Does anyone want to disagree with Sofia? I think not.
I was priviledged one night while horsing around on Twitter with a dear friend (names left out to protect the innocent-not hers- all of you out there! LOL!) of mine and Lisa Graas came on and joined the fun. Unknowing to me (duh!) this LisaGraas was a follower of mine and I of hers and her tweets were real Roman Catholic & I thought she was very cool. Well, she is, but what i didn’t know and should have was how accomplished Lisa is as a writer and how well-published. Funny thing, you can read someone on a high-profile blog and then someone with the same name follows you and you don’t put 2 and four together to make 6!
I have done it before with the great Betty Kilbride, the amazing accomplished Patriot who I also admire…Hi Betty!!! Now after doing this once, you would think I would kinda get it, Noooooooo. I plod along in Sofia’s world, snapping and fussing (particularly at heterodox bishops and priests and/or politicians) thinking that all the world is atwitter & that no one that follows me could really be like, an accomplished famous person. So I treat everyone the same…like I am proverbially 12 years old. Not kidding here…12 is about right. I once recently had a family friend ask me about a new friend that is now very dear to me. The friend asked, “Does this person know about you?” I looked over and said, “What does that mean?” My friend said, “You know that you are really 12”. I laughed and laughed and my friend said, “Oh, Im not kidding and smiled.” Well, you will be happy to know that my new friend knows and loves that about me the best.
Ok, so I digress and enough about me. Had to draw the pic so you get my intro here. Lisa Graas is a gracious lady and became a friend one day after I wrote a blistering piece about Cardinal George. She very kindly acknowledged myopinion and then proceeded to admonish the sinner with such kindness and charity I actually felt better afterward. that was the day I realized that there are true Roman Catholic heroes out there. Lisa didn’t know me from a can of paint, other than I wrote on Always Catholic and twittered under the same name. She knew I had alot to learn but was patient and loving as we should be as Catholic Christians.
Lisa Graas now is willing to allow Always Catholic to post her works. This, in itself is an act of charity. She does not need the publicity. She is associated with a very high-profile blogger in David Horowitz. Yep, that David Horowitz. He’s very good and as I see open to all opinions conservative. I always felt a strong kinship to him whenever I saw him on tv or heard him on the radio. Now I know why…he has great taste in all things Roman Catholic. In particular a Roman Catholic heroine named Lisa Graas. So happy to have you with us Lisa. Please make sure if I stray you keep me in line!
In the piece below, Lisa takes on with courage the NUMBER ONE COMPLAINT I HAVE HAD WITH THE ” CATHOLIC” BISHOPS FOR YEARS…. This is why Lisa Graas is a true Roman Catholic heroine to me.
Ad majorem Dei gloriam,
Catholic Bishops Cite Vatican II in Response to Charges
On July 24, I wrote here at NRB about Bishop Olmsted and CCHD funding opposition to the Arizona Immigration Law and posted the link to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Facebook page. For four full days, while it remained on the page, this story prompted quite a lot of civil discussion and debate between conservatives and progressives identifying themselves as Catholics. On July 25, in the midst of the discussion, I offered a link to a second article: Obama Kool-Aid Courtesy of America’s Catholic Bishops. The conversation turned to Marxism and whether or not it is being funded by the Catholic Church in America through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). It was in the midst of that discussion that I and another faithful Catholic, Bryan Shaver, were banned yesterday, July 29, from the USCCB Facebook page with a quote from Vatican II as the only reasoning offered.
Several USCCB Facebook visitors who are supporters of Barack Obama (all of whom were not banned and are still free to post defenses of the Obama agenda on the page as I write today) had been challenging me on my contention that much of the community organizing funded by the CCHD is Marxist in nature. During our debate, I was asked at one point to define Marxism and show how it applies to community organizing and Barack Obama. When I provided a point by point (but brief and civil) explanation with examples, and quoted paragraph 2425 of the catechism in full, I was banned from the USCCB Facebook page along with Bryan Shaver who had also shared concerns about activities of the USCCB that are in contradiction to clear Catholic teaching. Following is the message the USCCB posted immediately after banning me and Mr. Shaver. As I write, this message remains on the USCCB Facebook page while my comments have all been deleted.
That’s a quote from Pope John XXIII – Address at the Opening of Vatican Council II – 11 October 1962. It reads:
In the daily exercise of Our pastoral office, it sometimes happens that We hear certain opinions which disturb Us—opinions expressed by people who, though fired with a commendable zeal for religion, are lacking in sufficient prudence and judgment in their evaluation of events. They can see nothing but calamity and disaster in the present state of the world. They say over and over that this modern age of ours, in comparison with past ages, is definitely deteriorating. One would think from their attitude that history, that great teacher of life, had taught them nothing. They seem to imagine that in the days of the earlier councils everything was as it should be so far as doctrine and morality and the Church’s rightful liberty were concerned. We feel that We must disagree with these prophets of doom, who are always forecasting worse disasters, as though the end of the world were at hand.
Lisa Graas is a Catholic convert and mom of four who blogs on U.S./Kentucky politics and Catholic culture. Lisa is a pre-emminent Catholic blogger and we are so proud to have her here on ACBlog. Lisa’s Blog is http://www.lisagraas.com and is on Twitter @LisaGraas and on Facebook. Lisa also is a regular blogger at David Horowitz’s News Real Blog.