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“No No on Vigano and Sal of San Francisco”

AB Viganò has a very checkered history when it comes to sex abuse in the church. 

When AB John Nienstedt, the former head/ Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul ( a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage)  was accused of mishandling sexual abuse claims…  Viganò, w (the pope’s representative to the United States) used HIS office to quash an inquiry into the allegations once investigators discovered charges of Sexual Misconduct against  Nienstedt, who eventually resigned.

Bad Boy/Mean Man

Viganò’s  hostility toward Pope Francis, noting that the Pope recalled the AB from his post in 2016.

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

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.

 

From America Magazine : Cupich and Tobin – the Voices of Reason

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Cardinal Cupich released a statement on Sunday calling the letter “astonishing” and correcting what he said are factual errors. He points to Archbishop Viganò’s claim that he was appointed to the Vatican body that chooses bishops “right after he was made a cardinal,” but notes he was appointed to the Congregation for Bishops in July 2016 and that he was not named a cardinal until October. He called for a “thorough vetting” of the claims made in the letter.

Cardinal Tobin also discounted the allegations in the letter, saying in a statement on Aug. 27 that they “cannot be understood as contributing to the healing of survivors of sexual abuse.”

The statement said the letter is filled with “factual errors, innuendo and fearful ideology.” It said the church pledges to “move ahead resolutely” in its efforts to protect children and to break down the “structures and culture that enable abuse.”

Sal in San Francisco is in bed – as it were- with Vigano.

Cordileone Says: “Moreover, while having no privileged information about the Archbishop McCarrick situation, from information

I do have about a very few of the other statements Archbishop Viganò makes,

I can confirm that they are true.

His statements, therefore, must be taken seriously.”

Really?

 

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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!”

Sal in San Francisco shows his true colors: in bed with Vigano

Salvatore J. Cordileone Archbishop arrived in San Francisco

on the coat tails of  an arrest for Driving Under the Influence. There was much talk.

Shortly thereafter, he was in the crosshairs of the press and parishoners when he

came down heavy on the LGBTQ community and teachers at Catholic Schools:

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – More than 350 teachers in high schools administrated by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco signed a letter urging Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to drop proposed morality clauses from the teacher handbook.

According to organizers, 80 percent of the faculty and staff at the affected schools signed the letter. Organizers said they received signatures from 126 teachers and staff from Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, 87 from Serra High School in San Mateo, 74 at Archbishop Riordan and 68 at Marin Catholic.

Later on, a first in Catholic SF circles –  a full page ad was taken out in the San Francisco Chronicle:

 

“Archbishop Cordileone has fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance,” declares a full-page advertisement in today’s edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. “The Archdiocese of San Francisco is threatened by Archbishop Cordileone’s single-issue agenda and cannot survive, let alone thrive and grow under his supervision.”

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Now the controversial archbishop steps in it again as he aligns himself with his good pal, Archbishop Vigano – both attack Pope Francis and call for his resignation.Vigano was once the  papal ambassador, or nuncio, in the United States, he  sided with  very Conservative Culture Warriors and used his role in naming new bishops to put staunch conservatives: Sal Cordileone in San Francisco, Denver and Baltimore.

They who are Vouching for Viganò

Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco, Bishop Vann of Diocese of Orange, and Bishop Olmstead of Phoenix all released statements describing Archbishop Viganò as man of “integrity and truthfulness.” Really?

But Vigano found himself”iced out” after the election of Pope Francis.

Known for his ego, short temper and ambition, Archbishop Viganò has clashed with his many superiors who stunted his “ascent” in the church.

Vigano  has he has played a key role in some of the most stunning Vatican scandals of recent times.

Cordileone Says: “Moreover, while having no privileged information about the Archbishop McCarrick situation, from information

I do have about a very few of the other statements Archbishop Viganò makes,

I can confirm that they are true.

His statements, therefore, must be taken seriously.”

Really?

 

 

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.

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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.

Happy 2018 – The Pope says:

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This life will go by fast.

Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much.

Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.

Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money.

Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don’t save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.

So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect…look…

Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.

So take this challenge that is life and do it now…love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen.

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.

Top 20 Life Tips – Pope Francis

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A Gentle Reminder

From Pope Francis

This life will go by fast.

Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much. 

Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.

Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money.

Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don’t save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.

So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect…look…

Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.

So take this challenge that is life and do it now…love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen.

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Divorced Catholics: receive Communion?

photo_3447_20070927If all Divorced Catholics in the USA lined up…

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Oh, wait!

They already do…

 

Thousands of divorced Catholics line up for Communion each Sunday…

 

...Pope Francis finds himself in a daunting position.

His “immediate predecessors”  from Paul VI to Benedict XVI, seemed to lock the church into a series of positions—on divorce, contraception, sexuality, the celibate priesthood, the ordination of women, and homosexuality—

that are at hugely radical variance with the beliefs and practices of the majority of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics…so there. Amen.

 

The New Yorker

SEE:  OCTOBER 13, 2014
A Bombshell Document at the Vatican Synod
BY ALEXANDER STILLE

The Red Hat Society in Rome…a reminder?

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Blame it on the Boss in Roma

Only  FIFTEEN Women

Sr Mary Luke Tobin was at Vatican Two

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Sister Mary Luke Tobin (May 16, 1908 – August 24, 2006) was an American Roman Catholic nun and one of only 15 women auditors invited to the Second Vatican Council, and the only American woman of the three women religious permitted to participate on the Council’s planning commissions.

One of 15 women – she commented:

The L. C. W. R. report also described the conditions contributing to the alienation of women from church and society and their consequent need of reconciliation with both groups. Let me outline briefly some of the alienating factors described in the report:

1. Patriarchy has been a prime concept for the perception and organization of reality. Patriarchy as a worldview of its very nature assumes the alienation of women. It places the male in the center of reality and makes the masculine normative.

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