cast a shadow upon the Catholic Church because we have had the extraordinary privilege of leading many into full communion with her. We love her and our love is not less because we lack ministerial ordination. Our whole posture has been to defend that which we have asked others to join.
  • When we had no evidence of wrongdoing on your part we didn’t imagine there was a problem.
  • When the evidence was ambiguous we gave you and our bishops the benefit of the doubt.
  • When the evidence pointed your way, we asked for you to explain.
 But you ignored the bleating of the sheep.
You ignored that we have all along been praying and can maintain a discipline of silence as well as most of the ordained.
You ignored that we were all along team players and reluctant to publicly complain.
You ignored that we have been all along giving the benefit of the doubt through:
  • Maciel,
  • the scandal of the mid 80s,
  • early 90s,
  • 2002 and
  • even now with McCarrick and Viganó’s revelations
We asked for an investigation, not a rebellion. We have for almost all of our Catholic lives stretched our moral imaginations to think the best, not the worst of you and our bishops.
Your response has been to stonewall rather than to pastor. You asked us to ignore the evidence of our senses and the conclusions of our reason.
In short, you have asked us to divide ourselves, to split our conscience from our devotion. This is not the counsel of Jesus, who comes to make us whole.
The devil works hard tempting us to be doubleminded and to split our head and our hearts, our beliefs from our behavior, our knowledge of painful realities from our determination to avoid denial and get on with healthy problem-solving.
You, like the Devil, are asking us to sit on our hands in a shit storm and to think we are pious souls for doing so.
From where I sit that is not Catholic spirituality and I am still trying to imagine that your advice is due to ignorance of our plight rather than motivated by something baser.

{ 19 comments }

When I saw this I couldn’t believe it. With the sex scandal raging, Cardinals exposed as perverts, young men, seminarians and priests abused and raped by clergy, men raised to Bishop and Cardinal while doing such despicable and perverted things, the Pope credibly charged with culpability — and Cupich of Chicago says there are more important things to deal with…

Are you kidding me ?!?!

{ 15 comments }

Former Apostolic Nuncio to Washington DC calls prelates out — naming names and exposing corruption to the highest levels including Pope Francis

August 26, 2018

UPDATE Sunday morning:  Bishop Strickland of Tyler Texas responds to the letter below. A courageous Bishop… I hope other bishops follow his lead (write your bishop to do the same). UK Spectator aticle here. (Picture: Pope Francis greeting the perverted predator knowing what he was according to the letter below.) UPDATE COMMENT Sunday Evening: This continues […]

Read the full article →

Pope Francis and Capital Punishment

August 4, 2018

Excellent article by Edward Feser in First Thing Magazine that puts Pope Francis misstep in perspective … ********************** “In a move that should surprise no one, Pope Francis has once again appeared to contradict two millennia of clear and consistent scriptural and Catholic teaching. The Vatican has announced that the Catechism of the Catholic Church will […]

Read the full article →

Cardinal Burke Speaks on the Confusion in the Church and the Need for Bishops to Speak Out

May 7, 2018

Here is a real prince of the Church. God bless him. The following interview on current events in the Church with George Weigel is also excellent. You may also want to read “The German Church Divided” in the Catholic Thing. This regards communion for divorced and civilly remarried and communion for Protestants. Also Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s […]

Read the full article →

Cautious before Claiming Pope Denies Hell’s Existence

March 30, 2018

UPDATE: I recommend this article by Catholic World Report. Very good. Click HERE ************* It is being reported that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell and said those unrepentance souls just disappear. The Pope does believe in hell but he ought to more careful who the hell he talks too and how he says […]

Read the full article →

Does God Pick the Pope? [implied, Did God Pick Pope Francis]? by Jimmy Akin

March 14, 2018

Does God Pick the Pope? by Jimmy Akin “When Pope Benedict was elected in 2005, I was overjoyed.As much as I loved John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger spoke to me in a special way, and I was thrilled when he became pope. I was puzzled, though, by the way people began announcing him as “God’s choice” and […]

Read the full article →

Vatican Releases New Document on Salvation — Good Read!

March 6, 2018

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has released a new document–which it does not do too often. It was written by the head of the congregation Archbishops Luis Ladaria at the request of Pope Francis. It addresses two problematic tendencies in the modern world that relate to the heresies of Gnosticism and Pelagianism. Jimmy […]

Read the full article →

EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo is Under Attack – even it seems from the Vatican

February 26, 2018

A number of good Catholic journalist and newscasters are speaking out about what is going on with the Vatican. Raymond Arroyo is one of them. “Raymond Arroyo is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist and a producer. He is the news director and lead anchor of EWTN News, the news division of the Eternal […]

Read the full article →

What to Think About Bad Popes

February 16, 2018

Written by Dave Armstrong and used with permission: BAD POPES: REPLIES TO A SINCERE INQUIRER, February 15, 2018, by Dave Armstrong God made an everlasting covenant with King David, even though he was an adulterer and murderer. Dave writes: “As this was originally private correspondence, my correspondent’s exact words will be paraphrased, not cited. Her […]

Read the full article →

Two Favorite Quotes this Week

January 25, 2018

“My prayer is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight.” – C.S. Lewis. “Our faith is not on the pope, it is on Christ who is the foundation of the church.” Cardinal Francis Arinze

Read the full article →

The Mid-air Marriage Gets Muddier

January 21, 2018

Written by Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer Popes on planes aren’t supposed to be a setting from which to draw fodder for canon law essay exams, but as far back as Pope Benedict XVI, such flights have occasioned more than their fair share of papal words or actions carrying canonical implications but undertaken with little […]

Read the full article →

Major Conference Planned on Divisions in Church, Papal Infallibility

January 21, 2018

National Catholic Register, Major Conference Planned on Divisions in Church, Papal Infallibility Edward Pentin The international meeting in Rome, one of the last wishes of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, is due to take place in April. One of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra’s last wishes — to have an international conference to examine ways to […]

Read the full article →

Saving Babies and Where’s the Pope

January 19, 2018

Saving Babies and Time Off in Purgatory Robert Royal writing for The Catholic Thing (which is well worth subscribing to!) THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018 As I write, Washington lies under light snow and, with wind chill, is 90 F. In most of the country, not too bad for January. In Washington – between the incompetence of government […]

Read the full article →

Does God Tempt Us to Sin? Should we Change the Words of the “Our Father” Prayer?

December 11, 2017

There are a lot of discussions this week about the Pope’s comments on the wording of the “Our Father” prayer, especially the line “Lead us not into temptation.” He said it gives the wrong impression — that God Himself leads us into sinful temptations. Of course, taken at face value without understanding the nuances of […]

Read the full article →