Blasphemous and Sacrileges communion


This is a part of an article written by  Rev. Thomas R. Collins a Catholic priest in the   service of the people of Virginia. It appeared in something called 

“Thus it is that we have witnessed Church leadership in a tailspin. It is no wonder, then, that on June 29, 1972, Pope Paul VI sadly noted that from some fissure, the smoke of Satan had entered the sanctuary of the Church. Note, for example, how the handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal has apparently been guided by expediency, rather than by integrity. At first, expediency seemed to demand that those who dared to “slander good priests” and to “create scandal” by reporting these serious sins be castigated and bullied into silence. But then, as the fear of the lawsuit did what the fear of the Lord was not allowed to do, those same “scandalmongers” and “slanderers” received apologies and were praised for their heroism. Note also how the compounding of sin by those same abusive unrepentant clergy was largely ignored.
Apparently the sacrilege of offering Mass and receiving Holy Communion in a state of serious unrepented sin by such abusive clergy has not been taken very seriously by the hierarchy. If it was, we would have had at least a month of Masses of reparation and serious reparational fasting. But, sadly, the impression that was given, guided by the demands of secularist expediency, that the desecration of the Blessed Sacrament is not to be considered a serious sin. As a consequence of this, is it any wonder that so many in the state of objectively serious unrepented sin feel free to follow the dictates of their sin-seared consciences, and approach the Eucharistic Christ with a sense of entitlement, rather than humble reverent gratitude.”

The whole article talks about the destruction of the Church and some of the reasons. The priest abuse scandal is just one of them but has had a ripple effects that so many people haven’t put together, realized, or even recognize as sin.

This past week in the Church we celebrated the Body and Blood of Christ.  What is the percentage of, “Catholics”, that truly believe the transubstantiation, that the bread and wine offerings truly become the body and blood of Christ? No priest or bishop or even the pope makes that happen…all we do is use the traditional words of Christ at the last supper to call down the Holy Spirit, (God), to change the elements of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. The scripture from the last supper: this is my body…this is my blood… Was Jesus lying?  How about, “unless you eat my body and drink my blood you have no life in you.”  

The point is that the molesting priests should have been fearful of having blasphemous and sacrileges communion. Apparently some were not.  People generally shall fear having blasphemous and sacrileges communion. Apparently they do not.

I know this seems like a tangent but it is not because all things are connected in the Church.  Molesting, by priests, of young people happened. These priests offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass happened. Their receiving blasphemous and sacrilegious communion happened.  Bishops covering up the whole sordid affair of molestation happened. Talk of blasphemous and sacrileges communion did not happen, at least not publicly.

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The Holy Spirit, Clergy sex abuse & the Ascension


In celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord it became painfully obvious to me something I already knew but never really, “KNEW”!  I got a new clarity, an, “Ah ha”, moment. I do not know why I didn’t have this before and I will be the first to admit that sometimes I’m a little slow on the uptake. So here it is.

Unless Jesus ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father Then the Holy Spirit would not come.  Okay…I got it so far.  The Holy Spirit, a.k.a the Paraclete,  a.k.a. the Advocate, a.k.a. the Counselor, and the third Person of the Trinity…is God.  Okay…I’ve got that too.  Just as Jesus sometimes was not listened to sometimes the Holy Spirit is not listened to…is in fact ignored.  For the record I have preached that.

As Catholic Christians we do believe that it is truly the Holy Spirit, God, guiding our Church in spite of sinful man. So I have told the people not to worry about all the crazy things you are hearing from some priests and bishops which seems to or actually do contradict the Church’s teachings. The three persons of the one God can not contradict one another because in actuality they are ONE GOD.  Okay, got it.

Now lets see that in action. If you are praying, for arguments sake, about what you can do to personally aid the, “poor”, in some way  and the answer you get is found a religion by breaking away from the Catholic Church or become an abortion escort you can believe that it is not the Holy Spirit telling you to do those things. It’s a spirit alright but not the Holy Spirit. Those actions contradict God and the scripture, tradition and the dogma of the Catholic Church. Remember demons are fallen angels and they are spirit too. We are commanded by the New Testament to test the spirit. If it is contradictory to the Church and to what God has already revealed then you can know it is not God, not the Holy Spirit.

Now to the meat of the matter; What part of the clergy sexual abuse scandal would God approve of? Would God approve of the sex acts and molestation and rapes themselves?  No.  Would he approve of these men being shuffled around within their own dioceses? No. Would God be okay with then being lent to other dioceses? No. How about covering the whole thing up, would God be on board with that? NO, NO, and NO again. Do all of those things fly in the face of the teaching of God and our deposit of faith? Yes.  Does all of this mean that the Holy Spirit is not in charge of the Church? NO! It means that the Holy Spirit, God, has been ignored.

And there is the sum of the issue…God has been ignored.

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Who knows?


When Pope Francis apologized recently to all the world and especially to the people of Chili for his unbelief regarding abuse there because of his lack of knowledge and bad advise my first thought, (sadly), was that is how the Church operates. Facts are not sought or gotten before decisions and/or statements are made.  This happened to many people I know who dealt with the Church and it happened to me.

The priest sexual scandal in Boston hit the news like a tsunami when I was a transitional deacon. It became the incessant talking point of every formation meeting we had in the seminary.  Having never dealt with my own abuse at the hands of a priest I became very depressed. Every paper, report or presentation I had was late.  I no longer showed up hours before morning prayer to say my Office of Readings and to pray the rosary. I eventually told the psychologist on staff about my own sexual abuse.  I had never told anyone. Telling her was not cathartic. Saying the words out loud made it real.

