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”support our aging
Religious” soils itself On page 16 of the August 6, 2009 edition
of the Catholic Standard, we are advised of yet another wining-and-dining of
pro-abortion celebrities to garner a few dollars. Cokie and Steve Roberts, on November 7, are
slated to receive the 2009 Elizabeth Ann Seton Award at SOAR’s annual
dinner. This affair will occur at the
The article touts their publishing career. However, not all is wonderful about what they have published. We won’t reinvent the wheel, but read here to learn of some of their very public dissent from the Magisterium regarding the sanctity of life and their attacks on the Holy Father. This couple does NOT deserve any kind of Catholic award from a Catholic institution. They need a call to repentance.
ACTION ITEM: We need to contact SOAR, to let them know that if they don’t replace this dissenting couple with a recipient who adheres to the Magisterium, that not only will we not support them, but they can expect a picket on the evening of this planned debacle. Send emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org.. Also notify Msgr John Enzler, who is their board chair of your displeasure. He is at Blessed Sacrament parish, just on the border between MD and DC (west side). His email is: email@example.com. Also protest to Archbishop Wuerl; his contact information is on our “What You Can Do” page.
An aside about SOAR: Prior to its recent move (near
ARCHDIOCESAN PAROCHIAL EDUCATION IN POSSIBLE PERIL An alert area Catholic put forth this warning:
OF WASHINGTON D.C. IS CURRENTLY CONDUCTING “CONSULATION MEETINGS” in order TO
CLOSE OR CONSOLIDATE THE PARISH SCHOOLS IN Montgomery Co. and northwest D.C..
These meetings have been not publicly announced; they have not been mentioned
in either the Catholic Standard or your Parish Bulletin, even though you WILL
BE directly affected by the Archdiocese plan.
The closing of schools is not
parish or school generated; this is from the Archdiocese with only minimal
input from parents and parish administrators. Every school and parish in
Without the backbone of Parish Parochial Schools the religious and social fabric of our community is enormously affected. The role of the Parish and the Parish priest is greatly diminished. The transmission of our Faith is adversely affected.” (end quote)
This webmaster has received no notification of such meetings in the parish bulletin. We agree that the contemplation of such action requires the input of all stakeholders; that includes all who contribute in any way towards archdiocesan activities – particularly financially.
We were able to obtain a copy of the 36-page “Policy Options 2009”. We now make them available for your perusal. Because of the file size, we have divided it into two files: first half and second half. Please read it closely. Note on page 8 the concept of the “regional school”. We see this in certain areas already.
At this time, May 9th is past. We do, however, believe that they should accommodate the Catholics of this diocese who care deeply about the education of our young people.
NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY SOILS ITSELF One would have to be an ostrich with head in dirt not to be aware of how the Catholic heritage of Notre Dame has been utterly besmirched by its own president, Fr John I Jenkins, C.S.C. Fr. Jenkins has invited Barack Hussein Obama, current resident of the White House, to speak at the commencement ceremony on May 17, 2009. Can anyone imagine inviting Adolph Hitler, Emperor Nero or Saddam Hussein to speak? (Uh..come to think of it, there is a fellow named “Hussein” coming now, isn’t there?)?
Quite a few bishops have made
their displeasure known regarding this travesty – as they should. We note that the bishop of the
Please go to this site http://stopobamanotredame.com/ to learn how you can stand up for the Church and Our Lady. Add to the list of folks to contact the two local bishops named above. They cannot continue to remain silent in the face of this onslaught and still have any real credibility.
RANDALL TERRY AND
ARCHBISHOP BURKE EXPOUND UPON CANON 915
Read the article
below for some background. On March 25,
2009, Archbishop Raymond Burke granted to Randall Terry an interview in which
he expounded upon the requirements of Canon 915. We remember from his time in
RANDALL TERRY, OTHERS,
MEET VATICAN OFFICIALS TO PETITION FOR WUERL AND LOVERDE REPLACEMENTS Read here. The proverbial gauntlet has been cast, albeit
very respectfully. The case has been
explicitly laid before the
Good news update already! Well that didn’t take long! It just goes to show what vigilant and diligent Catholics can accomplish when they act on their beliefs. The Knights of Malta sat up and took notice! If only the Catholic bishops were so responsive when it comes to enforcement of Canon 915.
GOVERNOR O’MALLEY TO BE
We intend to do these, by distributing this flyer at the Assumption Basilica. Please join us. You may wish to print some copies for your own distribution. Please pass word of this to your other contacts.
