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In progressive Madison WI, @BishopMorlino’s Diocese is truly Catholic & converts come with joy to Truth

1 April 2013

 

For Catholics, Easter Mass is perfect time to welcome new members

March 31, 2013 7:00 am • DOUG ERICKSON | Wisconsin State Journal | derickson@madison.com |

Raised agnostic, Aria Cabot figures she set foot in a church fewer than 20 times growing up.

Recent Catholic convert Aria Cabot, 29, is pictured before a Holy Thursday Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Madison.

For her undergraduate degree, she chose Smith College, a “progressive, feminist” school, as she puts it, in Northampton, Mass.

That’s why some of her friends are now a bit puzzled. “They say, ‘Whoa, I didn’t expect this from you,’” said Cabot, 29, a graduate student at UW-Madison.

This weekend, Cabot is joining the Catholic Church. In the Catholic tradition, adult converts are welcomed every year at Easter, a time of rebirth and renewal for all Christians as they mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his crucifixion.

“From earliest times, this has always been the most appropriate and best time to bring people into this new life in Christ, because this is the moment of him rising from the grave to share his life with us,” said Marc Laudonio, director of evangelization and catechesis for the Cathedral Parish, three merged Catholic congregations in Downtown Madison.

Cabot is among 16 adults joining the Cathedral Parish and among about 320 joining the Catholic Church in the 11-county Madison Catholic Diocese this Easter, said Brent King, diocesan spokesman.

Their conversions come as Pope Francis calls for greater church outreach to non-Catholics, and as studies show more adults in the U.S. leave the Catholic Church each year than join it.
Feeling a pull

Cabot said she was “definitely not a believer” growing up, yet she had a curiosity about religion and was always a little envious of people of faith — the certainty of their beliefs and the warmth of their community.

She attended Mass a few times as a youngster with her Italian-American grandmother, memories she holds dear. While studying and working for five years in Italy in her mid-20s, she visited the Vatican several times and felt a strong pull.

Yet she didn’t know quite what to do about it. She felt “unworthy of God’s grace,” she said, after years of not actively seeking it.

“So I kept waiting for there to be a reason to pursue Catholicism, an impetus,” she said. “I finally decided I didn’t need one.”

Since August, Cabot and her 15 fellow converts have been attending weekly preparation classes. They’ve learned big-picture things, like the major themes of the Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and more nuts-and-bolts things, like when to kneel at Mass and how to approach the act of confession.

Varied backgrounds

Patricia Hernandez, with her husband, Cipriano, does crafts with daughters Analise, 4 and Abigail, 8, at the Madison Children’s Museum. The husband and wife are two of the 16 adult converts being welcomed into the Catholic fold this Easter weekend at the Cathedral Parish of Downtown Madison.

Of the 16 adults, five, including Cabot and Patricia Hernandez, were never baptized in any faith.

Hernandez, 31, a nursing student at Madison Area Technical College, said she grew up “a Catholic believer” and attended Mass on Sundays, yet she was never baptized.

She stopped going to church as a teen due to “friends, hanging out, misbehaving,” but now wants to raise her three children in the faith.

“They had so many questions for me that I couldn’t answer,” she said.

Six of the 16 were baptized Catholic but never confirmed in the faith, including Hernandez’s husband, Cipriano, 39, a factory worker. The couple’s three children also will be baptized this weekend.

Members of Madison's Catholic community, including recent convert Sean Stephenson, center, participate in a Holy Thursday Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

The final five were baptized in other Christian denominations and are switching to Catholicism. That group includes Sean Stephenson, 33, a lobbyist at the state Capitol.

He was baptized in a Protestant denomination but grew disappointed in what he considered its watered-down theology. He recalled one Christmas service where a “Jeopardy”-like game show replaced the sermon. That would never happen at a Catholic Mass, he said.

“The focus is completely on Jesus Christ and his love,” he said.

Stephenson became familiar with the church through his girlfriend, who is Catholic, but he said his conversion was an independent act. Three others of the 16 also have a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend who is Catholic, but all said their romantic relationships were not the primary motivation.

Against the grain

Converting to Catholicism as an adult is not a common path.

A 2009 study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that one in 10 American adults (10.1 percent) left the Catholic Church after having been raised Catholic, while only 2.6 percent of adults have become Catholics after having been raised something else.

