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It’s the Pope’s turn to retaliate in Catholic civil war by Gerald Warner

Well, here’s a tasty piece from friends across the pond in Scotland…

It’s the Pope’s turn to retaliate in Catholic civil war

by Gerald Warner

Scotland on Sunday

HT/PM – CATHOLIC TRUTH SCOTLAND

‘NEVER let a good crisis go to waste” was the political maxim formulated by Hillary Clinton. It has been adopted by the fading trendies in the Catholic Church who still carry the burnt-out torch of the Second Vatican Catastrophe, in their Intifada against Pope Benedict XVI.

The sex abuse scandal in the Church – the product of the post-Conciliar nihilists’ own iconoclastic destruction of traditional Catholic morals and spirituality – has audaciously been conscripted to serve their desperate agenda to overthrow the Pope, secure a “progressive” successor and eventually replace the Papacy with some kind of lay soviet (well, that is what happens to your brain if you inhaled substances other than incense, back in the 1960s).

Such an inversion of the truth is not without precedent: the Venerable Pius XII saved 860,000 Jews from the Nazis; but today, thanks to defamation by a German playwright, propagated by “liberal” Catholics, the one individual who did more than anyone on earth to help the Jews is demonised and bracketed with Heinrich Himmler. Now, the Spirit-of-Vatican II groupies are going after Benedict XVI on the child abuse ticket.

“Radical” Catholics are attacking the Vatican, like the chav mobs that sporadically besiege the houses of paediatricians. Our television screens are filled with geriatric ex-Jesuits, feminist nuns, “progressive” theologians and every variety of Lollards and Fifth Monarchy Men. Even their 1960s poster-boy Hans Küng (yes, he is still alive) has emerged from obscurity to throw his pebble at Benedict.

Who was to blame for child sex abuse but precisely the generation of Vatican II revolutionaries who are now wringing their gnarled hands in hypocritical outrage? As the official Irish government report into abuse in the archdiocese of Dublin proves, this orgy of evil was overwhelmingly perpetrated in the post-Vatican II era. During the 1970s and 1980s, when it was at its height, there was only one mortal sin in the Catholic Church: attempting to celebrate or attend the Latin Tridentine Mass.

Contrast the vicious persecution of traditionalist priests and laity with the extravagant indulgence extended to serial child abusers. Today, their chickens have come home to roost. These were the children of Paul VI, of aggiornamento, of the great Renewal: now they must be made to take ownership of their own scandal. It is they who are in denial, not the Pope.

They are being supported by the media, whose agenda is to pressurize the Catholic Church into moral relativism, to withdraw its condemnation of abortion, contraception, divorce, homosexuality, embryo experimentation, ordination of priestesses and every other precept that conflicts with the secularist New World Order.

That will not happen. The fatuity of much of the attack is blatant. Evidently priests abused altar boys because of clerical celibacy. There is no compulsory celibacy in the Church of England, yet vicars and boy scouts have been mainstays of the Sunday tabloids for a century. The Dublin report recorded a ratio of 2.3 boy victims to one girl: the last thing these men wanted was a wife.

The much-hyped Wisconsin scandal, used to traduce Benedict XVI, is another example of forcing the wrong pieces into the jigsaw to fabricate the required picture. The local police investigated Father Murphy in 1974 and refused to believe his accusers. More than 20 years later, when Murphy was dying, his case was referred to the then Cardinal Ratzinger. In 1998 he declined to unfrock the now repentant offender who died four months later.

The Milwaukee district attorney had refused to prosecute Murphy because the statute of limitations had run out; the Vatican faced the same canonical problem. Why are the Milwaukee authorities not blamed instead of the Vatican? Why was Cardinal Ratzinger expected to unravel a case that had baffled the local police 24 years earlier?

Unfrocking would not have deprived Murphy of his priesthood – that is irremovable. It would only have prevented him functioning as a priest, which he was no longer capable of doing.

