Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem!
Your light has come,
the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth,
and thick clouds cover the peoples;
but upon you the LORD shines,
and over you appears his glory.
Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance.
Not much to add to that one, is there. It is all so clear.
The teachings of the Church are your friend or your foe. When our own desires contradict the teachings of the Church, this is where the rubber meets the road. This is where the choices are made as to which star you follow.
There are many priests and even bishops whose messages lead away from God. What they say and don't say mislead their flocks into believing the teachings of the Church are their enemy. They rise to shine like a star to proclaim they are your comrade against your foe: Christ's Church.
Their pews are filled with people who want their desires and addictions to be given the gas they need to continue.
The Boston Blogging Community has made a New Year's Resolution: The creation of new blog which will name these priests and parishes which are to be avoided all together. The supernovas who are spiritually abusing.
This is something the Boston Catholic community of faithful has been requesting for quite some time.
The list is not a short one, but it is about half of what it was five years ago. It will be a handy tool for our esteemed luminaries in the Chancery who are reconfiguring and consolidating our parishes.
The objective for this is to have a public resource for families who wish to avoid having their children misguided and misled. Many, if not most Catholics naively think that if a Cardinal or Bishop has appointed a priest to a parish, what the priest teaches, says and does is approved Catholic teaching. They mistakenly and tragically believe that Catholic Bishops would never appoint a pastor who lead children away from Christ and Catholic teaching.
Parents find out far too late, after much damage has been done, that this is simply not the case.
The timing of publishing this information in Boston is also an important part of an objective. Our esteemed luminaries at the Chancery are reconfiguring the hierarchical structure of what constitutes 'a parish'. In a nutshell, a parish will include several Churches in several towns or cities and will have one pastor over its head.
Ergo, the timing of publishing this information is the fervent wish and expectation of Boston Catholics that the priests who have been misleading Catholics be excluded from a list of appointed pastors. (More on this initiative later.)
Inevitably, some gadfly will come along to tell us that the effort will be received as a threat to the power of a Bishop and their reaction will be to deliberately appoint these priests.
Many a Bishop to whom the truth has been spoken has protected the wayward with this Tom Foolery, believing they are penalizing the whistleblower.
To avoid such commentary in the peanut gallery, nobody involved in the project gives a flying fig what the Bishop does with the information. Once he has it, our mission is fulfilled. If he chooses to deliberately mislead souls - that onus is on him. Good luck to him. The victims of his canard will one day walk over the skulls of men who use their power this way.
Pastors choose and control resources for education. They control the quality and substance of books, teachings, philosophies, sources and uses. They control the prayer and devotions. In the absence of a system to discipline and if necessary remove priests who are a menace to the salvation of souls - in this time and place in history, the information needs to be published.
This follows St. Paul's clear instructions.
You'll find the following parishes (among others) on the upcoming published internet source:
St. Cecilia's - Boston
The Paulist Center - Boston
St. Anthony's Shrine - Boston
St. Ignatius - Chestnut Hill
Holy Family - Concord
Our Lady Help of Christians - Newton
St. Catherine of Siena - Norwood
St. Mary's - Randolph
Our Lady of Sorrows - Sharon
There will also be a section about priests who are misleading Catholics on the internet.
Priests like Fr. James Martin, whose latest instructions for a clap-clap hap-hap happy new year has some good advice to get your giddy on.
Say please and thank you.
Kick your shoes off and relax.
Extend your neck upwards so you can see the color of the sky.
Pay attention to the taste of your cereal and juice in the morning.
Pray just a tiny bit.
You might try hot booties, too. I received a pair for Christmas and would recommend them for people avoiding repentance and the Sacrament of Confession who are agitated from the state of their souls.
God help the poor people who suffer the indignities and injustices of priests who make themselves the guiding light of deliberate ignorance.
What do we call the poverty stricken people whose light is the solace of Frosted Flakes and manners.
What's the opposite of wise men?