As more people switch faiths or become religiously unaffiliated, Catholicism is the biggest net loser, the study found. Overall, the number of Catholics dropped 5 percent nationally and 16 percent in Wisconsin between 2000 and 2010, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies reported last year.

Many Catholics hope Francis’s focus on spreading the gospel will turn those numbers around. He already has urged cardinals “to find new ways to bring evangelization to the ends of the Earth.”

Both Stephenson and Cabot said they now feel they were Catholic all along — they just didn’t know it.

“I worried it was going to be a battle within myself,” Cabot said. “But it was more a case of coming to know my views better, not altering them. I’m a little more conservative than I thought.”

At an Easter Mass on Saturday night at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madison, Cabot was to be baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church and participate in her first communion as a Catholic. She was to receive a gift of a baptismal candle, signifying the light of Christ that now illuminates her.

Photos by John Hart and Amber Arnold Wisconsin State Journal


We ALL have “TRIGGERS”, don’t we?

3 August 2012

Posted by Sofia Guerra
August 3, 2012 A.D.

I think I’m really weird… instead of reading about the holy things the Saints have said and done, I am always drawn to the fact that almost all of them had suffering in more than just the physical.

I found it comforting and helpful when I read how Saint Therese suffered emotionally as a young girl, even to the point of being bedridden. When I read “Dark Night of the Soul” by Saint John of the Cross I knew my brother in Christ had deep, deep emotional issues with his spiritual afflictions. The list goes on and on…

Show me a Saint and I’ll show you a human being with frailties, doubts, and yes, even mental health issues. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they all suffered with mental illness, but looking at their writings it is obvious there were some. In my humble opinion, I am saying that their suffering, particular in the spiritual realm almost always had an emotional issue to go with it.

I have always criticized those professionals in the mental health industry (yes, it is that) that ignored the treatment of the soul along with the treatment of the mind. In that light, if we look at most Saints as being born perfect and holy, we are kidding ourselves. The job of the Church is to get us to Heaven, to help us all become Saints.

Two of my secret favorite Saints are Dismas and Mary Magdalen. Why? They were truly flawed human beings. Like myself, they chose a path for self-fulfillment in spite of the soul’s yearning to bond with God.It wasn’t until the last minutes of Dismas’ life did he trust his soul’s whispers and allowed God to bring it together with his mind and his body (suffering) to recognize and be humble before Him.

Likewise, Mary Magdalen was considered a social outcast and was even an object of the mob deciding she deserved death from stoning. When Our Lord defended her with His simple “those without sin” instruction, she looked at Him and He was revealed in her eyes as Lord. I always thought that was a precursor to the “Road to Emmaus” and that they recognized Him “in the breaking of the Bread”. Although Mary Magdalen’s sins were the object of her being ridiculed and judged, Our Lord still revealed Himself after He rose from the dead first to HER… not to Peter nor John or even his Mother first…but to a woman considered to be a terrible sinner. She is called the greatest penitent of the Church and Christ chose her to be the first to witness the miracle of all miracles, His Resurrection.

With that in mind, I always felt hope after reflecting on the weaknesses of the Saints in their journey towards Sainthood. I know myself that my weaknesses and sins have always had a trigger… a button that would be pushed, to which I would respond angrily and usually without charity. I used to think, did the Saints have this problem? I guess we could look to Saint Peter before Pentecost for that answer… Hmmm, Christ picked him to be His first Pope and truthfully, it doesn’t seem to make sense, given Peter’s shortcomings and self-indulgence until we learn the story of Peter after Pentecost.

Similarly, we see Saint Therese in her youth having many “triggers” which brought on crying spells and eventually almost a catatonic state which the doctor felt could end her life. Then, as her soul yearned for God, in spite of her emotional sickness, the mind and body responded to the miracle of “Our Lady of the Smile”. (please read “A Story of a Soul” Saint Therese’s autobiography) The soul reached out to the Lord who created it in His image and likeness and the mind and body were healed…

I have triggers also. Usually, it has been family or fprmer friends who spoke to me like I’m stupid or assume that I like being a human doormat. The problem is that I always felt as if I am doing something to invite that kind of behavior. I realize now that I was not inviting their bad behavior but I allowed it. I was always concerned with whether or not “they” will be angry with me. Why would they be angry when I was usually doing something FOR them. Silly, isn’t it?

Years of accepting this behavior from both family and friends did nothing more than make me angry and resentful. As a result, everytime there was a trigger I (even something innocent from those family and friends who did not do this to me) I struck back with anger and a sin against charity. Stupid? Maybe so… A little nutty? Definitely.

