Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Here is a con man who has committed the worst spiritual crime a priest could possibly commit, ripping souls from the Body of Christ and robbing them of their salvation -- and Cardinal George explains how he's tried to "make equally good use of your talents in ministry"?
I want to admire Cardinal George for suspending Fr. Pfleger, but I can't get there.
Cardinal George mentions nothing about the years of scandal or scores of victims. It's almost as if getting people into Heaven is not even a consideration in a priest's vocation. Perhaps that explains why he was putting children under Fr. Pfleger's tutelage.
And, this is lame:
A Catholic priest's inner life is governed by his promises, motivated by faith and love, to live chastely as a celibate man and to obey his bishop... Bishops are held responsible for their priests on the assumption that priests obey them. I have consistently supported your work for social justice and admired your passion for ministry. Many love and admire you because of your dedication to your people.
Do you mean to tell me that all of the antics of Fr. Pfleger were carried out under the obedience of Cardinal George?
CMR reports that Fr. Pfleger's supporters marched and protested at Cardinal George's residence. That's nothing compared to what Pfleger has taught them to protest against Christ.
As members of First Church concluded their celebration, parishioners from the neighboring Mary Star of the Sea filed in for their first Easter service away from their church, shuttered and darkened a few blocks away, its doors locked and its future uncertain.
They took Communion blessed by a priest, but there was no priest to officiate at the service....In Squantum, Kenney said she was very grateful to her United Church of Christ neighbors at First Church of Squantum, for allowing them to use their church, but it was a bittersweet experience.
“It’s everything. It’s part of me; it’s part of my family; it’s part of this neighborhood,’’ Kenney said.
First Church’s pastor, Michael Robertson, said that church members were very much in favor of sharing their building with their Catholic neighbors....
Outside St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in Scituate yesterday morning, Nels Lindblom, 41, of Scituate, stood with his toddler daughter, who had grown restless during the 10 a.m. Easter services led by parishioners.
The parish has not had a priest to officiate its Easter service since the Boston Archdiocese announced its closure and intent to sell the property about 6 ½ years ago.
Anyone care to venture a guess as to why the people adrift would file into a protestant church to consume Communion 'blessed' by a 'priest' instead of one of the twelve Catholic parishes within ten miles where they could have the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ?
I'm sorry, as bad as some priests are in Boston... are there seriously any who would Transubstantiate for them, knowing that it would keep them away from Christ's Church or the Sacrament that removes the stains of sin from their soul?
That's the antithesis of their entire vocation. That's like a doctor selling cancer treatments online. It is completely nuts. I don't buy that even the worst of them would do such a thing.
In Scituate, Janie Avery, 62, of Scituate, who has gone to St. Frances for the past five years, said she prefers to attend services led by laypeople.
“I like it better without [priests],’’ Avery said. “I kind of hope they don’t come back.’’
Sharon Harrington, 60, also of Scituate, also noted some benefit to the absence of priests from services. “It’s especially moving to me to see women up on the altar,’’ Harrington said.
Rogers sees the continued attendance each week despite not having a priest as a testament to faith among parishioners.
“The people of St. Frances don’t need to come home; we’ve been home,’’ Rogers said, noting his own frustration with the Catholics Come Home campaign. “They’ve spent a lot of money on a slick advertising campaign.’’
Harrington said she believes the practice of holding church services without a priest will catch on at parishes across the globe.
“I think this is the future of the Catholic Church,’’ she said. “We’re just ahead of them.’’
Where would one begin. All I can do is repeat the prayer of day 5 of the Divine Mercy Novena.
"Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion."
Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.
That you Jesus!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Wonkette post makes fun of Palin for posting a birthday message to Trig online:
Sweet Angel Boy…
Oh, little boy what are you dreaming about
Candy canes and mom’s sweet hugs
Oh, sweet baby boy what are you dreaming about
Play cars…trains…planes and a daddy’s strong hands as he lifts you high and makes you laugh…oh, how safe you feel in those hands
Oh, little boy what are dreaming about
Sisters who play with you…and teach you new words
Oh, as you sleep little boy what are you dreaming about
A big bother that carries you on his shoulders…as he shows you the blue sky
Oh, little boy what are you dreaming about
A mother’s soft lullaby…the soft touch of her hand…the soft sound of her voice as she says “I Love You”
Dream on little boy as the Angels stand guard
The Wonkette post says:
What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.
His mom went to a lot of trouble to leak amniotic fluid over 8 states to make sure that he arrived in this world somewhat alive,
Enjoy yourself today, Trig. Have fun! Get drunk (on purpose this time)! We can hardly wait for 15 years from now, when you will finally be able to vote and will be sent off by your mother’s junta to fight the Union in the Great Alaska War. It’ll be quite a loss. You’re the smartest one in that family.
Do you know how hardened a woman has to become to diminish her compassion to this level?
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The consequences of hitting Wonkette in the wallet caused her to pull the post down and let loose her crocodile tears.
She's a sick chick.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
This is (I'm sure I don't have to remind readers here!) the second day of the Divine Mercy Novena.
This year, Divine Mercy Sunday is also the day of Pope John Paul II's beatification, and will no doubt be a day of tremendous blessings and graces.
Friday, April 22, 2011
I've read a lot of insanity from the National Catholic Reporter but this one written by "Jamie Mason", published on Good Friday, really takes the first prize blue ribbon.
I’ve had more than one Catholic who grew up either before or on the cusp of Vatican II tell me horror stories of how they were taught that Jesus died because of their sins.
This was a particularly heavy-handed way for priests and nuns to lay an even thicker coat of guilt on impressionable Catholic school children. Because they were sinners, Jesus had to suffer and die to redeem them. It was one rendering of the traditional theological interpretations of the crucifixion -- that Jesus had to die to fulfill the Scriptures and that his death atoned for the sins of the world...
Jesus’ passion and death is a result of deeply-human intolerance, jealousy, resentment, hatred, and, most of all, fear.
Jesus’ death may have been the will of God, but it was also the will of both powerful people and ordinary people who preferred unquestioning loyalty to rigid, oppressive political and religious regimes to the profound challenges of God incarnate...