Good news update
It’s CANCELLED! That can be
confirmed by clicking on the MCC link in the first paragraph. We don’t know why it was cancelled, but we
are grateful that the Basilica of the Assumption will be spared that
defilement. However, we can and should
contact the MCC and the Maryland Catholic bishops to register our displeasure
at the invitation of a pro-abortion politician such as Governor O’Malley. Use the flyer above for facts. We should also make known to them the lack of
sense of proportion that they display in focusing so much attention on capital
punishment to the neglect of unborn children.
If they truly were interested in social justice, they would devote
commensurate attention and effort to the preservation of thousands of
babies. While we’re at it, let’s write
to the governor; we understand that he joined a public demonstration against
capital punishment. Will he be so
willing to demonstrate at the abortuaries where scores of
The source of our regret truly is a piece of trash, you may witness for yourselves. This gushing review is enough to make the faithful Catholic nauseous, so there’s no need to spend the $27.00; it’s nothing but pabulum. This silliness, and the two others mentioned below, makes three instances in less than two weeks, of DC Jesuits making idiots of themselves through their dissension and lunacy. The truly great Jesuits, from St Ignatius Loyola down to the late Father John Hardon, must be spinning in their graves (although the latter knew full well of the nuttiness of so many of his fellows).
Update! The parish office of Holy Trinity took possession of our letter (sent via certified mail) on January 21st, approximately lunch time. We’ll keep you abreast of developments. Meanwhile, please lodge your own protests!
Other area Catholic
institutions that groveled before Obama can be found here. We’re not surprised at
MORE NONSENSE FROM
KNIGHTS FOR OBAMA ??!?!?!? We thank our colleagues at “A Washington DC Catholic” blogspot for pointing out this atrocity, which has some very local stench. When one thinks of “knights”, one thinks of dedicated, honorable soldiers who defend the helpless and who know right from wrong. When we think of the Knights of Columbus, we think of men who are loyal to the Church and obedient to the Magisterium. So isn’t the term “Knights for Obama” a bit of an oxymoron, given Obama’s pledge to foster and foment baby-killing? Yet such a warped concept exists. See this. (Note: Our link is to a Google cache of the website. As of early January, the original site is down. Perhaps Supreme did do something about it – although not before the damage was done!)
Now let’s look at the “local
stench” part. On that web page you will
see a bunch of testimonials from so-called “Knights of Columbus.” Actually, it would be quite accurate to dub
them “false knights”, since they are lending their voices to one who would prey
on defenseless babies. Now scroll all
the way down. Near the bottom, you’ll
see a local
In an attempt to correct this matter, we sent letters to the pastor of Our Lady of Grace. Surmising, due to geographic locations, that Mr. Kobank is attached to the Father Maher Council, we sent one to the Grand Knight of that council and copied the State Deputy. The letters were sent via certified mail on December 26, 2008. They can be viewed here and here. The State Deputy’s office received the letter on December 29th. We have not yet received a reply. The Grand Knight’s office received theirs January 3rd. We have not yet received a reply from them either; however, it is quite possible that Mr. Kobank is not attached to the Father Maher council.
Most disappointing, but not terribly surprising, is the feedback received from the letter to Father Sweeney. To understand it, you actually have to see the thing for yourselves, so here it is, in all its dubious glory! Notice that the reply, stating that they “disregard anonymous correspondence”, is itself anonymous! There’s not even a return address on the envelope. It’s not on parish stationery or letterhead – most likely because it didn’t come from the parish! The sender attached a copy of our letter, which you’ll see on the second page. Note the two blobs, one to the left of our logo and one at the bottom. Unfortunately this isn’t clear on this pdf copy, but it’s clear on what they sent. As we hold the letter to an angle, we can see that the blobs were meant to obscure comments from “PJS” to “John” (didn’t quite succeed!). Under the blob by the logo we can read, “FYI John PJS”. The one near the bottom says “No signiture! PJS” (Yes, PJS really did misspell the word “signature”). Now don’t you just wonder who on earth “PJS” and “John” can be? Can we venture to guess that they are in fact the pastor and Mr. Kobank himself? What else can this mean but that Father Sweeney simply handed our letter to Mr. Kobank, who then crafted this ridiculous reply? Talk about a lame attempt to dismiss our concerns. To illustrate further its absurdity, notice that he claims that “post office box number doesn’t qualify as address”? What??!?! Well someone better tell the United States Post Office this! If it doesn’t qualify, then how, oh how, did this thing come into our possession? On a more serious note, we can only surmise that Father Sweeney really doesn’t care that he has someone in a position of responsibility in his parish who is in fact lending support to abortion. To support Obama is to support abortion – plain and simple.