The response would have been to pray, think and then respond. Allowing those who said they loved me to trigger this behavior was the problem. I WAS RESPONSIBLE. That is hard to accept and to understand but necessary to live a holy life and a healthy emotional life. Easier said than done. After much prayer and a gentle intervention from someone who has become very close to me, I realized the root of my response to the triggers was not being able to say no with the same understanding as saying yes.

Sometimes, saying NO can be the best thing you can do for other people as well as yourself. We must always say YES to God, but only Him. If we say yes to a friend who wants to do something unethical, would that be acceptable? Of course not and it would also be a sin of commission at the very least. The way to learn how to say no and have the person feel good about it is the ultimate goal, don’t you think? This is tricky business. Only the Holy Spirit can give us the Wisdom how to do that.

Lisa Graas and I started out our friendship when she responded to me concerning my lack of charity in a blogpost which I had written. She didn’t judge, she didn’t scold, and she didn’t criticize. She reached out in charity and used her God-given maternal gifts to gently correct me with an alternative. She taught me how to use charity and humility to fraternally correct someone. I am so grateful to her and from that day she has been a source of inspiration to me. She has loved me unconditionally and when I slip and rant like crazy, she uses humor and charity to help me.

I have not being diagnosed with mental illness but my own emotional battles help me to empathize with those who have been diagnosed. Physical illness is easy to understand, because it is corporal. It’s tangible. Most of the time we can see it, or sometimes touch it but with mental illness it is at the very best elusive and hard to put your finger on it. I didn’t know in the beginning of her battle with bipolar disorder. I know now and nothing changes, it makes me love her more. I study as much as I can about it so I can be of some help. Most of all, I just love her and pray for her. I am there for her when she needs it. Usually though, I am the one that needs her help as we all have our issues.

Lisa has been bullied for defending Holy Mother church and Her Teachings. Ironically, she has been accused of being a bully and a liar(laughable)in the Catholic blogosphere by other Catholics in particular. The anti-God/anti-Catholic & Christian trolls who support the Catholic bloggers do it just to push their twisted agenda by piling on whomever is being attacked. Nice, isn’t it? Are the Catholic bloggers who do this realize the can of worms they are opening inviting these people to pile on?

Why would someone who purports to be a Catholic blogger do this? The answer is simple. The drive to be on the “A-list” of Catholic Bloggers distorts what being a Catholic blogger means. I saw this behavior on the speaking circuit when years ago I was close friends with the “A-list”. I was always invited to the speaking engagements by the “A-list” because I was funny. I would entertain the speakers at the after parties. Yup, the after parties…

The “A-list” were usually good people who loved being Catholic and loved making a living talking about being Catholic. That’s a good thing. The bad thing is when they considered themselves the “A-list”. Then, it’s over. In fact, I stopped going when invited to the conferences and Rosary Congress events when I was told how lucky I was by one speaker that I was there with the “A” list. I looked at her and told her that I wasn’t lucky I was blessed. That was the last time I accepted an invitation.

Today’s “A list” * comes from the Catholic blogosphere. There is definitely an “A-list”. No matter what they write (even if it’s an area where they have no training or expertise) they are adored by the lay Catholic in the pews. This Catholic will be rude to anyone who dares to disagree with this “A-lister” in their combox or dares to write about it on their own blog. Is this the behavior as Catholics we should be exhibiting? Look, I am guilty of committing the sin against charity in particular with my criticism of the Cardinals and Bishops. Moreover, I am downright nasty to Progressive (such a phony term) Catholics, particulary priests and nuns who think they are the Pope or the Magisterium. It is with this spirit that I point out OUR behavior is not okay. Truth is still Truth, not what we perceive as truth. There is no such thing as a personal truth.

Holy Mother Church has been given the gift of Truth by her spouse, Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit. That’s it… that’s Truth. We can fudge it, twist it to our liking, sell our souls for 30 pieces of silver, it doesn’t change the fact that Truth is Truth. It is NOT subjective. To be a Catholic is not hard, to be human is hard. Being Catholic is a blessing. It is the gift that Christ and His Church have given to us on a silver platter. Now, do you think we can get it?

Look, A-listers, this is not an attack on you, not jealousy because I’m on the bottom rung. It is a warning as I was privileged to see how being the first makes you the last. Don’t make the mistakes of the 90’s conference circuit. Some of you were there and you know what I am talking about. For those of you who weren’t, just keep it simple: Treat others as if they were all Jesus Himself. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta got this. We should too.