It is time for the Pope to retaliate. He should adopt the liberals’ strategy of not wasting a crisis. The media are howling for the heads of bishops. Very well: give them dozens, even hundreds. This is an opportunity to get rid of every mitred 1960s flower-child obstructing the return of the Tridentine Mass, liturgical reverence and doctrinal orthodoxy. The episcopal gerontocracy, along with the flared-trousered seminary rectors promoting the ordination of social worker priests and blocking genuine vocations, is ripe for a cull. The abuse scandal is only a part of the larger crisis that has engulfed the Church since the Second Vatican Catastrophe – it really is too good to waste.

‘My Son, deliver your church from the National Catholic Reporter and…

 …dissipative structuring’

Fresh off its support for federally funded abortions the National Catholic Reporter turns on the Holy Father this week… 

 

Catholic columnists are beginning to state the obvious when it comes to the enemies of Pope Benedict exploiting the current sex abuse scandal for their own ends: “It’s payback time for Benedict.”  

But, that’s not the whole story, is it?

No, it’s not. There’s a more troubling side to the NCR story… 

Here’s a bit on the underlying movements flying just beneath radar detection “inside” NCR’s airspace this week:

  • VOTF is one of the Catholic reform groups that is joining others under the umbrella “American Catholic Council.” Their first gathering is scheduled for Pentecost, June 10-11, 2011 in Detroit.
  • The goal of the American Catholic Council, in simple terms, is to create and promote an autochthonous Church; a Church both Catholic and American modeled on, as ex-Jesuit Robert Blair Kaiser says, “the Maronites, the Melchites, the Byzantines, the Copts and sixteen other autochthonous churches in the Middle East that are loyal to the pope, but glory in their own governance, their own married clergy, and their own liturgies.”
  • Actually, there is nothing “loyal” about conveners of the American Catholic Council when it comes to the Chair of Peter and his teaching magisterium. These want an independent Catholic Church in America that elects its own priests and hierarchy, condones abortion, contraception, homosexual relations, married clergy, women priests, divorce and other “radically inclusive reforms.”
  • One such group under the ACC umbrella, and mentored by VOTF, is the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (CCCR) within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
  • Most telling of the many “tactics” the ACC is deploying in order to achieve its goal of re-creating a new ecclesiology, (i.e. a false Christ and false church), comes from CCCR co-chairman Bernie Rodel:

The tactic is called ‘dissipative structuring’. There are four basic characteristics of dissipative structures: 

1. Disorder and Disequilibrium – It is necessary for the system to generate sufficient disequilibrium (Disorder) within itself to create the degree of freedom within which the system’s change can take place.

2. Symmetry Breaking – For a new order to emerge, the old order must be demolished.

3. Experimentation – Breaking symmetry alone can lead to chaos unless it is also supplemented by activities which will generate new forms or configurations around which the system can reorganise.

4. Reformulation – The experimentation process leads to the development of new possible configurations, around which the system must reformulate.

  • To simplify: Dissidents believe under this theory that it’s necessary to create disorder (chaos) within the Church because the divinely instituted hierarchical nature of the Church in the world must be destroyed in order for the body of Christ on earth to finally accept the spurious proposals and reconfigured “American Church” VOTF, CCCR, and the American Catholic Council offers…

Yes, it’s payback time. But, the enemy’s attack by means of NCR and ACC proponents has nothing personal against Benedict himself per se, he’s merely a roadblock. No, this hell inspired attack on the papacy is aimed at weakening–with the intent to destroy–one of the three pillars of God’s divine revelation to man: Magisterial teaching. The hierarchal nature of the Church…

There’s a problem with this course of reformation, however, and something to seriously consider in your own reading of NCR’s article:  God is not a God of disorder but of peace… 1 Cor. 33  

The following is a combox appeal for the American Catholic Council from VOTF’s Sister Maureen Paul Turlish found on the NCR site following its attack article. I’ll leave it up to you to sniff out if it promotes a diabolic attempt at reformation of the one Church of God through means of the four basic characteristics of dissipative structures. My mind’s already made up…

This will be hard to believe

Submitted by Maureen Paul Turlish (not verified) on Mar. 26, 2010.

This will be hard to believe but the pope does have the power to turn the corner on this even at this very late date.

He is the only one who can but it depends on whether he has the will to do it. It will cost him everything and I do mean everything.