On that same parish page is the contact information for the pastor. We suggest that Father’s feet be held to the fire on this one. It is scandalous that an Obama supporter and public dissenter should occupy a role of responsibility in a Catholic parish. Urge the pastor to have a chat with Mr. Koback in the manner worthy of a true shepherd of souls, as Mr. Koback may well be placing his immortal soul in jeopardy. If Father Sweeney continues to dismiss this matter, he may well jeopardize his own salvation.
We should also urge Supreme Knight Carl Anderson to purge the Knights of those individuals who have aligned themselves with the Obamaphiles in such a manner. For them to continue to call themselves Knights only besmirches those good and honorable men who are truly worthy of the title “Knight of Columbus”.
Update: As a follow-up to the lame, wimp-out reply that we received, we are attempting a second letter to Father Sweeney. Again, we urge one and all to contact this pastor. We have not yet heard from the KofC State Deputy on this matter.
FOLLOW-UP Oh, to be a fly on the wall of one of
those CCHD offices! The cash intake had
to have been greatly reduced this year.
As a harbinger of what most likely happened in many dioceses, we can
read an account of the collection as it occurred with our neighbors south of
Forgive us for not shedding a tear at the reduced booty-haul. If they shave a few hundred thousand from the IAD and other Alynskyite groups, and cut ACORN off permanently, any legitimate charities should suffer not the slightest ill effect. Come to think of it, CCHD, at best, is just a glorified “middleman”. Dispense with it altogether and start giving directly to truly worthwhile charities.
BOYCOTT THE CCHD COLLECTION! Perhaps you arrived at this site because you saw our flyer to boycott the CCHD. Here we will provide some more facts regarding the Catholic Campaign for Human Development so that you can be aware of its harmful affiliations. We start by making clear that we impugn no motive of anyone who works for the CCHD. That is not our purpose. What is our purpose is to detail the harm done by the CCHD, regardless of motives.
As noted in that flyer, CCHD has given huge sums of money to ACORN – about 30% of their grants have been to ACORN chapters throughout the country. Only recently have they suspended funding, owing to ACORN’s voter fraud. However, they are only suspending, not terminating funding. Moreover, CCHD remains oblivious to ACORN’s other unsavory characteristics – why?
There is much needed information
regarding the squalid association between CCHD and ACORN. Rather than reinvent the wheel, as it were,
we direct you to some of those sources.
Among those sources is the Catholic Media Coalition (of which we are a
member). Please go to www.catholicmediacoalition.org
and click on their “CCHD section.” The
Power Point presentation is particularly excellent. Moreover, there are some excellent flyers to
download, along with an open letter to the
Then go to this site to see an ACORN convention (note – see “part 2” and others at the right of the screen) – and your CCHD donations at work! Is this how you want your donation dollars spent? Then you can go to the site www.rottenacorn.com to read an expose of their various fraudulent activities.
How much does CCHD give to ACORN? Well, go to the USCCB’s own site. Scroll to the bottom and open up any one of the pdfs, listing grantees by year. Just count the number of ACORN affiliates that received grants (note – some are listed under the acronym ACORN; others have the full name “Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now”). It’s time for the Church to stop funding organizations that are socialistic, humanistic and anti-life.
Again – we call upon all Catholics to boycott the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Within the Baltimore and Washington archdioceses, this collection will take place during the weekend of Nov 22-23, 2008. Here are some steps to take:
· Let your pastor know why you are boycotting this collection. If you use the collection envelopes, place a note in that envelope (in lieu of the donation) explaining why you decline to donate. You may use this or this if you wish.
· Let the CCHD know why you are boycotting them. Let them know that you aren’t satisfied with their “suspension” and that you want them to permanently cease all funding to left-wing groups before you donate any more money. Their contact information is here.
Spread the word of this boycott around. Here is the flyer that you may have seen. Print it and distribute it. Email it
DOROTHY DAY MUST BE SPINNING IN HER GRAVE! In their pursuit of social justice, the Catholic Worker movement followers seem to have fallen into leftist, dissident booby traps. Read it here. On September 5. 2008, they allowed a female priestess-wannabee into their Northwest facility to engage in a blasphemous fake “mass” – in other words, sacrilege. By the way – read this about the Silver Spring CW house. Go to the “links” section at the bottom. Notice that they link to the US Communist Party?
It sure seems that when Catholic outreaches emphasize issues that are also given lip-service by dissidents (most of the “peace and justice” matters), they wind up dissenting from the Magisterium themselves – or they fail to oppose those who do dissent. For a “case-in-point”, scroll down a bit on this page to read about “Marxism at Maryland Catholic Conference”.