Now in the spirit of the charity which Lisa Graas has taught me, I am publishing her blogpost on “Triggers”…I hope we can all see something of ourselves in it. I do. I ask those involved to reserve judgement if possible. I was there supporting Lisa and Stacy Transanco when the pro-homosexual movement viciously attacked both of them. I cross-posted articles in support of Stacy and Lisa and oh, their support of CHURCH TEACHING and tweeted out everything. I had emails with death threats (yeah right…bring it on) and hate mail extraordinaire. Filthy words, horrible attacks because I supported Church Teaching and two women who had the courage to write about it. I do not care. Keep it coming. All it shows me is that I was doing the right thing. Our Lord warned we would be persecuted in His Name.

In our weakness, we are strong…Thank you, Lisa for your unconditional love as my sister in Christ. I will be forever grateful. The best spiritual advice I was ever given was from my Novice-Mistress in Religious Life. She told me that whatever the problem was, no matter what, to go to the Crucifix and just look at Him.The answer would be there, hanging in front of me. The answer? Love, itself…

Lisa, I know one day as you stand before Him at the gates of Heaven, He will say to you, “Come right in my daughter Lisa, my mother speaks highly of you…”

* Please note there are many “A-List” Catholic Bloggers who do not fit the description I put forward. My apologies to some whom are quite kind and helpful to me. Mea culpa…

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“Triggers”

posted by Lisa Graas at her blog,
CatholicBandita.com

A reader writes:

This entire Leila business is bad for you. No good ever comes of it and it always triggers you.

Yes, “arguing with a friend or loved one” is definitely a trigger that can cause an episode…and suicide.

Leila once told me that she thought we were a team like SS. Perpetua and Felicity. That passion story always confused me somewhat because St. Perpetua killed herself with the gladiator’s sword.

She screamed as she was struck on the bone; then she took the trembling hand of the young gladiator and guided it to her throat. It was as though so great a woman, feared as she was by the unclean spirit, could not be dispatched unless she herself were willing.

This is not mere “arguing” between “friends.” This is someone who was both a spiritual director and a close friend (which is a very bad idea), doing something publicly that flies in the face of everything I she told me about Jesus Christ and the Cross.

It is a public statement by the person who was my close friend and spiritual director that everything she told me about my dignity and Jesus was a lie.

Of course it triggered me and continues to trigger me.

For the rest of this compelling story please click HERE</strong>


One True Church

4 May 2010



Benedict's Reforms [and our response]

29 April 2010

The last three decades I have watched, commented and yes, complained about the state of affairs in the Church. Particularly, my area of focus was the Mass and sacred music for most of my complaints. Please, don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying that was all that was awry in the Church that I love. Doctrine has been distorted , ignored and worst of all, denied as Truth. Those are things that sometimes felt very overwhelming to me as a Roman Catholic in the pew.

What wasn’t overwhelming to me was the Liturgy and how important it was to my Faith and to all of us as Roman Catholics. I was blessed to have the Mass remain under the 1962 Missale Romanum until mid 1969. The parish I had grown up in was run by a Religious order from Italy and lucky for us the priests were extremely resistant to a Mass they felt was “an experiment in Liturgy”.

These particular priests never said that the Mass was invalid or anything remotely like that. These were learned men, many of them had studied Liturgy along with their theological studies in Rome at the Gregorian University. Our sacred music program was organized and administered by extremely competent Religious Sisters that were also highly trained as both musicians and students of sacred music.

I was then extremely fortunate to be able to attend and participate in the choir of the “Mass of all Ages” until the young age of 15. Seems quite young now some forty years later, but in fact I was quite mature (perhaps only in that area) in that participation.

I was a student of piano, organ and violin since I was 6 and bred in the classics both sacred and secular. My paternal grandfather hailing from Puglia, Italy taught me everything anyone would want to know and love about opera. Mine was homeschooling to the max before it was fashionable. I still attended formal school of course, but that would also be considered homeschooling by today’s standards. Why? Well, we were taught with CATHOLIC texts and learned such out-of style subjects as history/geography/civics instead of “Socialist Studies”. I call it that for obvious reasons.

