I do believe that most bishops are liars


It is 10:58 p.m. EST which is late for me. (I try to be in bed at 8:00 or 9:00. I could not sleep, I had to write.  Today there was a deanery meeting and the minutes from the Deans meeting with the bishop were made available to the priests in our deanery.  They contained what I construe as a lie from the bishop. Maybe it is not a lie maybe it is just him living in his own world of rainbows and unicorns.  Whichever one it is it triggered me.

I do believe that most bishops are liars, in love with their power, (no matter how little of it they have), and of course money.  Then I really started to think about my bishop. He has pretty much lied to the priests and the faithful of the diocese from the very beginning.  At his installation he spoke some pretty words about helping those that have been abused.  Then nothing.

Fast forward. He responded to something in the paper that could only be called insensitive. (Boneheaded ) I honestly don’t even remember what it was.  However I do remember responding with a very strong but respectful letter to him.  The one thing I vividly remember writing was that what he said could be taken as petty and he’s not petty.  Fast forward…the letter ended up in the hands of the personnel director. At a meeting for a transfer. He started waving it around. He was trying to intimidate me. I would not back down not even in the face of his angry sarcasm.

Fast forward again. The bishop told me that his experience in Baltimore with the victims of sexual abuse by clergy made him understand…made him “get it”.  I told him that he doesn’t get it at all.

Fast forward again. The priests of the diocese were together, maybe for retreat, I don’t remember. I remember again being triggered.  This was after Pope Benedict XVI told all of us to stop blaming others for the sexual scandal because it was/is our problem. Did he mean the Catholic Church? That’s how I took it. The bishop and some nun began the tired, old song that the press was to blame. During a separate comment session I went first and chastised them both for doing the exact opposite of what the pope had said.

Fast forward. Again, other priests were present, the topic of the diocesan bankruptcy because of the possible compensation for victims came up. He stated that if he didn’t declare bankruptcy he would not be the bishop for very long.  Wow! That is more important? Wow!

This does not have anything to do with sexual abuse by the clergy but speaks volumes of his character. When abortion loving Joe Biden was vice-president he once came to the church where I was stationed.  I knew, let me say that again, knew I would not be backed or supported in any way by the bishop if I refused to give Mr. Biden the Eucharist, (body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ), if he came to communion. So I sat down and did not give communion out at all.  I called the bishops office and got the chancellor. I asked about communion for abortion proponents. He had to get beck to me.  The answer was that the bishop did not want to politicize the Eucharist. (It’s already politicized isn’t it?)

 

(I would never kill myself so if I end up dead it was murder.)

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Bishops Strickland and Daly, the fight for light


The dark seems to be giving the light a run for its money.  The Church in the USA more specifically. A lot of the bishops have let the darkness of active homosexual clergy and/or supporters of that lifestyle, including bishops themselves, to run amok in there dioceses.  Bishop Joseph Strickland and Bishop Thomas Daly are trying desperately to work with the light of Christ in their dioceses and with the bishops of the USA. Fighting along with God bodes well for them. Fighting against Rome, the homosexuals, the homosexual life style supporters and some of the members of the USA bishops conference could be clerical suicide.  

Just today, November 15, 2018, I was asked if the current pontiff was the Satan.  She confused what a commentator had said. I assured her he was not Satan but a lot of his decisions and talking points are satanic because they go against God. That is what the commentator was saying.  How bad do things in the Church have to be for someone to seriously believe that Satan is the pope? She did believe it.  I can’t blame her. Things in the Church look bleak.  I remind myself that this must be what it was like living through the Protestant Reformation…bleak.

Where is all of this going? Only God knows. I wish I did know but I don’t. The only thing I do know is God needs to be number one in our lives. Heaven and earth may pass away but my words will not pass away. That is pretty clear.