Another “case-in-point” is that
many of the Archdiocese of Washington parishes have glommed onto the Just Faith
program. This program was founded by Jack
Jezreel. In fact, Jezreel himself came to the DC area to introduce this
program. However, read, in Jezreel’s own
words, the effects of this program on people who have gone through it –
people who are now advocates for women’s ordination and gay rights. Yes, yes, we know – you might think you can
“separate the wheat from the chaff”.
However, in so doing, you lend credibility to an arguable heretic. Besides, do we really think we can eat fruit
from a poisoned tree and not suffer any ill effects? Even if you could, why bother? Anyway, doesn’t it make one wonder why this
mess was ever insinuated into the
archbishop wuerl’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS CANON 915 In the May 1st edition of the Catholic Standard, Archbishop Wuerl reiterates his erroneous attitude towards Canon 915. Read here. (Please keep this window open as we will be referring to the article throughout this analysis.) To understand this article, some background information is necessary. During the April 1008 visit by Pope Benedict XVI, a number of “Catholic” pro-abortion politicians received Holy Communion. A careful reading of those accounts reveals that such was done out of view of the Holy Father; he simply couldn’t see what was going on. Was that by design? Hmmm.
One of those so receiving was
Rudy Giuliani. To his credit, Cardinal
At any rate, Catholic internet sites are comparing the actions of Cardinal Egan with the non-action of Archbishop Wuerl. Read some here and here. As you can see, there was much speculation about if and how Wuerl would respond. For the worse, Wuerl ended that speculation. Read below why we believe his so-called “Reflection Again on Faith and Public Life” is a travesty.
He starts his article by asking “have we not been down this road many, many times before?” Well, yes we have – by sheer necessity. That necessity is occasioned by disdain for Canon 915. In the piece below (about the Washington Times interview) we quoted Canon 915 in its entirety; for convenience, we have emboldened it. We want to point out to His Excellency that we too are tired of rehashing Church teachings. However, our concern for its integrity, as well as the salvation of souls, impels us to broach this matter once again. We will continue to do so as long as ecclesial disregard for Church teaching renders such necessary. In other words, we’re not going away!
After touting the Rally for Life that the Archdiocese sponsors on the day of the March for Life, the Archbishop delves into the meat of his missive, that is, why he thinks it is acceptable to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to pro-abort politicians in the Archdiocese of Washington. To start, let’s look at Canon 915 (below). Certainly we can agree that those pro-abortion politicians, by their various votes to facilitate baby-murder and other ongoing support of the same, are examples of those who “obstinately persist in manifest grave sin.” Notice what follows. They “are not to be admitted to holy communion.” It does not say “should not be admitted”, but rather “are not to be admitted”. If the first phrase, rather than the second, was the one found in Canon 915, we’d agree that such constitutes an option to deny Holy Communion. However, we do not have the suggestive, but rather the imperative voice in operation in Canon 915. In short, Canon 915 mandates that pro-abortion politicians be denied Holy Communion. The language is quite crystal-clear on the matter.
He then hearkens back to the June 2004 bishops’ meeting. He quotes the conclusion of that meeting, that is, the individual bishops have discretion within their own dioceses. Right there, that’s blatant disregard for Canon 915, for that canon does not admit of an option in the matter of denying Holy Communion to pro-aborts. But wait! There’s more! We need to blow the dust off our recollections of that infamous meeting, and recall the outright subterfuge that occurred, that most likely induced some misguided bishops to arrive at that erroneous confusion. Not only were they misguided, but downright deceived. To be fair to the current Washington Archbishop, there is no evidence that he concurred in, or was even aware of, the deception. No, that honor may very well belong to his predecessor, Cardinal McCarrick. Read this account. On the occasion of that meeting, then-Cardinal Ratzinger (now the Holy Father) sent to the conference a letter stating that if someone such as a pro-abortion politician presented him/herself for communion, then “the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it.” Cardinal McCarrick, the head of the task force working on the question of Holy Communion for pro-aborts, did not divulge the full contents of the future Holy Father’s letter to the other bishops. Thus, they arrived at their vote based on deliberately-obfuscated guidance. Since that meeting, this concealment on the part of McCarrick has been broadcast far and wide. Surely the current archbishop is aware of that fiasco – especially since both Wuerl and McCarrick reside within the Archdiocese of Washington! Why, oh why, did not Archbishop Wuerl make mention of that in this Standard column??