Well, this wonderful dream didn’t last long because we were about to enter the Seventies when all things look ugly now in retrospect. The Religious Orders were revolting within & the Seminaries were places of pure experimentation. My aunt was a higher up in her Religious Order and she suffered… she passed away several years ago, still a Religious, still an obedient daughter of the Church with habit intact. Another story for another day.

I go into this monologue about Liturgy, Sacred Music and Doctrine askew because finally, I now have hope. My favorite priest and homeschool teacher via texts, Joseph Ratzinger, became Pope (miracle of all miracles). Prior to that, the Latin Mass resurfaced when JPII proclaimed Ecclesia Dei Adflicta in response to the separation of the SSPX and gave birth to the FSSP much to my delight. There were years of disappointment when those who loved Sacred Liturgy were being treated as though we were as common criminals if we asked for an Indult Mass by our local Ordinaries (not all).  Then came the coronation of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger to the Throne of Peter.

Pope Benedict does not disappoint. There will be naysayers, even if Our Lord was back on the Throne, sure enough. This loving, kind and brillant man is suffering for us in the “Imitation of Christ”. Should we do less?

The following video is perhaps the best piece on what our suffering and obedient Pope is doing for us. Watch, listen and then act. He sets an example for us; let us set the example for our fellow Roman Catholics in America and throughout the Universal Church. Sancta Ioseph, ora pro nobis.



Exclusive ~ Cardinal Levada: 'We Should Hold Ourselves to a Higher Standard'

29 April 2010



Novena for Pope Benedict XVI

6 April 2010

As Pope Benedict XVI nears the fifth anniversary of election as the Successor of Peter, the Knights of Columbus are inviting the faithful to join in a novena for the Holy Father.  It begins April 11th, this Sunday (Divine Mercy Sunday), and ends April 19th, the anniversary of his election.

Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI

Lord, source of eternal life and truth,
give to Your shepherd, Benedict, a spirit
of courage and right judgment, a spirit
of knowledge and love. By governing
with fidelity those entrusted to his care,
may he, as successor to the Apostle
Peter and Vicar of Christ, build Your
Church into a sacrament of unity, love
and peace for all the world.  Amen.

V/ Let us pray for Benedict, the Pope.
R/ May the Lord preserve him, give him a long life, make him blessed upon the earth, and not hand him over to the power of his enemies.

V/ May Your hand be upon your holy servant.
R/ And upon Your Son, Whom You have anointed.

Our Father …  Hail Mary …  Glory Be …


I'm Just Not Linking to It!

25 March 2010

Okay, folks, here it is: another attack on the Church and the Pope on one of OUR holiest feastdays, The Annunciation .

Initially, I would like to set the record straight regarding media attacks on “holy days” & in sanctuaries first and then address today’s headlines about the Church and the Holy Father.

Anytime I see or read a lame-stream media report about the Church on a Holy Day, Feast Day  or during Holy Week it is usually 99% negative and derogatory most of the time without hard evidence. The LSM obsesses with slivers of information and tons of innuendo and it is ALWAYS on one of these holiest days of the Christian Faith. Furthermore, I can remember being present at the ProLife Mass at our National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC one year trying to pray the Mass while a reporter and cameraman with bright lights were broadcasting their live report from as if there were at a Giants game.(Laughing loudly & drinking a bottle of water, really…)

I remember a story on the news that terrorists occupied a Catholic Shrine in the Holy Land and held the Holy Land Franciscans against their will in the sanctuary of the Church. When the terrorists finally got what they wanted they released the Franciscans (Deo gratias!) unhurt physically, but emotionally terrorized. The reporter stated that the Franciscans wouldn’t do an interview because they had to clean the human feces that was spread on the walls so the Church could be re-consecrated.

I was physically sick when I saw and heard this on the news. I became more ill at the silence to which this story met later in the day and for days after. No outrage from Catholics, no groups crying out for justice. All I read days later was that the Holy Land Franciscans were praying for their captors and forgave them as Our Lord would have done–for their transgressions. As my sister says, 70 times 7.

Point of fact: I watched a news report years ago during the beginning of the Iraq War where a female reporter (no longer employed in the U.S.) with her hair covered with a waist-length veil was speaking in a very small whisper at the women’s entrance of the mosque. She made sure we all knew how sacred  this place was and how holy the feast was that the Muslims were there to celebrate. Hmmm, but our sanctuaries do not yield the same respect? A Jewish Rabbi, a good friend of mine says, “well, we wouldn’t let them [media] in the first place.”  Kudos to my friend, the Rabbi.