The curia has its own vested interest in opposing the pope but, again, the pope is the only one who has the power. He is the most knowledgeable of anyone about this given his former position as Head of the Holy Office. He knows. He always knew.

What will he have to do? Take the next step to start with.

For years he has been saying how sorry, etc., etc., he was and is that this happened. His sincerity is not doubted but he has not followed up by taking the next step.

He has apologized for “any mistakes that may have been made,” much like Boston’s Cardinal Law and the American bishops have said but they never actually ever said they were sorry for what they individually did or did not do, they never admitted that in so many cases that they committed crimes or were complicit in the commission of crimes.

While every country, Ireland, the States, Australia, Germany, etc., has its own variation on this horrid theme, the bishops, generally, have not admitted guilt. In the U.S. they have not.

In the United States no bishop, not even Cardinal Law, left his diocese in disgrace. Law was actually rewarded with his present position. He got to vote for Benedict XVI, he heads important church committees and such.

Auxilary bishops in Boston received their own dioceses like William Murphy and John McCormack to name just two.

Mostly the Catholics I have talked to fall into two groups. Those who have walked away from the institution, although they still think of themselves as “Catholic” and they always will be, and those who are angry and want to help in the reformation of the church. Voice of the Faithful members, www.votf.org have joined with others, the movement for an American Catholic Council, www.americancatholiccouncil.org, to start that going. Bishops in the U.S. and I suspect other countries have as we say, “cut a deal” with individual state prosecutors to avoid being charged criminally.

Yes, the church has lost its way. Leadership, all male remember, has failed big time but why?

Unless the pope admits that there were broad, fundamental, systemic and endemic reasons that allowed, permitted, facilitated this happening and then works with all interested parties to correct those flaws, developing a new paradigm for governmental leadership in the church, the church will evenually(sic) bleed out.

The church’s ministry is pastoral. It should be reaching out in every way possible, first to victim/survivors then to all members who have been affected by this this. The bishops should be welcoming of any group that wants to help, but they aren’t very welcoming.

Leadership hasn’t really been doing this, they refuse to meet with people, they bad mouth groups like Voice of the Faithful and they continue in the U.S. to viciously oppose statute of limitation reform in the individual states by the power of the states’ Catholic conferences, and remember, we have 50 of them!

No, actions need to follow words. They need to speak Truth to Power and they haven’t done that.

Actions have consequences and bishops in the U.S. should be removed from office as should some in other countries.

They have failed the People of God.

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
Victims’ Advocate
New Castle, Delaware, USA

You may contact sister with your concerns. Or, better yet, simply pray for her conversion as with all of these…

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Reaping the Whirlwind of Abortion

By Bishop Thomas G. Doran

The Observer, the Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, where it appeared in the August 11th issue.

I want to touch on this matter before we get too close to the November madness. As human beings, as citizens of a “first world country,” as Americans, and as Catholics, most importantly, we have to take count of the circumstances in which we live. We know that the only creatures of God that outlast time are those created having intellect and will. All other things, with the passage of time, break up or break down.

Many of the issues that confront us are serious, and we know by now that the political parties in our country are at loggerheads as to how to solve them. We know, for instance, that adherents of one political party would place us squarely on the road to suicide as a people.

The seven “sacraments” of their secular culture are abortion, buggery, contraception, divorce, euthanasia, feminism of the radical type, and genetic experimentation and mutilation. These things they unabashedly espouse, profess and promote. Their continuance in public office is a clear and present danger to our survival as a nation.

Since the mid-1940s we have been accustomed to look askance at Germans. They were protagonists of the Second World War and so responsible for fifty million deaths. We say, “How awful,” and yet in our country we have, for the most part, allowed the party of death and the court system it has produced to eliminate, since 1973, upwards of forty million of our fellow citizens without allowing them to see the light of day.

They have done their best to make ours a true culture of death. No doubt, we shall soon outstrip the Nazis in doing human beings to death.