Moving on, we see that the
archbishop says “a decision regarding
the refusal of Holy Communion to an individual is one that should be made only
after clear efforts to persuade and convince the person that their actions are
wrong and bear moral consequences”. For
heaven’s sake! This matter has been
bandied about for years, now! During all
these many years, have not the bishops of these politicians yet fulfilled their
solemn, God-given duty in teaching and rebuking these individuals? If not – why on earth are they waiting? However, not even that is an excuse! Given the high-profile nature of this
discussion, these politicians cannot possibly claim that they are ignorant that
they cannot support abortion and receive Holy Communion, without committing yet
another mortal sin, namely sacrilege.
They know very well what they are doing; that’s why they were so careful
not to receive during the papal Mass in view of the Pope. They’re simply sticking their fingers in the
eyes of faithful Catholics while piling upon their souls one mortal sin after
another. In addition to giving cause for
great scandal, they jeopardize their own eternal salvations; yet the great
majority of our
His next sentence is “presumably this is done
in the home diocese where the bishops and priests, the pastors of souls, engage
the members of their flock in this type of discussion. In the case of public
figures who serve in
Let’s all make clear to the archbishop our
profound disappointment in this shirking of responsibility. Perhaps a diversion of funds from the
Archbishop’s Appeal to another worthwhile charity might be in order, as well. We also need to make clear to the
Let’s move onto another question – this one about pro-abortion Catholic politicians. When asked about that, the archbishop starts rambling on about excommunication. We do notice that not one word was mentioned about the denial of Holy Communion to these individuals: in other words, the enforcement of Canon 915. Click here to see the entire code. Canon 915 is short enough, so we’ll quote it right here: “Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to holy communion.” Will any sane person deny that the blatant support of mass baby-killing is “manifest grave sin”? It doesn’t take a theological genius to see that the enforcement of Canon 915 is not an option in the case of the pro-abort politicians. Are we as a church so desirous of powerful and wealthy worldly contacts that we’ll literally sell our corporate soul, not to mention the blood of aborted babies? Actually, Cardinal McCarrick answered that question already; go to the “McCarrick watch” page and look at the second item.
ARchbishop wuerl hindering summorum pontificum? First, let’s examine the document itself and the Holy Father’s accompanying letter to the bishops. Article 2 makes quite clear that the permission of the local ordinary for the celebration of the Tridentine Mass is NOT required! However, the current Archbishop of Washington doesn’t seem to understand that point, judging from a letter that he sent in January 1008. See here for details on that letter. What part of “the priest has no need for permission from the Apostolic See or from his Ordinary” is confusing to so many prelates?
DIGNITY MASSES IN DC AND
MARXISM AT MARYLAND
CATHOLIC CONFERENCE? This grim possibility occurred to us when
their latest published statement appeared in the Catholic Standard. Click here
for a link to the MCC’s “Statement on
Shortly after we originally
posted this expose of faulty social teaching, our colleagues in
OPEN IDOLATRY AT SHRINE
OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION This occurred on November 13, 2007. The occasion was the “28th Annual
Interfaith Concert: A Celebration of the Sacred in Song, Dance and Chant.” This took place in the
Please write to the rector yourselves. See the letter for the address – or email him! Sin against the First Commandment was committed on that evening. The pagans of the false creeds were ill-served by the pandering and terrible example presented by Shrine personnel and clergy.
UNDER ARCHBISHOP WUERL, HOLY COMMUNION WILL REMAIN VULNERABLE TO DESECRATION The article below details how the Archbishop was silent as Nancy Pelosi, unrepentant in her pro-abortion stance, sacrilegiously received Holy Communion. Our colleagues at California Catholic Daily interviewed the archbishop shortly after that occasion. Read it here. Also read here what Father Neuhaus has to say about this dismal state of affairs.
PELOSI COMMITS SACRILEGE TRINITY COLLEGE MASS ON JAN 3, 2007 – aRCHBISHOP wUERL NON-RESPONSIVE We published the announcement below, attempting to prevent the anticipated bestowal of Holy Communion to a publicly dissident Catholic who has used her position to support baby-murder, and who has in effect pledged to continue to do so. We sent our letter to Archbishop Wuerl on December 26, 2006 via Certified Mail. The return receipt indicates that the chancery received it on December 29th. We received no reply (which is, sadly, no surprise). Others contacted the chancery and received the lame, cop-out canard that “the archdiocese has nothing to say”. Owing to the local bishop’s responsibility for all that occurs in his see, such an excuse is a lie. Now we must let the archbishop know, respectfully but in no uncertain terms, our displeasure. He can be contacted at the below address or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To aid in your communications, we provide the following points that you may wish to include.