Though some thought experiencing holiness meant being acceptable in the eyes of religious authorities, Jesus said it meant being constantly judged and ostracized by those in religious power. Though many were told that experiencing God meant obeying laws and practicing empty rituals, Jesus told them that encountering God happens when we feed those who hunger, welcome the estranged, shelter the vulnerable, and visit the lonely.
Christ did not die to leave us the Institution of our Salvation, His One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and witness how far we go to be obedient to it, His Passion and Crucifixion is a story about the oppressive intolerance to sin by political and religious regimes. On Holy Thursday, we are not celebrating the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion and Holy Orders, these 'rituals' are 'empty'.
She goes on to make a fool out of those, earlier this week, who were disenfranchising the deep theological problems and spiritual abuse from turning Easter Sunday into a pagan earth day celebration:
It follows, then, that whenever God’s creation -- whether it be human lives or the ecosystems of the earth -- is unjustly harmed, God is harmed.
Whenever we harm ourselves or deny our own goodness, we wound God. Whenever we allow religious institutions to rob us of our dignity as unconditionally beloved children of God, God is put into a prison and degraded. Whenever we deny love or compassion to someone in need, or allow injustice to prosper, we deny God.
Whenever a creation of God suffers at the hands of greed, or the abuse of power, or hatred or fear, God is abused. Whenever a creation is killed, whether through our continued ravaging of the earth.... God is crucified.
An earth day "follows" the emptying of the worth of the Sacraments. An earth day celebration in place of our Triduum is bound to the school of thought that our 'rituals' and Sacraments are meaningless.
When Christ asked Simon whether he loved Him, and asked him to feed his sheep, all He meant was handing out gift certificates to Burger King.
This crap is real and it is out there. It isn't Catholic. It is a schism.
If you are in a parish that is celebrating the earth, encouraging the flock to take pride on your sins, you and your children are being robbed. The Catholics encouraging you to stay in these schismatic parishes and schools have fled from them themselves.
Sometimes, in fact most times, the devil is subtle.
You are hungry, what's the harm in eating this bread.
The apple is sweet, delicious.
He loves you and everyone is doing it, God was crucified so you could enjoy it without guilt.
It isn't a baby, you will not be provided the money to feed him, it's bad timing.
As a parent, anytime something harmful has been said or done in front of my children, I spoke up to correct it. Even if it was minor.
The misfeasance of the local Bishop who has jurisdiction over this schismatic rag is truly breathtaking. He has the canonical power to strip them of the right to use the word 'Catholic', but instead, he permits the flock get hoodwinked.
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
It is a long sad story, that once again, amount to the Chancery employees sowing seeds of dissension and division. Namely, Barabra Thorpe (who had the pins for people who prayed in front of Planned Parenthood) convinced Cardinal Law to issue an edict to stop praying in front of Planned Parenthood. She used to call the police and warn them about planned prayer services, etc. (A piece of work she is.) When some madman broke into a clinic and mowed people down with a gun, Thorpe rode it and the edict was issued. The same Chancery kooks keep out '40 days for life'.
Naturally, they created a division which still exists to this day. I (we all) love people on both sides of the division and as time marches on, I/we hope and pray that we can continue to find ways to support each other, work together on projects - etc., which we do.
I'm trying to find something more concrete to pass along about the Planned Parenthood service -- but it usually begins about 8:30 at the Planned Parenthood facility at 1055 Commonwealth Avenue. When I get confirmation of time, I'll edit.
The other service, The Way of the Cross, starts at 9 at Government Center and does the Stations of the Cross making their way to the Cathedral. They reach the Cathedral about 11:30 for the last two stations, where Cardinal O'Malley joins in. (That must be where the photographers gather?)
These are both run by very solid, hard working prolifers from Boston and I pray both are successful.
There are enough people who want to establish a resource, and so it will be moving forward.
But, it's more complicated than one might think. Some will be easy to place with a the stamp of approval, like Mary Immaculate of Lourdes and on the other end of the spectrum, the clapping fornicators, like Holy Family in Concord. There are others that may be on the way up the mountain that are better served with encouragment rather than hang an albatross around the neck.
The parties interested in putting up a blog, will be needing some brainstorming as it progresses. Maybe it should start with some basics -- parishes that we know are good, solid, traditional or charismatic -- and parishes that we know are places that are dangerous to the salvation of souls.
I have some really smart, thoughtful, prayerful people who are readers of the blog. Please give it some thought -- and prayer -- and drop me a line with feedback - or post it in the comments section.
It would seem many abandoned when the shenanigans at parishes got to be a near occasion of sin. There are places now to go to and ones to definitely avoid and the information should be out there.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Fr. Reese, duly noting the empty pews, says the Bishops have "refused to study" the research and fix the problem:
Why do people leave the Catholic church to become Protestant?...
Fifty-four percent of both groups say that they just gradually drifted away from Catholicism. Both groups also had almost equal numbers (82 percent evangelicals, 80 percent mainline) saying they joined their new church because they enjoyed the worship service. But compared to those who became mainline Protestants, a higher percentage of those becoming evangelicals said they left because their spiritual needs were not being met (78 percent versus 57 percent) and that they had stopped believing in Catholic teaching (62 percent versus 20 percent). They also cited the church’s teaching on the Bible (55 percent versus 16 percent) more frequently as a reason for leaving. Forty-six percent of these new evangelicals felt the Catholic church did not view the Bible literally enough. Thus, for those leaving to become evangelicals, spiritual sustenance, worship services and the Bible were key...
Looking at the responses of those who join mainline churches also provides some surprising results. For example, few (20 percent) say they left because they stopped believing in Catholic teachings. However, when specific issues were mentioned in the questionnaire, more of those joining mainline churches agreed that these issues influenced their decision to leave the Catholic church. Thirty-one percent cited unhappiness with the church’s teaching on abortion and homosexuality, women, and divorce and remarriage, and 26 percent mentioned birth control as a reason for leaving. Although these numbers are higher than for Catholics who become evangelicals, they are still dwarfed by the number (57 percent) who said their spiritual needs were not met in the Catholic church.
