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Go – Vigano- the sooner the better

Cardinal Ouellet in his letter had called on

Archbishop Viganò to stop his “rebellion,” to repent and be converted.

AB Viganò’s  huge hostility rages toward Pope Francis…

… the Vatican decided  Viganò had become too enmeshed in U.S. Culture Wars; especially  re: Same-Sex Marriage

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The evil AB  arranged the meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis, the former uppity Kentucky Clerk who refused to sign a marriage certificate for a same-sex couple, blindsiding the pope during his 2015 U.S. visit.

Vigano must go. Is he the Thrust behind Complicit Clergy?!

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Top 10 Solutions to Rebuild the church – Fr Jim Martin

 FROM Father JAMES MARTIN

What must happen.

Dear friends: Like you, I am sick about what is happening in our church. Also like you, I’ve prayed about how best to move ahead. Our church will survive. The “gates of hell” will not prevail against it, as Jesus Christ himself promised us.

But Christ, through the workings of the Holy Spirit, urges us to act: to rebuild the church and help his holy and faithful people. Without certain steps, people will flow out of the church, never to return, like water from the side of the Crucified One on Good Friday.

Some of you may not agree with each of these steps, but I believe that each one is essential for us to rebuild the church. This list is neither complete or exhaustive (and presume the reporting practices for abusive priests already contained in the Dallas Charter).

But in order of immediacy, and with a focus on the US church, they are:

First, while journalists have discredited large sections of the Vigano “testimony,” and while many charges have been revealed as baseless, there is one charge that journalists will not be able to uncover: Pope Francis’s knowledge and actions regarding the McCarrick case.

The faithful, as well as clergy and religious, are exceedingly confused about this question; a short and simple answer from the Pope or from the Vatican will help us move us ahead.

Second, dioceses and religious orders should open their abuse files to the public, rather than waiting until they are forced to do so. Otherwise, the church will face years, perhaps decades, of civic authorities slowly uncovering our secret crimes, sins and failings. Confession is not just about what you’re forced to reveal.

Third, lay leaders should investigate the McCarrick case. More importantly, lay leaders should be placed in charge of all review boards in dioceses and religious orders, if they are not already in charge. The system has proven that it cannot police itself.

Fourth, bishops found guilty of abuse, or of covering it up, must be removed from their posts as soon as possible. Perhaps just as important, when bishops resign, the Vatican must be clear about the reasons for their resignations.

Fifth, the widespread demonization within the church must end. It is a stumbling block to healing and disedifying to both Catholics and non-Catholics. Social media has played a malign role. The stereotyping of whole groups (gays, celibates, bishops, liberals, conservatives) must end. Personal vilification must stop.

Sixth, public acts of penance from the hierarchy must take place. Letters and statements are, as we have seen, insufficient. The laity should decide what form these acts should take. Symbolic actions, as well as practical actions, matter here.

Seventh, both married men and women must be included in all levels of decision-making in the church—including heading Vatican congregations, reforming the Curia, helping to select bishops, etc.

Married men and women must also be included in all levels of leadership—including leadership in the church’s liturgical life, something of immense symbolic importance. Married priests and women deacons are a start.

Eighth, a thoroughgoing review of seminary formation, especially regarding education in human sexuality, must happen—again. There are still seminaries and religious orders where candidates are incapable of, or prevented from, discussing the most fundamental areas of their lives.

Ninth, clericalism must die. The system privileging the status of bishops and priests over that of lay people (and parents); that insists on an exaggerated deference for clergy and bishops, and that has functioned as a closed world, must be dismantled.

Finally, despair about this situation must end. Despair is not of God. The Holy Spirit is with us and will help us through even the most difficult times. We must never forget Jesus’s words to his disciples: Fear not!”

Ray Burke – the leader of the Pack – ship of fools?

Of Cardinal Ray Burke~~~Mike Barnicle pens:

“The cost of his gilded, ornate vestments could feed a family of four across a decade. He has exhausted himself and more than a few who have had to listen to him trying to ban pro-choice politicians from receiving communion. He has attacked St. Louis University basketball coach Rick Majerus for attending a Hillary Clinton rally and tried to prevent Sheryl Crow from giving a concert to raise money for a Catholic hospital.

Last year, as Pope Francis began turning the lights back on within a church that has seen legions depart simply because so many in the clergy said so little about the criminality and obstruction of justice surrounding the reality of sexual abusers wearing roman collars, Burke said, “There is a strong sense that the Church is like a ship without a rudder.”

Raymond Burke: Member of the College of Cardinals and captain of a ship of fools.

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Never met a Dress he didn’t like.

Critical of Pope Francis from Day One – continues on a rampage with a gaggle of old Orthodox “Cards and Bishops” ( aka The Old Boys Network)

 

Note:  From NCR

 “..This latest broadside attack on Pope Francis was part of a pattern. It seems every month or so, someone comes out with a similar, staged attack on the pope, with varying degrees of subtleness. The four cardinals with their five dubia. The follow-up letter about the dubia from the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra. The Wanderer interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke.

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Fr Tom Reese speaks out on Sexual Abuse Scandal

Santa Clara University- Aug 23, 2018

Father Tom Reese SJ  spoke about the recent revelations of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.