1) Point out that he has a pastoral concern for Ms. Pelosi’s soul while she resides in this archdiocese during the congressional session
2) Point out that he, through his silence, has allowed Ms. Pelosi to incur the guilt of a sacrilegious Communion, which is itself a mortal sin
3) Point out that he has provided scandal to the faithful at large through his apparent indifference to the Eucharist
4) Point out that Canon 915 mandates (not suggests) the correct stance in such matters as directed by the Holy See
5) Point out that your contribution dollars may shrink as a result of his spinelessness (sadly, this may be the only thing that catches his attention)
6) The president of
Will the chancery like us as a
result? Of course not. However, we are the Church Militant, not the
Church Mellow nor the Church Milquetoast.
We’re not put on earth to be liked, but to be obedient to Our Lord. By the way – there were Christian stalwarts
who spoke the truth during Pelosi’s grandstanding in early January. Go to www.prolifenews.tv
to see more.
To contact His Excellency Archbishop Donald Wuerl:
TO ATTEND TRINITY COLLEGE
Bishop Wuerl, up
until now (at least to the best of my knowlege) has not had occasion to make
his attitudes on such matters explicit since he came to
As far as ettiquette goes, "Your Eminence" is not a proper salutation for him, as that is reserved for cardinals. "Your Excellency" is appropriate. If you send "snail-mail", I recommend that you send it via certified mail with return receipt requested.
go to the Trinity website, www.trinitydc.edu,
and see how they chortle not only about Pelosi, but also about Kathleen
Sebelius, governor of
Please check back here for updates. And now, the article..
to attend Mass at
By John Jalsevac
WASHINGTON, December 19, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)—a pro-abortion legislator who claims to be a practicing Catholic—prepares to celebrate her new role as House Speaker-elect, she also plans on airing her purported faith during an upcoming public Mass. On Jan. 3, Rep. Pelosi is scheduled to attend Mass at
In response to the announcement, however, American Life League has implored Archbishop Donald Wuerl of
The former Washington Archbishop, Theodore McCarrick, consistently refused to take any disciplinary action—even the most basic of refusing Holy Communion—against Catholic politicians who persistently and publicly espoused views that seriously contradict Catholic teaching. The current Archbishop, Donald Wuerl, who was installed in June of this year, has not yet indicated how he will deal with such renegade Catholic politicians. Pelosi’s attendance at the Trinity College Mass will be a test-case for Wuerl on the issue.
"Rep. Pelosi has been unwavering in her support for abortion and is downright defiant toward the Church's teachings on the sanctity of human life," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League.
Brown has written to Archbishop Wuerl requesting that he do all in his power to stop the event. "Rep. Pelosi has a tremendous opportunity to make a difference for all human beings as the most powerful Catholic in Congress," said Brown. "Unfortunately, she continually supports the very act that destroys life rather than protects it. It is for this reason that a Catholic institution should not condone or support her position as a legislator."
American Life League and other conservative and Catholic organizations in the
In the past Pelosi has announced her intent to continue receiving Holy Communion, despite her pro-abortion views.
"Allowing Rep. Pelosi to receive honor at a Catholic college sends mixed signals about what the Catholic Church teaches," said Brown. "The bottom line is, abortion kills a living human being created in the image and likeness of God and is therefore always wrong. Because of this truth, it is unconscionable for Rep. Pelosi to call herself a Catholic in good standing while supporting the heinous act of abortion. We are hopeful that Archbishop Wuerl will intercede in this situation and prevent Rep. Pelosi from adding to an ongoing scandal."
"It is shameful that
The office of the Archbishop of Washington was unable to provide any statement from the Archbishop for LifeSiteNews.com by press deadline.
To respectfully contact His Eminence Archbishop Donald Wuerl:
Unfortunately, we learned of
this talk only a day before by reading this article from the Washington
Times. We didn’t have time to
organize a public protest at the talk.
However, there is still much that can be done. This talk occurred at the invitation of the Law
School Dean, Ms. Veryl Miles; moreover, it occurred with the full consent of
CUA President Fr. David O’Connell. Below
is contact information for these individuals, as well as for Archbishop Wuerl,
who is chancellor of CUA, and Bishop Lori of
Fr David O'Connell phone 202-319-5100 email email@example.com
Ms. Veryl Miles phone 202-319-5625 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, the CUA public affairs office, as cited in the release email@example.com
Archbishop Wuerl email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop Lori phone 203-416-1364 email email@example.com
In addition to communicating with the above individuals, let’s take advantage of the fact that this weekend’s (Sept 16/17) second collection is for the benefit of CUA. We believe this is God’s providence in allowing us this opportunity to exercise some Spiritual Works of Mercy (admonish the sinner, counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant). You may wish to drop a note in that envelope explaining why you are not giving them money. We have developed this as a possible stuffer for that envelope. Please feel free to use it as you deem best (copying the flyer, borrowing points for your own note, etc).
