How's this for irony - while Mike has finally won the admiration of Mark Sheat, the Vortex trilogy has given Shea the ammunition to call faithful Catholics (including yours truly) Francis haters, insane reactionaries and kooks committing mortal sins against charity. (I am not sending traffic to his blog so he can earn money off of his post)
By refusing to distinguish sedevacanists from honorable and faithful Catholics, that is quite a service Mike has done for faithful Catholics.
Oh well. No good deed goes unpunished.
I watched the last Vortex which suggested that we all act like nothing is wrong in the public square and privately send our Holy Father a letter explaining to him what the Catholic religion is and how his contradictions are affecting our family members, community and the culture.
Putting aside my reluctance to throw away ten years of honest dialogue and due diligence which has earned me credibility, I have several observations I wish to share.
1. What makes Michael think we didn't contact the Pope (and for that matter, everyone else underneath him)?
There's a McKinley library in every layer of bureaucracy of the RCC, from the every ministry in the Archdiocese to the Vatican archives.
I have copies of 20 years worth of letters I sent stored in banana boxes in my basement, labeled by subject matter.
2. Because of the corruption, it is ineffective.
There's a four foot pile on the sexual education program they pretended was the fix for their hiring, ordaining, not supervising pedophiles and then discrediting and bullying whistleblowers.
Remember the fix?
In the tsunami of bad press, a group of witches and former prostitutes wrote a sex ed program to tell children all their relatives are people who want to put their hands down their pants and rape them - with detailed stories of these pending rapes - and THEY are here to help us all out.
Hundreds of thousands of people of sound mind and soul wrote letters to the Holy See and the Pope about this abusive and pornographic program.
You know where that got us?
A few articles in the newspaper and threats from employees running the program in the Archdiocese that they would put our names on a list of suspected child abusers.
There's a two-foot pile of boxes labeled "Bryan Hehir". We compiled forty years worth of this priest's scandalous conduct and sent it over to Rome.
You know where that got us?
A ceremony was arranged to honor Reverend Hehir in Vatican City. He is still in place here in Boston. The structure of the Archdiocese has been completely dismantled and priests like Fr. Butterballino and Fr. Unni and Fr. Garrity are being protected under the twisted administration. Threats are made to those who teach moral theology. Seminarians and deacons are told not to teach it.
I could go on and on about letters and documentation and requests for intervention, all the way up to the Chair of Peter.
Every Nuncio to the US has heard from me about once a month on some scandalous matter.
After rallying troops to write to tell them what we know they already know, the Holy See has unplugged their fax machines.
There was a time when I would not speak out until the protocol had run it's course and I gave them ample time to intervene.
Still, I always use internal forums before I scorch the earth in the public square. But, I no longer give them months to rectify scandals and spiritual abuse.
I'll notify the right people in the Archdiocese, wait a week, notify the Nuncio, wait a week, notify Rome, wait a week and after a month, I let it rip.
The public square is not my method of communication to Holy Father or any other accountable persons underneath him.
It is my communication to other Catholics whose families are being (or potentially could be) victimized by it.
After doing what St. Paul instructed, I shoot the flare across the bows of other potential victims.
Not only are these instructions memorialized in Scripture, they are written into Church law.
The corrupt are still in power. They haven't been removed under Pope Francis. The efficacy of sending letters to prototypes of Tommy Gumbleton and Rembert Weakland is worse than an exercise in futility. They use the information to protect and advance the enemy.
3. Catholics whose children have a distorted view of doctrine due to the constant confusion coming out of Rome are at risk for jumping off of the Ark.
On the parish and school level, the trajectory of catechesis has already turned into the School of Catholic Friends with Sexual Benefits. Many parents (and Catholics) do not wish to drag their children into the pews to be misled.
As I mentioned before, until the moment when the Pope selected Kasper to lead his see and subsequently implied future openness to civil unions, I reserved judgment.
During that time, the omission was hard to reconcile with people who expect honesty from me. Many expressed things about the Pope and the leadership of the Church - and their thoughts about finding refuge in sedevacanists.
The number of faithful Catholics with whom I have worked for twenty years who began to make startling revelations about finding refuge for themselves and their families, quite frankly, scared me.
I'm talking about high-ranking lay people with impeccable credentials for faithfulness to the Church.
I agonized over what to say and when to say it, how to say it.
I am disclosing the consequences to my own family and the people I love, while zealously expressing that I will never leave the Mystical Body of Christ and His Sacraments because I believe leadership is desperately needed to navigate scandalized Catholics.
The objective of these disclosures is not to elicit a reaction from the Holy Father. They are a witness for the faithful who are being pulled in all kinds of directions in this storm.
1. Pray for our loving and affectionate Holy Father.
2. Find a faithful priest and increase your reception of the Sacraments.
2. Tie yourself and your family to the Ark and the Sacraments.
Making believe I don't see the problem or am not experiencing serious consequences every day is not an option for me.
I'm a firm believer that the Pope knows what's wrong with civil unions, why the Church can never accept them and what happens to the intellect when Catholics receive the Eucharist when their soul is not in a state of grace. I am positive that a local bishop knows he can't subcontract abortionists and supply a free ride to babies in a taxi to be executed by the people they've hired to do the job for them.
I think it's worth sending a letter to memorialize that I know that they know and ask them to stop.
The idea that we all pretend it isn't happening, or ignore the mayhem being caused inside of our families and communities -- after swallowing it for twenty year and watching the damage, I'm all done with it.
St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.