Sorry Michael Bayly and Carol Marin, the Song of Bernardin don’t play here anymore…

Treacherous territory indeed…



Question – What do you get when you combine a Barack Obama news media apologist with a man intent on undermining Catholic teaching on homosexuality?

Answer: An ongoing attempt by liberal Catholics to drive a wedge between the faithful and the divinely instituted hierarchy of the Church. Namely, Rome.

Question: So, what will be the outcome?

Answer: As one holy priest has stated previously– “If you kick the rock, you will break your foot…”

In his Sunday post, Dialogue: Seeking Common Ground, Making Holy Ground, Michael Bayly recommends the article below by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin, stating:

“Yesterday in the Chicago Sun-Times, Carol Marin reflected upon next month’s meeting between Pope Benedict and President Obama, and revisited the value placed on dialogue by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin…”

Ah, there’s that word we hear so much of lately, Dialogue. Notre Dame anyone?

Here’s a simple truth. Dialogue is not defined within any dictionary, or, for that matter within any soul found in a true state of grace, as “The dislodging of revealed divine truth from Catholic doctrine on faith and morals.” Sorry, but, they are one in the same and any attempt to dialogue around doctrine for the sake of personal sin or political expediency is silenced in the presence of revealed divine truth–Himself.

The Rock.

The propaganda article below is useful for Mr. Bayly in promoting his new found efforts at attempting structural change of the Hierarchical order of the Catholic Church established by Christ upon the Apostles. After 20-plus-years–with the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI–anemic dissident Catholic groups have failed in recognizing what the Spirit is actually saying to the Churches: Christ is taking His Church back and purifying it for Himself [However painful that might be]. Frustrated by past failures at Church reform, the same groups have now grown reckless along this trail of never-ending church reform and are, so to speak, circling the wagons…[SEE: Here].

WARNING TO CATHOLICS: On Friday, April 17, 2009 a statement by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis was issued concerning the “Catholic Coalition for Church Reform” (CCCR), which reads:

The “Catholic Coalition for Church Reform” is a self appointed group that is advocating changes that are in direct conflict with the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. This group has no affiliation with the Archdiocese or its parishes.

A word to the once-made-wise through baptism: Satan is stealing your pearl of great price through a spirit of taking umbrage with the Church, and as individuals you are heading towards a cliff in the darkness. Hopefully, and most prayerfully on my part, you will come to your senses and turn back in time through repentance…

Note: The article below will use the tools of dialogue (a sort of reverse Catholic guilt aimed at freezing unyielding conservative Catholics in place) and the truly repulsive use of the child abuse scandal as means to achieve the end.

I suggest reading, ‘”Remembering” Joseph Cardinal Bernardin’ before turning to The Song of Bernardin.

June 28, 2009

BY CAROL MARIN Sun-Times Columnist

Pro-choice President Obama goes to the Vatican next month to meet pro-life Pope Benedict.

“The Vatican has been seeking common ground with Obama, although some American Catholic bishops have been hostile to his administration,” the AP reported.

Let’s pray that the spirit of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin fills the room and that Cardinal Bernard Law, now assigned to Rome, is nowhere in sight.

Bernardin and Obama, despite a deep difference on abortion, shared much: Chicago. A commitment to dialogue. And a belief that common ground can be found even across the most fractured fault lines of faith and belief.

But it’s treacherous territory.

And what happened to Bernardin in the months before his death illuminates the land mines ahead — both inside and outside the Catholic Church.

In the summer of 1996, three months before pancreatic cancer claimed him, Bernardin quietly sent a document to his fellow bishops for review. He told them that in two weeks he would hold a news conference on its contents. But first he asked them to weigh in.

The document, “Called To Be Catholic: Church in a Time of Peril,” was the first official call for discussion among Catholics on polarizing issues including the role of women, human sexuality and abortion. And war, capital punishment and racial injustice.

Though a few colleagues such as Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles lent their support, “Most bishops sat on their hands,” recalled Monsignor Ken Velo, one of Bernardin’s closest friends. “Law did not say anything at all.”

Then, on Aug. 13, the day Bernardin took his report public, Law sent out his own news release to denounce it. He called it “unfortunate” and said there could be no dialogue if it contested the truth of church teachings.

A few months later, as Bernardin lay dying, Law called, hoping to see Bernardin. Velo left Bernardin’s bedside to take the call.

“He said,” Velo recalled, ” ‘I’m thinking of coming to Chicago.’ ”

Velo was blunt. He told Law that Bernardin “had a difficult time” with what Law had done. And he conveyed the dying cardinal’s disappointed words. Bernardin, referring to Law by his first name said, “I would never have done this to Bernie.”

Law, according to Velo, denied he had done anything hurtful. But we now know Law is well-practiced in the art of denial.

A pedophile scandal engulfed his diocese and the nation, forced his resignation in 2002 and sent him into exile in Rome. Amazingly, Law remains a prince of the church — and lives like one.

At Bernardin’s funeral in the winter of 1996, Law was the senior bishop on the altar, but it was Mahony whom Bernardin designated to say his mass, and Velo whom he asked to give his homily.

“There was a righteous anger in me,” acknowledged Velo. And there was anger among those in the pews that day, who burst into applause when Velo, from the pulpit, said of Bernardin: “He took initiatives. He had a hard time with people who directed lives by using rearview mirrors. He wanted people to come around the table and see, not what divides us, but what brings us together. He wanted to make common ground, holy ground.”

From the political wars in Springfield, Illinois, to the battlefields of Iraq to the bloody streets of Iran, the cry for common ground screams out at us.

Pope Benedict’s meeting with President Obama sends an urgently needed signal. Especially since Bishop John D’Arcy, whose diocese includes Notre Dame University, boycotted Obama’s appearance at graduation in South Bend in May.

If Darcy had shown up, he and Obama could have talked. Not agreed, but opened a dialogue. The way the pope and the president will in July.

The way Cardinal Bernardin on the eve of his death believed all of us must to survive.

NOTE: The Church is not imperiled, faith is…


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