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Que sera Sarah? Cardinal Sins…


Cardinal Sarah is not funny…

Lifted from The National Catholic Reporter

“The Guinea native also appealed to all priests around the world to return to the pre-Vatican II custom of celebrating Mass versus orientem (facing East), or what is often called “priest with his back to the people”.


“This is a liturgical hot potato that the 79-year-old Francis had sought to avoid. In fact, he appointed Cardinal Sarah to his current job precisely in order to keep the peace with the neo-Tridentinists — a small, but well-organized, well-funded and extremely vocal group that gained prominence disproportionate to its numbers under Benedict XVI. It has been lukewarm (to say the least!) towards the current pope.”


What He Said: 

Cardinal Sarah – He went as far as to say the dismantling of “the church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality and the human person” through the legalization of such things as same-sex marriage was just as horrible as the “merciless beheadings, futile bombings of churches, torching of orphanages and ruthless expulsions of entire families” that take place in other countries.

If that were not bad enough, Cardinal Sarah has also shown unwillingness to comply with even some of the simplest tasks related to his day job.”

Someone may turn his back on Sarah quite soon…

Slipped From National  Catholics Reporter



Cardinal (Dolan) Sins: Vanity 101

photop-eacock Cardinal Dolan never met a camera

or a microphone he didn’t like…


Never Speechless


Catholic New York

(his own personal blog?)

ran sixteen (16) photos of Dolan

this week

See: Always on the Lookout:  Cardinal Dolan



“An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this: look at the peacock;

it’s beautiful if you look at it from the front.

But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth…

Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity

has huge misery hiding inside them.”   Pope Francis

Handpainted peace sign in dripping colors

Levada: No sister will lose her job …oh, brother!

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Levada says, “No sister will lose her job 
in teaching or charitable work or hospital work as a result of this assessment…as far as I know.” 
(Uh-oh, What about all of the other Sisters?)

NCR Interview – John L Allen Jr interview Cardinal Wm Levada

( Excerpts)

Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Vatican’s ultra-powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is a devoted disciple of his boss and mentor, Pope Benedict XVI (86), in virtually every way save one. While the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a celebrity as a Vatican official, Levada, who turns 76 today, keeps a much lower profile, preferring to operate behind the scenes.

One theory for why you’re acting now is that you’re worried about property. Specifically, the charge is that the hierarchy wants to assert control over the real estate and other assets controlled by women’s congregations before they walk away with it. Can you respond to that?

Matters of property are not the responsibility of this office. Church law does say that for “alienation of property,” you’re supposed to have approval of the Holy See, though sometimes that’s more honored in the breach than the observance. But such questions are not our competency.

In general, I think the religious orders have a moral obligation, if they’ve got property and wealth on their hands, to do the right thing with it, to be sure that it goes to educational and charitable works in accord with the intentions of the donors.

Certainly, our congregation won’t be in charge of it.

So concern about property had nothing to do with the doctrinal assessment?

Absolutely not.

You said a moment ago that this is not about “the sisters,” but LCWR. Yet looking at recent events, including the apostolic visitation of women’s orders in the States, the LCWR crackdown and the notification on Sr. Margaret Farley, many people can’t help concluding that there is a broad attack underway on nuns in America.

I’ve read some articles along those lines, but it’s just not the case. These things take a lot of time, and they all have their own logic. For instance, we didn’t just wake up one day and say, “Let’s go after Margaret Farley.” Frankly, this came up because of an interview she gave in Ireland. She was there for a conference, and said something along the lines that Ireland ought to approve same-sex marriage. Someone in Ireland objected, asking, “Why is this sister coming from the States and pushing same-sex marriage?” We wrote to her superior and got a vague response about how she’s a wonderful person who enjoys great esteem.

That’s how Margaret Farley came onto our radar screen. It had nothing to do with the LCWR. We then found [her book] Just Love, read the reviews, and the process developed from there.

I don’t see any conspiracy. All of us as Catholics have responsibilities, but especially bishops, priests and religious, to speak the good word that is the faith of the church, which is that God is revealed through Jesus Christ.

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We have nothing to say about the “Gospel according to Maureen Dowd,” of course, but Margaret Farley is a woman who represents the church.


Dowd intimidates Rome by calling a spade a spade.

Cardinal Levada faces accusations/ sex abuse.

Speaking of Property 

Where are Cardinal Levada’s condominiums?

Hawaii and Southern Californa…and…


From Cafeteria Catholic to Anna Quindlen Catholic

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  Are you changing pews?