I do not think that we should spend a great deal of time in lamentation over the children whose lives have been snuffed out by the barbaric practice of therapeutic abortion. They passed from their lives quickly in this world and have gone into the hands of the Lord of Life and Mercy for all eternity. We must make it clear too, that many who have sought to have practiced on themselves therapeutic abortion are in many instances driven to it by persons heedless of their welfare, or by well- meaning but inept parents or guardians who regard abortion as a solution and not as what it is – an immense problem. There are some, I think few, largely given over to immoral lives who regard abortion as a good, but their number is not great.

What we have to remember is that violence breeds violence. When we tolerate unjust attacks upon the tiniest innocents among us, we habituate ourselves to violence. And so we have allowed these barbaric practices to corrupt our laws, our medical practice, and even our ordinary lives. How accustomed we have become to the immense loss of life in our wars throughout the world! Those who have killed millions under their mother’s hearts cannot be expected to balk at a mere few thousand killed in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Somalia, in Darfur, in Bosnia, in Madrid, in London, in Baghdad, in Beirut, in Washington, in New York. The violence of abortion coarsens the lives of all of us.

Once it was said, “… for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52) So we see the rise in the number of predations among youth, even among the youngest, the rise of domestic violence. We speak of road rage as a common thing. It is true what the theologians have said, that sin darkens the intellect, and weakens the will. Having sown the wind of abortion we now reap the whirlwind. This appears in every quarter of our culture and on every day. And that just from the first of the “sacraments of death” of our secular human culture.

The toleration of sexual perversions among inverts, widespread contraception, easy access to “no fault” divorce, the killing of the elderly, radical feminism, embryonic stem cell research – all of these things defile and debase our human nature and our human destiny. Should we cry out with the prophet “To the mountains, ‘Cover us,’ and to the hills, ‘Fall on us'” (Hosea: 10:8), lest other peoples see and, God forbid, imitate us?

I ran across, in one parish, prayers of the faithful with the intention that “we pray for those who work and demonstrate for the cause of life and the unborn, the aged and the defected, that they may persevere in spite of the ridicule they receive sometimes, even from pastors and priests.” I shudder to think that might be true. We know from the sad experience of recent years that some Catholics (even among priests) are so warped and perverted from their Catholic vocation, that they are capable of enormities. But, they should know that it was no prelate or bishop or pope that said, “Suffer the little children to come to me and do not hinder them” (Matthew 19:14). The Invisible Head of the Church will one day come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire, particularly those who have either by acts of omission or commission, destroyed innocent human life.

It is the duty of every Catholic to support the work of the parish Pro-Life directors and commissions and to work for the extirpation from our society of all those who in any way foster or promote these things. I wholeheartedly endorse the activities of our Pro-Life Office in the sure and certain knowledge that divine justice will not allow those who act against human life to prosper. These unholy sacraments of our secular culture are the seeds of the destruction of our nation.

Think for yourself: what nation that kills its young, perverts marriage, prevents new life, and destroys the family, kills those deemed useless, makes the war of the sexes into a real war, and manipulates the genetic basis of human nature, can long endure?

The State of Catholic Marriage: Monsignor Gregory Moys

Fratres Note:

       I’ve been trying to post this most helpful pastoral letter from my pastor for over a week now, and I’m glad to do so now. I don’t believe I know anyone who hasn’t suffered terribly in some manner or another from the prevailing divorce culture of these past 50 years or so; Do you? I truly support my pastor and all bishops in their addressing the issues surrounding marriage and their acts in helping to restore once again the state of holy matrimony in the United States, and thus, the restoration of  our families–the basic cell that sustains the life of all societies… Let us all strengthen what remains.

Monsignor Moys is the pastor of St. Anne Catholic Church in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Dear Parish Community,

       In his recent visit to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI told the American Bishops about his great concern for the state of the institution of marriage in our society, a subject that he has addressed publicly more than 100 times during his pontificate:

       “To some young Catholics, the sacramental bond of marriage seems scarcely distinguishable from a civil bond, or even a purely informal and open-ended arrangement to live with another person.” He went on to cite an alarming decrease of Catholic marriage in the United States along with an increase in cohabitation outside of marriage. According to the Official Catholic Directory published each year in the United States, there has been a significant drop in the number of Catholic marriages each year in the United States. For example, there were 315,387 Catholic weddings in 1994; in 2007, there were only 199,805, even though the Catholic population in the country rose by more than 7 million during the same period of time. In the National Marriage Project study conducted by Rutgers University, cohabitation precedes over half of today’s marriages compared with 50 years ago when almost no marriages were preceded by cohabitation.