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RICO, clergy abuse, U.S. Catholic Church


This is from Tuesday’s office of readings; “From the pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world of the Second Vatican Council”.  It says “Indeed, it is the duty of all God’s people, with bishops giving the lead by word and example, to do all in their power to relieve the suffering of our times,…” Okay, I get that it is about physical poverty but what about spiritual poverty?  Have the bishops been lax in relieving suffering? In fact haven’t they aided and abided evil sometimes even causing suffering? Young people, seminarians and others, when there is a very large power differential, have been made to suffer even by bishops. Instead of relieving suffering the bishops caused it.  The same can be said for all of the bishops who cooperated with the evil of clergy abuse.  You know the cry from them is, ‘we didn’t know, we were told they could be cured.’  But what happened to non-clergy who abused, were they moved around, were they disciplined or were they fired?

This is from the same reading: “This scandal must be removed from among men, for the glory of Christ’s Church and its testimony to the world are the spirit of poverty and the spirit of love.”  Once again I understand that this was written about the physical poverty in the world but it really does apply to the current sex scandal both the fact that it happened and should never have and the way victims and their families have been treated by the men in the Church. Christ’s love in the handling of this scandal has been sorely lacking.

There are a plethora of people in the Church, laity, bemoaning hearing about this scandal again and they cannot connect this sin with themselves. The sin does effect all of us. The people who are griping today had parent’s and grandparent’s who sacrificed mightily to build these edifices that could very possibly be taken by the government.

I might have a different attitude regarding clergy abuse if I hadn’t been abused. If the federal investigations into the Church sex scandal in the USA rise to the level of RICO violations the Church in the USA could loose its tax exempt status and could also have all of its assets seized.  I say good, you reap what you sew. Of course this will effect me in ways unseen and it could be very unpleasant.  So be it.  (I can say that now because it’s only in theory.  Actuality may be different.)  All of this will probably get worse.  Remember that the bad stuff is not from God. We need to cling to God.

 

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RICO, Abuse, You reap what you sew.


It does seem like the Church in the United States is/will be under federal investigation for violation of RICO statutes stemming from all of the sexual abuse by priests and the subsequent coverup by bishops and their staffs.

You reap what you sew.

 

(For the record this does feel like a kick in the head to me, not the RICO investigation but the sexual abuse aspect.)

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Darkness will never win


Darkness versus Light.  Even though it does seem that in our present age that darkness has not only infiltrated every corner of the world; political, religious, social but that darkness is winning.  Darkness will never win, God will not allow Darkness to win. Since God is the burning light of truth it will always be the truth, the light, that wins.

As I often tell parishioners, we may not see it in our lifetimes but God always wins. It does often seem that we are on the precipice of disaster but then we must define disaster.  Is it a disaster that currently eight states; New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Vermont, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Nebraska and New Mexico are calling for investigations of the Catholic Church and the cover-ups involving sex abuse? I think it is God shining light in the darkness.  Is it a disaster that a group of wealthy Catholics is bankrolling a study of the cardinals from around the world to see how involved they are in corruption and cover-ups of sexual abuse…how many have turned a blind eye to actively homosexual clergy?   I think it is God shining light in the darkness. There are myriads of examples and some of them have bishops and clergy running scared.  Is that a disaster? I don’t think so. I think it is God shining light in the darkness. 

When we, the ordained, we are  lowly deacons, (said tongue firmly in cheek), we knew that we would have to commit to being celibate for the rest of our lives.  What does that mean? It means we won’t marry.  Along with celibacy is chastity, no genital sexual expression, with anyone…ever.

It is very different for a priest to fall as he’s struggling with chastity but something completely different to disregard celibacy/chastity and live a double life both embracing some sort of sexual expression with another and projecting that you are living the single solitary life of a priest. The two cannot be reconciled.  It does not matter if it is a woman or a man, it is not allowed.  (Ignoring that sexual expression between men is disavowed by the Church, as is any sexual expression between an unmarried man and woman.) If the ‘fall’ is with someone underage then it too is a monumental problem.

