Cardinal Dolan has taken up the cause of the Catholic Congregation for Clapping Fornication (the "CCCF") to mock the piety and virtue of St. Patrick by turning his feast day into a public display of taking pride in orgies.
You have no doubt read the many stories out there, Phil Lawler's is as good as any.
As an Irish Catholic woman, I cannot articulate how upsetting this is to me, in every conceivable way. Mostly, how the very public rise of prelates who lead souls into temptation and sin will affect the unseen battle between the forces of good and evil. Not just the souls that will fall to it, but the tornado force winds he is releasing into the spiritual world with which we will all have to deal.
Several years ago, Fr. Roger Landry wrote an article with some background on St. Patrick that strikes the right chord on how the ordained are designed to pass on the gifts of our great saint.
By these excerpts it is obvious that, to St. Patrick, the best way to honor him would be to bind unto ourselves the same God he did:
“I bind unto myself today the strong Name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three in One and One in Three.
“I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead, his eye to watch, his might to stay, his ear to hearken to my need; the wisdom of my God to teach, his hand to guide, his shield to ward; the word of God to give me speech, his heavenly host to be my guard. …
“Against the demon snares of sin, the vice that gives temptation force, the natural lusts that war within, the hostile men that mar my course…
“Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me. Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.…
Impossible to see through a bottom of a glass of Dewars.
Another interesting story on Cardinal Dolan popped up over the last few days, he is fighting over the body of Venerable Bishop Sheen. Rather than relinquish his grip so the cause for Sainthood can go forward, he has turned off the engine of the plane to cause a nose dive into the historic archives.
Fr. Z has a good round up of thought.
Cardinal Dolan had absolutely no interest in the cause, so Peoria took it up, did all the work. Now that it has momentum, Cardinal Dolan wants to renege on the original agreement for the body to move to Peoria.
The canonization cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been suspended indefinitely, according to a statement issued Sept. 3 by the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where the archbishop was born.
The suspension was announced “with immense sadness,” the diocese said. “The process to verify a possible miracle attributed to Sheen had been going extremely well, and only awaited a vote of the cardinals and the approval of the Holy Father. There was every indication that a possible date for beatification in Peoria would have been scheduled for as early as the coming year.”
The irony of all this is, the Archdiocese of New York persecuted Bishop Sheen. The usual and customary abusive conduct from bureaucrats and luminaries in our chanceries to those who attempt to teach the Deposit of Faith - those of us who won't join the Congregation for Clapping Fornication.
I could be jaded, but there's a tiny little voice that's saying Cardinal Dolan's engine stall is passive-aggressive.
I mention Fr. Landry above because I am concerned he's fallen into the pack of dogs running wild at EWTN.
When one lays down with the dogs, one gets up with fleas.
St. Patrick, pray for us.
I am suspicious about the force behind the removal of Monsignor Pope's post on Cardinal Dolan's Grand Marshalling of the St. Patrick's Day Irish Catholic Clapping Fornicators Parade.
“Now the St. Patrick’s Parade is becoming of parade of disorder, chaos, and fake unity,” Pope wrote in the blog post. “Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day nationally has become a disgraceful display of drunkenness and foolishness in the middle of Lent that more often embarrasses the memory of Patrick than honors it.”
Pope also decried the Al Smith Dinner Memorial Foundation Dinner as “a night of frivolity.” Additionally, he said attendees celebrate along “with those who think it is acceptable to abort children by the millions each year, with those who think anal sex is to be celebrated as an expression of love and that LGBTQIA… (I=intersexual, A= Asexual) is actually a form of sanity to which we should tip our hat, and with those who stand four-square against us over religious liberty.”
He was silenced.
The good old boys protecting Cardinal Dolan's widdle feewings trumps the salvation of souls.
Carry on fellas. Whatever you do, don't acknowledge the problem and whisk Cardinal Dolan off to St. Luke's for a few months.
Whisk it under the carpet and carry on.