       Couples cohabitate for various reasons. Some couples are fearful of divorce. Others think it a safe trial period for marriage. Others find it a convenient alternative to living alone. For others, especially among young couples, there is a reluctance to marry as a result of being exposed to their parents broken marriages. Greg Popcak, a Catholic marriage counselor and author, notes that: “We are living in the second generation of the divorce culture. Many couples marrying today have not seen either their parents or grandparents model a successful, lifelong relationship. This makes committing to marriage an especially difficult proposition for many young people.”

       The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development notes that “Cohabitating relationships are less stable than marriages and that instability is increasing.” Recent studies show that cohabitating is more stressful than marriage; about 50% of first time cohabitating couples never get married; couples who live together before marriage are at a greater risk for divorce than non-cohabitating couples; and couples who live together before marriage tend to divorce early in their subsequent marriage. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that “human love does not tolerate ‘trial marriages.’ It demands a total and definitive gift of persons to one another.” (CCC No. 2391)

       The good news is that the Millennial Generation (Catholics born after 1981), according to a recent study by CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate), are more likely among all Catholics to say that the sacrament of marriage is the “most meaningful” sacrament to them personally and that 86% of young adult Catholics (18-35) are either married or say it is somewhat likely they will marry in the future. Also, four years ago, the American bishops approved a National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage to counter the decline in the number of Catholic marriages, the increase in cohabitation outside of marriage and the need for more pre-marriage preparation for engaged couples. They have created a marriage website, www.foryourmarriage.orgwith many helpful tips and resources for everyone from engaged couples to golden jubilarians. A pastoral letter is planned for next year.

Sincerely yours in Christ our King,

Monsignor Gregory Moys, Pastor

Father’s Day – by Father John Corapi

Father John Corapi, SOLT

                As we prepare to celebrate Fathers’ we should reflect a bit on what a father is. Today I’m afraid that there are a large number of people who can no longer relate to the reality or the concept of a father. This was not always the case as most marriages never suffered from the ravages of divorce. Many individuals today did not have the benefit of a father at home, or even in their life to any extent. 50%+ of marriages, including Catholic marriages, end in divorce. Single parent families are painfully common.

                A human being needs both a father and a mother, male and female, to receive the fullness of nurturing, love, and support. One parent can try heroically to fill both roles, and do quite well, but it is never the same as when mom and dad fulfill their respective roles.

                A father, along with a mother, obviously collaborate with God to bring life into existence. You will never know the eternal joy of Heaven without your father and mother saying yes to life. A father protects and supports his family. If evil in any form threatens his family a father must engage the evil and protect the family. This is true most of all spiritually, but also physically, emotionally, economically, and morally.

                Dad has to fight many a battle to win the war of the salvation of the souls of his spouse and children. If dad doesn’t even know there is a war, where would that leave his family? How many sleepless nights fathers have had had worrying how to provide for mom and the kids? How many days he has come home from work bone tired, trying to provide a life for the family better than he had? How many deaths has he died agonizing over the welfare of each of his children?

                Remember your father this Fathers’ Day. Pray for him, alive or deceased. While you are doing this, hopefully through a day started with the Holy Eucharist, remember your priests, who are truly fathers in the spiritual sense. They too have expended a lot of “blood, sweat, and tears” trying to insure the well-being of their spiritual children. Without the priest there is no forgiveness through the sacrament of Reconciliation. Without the priest there is no strengthening through the sacrament of Confirmation. Without the priest there is no anointing of the sick. Most of all, no priest no Eucharist—the Source, Center, and Summit of the Church’s life.

Let’s pray for our fathers, both biological and spiritual, this Fathers’ Day, and every day. We need them, and they need us.