Thus, those becoming evangelicals were more generically unhappy than specifically unhappy with church teaching, while those who became mainline Protestant tended to be more specifically unhappy than generically unhappy with church teaching.
Really dude? You need to study it?
Let us save you the time. The people who left are ignorant of Church teaching that Catholic 'worship service' brings them the spiritual gifts contained in Jesus Christ's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity when they receive Him with a soul free of sin.
Guess whose fault that is.
Phil Lawler does a masterful job pointing out that the Jesuits suffer from the same affliction:
" In the US, the Society of Jesus went from 8,400 members in 1965 to 2,650 last year. The decline continues with no end in sight. Yet the American Jesuits have not only refused to study the problem of catastrophic decline themselves, they have gone out of their way to knee-cap scholars whose explanations were unflattering."
Without Sanctifying Grace, you are clueless about what is going on around you. Blinded. Unable to receive the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit. You are running on your own juice and the nutrients in it are insufficient to keep your mind sharp and your soul nourished.
The Bible is filled with stories about what happens to us under these circumstances. God does not give pearls to swine. We are driven. We can end up wandering on our own like the prodigal son or if it gets bad enough, the absence of Sanctifying Grace can choke off a whole community. We can wind up wandering in the desert for 40 years or the wages of sin can turn the place into a wasteland.
This is why there is a movement afoot to get Catholics away from spiritually disordered priests. They will poison your well, starve your family to death. The time has come to let them wither. Find a priest who will teach and preach the Catholic religion. Make your way to Sanctifying Grace. Don't let anyone or anything stop you. The Ark is boarding.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Seeing the writing on the wall, he submitted his resignation letter before they canned him with the caveat that they milk his position on the dime of taxpayers until August of 2011. And he positioned it as if he was being martyred by an 'unfortunate' report by the Office of the Inspector General:
"I ask that you accept my resignation effective on the feast of the Assumption, 2011."
The day of his resignation is no coincidence. since it falls on the feast of Our Lady. Kmiec is a devout Roman Catholic. He was chosen to be ambassador for Malta, precisely because of his strong faith. Malta is a Roman Catholic country where divorce and abortion are not legal.
Kmiec's resignation follows the release of a State Department report which criticized him for a number of alleged infractions, including spending, "an inordinate amount of time reviewing his writings, speeches, and other initiatives."
The guy is shameless.
When I read it, I wondered who in the field of candidates for 2012 would be desperate enough to need Kmiec's chicanery to take on the albatross.
Will flip-flop Romney take him on again or do you think the bridge is burned?
When I read a comment from somebody at CMR suggesting Trump, I thought - bingo!
Any other guesses?
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Looking at some of the individual complaints – I do not think it out of bounds to recommend that people consider leaving a parish that is full of abuse and heterodox views of the Faith. To continue to participate in the life of such a parish, and to support it financially, is to endorse, at least tacitly, these views. Such a parish may have many other wonderful qualitities, the people may be great, etc., but if a pastor or priest is not faithfully transmitting the Faith, or if he is even endorsing things directly counter to it, I think it acceptable to advise Catholics in good conscience to look for a parish that will provide their needed spiritual sustenance in a manner more consonant with the Faith.
I am also tired of reading that someone who looks at the Church and sees a number of problems, both structurally and with specific individuals, as setting themselves up to be more Catholic than the Pope. That is a foolish, unthinking, uncharitable statement to make in the first place, whose application I think is unapplicable perhaps outside a narrow range of sedevacantists.
Let me just say one other thing. Some of the detractors have launched their grenades by saying it is petty to walk out over a priest ignoring the Feast of Easter Sunday to deliver a "do not litter" sermon. Being deprived of your faith, depriving your children of the faith, having the schismatics marginalize and destroy the tools to keep souls in a state of grace - these things must be sacrificed because we are there to dialogue with the schismatics. That is our purpose, they say.
Hello messiah complex.
Raise your hand if you've ever said "Please sir, put away those puppets" or "Please sir, remove the priest/principal/catechist who is teaching it is ok to be sexually active outside the Sacrament of marriage, use contraception" or "Please sir, validate Humanae Vitae, I've taught it at home but what they're learning in school contradicts it and they need the back up from you as the authority".
You know what the people left in the pews do when attempt that kind of dialogue?
They do exactly what Elizabeth Scalia, Mark Shea and Lisa Grass did. They turn around and attack us for saying it.
"What are you trying to do, start a democracy?"
"You are turning your back on Jesus"
"Who do blowhards think you are, a Bishop?"
"You're mean, uncharitable, unkind ___________ (fill in the blank"
"The crucible of Ted Kennedy"
I'm not exaggerating - Elizabeth Scalia once wrote about Catholics trying to dialogue about the teachings of the Church with Ted Kennedy as "The crucible of Ted Kennedy". The 50 million children, some of them decapitated because of laws Ted Kennedy supported, endorsed, protected, funded - and his soul in the talons of the vultures and Elizabeth Scalia can turn the situation into Catholic teaching and those who proclaim it as the boogeyman.
Meanwhile, the children who needed the affirmation watch them turn all on Catholics who want the dialogue shifted to Catholic teaching.
There's something inviting for them to watch, to feel welcome. Fill the classrooms with people who oppose Church teaching and make it a place to be pecked at and ridiculed for the religious beliefs your parents taught you at home. Kids love that. And, they'll really get the message when the Scalia crowd starts attacking their parents.
This is the dynamic left in 90% of parishes. This is why when you look around at a Sunday Mass people raising children have taken flight. People who have been deprived of the knowledge of their faith have found better things to do and the few of us who found the knowledge on our own - with the help of EWTN, John Paul II and others -- we are holed up in the parishes where the priest is teaching and preaching the Catholic religion.
It's taken about 10 years but we all now realize that what is left of Catholic parishes is down to the schismatics and folks like Scalia, Shea, Grass - who really don't want the fix. These folks have a gig, a story, a schtick and they're sticking with it. No matter how absurd it gets and no matter how few people are left in the pew, they really want to believe the fundraising fiefdom, this false church, anti-church and schism these Bishops have replaced the Roman Catholic Church with in America, is something they want to pretend hasn't happened. They want to enjoy their ignorance in peace and to accomplish it, they need to throw grenades at people who are pointing out the elephant in the room -- and the remedy for parents with children.