Fine, I have certainly a half of a brain and I would NEVER want or would disrespect someone’s worship space or their holy day. That is not the point here. I grew up in a Italian Catholic and Jewish neighborhood where Saturdays were respected as our neighbors Sabbath. We made sure those walking to the synagogue were kept safe as we drove by. Similarly, our Sunday was respected by our neighbors parking their cars down the street so we could park near the Church for Mass. This is caritas or fraternal charity.

Where, , is that same respect for the Christian faith? Well, we know the answer to that. Scorched earth policy on Christians with particular emphasis on the Roman Catholic Church and our Pope. The last great accepted discrimination.

Now on to today’s latest “story” on the Church. Good job, “LSM”, and in particular, that dusty, penniless, old gray lady, (hag) the NY Times.

The current scandal in the Irish Church and now the current report today coming from Wisconsin shows that the media, particularly the NYT’s rejoices when it seems that the Church has done something horrifically wrong. Well, first, it is the people in the Church that are capable of sins, not the Church herself. Secondly, whatever happened to investigative reporting? Where is a reporter for the Times or any other LSM who will dare to find that there may be a story where both sides need to be investigated and not just run the story with heresay or saying, that the accusation is credible. Does that mean the person is credible that is making the accusation or is the accusation itself credible even without hard evidence?

Please understand, I had a friend who was molested by a priest. (the former priest admitted it and is still in jail) His life has been a journey to hell. My friend decided ten years ago to make a pilgrimage to Rome because he didn’t want to be angry anymore. He went to a church near the Vatican, went to Confession and then spent hours prostrate before the Blessed Sacrament .

My friend had an opportunity for a private audience with the Holy Father.(JPII) A few days later, he gave up his spot to a young priest. The young priest had just been ordained days before in the same church where the my friend had also prostrated himself asking forgiveness. I asked him why did you think you needed to be forgiven? He said, For my anger, for my lack of charity and for not praying for the priest that had abused me. In addition he said, ” if I don’t forgive my abuser, I can never be well.”

I will never defend wrongdoing in the Church just because it is the Church. I will defend the right of the accused particularly a man like Joseph Ratzinger who has no problem admitting when he is wrong or those in the Church are wrong. Did we forget that when he came to the U.S. and met with abuse vistims without informing the media first? PBXVI was concerned that the victims’ privacy would be violated and he was not having it. The LSM acts like that never happened.

What about the police in Wisconsin? Police records evidently show that the priest accused was not prosecuted by the authorities.The civil authorities were well aware of the cases. I’m not saying this priest is innocent or even not guilty. I’m saying we need to research this case more. I intend on doing just that.

This abuse was said to have taken place (I am not saying it didn’t happen, so VOTF members, knock it off!) in the late 70’s into the 80’s and then Archbishop Rembert Weakland didn’t contact the Vatican until 1996. Weakland, an outspoken, disobedient, heterdox priest has made his “career” as a bishop to oppose Rome and to start a new catholic church, “Amchurch”. Weakland and his cohorts, “Call to Action” have been systemically & incrementally trying to destroy the Roman Catholic Church in America.

The recent “social justice” references that Fox host, Glenn Beck has been attacked for in recent days is exactly what Weakland and his buddies have been involved in for the last 40+ years. Unfortunately for Beck, he should have had an orthodox priest explain the TRUE Justice teachings of the Church. Tomorrow, I begin to explain all of this in my series on Saul Alinsky & the Catholic Church in America.

Getting back to Rembert Weakland! Weakland has never been shy about speaking out against the Church.  He has engaged older “hippie” type audiences and feminist aging nuns for years with tales of how he would seek to stop Ratzinger. Looking back now at Weakland’s history, it is obvious that this campaign was deliberate. Weakland, in his own words (His book, “A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop,”) describes his homosexuality & other personal info that is definitely TMI.

Weakland was involved in a hush money cover-up to the tune of $450,000 paid to silence a former male lover and was arrogant enough to brazenly attack the victims of pedophilia. (Where was VOTF for that?) Weakland is quoted as saying. “Not all adolescent victims are so innocent. Some can be sexually very active and aggressive and often quite streetwise.” Really, Rembert, and now Pope Benedict is the bad guy. I guess tonight you are sitting in a salon somewhere drinking “Grey Goose” & laughing that you have finally brought down your arch-enemy, Joseph Ratzinger. Wait a minute there, your are NOT Superman, you are more “Lex Luthor.”