Of course my radical change in behavior was noticed by the formation team.  No one asked me what was going on, no one told me that my ordination to priesthood was in jeopardy…no one.  Assumptions were made about me that were so far from the truth that it was surreal. And decisions about my life were made based on that.  No one ever asked me what was going on in my life, (not that I would have told them).  Decisions were made about me based on nothing.  Not even the bishop inquired…talk about dysfunctional!

My point is that questions were not asked and should have been, facts were never sought, truth was not a care for any of people involved, and they happen to be members of the Church.

And here we have the Holy Father not given truthful or full reports and then making a pronouncement based on what he could not know because he was not told. He should be very angry.

One of the things that upsets me the most is when the truth does come out and still nothing is done.  No one acts on the truth.  Hats off to Pope Francis for his acknowledgement of truth in this situation.

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Bishop Cistone, the gay prostitute in Italy and active homosexual priests


Hang with me there will be two incidents that I will touch-on happening in two parts of the world.  The first is the pending scandal involving the homosexual, atheist prostitute in Italy and his dossier that includes many Roman Catholic Priests. And the Saginaw, Michigan priest sex scandal and cover-up that is about to explode.

First the homosexual, atheist prostitute. Even he, an atheist, sees the monumental hypocrisy of these gay priests, who have promised celibacy which implies chastity, paying for sex and also living a life of homosexual activity with one another. As the icing on this morally decaying cake he had a lot of trouble getting any bishop to acknowledge this filth when he came forward.  Coming forward would cost this prostitute business and still he is ignored by the bishops.  Charged with hating the Church and causing scandal. UNBELIEVABLE!

Now let’s jump from Italy to Michigan and the diocese of Saginaw.  Again it seems like it is involving homosexual priests. What part of chastity is so complicated that these men don’t understand it? I will try to help.  NO SEX!!!!  Maybe it is because I have very low energy but I think living a double life must be exhausting.

The diocese has said that they will fully cooperate with the police investigation. The police say that has not happened.   Now we have other male individuals coming forward with charges that other priests have been sexually inappropriate with them over the years.  Now that the widow is opened to let the fresh air and sunshine in all will be revealed…hopefully. What do the personnel files show?  Did the bishop know if his predecessors covered for priests with complaints of a sexual nature? Did Bishop Cistone cover for priests with complaints of a sexual nature?

This is from the revised edition of  Outlines of the Catholic Faith, it is applicable to all Catholics; “The theological virtue of Faith, a gift given by God, enables us to believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, including all that the Church teaches.”   Of course the people of the Church believe erroneous things because the clergy, including the bishops, do not teach the true faith or live that faith.

Cling to Him.

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Saginaw reaping what they sew


I had to ask myself recently; What year is this? Sexual abuse and the grooming of victims for sexual abuse is still going on in the Church in 2018? Why won’t the Church allow us to wake up from this nightmare?  Why hasn’t anything been done?  In the name of God What is happening to Christ’s church?

Every time that another priest or diocese or archdiocese is exposed for sexual abuse and the inevitable cover-up it is like being cut open by a flaming, hot knife.  I never knew Bishop Joseph Cistone as a bishop. I did have very little interaction with him in Philadelphia.  The only thing I do remember about him was he was not a warm and fuzzy person. This was sometime in the 90’s.  I do remember him telling seminarians that his father never missed a day of work even when he was ill.  I also remember thinking to myself; that is absolutely ridiculous. (Maybe he had a job that if you didn’t show up you didn’t get paid.)  I still thought it was kind of dumb and really nothing to be proud of or pattern your life after.

Maybe that is the genesis of allowing sexual abusers to work in your diocese. He is also accused of a cover-up, (big surprise), and was accused in the Grand Jury report done by the attorney generals office in Philadelphia of supervising the shredding of personnel  documents that the Grand Jury wanted to see. This was done at the behest of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua.

It is all so sad and depresses me a little. The Church will not let the wounds of all of us who were ever abused by a priest to be allowed to heal.  The wounds of the Church are not being allowed to heal either. God help us.

 

 

 

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Plagued by thoughts not of God


On Feb 23, 2018 2:02 AM, (I’m going to call her Svetlana), wrote:

When we talked, you wondered why I’m plagued by suicidal thoughts. The pain caused by Fr Jared and then the Chancery is never acknowledged.  Never addressed.  

No one in the Catholic Church is interested in truth or justice.
Then you all wonder why victims walk away.  The hypocrisy is too much to take.
No one is interested in healing. Just in making the problem “go away.”
That’s what pisses the Chancery off the most. I haven’t gone away.
How can they call me a Church hater, and all the other scapegoating names/accusations, if I won’t walk away?
There’s nothing Christ like in the situation.
No effort for healing by the Chancery.
Priests who see what’s happening and do nothing. “Maybe it will get better on its own if we just ignore the real issue,” seems to be the thinking.
And if I died, you’ll all wring your hands. “Gee, it’s a shame. If only there was something we could of done.”
Why is the suicide rate so high among victims?
I don’t believe that this is what Christ wants. Or condones. Especially by his Church.
Until the Church addresses true healing,  claiming itself a leader in how abuse cases are handled is total crap.
Wow! Another survivor of abuse… Such sobering words. It is sad thought to realize “I”, or “WE”, are not alone in our suffering due to inaction.  It makes you wonder why is it so hard to implement the words and attitude of God? Abuse, and more and different kinds of abuse, heaped on the suffering are not from God.  And we perpetually suffer.

 

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This is non-clergy sexual assault


“His left hand reaches around grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around. I felt ill. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.” Brendan Fraser on his experience of sexual assault.

And it happened when he was already an adult and also married.  No it wasn’t a priest. He goes on to talk about the depression that overwhelmed him for years…and he was an adult…and married…  “I felt like a little kid.”, so how do you think little kids feel?

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