There is a God and we are not it. He will not abandon us. There is a priest and a parish somewhere within a reasonable distance who is flying under the radar in this hostile situation. Pack up your family and head for it every week so that your children will have the tools they need for the rest of their lives. Do not sacrifice this to have dialogue with strangers and acquaintances.
My only recommendation to staying in a parish is when there is a solid priest who is at the helm and needs the back up to make the decisions he needs to make. It is worth the time to encourage him to make the right decisions and to stand beside him, bind his wounds when he gets pelted with rocks. Give him the window. But if he doesn't make the right decisions - get out.
These are the instructions in scripture and from Christ and so you can trust that they are sound.
Friday, April 15, 2011
The conclusion she wanted you to draw was that there isn't a distinction between the evangelization of an apostate priest misleading souls and the wimp of a Bishop who would assign him to pastor innocent children at a school - and those warning people about those errors and faithfully proclaiming Magisterium.
"The Church isn't a Democracy", she says.
That is exactly the point.
When somebody has a hold of a parish and is turning it from the recitation of teachings from the Catechism to the drivel of Al Gore and Joan Chittister, righteous people do not let other souls get led into an abyss.
It isn't a battle of opinions, it's The Institution that guides salvation.
If Elizabeth Scalia wants Catholics to support the appointment of Fr. Pfleger to a school where he will poison the minds of thousand of children while directing her complaints against people who want the Bishops to reign in dissenting 'opinions', she is the one trying to make the Church a democracy.
Picture your parish as a ship with a priest at the helm, and all the passengers trusting his guidance. As he is steering into an iceberg ahead, you warn him, expecting him to change course. But he doesn't and so you warn the passengers.
Have any thoughts about passengers who would object to the warnings and carry on about the ship "not being a democracy"?
You'd think daffy, try to convince him/her to get on with us as we run for the lifeboats, right?
The controversy started when Michael rejoiced in the fact that practicing Catholics are finally leaving parishes steering their parishioners into hell. We are leaving parishes that have turned the deposit of faith into a mission of Al Gore and Greenpeace and finding parishes teaching the Catechism.
This is precisely what St. Paul advised us to do. Moreover, it is what Christ Himself instructed when He said told us to shake the dust off of our sandals and hightail it out of town when Truth is not welcomed.
As usual, one of the Archbold brothers has a very sensible round up HERE.
(There is also a good dose of the histrionics going on around blogosphere in the comments section.)
Lisa Grass, who did not want to listen to the Vortex but rather made a judgment on 'the name', has been saying things like she didn't want to be part of "a schism" and she is discontinuing her support of Michael Voris and Real Catholic TV. She has posted this which seems to indicate she does not believe Michael 'instructed people to leave the Church' but in other places in blogosphere, her comments seem to take the opposite position:
I'm not interested in being a part of a schism. I haven't watched this video. The title is enough for me to stay away.
But what is going on here, Carol, is that Michael is sowing the 'seeds' of schism with things 'like' demanding people leave over things that are not heresy. That's the problem.
Is it heresy to sit in a parish listening to drivel about picking up litter and being nice to people in the parking lot on our way out of Church while avoiding teaching the Catechism year after year?
You bet it is. It is the worst assault upon the souls of Christ's people in our 2000 year history. They have erected a counterfeit church. (Boston is way ahead of the curve. Cardinal O'Malley has put the final pieces in place for the full blown schism.)
It is time to acknowledge what we have on our hands, what we have done to a generation of Catholics and to Christ. It's time to stop giving them the money to operate it and get to a parish where there is a priest who is in communion with Rome, teaching what the Church teaches and keeping you and your children and (everyone in the pews around us) in a state of Sanctifying Grace.
It certainly isn't 'schism' to find a solid priest and parish for our families. I'm sorry to see Lisa getting caught up in the estrogen storms and gross mis-characterizations in blogosphere.
Mark Shea chimed in to say blogging blowhards are not Bishops or the Magisterium.
This is true. But saying it in the context of inviting people to dismiss an apostolate that is serving the Magisterium with faithfulness and courage and truth U really wouldn't rank among the smartest things Mark has ever written.
We have been watching priests say invalid masses. We have sat among our peers week after week knowing they do not have the tools to receive the Blessed Sacrament in a State of Grace and their lives are spiraling in the spiritual chaos of unworthy reception of the Eucharist. Our children are confused. We have been giving them our money to operate the schism which persecutes and silences priests who teach the authentic faith. We are sitting in parishes run by schismatic and this generation is floundering. The world is drowning in the spiritual toxic waste.
Does that sound to you like "standing with Jesus"?
If that's all I can give Him (and my children), shame on me. There is a Messiah and we are not it. The idea that we are serving the Divinity of Christ or the Eucharist by supporting the farce is delusional. Our presence is giving their false teachings legitimacy.
It's time to pick up and go. Find an authentic Catholic parish. By their fruit you shall know them. Head for the bunker. The gates of hell shall not prevail but we have simply got to get off of the boats taking our families and friends there and tempting through the gate.
God Bless and protect Michael Voris and his team. Lift them up in prayer so that they keep their hand to the plow.
Last month, when Brown said he supported abortion and gave us the signal that he would vote against defunding abortionists because 'it goes too far', Anne Fox sent out her usual and customary damage control for proabortion politicians, explaining that Brown had promised not to fund abortionists and was "with us".
Yesterday, when Brown voted to support funding abortionists, Anne Fox sent out the following:
The vote to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood failed, 42 - 58. Sen. Brown voted against. Yes it is a disappointment. Does it mean that Sen. Brown went against anything he promised before or after his election? No! He promised to vote against abortion funding in its various guises and against embryonic stem cell research. He did not promise to vote with us on Supreme Court nominees but has so far.
The DC defunding will, literally, save 1000 lives every year.
Since they charge for everything and admit they don't need the government funds, defunding Planned Parenthood would be eminently satisfactory but would not stop one of the abortions they perform.