We have yet another means to deal with the debacle of Sept 14th. As stated above, individuals are reporting this blatant non-profit violation to the IRS. The proper vehicle for doing so is IRS Form 3949A. Click here for the form. We have completed the name, address and EIN of CUA; please complete the rest of the form in your own words and submit it per the instructions.
As stated before, we learned of this too late to initiate any public protest. In the future, if you learn of anything similar, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org. YOU are our eyes and ears!
Priest Punished for Speaking On the Gay-Priest Scandal On
the front page of the April 27th edition of the Washington Post
appeared an article regarding Rev. James Moran, former chaplain of the
During this past Holy Week, at Mass for hospital staffers and patients’ relatives, he related his story, handing them a sheet that went into more detail. He spoke out against the hierarchy that has white-washed the problem of gay priest-abusers over the years. Although he was due to retire in two months, the Archdiocese of Washington contacted him the day after that Mass and told him that his priestly credentials were immediately revoked. The Washington Post article can be found at this link. The link also includes a pdf file of his handout to the Mass attendees.
We share Father Moran’s belief that he’s being unjustly punished for speaking out. He was due to retire in a few weeks anyway; why did the chancery deem it necessary to revoke his faculties? Supposedly they said Father’s actions were “inappropriate”. We find that odd, given Father Peter Daly’s recent comments in the Catholic Standard (click here for details). If Father Daly can arbitrarily vilify good people because their opinions differ from his, and get away with it, why is Father Moran being punished for speaking the truth? Is it because Father Daly is voicing an opinion deemed by the chancery to be “politically correct” (even though patently unjust), while Father Moran’s rebuke of the Church hierarchy hits just a little too close to home? Hmmm????
Please contact the chancery and speak out for this priest!
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA’S GRAND JURY REPORT ON SEXUAL ABUSE OF
MINORS BY CLERGY was released on
September 21, 2005. In that report,
many acts of rape and perversion, committed by those ordained to be alter Christi , are described in very
explicit detail. We do urge you to read
it. Yes, it is graphic. Yes, it is hideous to view. But please bear in mind that those young boys
experienced that horror beyond
description. Read it for their sakes, to
fully appreciate the filth and degradation that has polluted our clergy. The source of this cancer is two-fold: 1) dissent
from the Magisterium, both in teaching and liturgy and 2) homosexual
behavior. We do suggest that you not
allow children to view it, because of its horrific content. Then alert your friends and resolve to fight
this deadly encroachment before more young lives are destroyed. The report can be found on the Philadelphia
District Attorney’s web page at: http://www.philadelphiadistrictattorney.com/pages/1/index.htm. Several pdf files comprise this report; it
may take some considerable time to download, but it would be worthwhile. The main report is the “Grand Jury Report”
pdf. If you open that file up, point
“Acrobat” to page 45 (it will say “page 40” in the text itself). Look at the top paragraph, and note the
incident that took place in
We understand that many good people take umbrage at the investigation itself. Among them is William Donohue of Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. They cite that clergy of other denominations were not subjected to this investigation, even though there were allegedly molesters amongst them. In making this complaint about “selecting one institution out of many”, Mr. Donohue forgets two key facts. First, not only are individual acts of rape being investigated, but also the organized and protracted cover-up of these crimes on the part of the bishops by moving the perpetrators from parish to parish. We might want to remember what caused Richard Nixon’s downfall in the 1970’s. It wasn’t so much the break-in at the Watergate, but the subsequent cover-up and obfuscation that destroyed his presidency. The second fact is even more crucial. We, as Catholics, should not complain that we seem held to a higher standard. Ladies and gentlemen, such higher expectations (regardless of motives) ARE CORRECT!!! The “big bad media” actually have it right when they hold us to higher expectations of moral behavior. Face it! We are the Roman Catholic Church. We have the Sacraments. We have the fullness of the Deposit of Faith! We have the Magisterium and Sacred Tradition. We have so much more than all the other denominations combined. Is it any wonder that Our Lord demands more of us than He does the Episcopalians, Baptists, Jews, etc? Let’s act like mature adults and stop the insipid whining and sniveling. Let’s take our lumps in all humility, and in repentance, purge the evil from our own midst.