The news of the sexual abuse has rocked the Catholic Church around the world.   A favorite commentator, Jesuit Tom Reese,  spoke on the allegations of abuse and touched upon a former Washington, D.C., Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the extensive report of the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

Decades of Revelations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the United States have been covered up  and have led both to unbridled outrage and finally – reform.

Pennsylvania 

Recent news of the McCarrick scandal and the degree of abuse and coverup in the Pennsylvania report have pointed to a problem that goes beyond past examinations and that calls out for much deeper reforms.

 

Well – loved and hughly respected, Fr Tom Reese is a columnist for the Religion News Service and a frequent commentator on Catholic matters on major television networks and a former editor of America magazine

He recently spoke clearly and candidly to Judy Woodruff on NPR re the horrific Philadelphia Sex Abuse Scandal.

Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned in disgrace as Boston’s archbishop in 2002 after the priest sex abuse scandal exploded in the United States, has retired from his subsequent job as head of a major Roman basilica.

True Confessions?

 

 

Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.

Desmond Tutu

1787 – Guns Then and now

The Second Amendment was written in 1787

How much has the United States of America changed since 1787?

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The Second Amendment

NOW:

What is collusion?

 

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Cardinal Sins: Cardinal Burke

Cardinal Burke

Cardinal Burke

“Cardinal Raymond Burke is a 66-year-old guy who lives in Rome,

dresses like Queen Elizabeth,

and talks like someone who majored in misogyny at some bogus,

backwoods, Bible-banging tent school.”

( Mike Barnicle 2015 )

 

ROME – Despite widespread perceptions of animosity between Pope Francis and American Cardinal Raymond Burke, seen as the leader of the pope’s conservative opposition, the pontiff has declared in a new interview that “I do not see Cardinal Burke as an enemy.”

Francis also denied that the recent decision to send him to Guam to lead a canonical trial of an archbishop accused of sexually abusing minors was any kind of exile.

“Cardinal Burke was [in Guam] because of some terrible incidents there.

For that I’m very grateful to him, he’s an excellent lawyer, but I believe the assignment is almost completed,” the pope said.

Wait a Second, Amendment!

 

Shoot, no!

First, the easier it is to get a gun, the easier it is to make use of one.

Second, a violent act involving a gun is far more likely to result in fatalities or multiple casualties than a violent act involving some other type of weapon.

The notion, therefore, that there is no meaningful correlation between the nation’s relatively lenient gun control laws and the extent of the nation’s gun violence simply defies common sense. It also contradicts the empirical evidence.” NY TIMES”

The Second Amendment  was written in 1791. Relevant in 2017?  Hear a resounding ” No! “

It doesnt take a genius to compute: This was Written over 220 years ago 

(NOTE: was written before bullets and revolvers were invented)

adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights

States: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Such language has created considerable debate regarding the Amendment’s intended scope.

Michael Moore proposes:

PROPOSED 28th AMENDMENT TO THE US CONSTITUTION
“A well regulated State National Guard, being helpful to the safety and security of a State in times of need, along with the strictly regulated right of the people to keep and bear a limited number of non-automatic Arms for sport and hunting, with respect to the primary right of all people to be free from gun violence, this shall not be infringed.”

He continues:

I, Michael Moore, along with all who support an end to this epidemic of gun violence, propose a new Amendment to our Constitution that repeals the ancient and outdated 2nd Amendment

(which was written before bullets and revolvers were even invented),

and replaces it with a new 28th Amendment that guarantees States can have State militias (a.k.a. State National Guards which are made up of citizen-soldiers who are called upon in times of natural disasters or other State emergencies),

allows individuals to use guns for sport and gathering food, and guarantees everyone the right to be free of, and protected from, gun violence (i.e., the public’s safety comes ahead of an individual’s right to own and fire a gun).

 

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Mike and Cindy tell everyone their small arsenal of guns – are to protect their home. While they can’t quote the Second Amenedment – they are card carrying NRA members – who stand behind The Secondn Amendment.

Q.    What kind of guns were used pertaining to  the Bill of Right s was written  in 1791?

A.      Slow, methodical, front loading rifles.

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Catholic Bishops Alt Right or just all right?

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Lobbying Expenditures: $26,662,111 

The USCCB for years has lobbied in Washington, D.C., to make the hierarchy’s ultra-conservative stands on reproductive rights, marriage, school vouchers and other public policies the law for all to follow.

This year, the USCCB escalated its efforts in the “culture war” arena, forming the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.Led by Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, the committee seeks to:

  1. reduce Americans’ access to birth control,
  2. block efforts to expand marriage equality
  3. and ensure federal funding of church-affiliated social services, even if the services fail to meet government requirements.

The Alt Right Bishops have a $26 million Budget…and many opinions of their own…

How many Catholics will they offend and alienate?

American Catholics often disagree with the hierarchy’s stance on social issues, but the bishops’ clout in Washington, D.C., and the state legisla­tures is undeniable.

 

Spooky BLOG See Here

 

Wacky Woman Takes Quotes out of Context to debase famed Jesuit author Fr James Martin.

Another Very Spooky Site: Church Militant – shreds the truth and sheds darkness on reality.

 

The Washington Post Notes the Top 6 Points of the Pope’s Recent Document of Family Issues.

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