Does this mean Brown's promise during his campaign not to support funding for abortionists has been broken? Don't be silly! He's still with us, she explains. Defunding Planned Parenthood wasn't important after all.
This apostolate has become and enemy of the unborn and truth.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Amidst the debates swirling around about defunding Planned Parenthood, some oft-repeated catch phrases are being tossed around like word grenades. One of these are "women in crisis." I'm sick and tired of hearing about "women in crisis" and how they need access to emergency contraception and abortions. That is a huge, steaming pile of lies, propagated by people who like to murder babies. Women in crisis do not need access to abortions. What they need is love, support, a safe place to live, and people (even strangers!) who will tell them the truth: that they are more than capable of being a mother. That they can do this. That their crisis, no matter how terrible, will be healed in the long, sometimes painful, always joyful process of becoming a mother.
Think this makes me heartless, speaking from my comfortable suburban home, having never known trials in my cushy little life?
When I got that positive pregnancy test, the one that changed my life, I was addicted to crystal meth.
And do you know what the people around me did? They didn't take the secular line and say, "this baby's life would be horibble. You're unfit to be a mother. Better for it to not be born at all."
But neither did they take the typical pro-life line in that situation and say, "you are clearly unfit to be a mother, but all you have to do is carry the baby to term and give a stable couple a wonderful gift."
The Ogre said, "you're a mother now, and I'm a father, and together we'll raise our child."
My parents said, "marry that man, and raise that baby. You've made the choices, you have to live with them."
My friends said, "you screwed up, big time. But we love you. We'll throw you a baby shower, buy you maternity clothes, and babysit while you finish your semester."
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't easy, being a newly-pregnant drug addict. But it gave me something to live for. Someone to live for.
What a bunch of poppycock they feed women, instead of teaching them how to aspire, teaching them how to recognize a decent, responsible man, teaching them how to overcome.
"I like mandates. The mandates work... Let me tell you what kind of mandates I like, Fred," Romney said, addressing former senator Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) at the debate.
"Here's my view: if somebody, if somebody can afford insurance and decides not to buy it and then they get sick they ought to pay their own way... If you can afford to buy insurance, then buy it. You don't have to, if you don't want to buy it. But then you gotta to put enough money aside that you can pay your own way," Romney said....
An even bigger problem for Romney looms with the Supreme Court ruling on the individual mandate question, expected early next year.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The first article is coverage of people who have wandered from the Divinity of Christ to trump 2000 years worth of the intellect of the Holy Spirit with their own so they can pursue their own agendas.
Here's how one woman, who calls herself a 'liturgist' (what the heck is that??)describes it:
“The sexual abuse crisis has been the catalyst for a much deeper question that was emerging anyway — it’s the whole question of faith, of what it means to be a Christian. Do we believe all of what we profess?’’ said Mary Connolly, a liturgist for the Archdiocese of Tuam, which includes Westport, and a parishioner at St. Mary’s Church. “It’s kind of an awakening of a post-modern society. . . . We all have a choice now.’’
There sure is a sucker born every minute, isn't there.
The story also features a gentleman who was living with his girlfriend and left the Church when the conditions to enter the Sacrament of Marriage were explained to him.
People flock to information about how to keep their body healthy with exercise. They can't get enough on the topic of eating healthy. Some people even approach a conversation about the (pagan) power of a crystal or magnetic bracelet with an open mind.
This one is a no brainer for me. If my animus is turbulent, I'm usually the person I'm trying to get away from so the last place I want to go is a journey to the center of me. :)
You can go to an exercise class as a skeptic and participate in what the class is doing without listening to the directions or putting any effort it. You can even show up at class and reject the instructions, do it your own way and hurt yourself.
I once met a woman who came to weight watcher meetings each week who would sit down and tell anyone nearby who would listen that it was balderdash. She said she had found the key to successful weight loss - eating anything you wanted whenever you wanted it.
Seriously, I'm not making this up. The woman said when your mentality is depriving yourself of french fries and chocolate, you'll wind up feeling deprived and then overeating.
When you enter into a battle with your body, mind or spirit, it all depends on your objectives.
The Catholic Church is the institution Christ left us to provide the tools to keep our animus in tip top shape. The Sacraments draw upon the power of Sacramental Grace contained in Them. We enter those Sacraments with the intention to draw upon the power. It's food for our mind and spirit.
There's a moment in Christ's ministry that teaches about the power of Sacramental Grace in the Sacraments. Walking in a crowd, He suddenly asked 'who' was touching Him. The Apostles, astounded, asked what He was talking about because He had been surrounded by people who were touching Him all day. Christ explained that He felt the power drain from Him, knew that somebody believed, approached with that belief and the purpose of her reaching out and touching Him was to draw the power to heal. In fact, she hadn't even touched Him, she touched the fringe on His cloak. By her faith, she was healed but many who touched Him in that day drew no such benefit.
Approaching the Catholic Church and asking for the Sacrament of Marriage while making clear you intend to exclude Sacramental Grace, the Church can not go along with it. You are entering the Sacrament without understanding what it is, building the foundation of your marriage upon sand. No sound (or sane) priest would go along with it.
Sure, every diocese is filled to the rafters with priests who will do it. But those who do are in the priesthood for something other than the salvation of the souls. Going in and out of their parishes will poison your intellect and spirit and you - or the children you subject them to - will at some point wind up on the highway to hell. For some of us, thankfully, the parishes gone to the dogs just got too screwy to be a by-product of God's.
There was a time to stay in a parish like that to be a witness for the authentic Church but the internal schism has far too much momentum now. The time for that has passed.
"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the antichurch, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God's Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously." - Venerable Pope John Paul II
The second article focuses on Cardinal O'Malley's mission to retrieve the estranged.
Ironically, Cardinal O'Malley believes the way to retrieve the estranged is to build the foundation with people who reject the teachings of the Church. He has never hired nor appointed anyone whose credentials were faithful to the teachings of the Church. All of his hires and appointees either overtly rejected Church teaching in the public square, have spent decades in a role that opposes Church teaching or have spent their careers silent on the teachings of the Church. (There are employees whom he inherited that are faithful, but I'm speaking about Cardinal O'Malley's appointees).