You will go to your dinosaur friends at the National Catholic Reporter and they will genuflect to you and give you all the space you need on the blog to be self-congratulatory. Not so fast there Lex, my money is on the German.

I will pray my Benedictine rosary for the victims of this diabolical horror that is rearing it’s ugly head once again right before Holy Week. I will pray that like my friend, they find forgiveness in their heart for their abusers. I will ask Our Lord to show His justice and His mercy to the abusers. I pray to Saint Joseph that the abusers spend their lives making amends for their heinous crimes and sins.

I will implore the Virgin Mary to intercede on your behalf Rembert Weakland. I hope that like Dismas on the cross next to Our Lord, you get a reality check minutes before you die.(Me too, I must admit) I ask that you,Rembert, take the high road. Instead of embracing the deadly sin of pride, that you pray for the Holy Father in his hour of need. He would do the same for you.

I apologize in advance to those who are offended by this piece. However truth is the truth and I ask youto pray for me as I will pray for you!

Sophia


Prophecies of Humanae Vitae

22 March 2010
Only a few days before he died, Father Paul Marx returned to the topic that had so often occupied him during his long decades as a pro-life missionary, namely, the great encyclical Humanae Vitae. He sent me this short article, in which he underlines the accuracy of Pope Paul VI’s predictions about what would happen if conception became prevalent in society. We send it out now both because it contains timeless truths, and also to honor our Founder and long-time Chairman,  Fr. Marx, who has gone to be with the Father.
Steven W. Mosher

by Fr. Paul Marx, OSB

On July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae re-affirmed the Catholic teaching on life, love and human sexuality. In that document, he listed the consequences of life lived outside Catholic teaching.

He predicted that:

Contraception would lead to conjugal infidelity.

Contraceptive practice would lead to a “general lowering of morality.”

Contraception would lead men to cease respecting woman in their totality and would cause them to treat women as “mere instruments of selfish enjoyment” rather than as cherished partners.

And finally, widespread acceptance of contraception by couples would lead to a massive imposition of contraception by unscrupulous governments.

In other words, Pope Paul VI predicted that contraception would evolve from “a lifestyle choice” into a weapon of mass destruction. How dreadfully his prophecy has been vindicated by population control and coercive sterilization programs, fertility reduction quotas and the promotion of abortion literally everywhere in the world.

Contraception’s destruction of the integrity of the marital act—as unitive and procreative—has dire consequences for society and for our souls. Contraception, in other words, is a rejection of God’s view of reality. It is a wedge driven into the most intimate sphere of communion known to man outside of the Holy Sacrament of the Mass. It is a degrading poison that withers life and love both in marriage and in society.

By breaking the natural and divinely ordained connection between sex and procreation, women and men—but especially men—would focus on the hedonistic possibilities of sex. People would cease seeing sex as something that was intrinsically linked to new life and to the sacrament of marriage.

Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, is the Founder of PRI, and served as Chairman of the Board from 1996 to 2010.

Does anyone doubt that this is where we find ourselves today?


It's Over: Stupak Caves (from CMR)

21 March 2010

Well, that’s it. Stupak and the other fictional pro-life Democrats, using the cover of a worthless Executive Order, are voting for Health-care and federally funded abortion.

I am heartbroken. Heartbroken for the lives of children that will be lost. Heartbroken that my generation was unable to bequeath to our children the liberty we inherited. I am sorry. I am heartbroken and ashamed that I ever believed in Bart Stupak and the others.

May God have mercy on the United States.

Know these things.

There is no such thing as a pro-life Democrat. I don’t ever want to hear such nonsense again. They are the Party of Death, no exceptions.

This fight is not over.

Posted on CreativeMinorityReport.com by Patrick Archbold 21 March 2010 AD 4:10 pm


Statement By CMSWR

20 March 2010

Statement By CMSWR, which represents 10,000 women religious, affirms Bishops’ Opposition to Obamacare
By Staff Writer, Pewsitter.com

March 18, 2010 – In a March 15th statement, Cardinal Francis George, OMI, of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke on behalf of the United States Bishops in opposition to the Senate’s version of the health care legislation under consideration because of its expansion of abortion funding and its lack of adequate provision for conscience protection. Recent statements from groups like Network, the Catholic Health Association and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) directly oppose the Catholic Church’s position on critical issues of health care reform. continue reading …


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