Is the the next scandal, priests, their concubines along with their illegitimate spawn????  The light will win! The truth will win! God will win, God always does.

 

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immigration and climate change will never be more important than the homosexual predation by clergy in the Catholic Church


There are some people in the laity that are acting very much like the bishops.  When I say that I mean that they choose to be tone deaf and operate from that tone deaf consciousness. When children don’t want to hear something they put their fingers in there ears and keep repeating la, la, la, la, la, la loudly. Or you can use as your example the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand.  They are ways to avoid the current ugly reality of homosexual clergy abuse in the Church at this time.

This is the biggest scandal in our Church since the protestant reformation. As of today there are 10 states in the USA with attorney generals who want an investigation of diocese and or archdiocese to determine the extent of sexual abuse and cover-up in their states. TEN. Pennsylvania has already done an investigation, so make it 11.

What is it that a lot of bishops, archbishops and cardinal archbishops want? They want for everyone to stop talking about it so it will fade away and then they can get back to business as usual.  Contrary to what Blaise Cardinal Cupich will tell anyone who will listen; immigration and climate change will never be more important than the homosexual predation by clergy in the Catholic Church. I am sure that the victims of such men are insulted by his saying so.

Some laity and bishops are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’ Since the clergy will not clean up this mess it is up to the laity. I take no comfort in people who do not listen, do not understand and do not grasp the gravity of this situation. They are singing one of Zion’s songs to their captures.

It has been suggested that people will stop going to church if this is talked about continuously. My response; SO.  If you are not at mass for the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ in the Eucharist then you are wasting your time and if you are there for the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ in the Eucharist then you would never give that up.

Like every scandal that has ever engulphed the Church this one too will pass and like all the other scandals this one will not engulph the Church totally. Maybe this is God’s way to separate the chaff from the wheat. Move abusers around you are chaff. Sexually abuse others you are chaff. Habitually break your promise or vow of celibacy which implies chastity you are chaff. Leave the one true Church over this scandal or speaking about this scandal you are chaff.  Chaff is gathered and burned.  Don’t be chaff.

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God judges intention of the heart so there is no darkness


…”He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and manifest the intentions of hearts.” That is from St. Paul to the Corinthians.  WE HAVE BEEN WARNED. The intention of hearts part is scary.  I met Archbishop McCarrick on several occasions. He was very charming. I have no money to promise him, so he wasn’t trying to charm money out of my bank account. My good looks have long since faded, so it is unlikely that he was trying to charm me into his bed. There is nothing that I have that he could ever possibly want.  Is his being charming a habit formed by all of his secret, and not so secret, desires for money and sex?   Can being charming become habit?

God judges intention. I know from dealing with my own bishop and his predecessor that words, like honey, can drip from their lips but they, at least with some priests, mean something totally different than what they say, or say things that betray their tone deafness or worse, in my opinion, ignorance.

It has been my experience that contrary to the New Testament; priests, bishops, archbishops, cardinal archbishops suck-up to the wealthy and/or famous and do treat them in a different way. I was once told by a layman to find out who are the wealthy people in the parish and become friends with them. Wow, a layman sees that as normal operating procedure for clergy.  Does the rest of the world think that? Maybe I am tone-deaf.

You don’t get to places of power and authority without being adept at playing ‘the game’. This is as true in the Church as it is in the business world. Sociopaths? Psychopaths? They play the game really well.  They often get positions of power.

Therein lies the problem.  If consequences for my actions do not matter to me and I never have any remorse for the bad things I do then I can move predatory priests around, I can molest children, seminarians and other men without worry. “You are my friends, says the Lord, if you do what I command you.”    These people ARE NOT friends of God.

In the breviary Psalm 37 is summed up in this manner…The lot of the wicked and the good. Then it quotes Matthew 5:5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.’  Meek, not haughty or arrogant but meek. Where are those men? We need smart and meek.

 

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