The results of this model Cardinal O'Malley selected to guide his flock in Boston has Mass attendance under his regime plummeting from 376,383 in 2000 to 286,951, according to last year's count.
This model of church bars the attendees from Sacramental Grace. Non believers do not impart knowledge about the fringe of Christ's cloak because they are not in possession of the faith. They do not have, and therefore do not teach, the tools that lead the faithful to approach the Sacraments with belief to draw upon the power of Sacramental Grace and the Divinity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The deprivation of Grace ultimately leaves the flock open to being lured into some hell hole. The pews thin out accordingly.
I am moved to tears that my Ireland has this circus to look forward to as their future. I'm none too happy we'll be treated to puff pieces from the Boston Globe about it. I guess all we can do is make sure the truth is available and public and pray that people will find their way to it, as we did.
The raising of Lazarus was the last straw for those who refused to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah. When Christ healed the man born blind, attempts to pretend it had not happened failed, and the last recourse was to claim it was a sinful act, violating the Sabbath laws. At first, the refusal to rejoice in these great signs seems as remarkable as the signs themselves, but it is typical of a cramped view of the world, by which close-minded people deny reality. When Jesus called Lazarus from the tomb, “many believed in Him,” but others rushed to the Pharisees, who feared that the Romans would react violently. The miracle was evident, but the desire for social and political control took precedence. This miracle was the efficient cause for the start of the Passion.
Thus, we see the flaw in the adage that “seeing is believing.” It is possible for human pride to refuse to believe what it sees. Of course, one must guard against illusions that trick human vision, but there is a willfulness in obtuse people that rejects palpable evidence. Having received the report about Lazarus, the Pharisees reacted like Sergeant Frank Drebin, the character in the “Naked Gun” film series: “Nothing to see here! Please disperse.”
That kind of vaunting of ideology over truth would focus on the sins and failings of Christians to be Christians, rather than acknowledge the saints and miracles of Christ in history. Recently, after much investigation by medical experts, Bishop Emmanuel Delmas of Angers, France confirmed the extraordinary healing of Serge François in 2002. This 56-year-old man with a paralyzed leg was instantly cured at Lourdes and walked 975 miles to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela in thanksgiving. This received little publicity because it was outside the secular media’s ability to account for such a sign.
It is easier to distract people by calling attention to ecclesiastical gossip and controversies than to admit the spiritual combat that engages the world. Consider the recent massacre of 1,000 people by Muslims in the Ivory Coast town of Duékoué. Few press agencies mentioned that the victims were Catholics seeking sanctuary in the Salesian mission of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus. William Blake wrote: “This life’s dim windows of the soul / Distorts the heavens from pole to pole / And leads you to believe a lie / When you see with, not through, the eye.”
Humility is truth, and opens the eyes to what human pride would keep in darkness. Moral vision interprets the signs of the times, and man is accountable for how he understands. As He headed for the cross, Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say ‘We see,’ your guilt remains” (John 9:41).
Saturday, April 9, 2011
In short, he is ignoring his duties and wasting all his time writing, and then forcing embassy officials to waste their time reading his drivel.
Based on a belief that he was given a special mandate to promote President Obama’s interfaith initiatives, he has devoted considerable time to writing articles for publication in the United States as well as in Malta, and to presenting his views on subjects outside the bilateral portfolio. He has been inconsistent in observance of clearance procedures required for publication. He also looks well beyond the bilateral relationship when considering possible events for the mission to host in Malta. His approach has required Department principals, as well as some embassy staff, to spend an inordinate amount of time reviewing his writings, speeches, and other initiatives. His official schedule has been uncharacteristically light for an ambassador at a post of this size, and on average he spends several hours of each work day in the residence, much of which appears to be devoted to his nonofficial writings.
At the same time, he has not focused sufficiently on key management issues within the embassy. . .Within weeks of the team’s departure, however, he resumed drafting public essays that addressed subjects outside his purview as Ambassador to Malta and detracted from his core responsibilities. These activities also detracted from the core responsibilities of embassy staff members who devoted time and effort to reviewing and editing the ambassador’s drafts and seeking approvals occasionally after the writings had been submitted for publication from Department officials.
The Office of the Inspector General report is HERE.
It paints a picture of a man who has completely abandoned is duties and his staff.
This recommendation was among several from the OIG:
RECOMMENDATION 1: The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
should require the Ambassador to report on his efforts to refocus attention on
mission priorities and eliminate his use of embassy and Department resources
on nonofficial writings. (Action: EUR)
Ugh. I hope this doesn't mean he'll soon be packing up his memoirs and bringing them back to the US.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
His commendable statement is posted at BCI HERE.
This is really extraordinary, as it is the first time I can think of that a high-ranking employee or former employee has been willing to break the code of silence that demands we go along to get along with the clericalism, cronyism and corruption (which feels like organized crime to Catholics in Boston) in the Chancery.
Smith points out what is obvious to anyone that has followed the administration of Cardinal O'Malley: What is published and said by Cardinal O'Malley and his staff can not be taken at face value.
Too many broken promises and outright lies.
It remains an unknown "who" is in control of the Archdiocese of Boston.
Two things we do know:
1. It is NOT the Archbishop.
2. Whoever it is, is too incompetent, corrupt (or both)to continue to 'do nothing'.
Letting the Archdiocese retain the power to control the pension is unacceptable.
The reasons are enumerated in David Smith's statement.
I encourage you all to read it and pray about the situation.
In our Boston Blogger Telephone Conference last evening, I expressed my feeling that the faithful needs to step forward in the public square and join David Smith's call for intervention from the Attorney General.
I believe both the archdiocese and the attorney general need to know know that this is not going away. It will get louder and more embarrassing and quite frankly, and sadly, has the potential to end with indictments.
More on this later, but do check out this well-written story in the Resister, "Boston Pension Troubles".
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The former gambling exec was called a gifted public servant who is experienced and dedicated by interim director Gerry D'Avolio:
In Jim Driscoll the Bishops have chosen a gifted public servant who is experienced and dedicated to the good works of the four dioceses. I also wish to thank Bishop Coleman and the members of the search committee for their thorough and extensive process in selecting Jim for this position.