VATICAN DOCUMENT ON HOMOSEXUALS AND THE PRIESTHOOD The
ALLEGED ABUSE AT MOTHER SETON PARISH IN
“LACK-BACK BISHOPS” MOVIE REVIEW Most of us have heard of “Brokeback Mountain”, a movie that glorifies sodomy and adultery while trivializing the pain inflicted upon the innocent family members of those committing the abominations. Apparently the film is well-crafted, with music and scenery utilized to induce the unsuspecting viewer to suspend his/her rational processes to swallow the siren call of the gay propagandists. These tactics seem to have been successful with the individual who reviewed the movie for the USCCB. The text of their review is here. Please read it yourselves; it’s unbelievable how this reviewer waxes lyrical over this tripe, calling it a “serious contemplation on loneliness and connection”. The review does acknowledge that “The Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality is unambiguous. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered" and the inclination itself is “objectively disordered.” At the same time, homosexually inclined persons “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity” (#2357 and #2358).” Obviously, he/she is confusing respect of the person with sympathy for their destructive sin. He/she goes on to say that “What gives the film its power is the vividness with which it tells the story of an unresolved (albeit objectively immoral) relationship.” Oh, really now! Could you imagine these people gushing over Adolph Hitler’s skill with words (No one can doubt that Hitler was an eloquent speaker)? Of course not! Moreover, the reviewer wrote, “While the actions taken by Ennis and Jack cannot be endorsed, the universal themes of love and loss ring true.” That ridiculous! Ennis and Jack displayed absolutely no love when one uses the word “love” correctly. Clearly they lusted after one another, but they showed no concern for their own, or each other’s, immortal souls. They certainly showed no love to their families, who had first claims on their love. This reviewer is clearly befuddled by the emotional impact of this film. But at least they gave the film an “O” rating (for morally offensive). No they didn’t – at least not originally. They had given it an “L” rating (limited adult audience). It wasn’t until several pro-life and pro-family groups criticized the USCCB on their websites that they changed their rating; in other words, the USCCB had to be shamed into issuing an appropriate rating to this sinful propaganda. This reviewer really should be fired, and moreover, the USCCB is in clear need of a general housecleaning, as evidenced by this drivel emanating from them.
BISHOPS AND DEATH PENALTY The USCCB, at their semi-annual meeting in November 2005, focused on the
death penalty. Regardless of our varying
positions on the death penalty, we can see that in the bishops’ inordinate
attention to this issue, there is an abysmal lack of perspective. Less than 100 capital criminals are executed
each year. That’s less than 2.5% of the
babies that are aborted EVERY DAY (based on 4500 abortions/day). Yet at that bishops’ meeting, not one peep was
uttered about that horrible atrocity.
Closer to home, in
SEX-ED ABOMINATION IN SILVER SPRING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS Parents with children enrolled at St. Bernadette’s, St. John the Evangelist and St. Mary of the Mills are dealing with threats to the innocence of their children that stem from the archdiocese. Children as young as kindergarten age are having foisted upon them insidious material from the “Child Lures” program. It is touted as a “safety program” for children, but the children are exposed to age-inappropriate topics such as pornography, date rape, incest. Of course, the children are also taught in this program that the gay lifestyle is to be accepted. No Catholic morality nor doctrine is taught. The Archdiocesan School Superintendent, Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, told parents that they could not opt their children out of the program. Now we know that is blatant violation of Canon Law and other Catholic doctrine, all of which recognize that in God’s order, parents are the primary teachers for their children, and it is they who know what’s most appropriate for their children. Catholic teachers and pastors are bound by Canon Law to respect that, not to arrogate those God-given prerogatives to themselves. To add insult to injury, the archdiocese will not allow the program to be taught by parents outside the classroom! Also, please note that this program IS intended for the entire archdiocese! The above schools are “pilot locations.” If this usurpation of parental authority remains unchallenged and uncorrected at these schools, many of us will find our parental authority likewise pooh-poohed!
The USCCB has made clear
that a classroom environment has NOT required by their recommendation. Other dioceses throughout the country, while
implementing this, are acknowledging the rights of parents to opt their
children out of the program, should they deem that the best for their
children. Why does our own Archdiocese
For more information on “Child Lures”, go to www.childlures.com. The parents mentioned above have formed their own website: www.catholicfamiliesunited.org. Visit this site to see how you can help. Of course, contact the archdiocese and let them know your displeasure.