Best selling writer, Anna Quindlen, spoke to Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air on

April 23, 2012 about her book, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Of the many topics discussed during the interview:

Leaving The Catholic Church

“…In Lots of Candles, Quindlen frankly describes …. her reasoning for recently leaving the Catholic Church:

“The pedophilia scandals, the church’s reaction to them, and their constant obsession with gynecology — taken together at a certain point, it was probably two or three years ago, I said, ‘Enough,’ ” she says. “Every time I sit in the pew I ratify this behavior, and I’m not going to ratify it anymore.”

Quindlen says she realizes that she doesn’t need a service or Mass to get what she needs out of her faith.

“I think not going anymore made me realize how much of the good had been imprinted deep inside me, and how much of the rest I didn’t need,” she says. “I don’t have to listen to the Gospel on Sunday to know the stories of the New Testament. They inform so much of what I write that they’re practically like a news scrim that goes through my brain 24/7. And I don’t have to listen to a sermon to know what to think or feel about them. It’s almost as if I absorbed completely what mattered most to me, and the rest could go.”

But Quindlen says she still relies on her faith.

“I still walk around some mornings and look at the world and think, ‘Oh my God. This is so fantastic, and there’s so many opportunities to do good and to be happy,’ ” she says. “And I think that comes from some deep-faith place that started in religion and now transcends it.”



And I say:

The Old Boys Network in Rome

The Red Hat Society in Rome doesn’t care about me,

my mother, sisters, daughters, girl cousins or,

really, any of the Catholic Women in America.

We are not invited…included…involved.

We are the legions of women who volunteer, show up, answer the phones, pick up the clutter, administer to the sick, clean and decorate their parish churches, who distribute ashes and communion, who organize, support, give to …

who never have been, never will be – are never invited to the party.


The Old Boys Can Have Their  Roman Holiday


Legions of Ladies are Leaving

At first we were Cafeteria Catholics... we slid our trays around Church teachings, the past Pope’s inane or egregious edicts…  we picked – we selected – we decided what facets of the Church teachings and proclamations from Rome to ignore.

 Year after year, week after week, we bowed our heads and now open our eyes –

and loudly acknowledge, we are even more dis-heartened and disillusioned.

Do we turn away and become Anna Quindlen Catholics?


Many of us were Baptized, had our First Communions, were Confirmed and married in the same parish church.

We attended Catholic school and, at home, peppered our sentences with,   “Yeah, but, Sister said…”

In college, we dramatically “Fell away from the Church”  code for: We didn’t go to Sunday Mass, we skipped confession, took the Pill, and paid no heed to the old guys in dresses in Rome.

With marriage and kids, some of us circled around, looking again at the Church seeking out a smarter, hipper parish. A Herculean task.

Some of us paid the big bucks and sent our kids to Catholic school and eventually, watched them  ‘fall away.’

Guilty of highly deliberate mythmaking

Floods of news articles about Catholic priests and the pedophile scandal tainted the Church. Could it be true?  Daily stories about The Papal Attack on Women Religious sicken and dis-hearten us.

Ratzinger’s good friend, Levada in Portland and Mahoney of Los Angeles, knowingly turned a blind eye. Law in Boston, an egregious offender, hid behind his cassock – in full denial- while the list of the abused burgeoned. Cardninal Sins.

Rome looked the other way.

Websites with the names, dates, and parishes of the pedophiles multiplied.

Again, Rome looked away, looked around, would not admit fault in the ranks… although tens of thousands enraged Catholics protested.

And, we are Falling Away Again


“Every time I sit in the pew I ratify this behavior, and I’m not going to ratify it anymore.”

Anna Quindlen

Will we see Pink Smoke over the Vatican?

On the Rode again – a Cardinal sin?


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Cardinal Franc Rodé, head of the Vatican office overseeing religious orders, said he requested an apostolic visitation of women’s religious orders in the United States to help the sisters and to respond to concerns for their welfare.

“This apostolic visitation hopes to encourage vocations and assure a better future for women religious,” the cardinal said in a statement released Nov. 3 by the Vatican.

Cardinal Rodé, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said his statement was in response to “many news accounts” and inquiries about the visitation, which was announced in January.

imagesArchbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York posted an article on his blog Oct. 29 listing what he called examples of anti-Catholicism in The New York Times, including an Oct. 21 column regarding the apostolic visitation.

Calling the column by Maureen Dowd “intemperate and scurrilous,” Archbishop Dolan said the investigation of U.S. women religious “is well worth discussing and hardly exempt from legitimate questioning,” but he objected to the writer using “every anti-Catholic caricature possible” to illustrate her point that the nuns are being picked on by the Vatican.

What does Maureen Dowd of the New York Times say? Plenty!

What can you do? Write to your Bishop and tell him how you feel about the                                way the Sisters are being mistreated.

Start a petition at your Parish. Step up – make a difference.


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