Though many Massachusetts Catholics who have been active lobbyists for the past twenty years knew of several candidates faithful to the teachings of the Church with extensive lobbying credentials who applied for the position, our telephone conference calls have been unable to scrounge up anyone who has ever heard of him or seen him up at Beacon Hill. Maybe they were short on space for this week's Pilot, but the announcement seems seems to be missing his political lobbying credentials. A preliminary google on his political contributions have come up with bupkis.
I hate to be a cynic but when it comes to politics, somebody who hasn't given any politicians any money is about as influential as a Bishop at a casino.
As luck would have it, the appointment comes at a critical hour for legalizing casinos and slot machines:
Right now, lawmakers are considering bringing legislation that would legalize casinos and slot machines in Massachusetts, a move the church opposes and an issue Driscoll said will likely be big from the start of his new job.
He was for legalized gambling for twenty years before he was against it.
He later worked for the lottery commission before joining the auditor’s office. Driscoll said his time on Beacon Hill, particularly working with lawmakers when he was with the lottery commission, would serve him well at a new job he called "a chance of a lifetime."
Wait a minute... it doesn't actually say he is against it does it. Just says working with lawmakers to promote gambling will serve him well at the chance of a lifetime.
Any thoughts on how this is going to pan out of us?
Operators for the Massachusetts Legislators are standing by waiting for the phone calls. Just like everything else the Mass Catholic Conference has done under the leadership of Kennedy School of Government Chancery mole Bryan Hehir, when the phone doesn't ring, you'll know it's them.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
North Andover High School's junior prom was cut short Friday night after several promgoers became violently ill after eating brownies baked with marijuana, according to police.
Atkinson police Chief Philip Consentino said the students who became ill had ingested the pot brownies in North Andover, prior to being bused to their prom at Atkinson Resort & Country Club.
"What happened was that before they got on a bus for the prom they were given some brownies that had marijuana in them and when they got here they got violently sick," he said. The chief said he did not know if the students who became ill were the victims of a prank, or if they knew they were eating marijuana-laced brownies.
Massachusetts decriminalized pot, sending the message to children that pot is harmless.
This is the tip of the iceberg on what promoters of this did to the children.
Why would a man named Barack Hussein ever meet and collaborate with al queda with a group who promotes jihad for Americans? This is a question that is kept out of the mainstream media.
This is the same family who sat 'worshiping' Jeremiah Wright. Jeremiah Wright incited hatred for whitey and the Jews every week and called it a religious service. Barack and Michele sat applauding him and liked what he had to say so much, he performed their marriage and baptized their children.
The same family who say they are Christians tried to prohibit Christ's creche and announced they have a non-religious Christmas.
Non-religious Christmas? Isn't that paradoxical?
There are many religious holidays I ignore because I do not practice that religion. They are a non-day to me. I don't act like the day has meaning for me, announce I'm taking the time off but will keep the focus of the season pagan.
I don't get this man nor the phenomenon of people who are attracted to him.
They award him with a Nobel Peace prize for worse than nothing. In addition to being involved in wars in Iran and Afghanistan, Obama has our American soldiers involved in a civil war in Egypt and we are formally at war with Libya. There is turmoil is Syria, Yemen and Palestine.
Barack Hussein Obama couldn't do a better job if he embarked on a quest to sabotage world peace.
He has been shoving the political regime of 'islam' down our throats and has responded to rejection by Americans with his insistence that we ignore the fact that it is a violent political regime which wants to take over the world and force us to bow down to their false god.
He and his followers are disappointed we feel the duty to point these things out. I am disappointed to have to say them. I'm sure others are as well.
Obama is now expressing his outrage at a Florida man who burned the koran and the violence that followed it.
Make no mistake about it, I believe burning the koran is not a very smart thing to do. Burning the koran is going to put our soldiers in harms way. There are a lot of muslims who believe this book authorizing them to kill us all, is a sacred book of instructions. While it is righteous to say it isn't, these are people who murder other people as a form of worship. These are the words written in the koran. This is the shtick.
While it is a step in the right direction to acknowledge these acts, Obama is not owning up to what islam really is.
What Barack Hussein Obama refuses to be honest about, and I have rarely if ever heard him condemn, is that it doesn't take burning the koran for these lunatics to kill for they will even kill an innocent child whom their men have raped to set an example that women are to keep quiet about their oppressive tyranny of rape and murder.
After their religious leader, an 'imam' which is the equivalent of a priest, pronounces her sentence and they publicly lashing her to death, as the final insult, they will announce that she committed suicide.
Why does Obama assist these murderers?
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Bishop Rene Henry Gracida has posted a calm and rational explanation of the most recent abuses of power by prelates.
The procedure operates something like this. A person accuses a priest of sexual misconduct (again, not involving a minor). The priest is immediately suspended from active exercise of his priestly ministry while an investigation is launched into the truth or falsity of the accusations.
There is no need for a public announcement to be made that gives the name of the priest and the fact of the accusation and the suspension, and yet, all to often such a public announcement is made. Such public announcement by a diocese almost always results in media exploitation of the news in a sensational manner to the detriment of the Catholic Church and its priesthood. It seems that rarely, if ever, is mention is made in the announcement of the name of the accuser.
The investigation may take days or months or years to complete. In the meantime the priest’s reputation is effectively destroyed and perhaps he is ‘thrown out on the street’ with no means of support. The accuser, on the other hand, enjoys anonymity and suffers no loss of reputation or negative material consequences and in the case of an accusation later proven to have been false the injustice to priest is great.
In cases where the priest is accused of having used force (rape or some other form of involuntary abuse) there is some justification for not publishing the name of the accuser. But, where there is reason to believe that the alleged sexual misconduct was effected through mutual consent there is no justification for not publishing the name of the accuser.
Under the present procedure it is too easy for a person to allege sexual misconduct (again not involving minors) for a variety of possible unworthy motives: revenge, hope for monetary gain, hostility to the Catholic Faith, etc. Such is reported to have been the case of the accusation against Father Corapi. The only safe way to guard against damaging the reputation of individual priests and the Catholic priesthood in general is to not publish the name of an accused priest until an investigation has proved beyond doubt the guilt of the priest.