God bless you,

Fr. John Corapi

Editor’s Note: Father John Corapi, (as noted here previously), I consider to be a living saint. He would no doubt balk at this, but, the Spirit confirms the truth of Father Corapi’s words within my heart. If you are a soul in search of “the peace of God” and need straight answers concerning God, His Church, and conversion, I recommend you click hereIt has come to my attention recently that Father has suffered health problems. I ask all my reader’s to pray for him… And Father…, thanks for making time for this poor tempted convert so many years ago at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Santa Cruz, California.

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Pope Benedict XVI: The Gospel Of Life Is Also The Gospel Of Mercy

GOSPEL OF LIFE IS ALSO GOSPEL OF MERCY

VATICAN CITY, 5 APR 2008 (VIS) – Today in the Vatican , the Holy Father received 300 participants in an international congress entitled: “Oil on the wounds. A response to the blight of abortion and divorce”. The event is being promoted by the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus.

Benedict XVI expressed his satisfaction at the participants’ focus on the parable of the Good Samaritan in studying questions “which bring so much suffering to the lives of people, families and society”. He also recalled how in debating such matters, “often purely ideologically, a kind of conspiracy of silence is created. Only through an attitude of merciful love can we … bring help and enable victims to rise up again and resume the course of their lives.

“In a cultural context marked by increasing individualism, hedonism and, all too often, by a lack of solidarity and adequate social support”, the Pope added, people make “decisions that contrast with the indissolubility of the conjugal bond and with the respect due to human life freshly conceived and still guarded in the maternal womb”.

He went on: “Divorce and abortion are, of course, different choices, at times made in difficult and dramatic circumstances. They often give rise to traumas and are a source of profound suffering for the people who make them. … They leave wounds that mark life indelibly.

“The Church’s ethical judgement concerning abortion and divorce is clear and well-known to everyone: they are grave sins which – in various ways and with due evaluation of subjective responsibilities – injure the dignity of the human person, involve a profound injustice in human and social relationships, and offend God Himself, the guarantor of the marital bond and the architect of life”.

Nonetheless, “the Church, following the example of her divine Master, always has to deal with real people, especially the weakest and most innocent, … as well as other men and women who, having perpetrated those acts, are stained with sin and bear its interior wounds while seeking peace and the possibility of rehabilitation.

“The Church”, said the Pope, “has the primary duty to approach these people with love and delicacy, with kindness and maternal concern, in order to announce the merciful closeness of God and Jesus Christ. … Yes, the gospel of love and of life is also always the gospel of mercy” and, “on the basis of this mercy, the Church cultivates an indomitable faith in mankind and its capacity for recovery. She knows that, with the help of grace, human freedom is capable of the definitive and faithful giving of self which makes it possible for the marriage of a man and a woman to be an indissoluble bond”, just as she knows that “human freedom, even in the most difficult circumstances, is capable of extraordinary gestures of sacrifice and solidarity to accept the life of a new human being”.

“Hence”, Pope Benedict went on, “it may be seen that the ‘noes’ pronounced by the Church in her moral guidelines, and upon which public opinion sometimes unilaterally fixes its attention, are in fact so many ‘yeses’ to the dignity of human beings, their lives and their capacity to love”.

Turning to consider the consequences of divorce, the Holy Father recommended that pastoral efforts be concentrated on ensuring “that children do not become the innocent victims of conflicts between divorcing parents”, and that efforts be made to ensure “as far as possible” the continuity “of the bond with parents and of the relationship with their family and social origins, which are indispensable for well-balanced psychological and human development”.

“How much selfish complicity often lies at the roots of a difficult decision that so many women have had to face alone and of which they still have the open wound in their soul!” said Benedict XVI talking of abortion. Then, echoing John Paul II‘s words from his Encyclical “Evangelium vitae”, he added: “Do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. … The Father of mercies is ready to give you His forgiveness and His peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation”.

In closing, Benedict XVI expressed his appreciation for “all those social and pastoral initiatives which seek the reconciliation and cure of people affected by the drama of abortion and divorce”. They are, he concluded, “essential elements in building the civilisation of love of which humanity today has more need than ever”.