Let an investigation take place first, that is all we are saying. It should take no more than a month to interview the accuser and the accused and witnesses. No announcement should be made unless there is reason to suspect that the allegations have merit.
With the exception of someone who is emotionally and spiritually disturbed who is then taken advantage of, there is no need to protect jilted women licking their wounds and self-esteem by outing her consensual sexual relationship.
Adult women who engaged in a mutually enjoyable sexual relationship with a priest and goes on to regret it after she gets dumped when he returns to God should not be afforded anonymity because she wants compensation for the sex she had. The priest needs counseling to see if he is committed to celibacy. Followup includes mentoring under a watchful eye. The woman needs guidance on boundaries and how to recognize an available man and healthy relationships. It is what it is and the fact that it did not end happily ever after doesn't make it an abusive situation.
Of course, if he has a series of women, that is another story. But if it happens once, lumping this category of situations in with pedophiles is unjust and hysterical.
There are a lot of people who have personal or spiritual disorder, gripes against the Catholic Church and a need for vengeance that are helicoptering over the Fr. Corapi situation.
There are people with low self esteem who are envious of the attention people with talents receive. There are people who are jealous over other people's possessions. These people have stepped forward all over the internet to make owning a home or a boat, having a following, a tan or dying our hair a covert indication they are sexual abusers.
There's another group of individuals who claim pleading innocence and using your own situation to expose injustice is evidence of guilt.
For example, police now take complaints and do an investigation to see if it has merit before they arrest somebody. If they changed the system to arresting people 'just in case', people protesting their innocence and saying this process violates civil rights, truth and justice - to this group of people, this is an evidence they a guilty. One individual told me this week that this would be a 'lack of humility' and 'obedience'. It is humble to let our brothers and sisters suffer injustice.
A regular humanitarian he was. I'm willing to bet if we started a discussion on the lack of humility of people complaining about waterboarding, he'd be all over us.
This same individual explained to me that the process was supposed to be secretive and Fr. Corapi violated the ethics of 'obedience' to episcopal secrets. I didn't think there was anyone left who thought what the Bishops cook up in their secretive processes is the product of the Holy Spirit, but as luck would have it, I ran into the dinosaur.
As you can imagine, edification did not accompany his retreat.
The system is still raping our children, women, young homosexually attracted boys. They will go so far as to kill them for a profit and lie about it. There is no internal system for removing them and they are all laughing all the way to the bank...
The focus is the pursuit of truth, not silence in the face of corruption, which Chancery rogues like to call obedience.
He also said that the testimony of coworkers of Fr. Corapi and the woman at Santa Cruz Media should be inadmissible to any fact finding missions.
These are the same people who were making demands that HLI report what they witnessed about Fr. Euteneuer. Back then, they said coworkers must have seen or heard and they demanded to know what it was. After HLI came out with their statement, they considered Fr. Euteneuer's coworkers accountable.
Naturally, this makes sense. If you've ever worked with a drug addict is hitting on and sleeping with numerous women, their conduct is as plain as the nose on your face.
Oddly enough, when coworkers stepped forward to give their testimony on what they witnessed with Fr. Corapi and what the woman said and did (including beating them up and threatening to destroy Fr. Corapi after getting fired), it shouldn't have merit because they are violating the Bishops secrets? And, they lack "humility"?
I don't much care for duplicity.
When you see the helicopters overhead, remember that lots of people have agendas that have nothing to do with protecting children, serving Christ's Church and the pursuit of truth and justice.
Here's my free advice: Test everything.
Have a great day!
Friday, April 1, 2011
This central character is accompanied by two impostors who pretended to be the central character. The celebrity panelists question the three contestants; the impostors are allowed to lie but the central character is sworn "to tell the truth". After questioning, the panel attempts to identify which of the three challengers is telling the truth and is thus the central character.
After a round of questions, each of the panelists would take a guess. Then the host would say "Will the real _______ please stand up." Sometimes, for giggles, the impostors would make like they were going to stand up until finally, the central character would stand.
I thought about the show after reading the post at Boston Catholic Insider today, "Cardinal reaffirms pension plan".
After letters went out and several rounds of meetings took place to coerce employees to absorb the financial misfeasance for the archdiocese by forfeiting close to 40% of their pension, the Cardinal made a statement in the Pilot saying he is committed, to his dying breath, to care for the thousands of employees who have given their lives in service of the Church. He says anyone who felt pressured into taking their money will be able to reverse that decision. The diocese is financially healthy, he said. All of the fiscal challenges have been resolved.
This comes a day or two after the Cardinal sent his lawyers to arbitration with the Daughters of St. Paul and refuse to give them their own money back. It is completely inconsistent what the Cardinal has been doing and saying for the past month. In terms of painting a financial picture that is healthy, this contradicts about a year's worth of PR about the diocese being in terrible financial shape.
Are we to assume that the Cardinal was ignorant that his staff was screwing retirees? He didn't know that his administration held 40 meetings to tell retirees that the Cardinal was not committed to funding their pensions?
When statements or letters get presented saying the Cardinal said or signed this or that, nobody really believes the Cardinal is even aware of the situation. After a release of a letter or directive on a situation and people ask him about it, The Cardinal acts like he is hearing it for the first time.
Either the man has a serious case of amnesia or the group of people in the Chancery who are running things is penning things and orders and signing his name to them without his authorization or even knowledge.
At times, these statements completely contradict something he purportedly ordered or said.
Here's a good example.
Cardinal Sean put out his statement last May saying the Denver policy would be carefully studied and considered, but Fr. Bryan Hehir said a day later on WBUR that the Denver policy didn’t matter at all to the Cardinal–the Boston Archdiocese was already admitting children of gay parents and would continue doing so, just with a formal policy. One of the these two gentlemen was lying. Based on the outcome policy, it would appear that it was the Cardinal.
Nobody knows who or what is running the Archdiocese or what statements and actions are really by the hand of the Archbishop.
Very, very creepy.