30 April, 2010
29 April, 2010
28 April, 2010
Pope hopes English translation of Missal will be 'springboard for a renewal' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
If major issues can be told to be patient in their desire for change, being frequently reminded that the mind of the Church slowly evolves in her understanding over many years, why the rush on this file? The benefit will be outstripped by the additional insult to the faith practice of many who will find 'this' change OK, when other issues are not, inconsistent and incomprehensible. I understand the theological argument; most laity will not. The consequences could be devastating.
What's the rush?
Pope hopes English translation of Missal will be 'springboard for a renewal' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Using Catholic 'tools' to begin to move on past these rocky shores! Here's a response to Mary G. who asks why we just can't 'move-on' from the Sex Abuse Scandals
I've been arguing that it is necessary for clergy to practice the same regimen of confession as any Catholic should.
1. First we should examine ourselves (institutionally and personally) in preparation for confessing. This would involve bringing in an outside expert to review any records of allegations received, to ensure that the universal protocol has been faithfully and fully implemented.
2. Confess their sins before a priest: in this case, the common priesthood of the faithful at masses celebrated on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
3. In penance, the clergy would prostrate themselves in front of God, with the assembled laity kneeling in prayer with them.
4. Then we try to move forward with a renewed sense of compassion, with trust that any future issues will be dealt with promptly and appropriately.
I harbor no illusions that this in itself will miraculously or magically make things better! As Catholics we recognize and understand the power of sign and symbol. Such a gathering would be a very 'Catholic' response to any crisis through the application of these spiritual and psychological tools. Perhaps it is this omission in the Church's response to date which continues to keep the 'barque of Peter' grounded on these rocky shores.
27 April, 2010
She does not diminish the evil, nor the steps needed to erase it from the Church. Nor does she condemn the media for (most of) their reporting. She recognizes the harm and the good being done through their exposing rot within the 'wood' in parts of 'Peter's barque'. This is a necessary step in any effective repair: to determine the extent of the corruption and then apply the necessary remedy to bring about healing.
Thus she prays for healing: for the victims, the church and in the world.
Here is a prayer she invites all to join:
PRAYER FOR HEALING
Lord Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, go back into my memory as I sleep. Every hurt that has ever been done to me, heal that hurt. Every hurt that I have ever caused another person, heal that hurt. All the relationships that have been damaged in my whole life that I am not aware of , heal those relationships. But, O Lord, if there is anything that I need to do, If I need to go to a person because he or she is still suffering from my hand, bring to my awareness that person. I choose to forgive, and I ask to be forgiven. Remove whatever bitterness may be in my heart, Lord, and fill the empty spaces with your love. Amen.
found at Daily Word of Life: Catholic Prayers http://www.daily-word-of-life.com/catholic_prayers.htm
Catholic Church needs total reform - Eureka Street
26 April, 2010
Thank you ladies and gentlemen all! 'Thanks' as well to God, whose providence was manifested in the confluence of these two events, infusing again His church with sufficient grace to remain faithful in her mission. This gift was made clear once again to lay and clergy alike, as they shared a pleasant dinner together last Friday.
Priests honoured at dinner - The Daily Observer - Ontario, CA
The statement “10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia” has no basis in fact!
In his original speech Mr. Miller cites a July/August 2002 Sojourners article by Rose Marie Berger in which she misinterprets statements from Penn. State Prof. Philip Jenkins regarding sexual abuse by Protestant ministers.
In the original article Berger writes…
“Philip Jenkins concludes in his book “Pedophiles and Priests” that while 1.7 percent of Catholic clergy have been found guilty of pedophilia (specifically of boys), 10 percent of Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia.” (This quote is used in Miller’s speech)
To which Philip Jenkins responds (Sept/Oct 2002)…
“I regret to say that the statement is baloney. I never said it, and it’s not true!… Every time this ten percent statement appears attributed to me, I try to debunk it, but these things have a life of their own. I have no idea what the actual proportion of pedophile protestant clergy is, but I would be amazed if it was more than a fraction of one percent.”
Sojourner Article… http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&issue=soj0207&article=020741d
Sojourners apologized to its readers for passing on erroneous information and revised the article, removing the incorrect and defamatory information. But not before Sam Miller got a hold of it!
Regrettably, Miller’s speech has spread like wildfire within the Catholic community by way of the internet and e-mail. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of websites, blogs, forums, facebook pages, and news services that have posted it.
Thanks to Rev. Rob Pollock for this information. Keep it in mind as you read the column from Mr. Miller. Fr. Tim
Be Proud to be a Catholic
By Sam Miller, prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman
Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States (and Canada too), namely the Catholic Church?
Do you know - the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to your Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars.
Your graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%, all at a cost to you. To the rest of the Americans it's free. The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. With an enrollment of 700,000 students. The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics - in the United States today.
But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.
Let me give you some figures that you as Catholics should know and remember. For example,
• 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church ,
• 41.8 % of clergywomen reported unwanted sexual behavior;
• 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed.
Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic Problem.
A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.
The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests (and Bishops who concealed their crimes) that have probably been totally weeded out by now. Walk with your shoulders high and you head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States (and Canada too!).Then remember what Jeremiah said:
'Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls'.Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.
Be proud that you're a Catholic.
Be Yourself . . . . . Everyone Else Is Taken”
25 April, 2010
Chances Are - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com
Contact with aliens could spell disaster for humans, says Stephen Hawking
Pope's U.K. visit not in jeopardy after memo gaffe: Vatican
The Anchoress | A First Things Blog
Pope 'could cancel UK visit' over 'offensive' Foreign Office memo - Telegraph
When you see how this manipulation takes place, you will recognize that hand of a master propagandist at work!
Abuse of a ‘boy’ or a ‘young man’? » GetReligion
U.K. apologizes to Pope over abortion, condom jokes - CTV News
24 April, 2010
Here's someone whose making the same argument- not quite as succinctly!
Getting to the roots of the sex abuse scandal « SoCon Or Bust
Barbara Kay: Saudi Arabia is not a men's club - Full Comment
23 April, 2010
22 April, 2010
21 April, 2010
It would be great to see the two of them in a debate!
20 April, 2010
Op-Ed Columnist - Riders on the Storm - NYTimes.com
Was Something Different in the 60s and 70s? « The American Catholic
Pope Benedict nod's off at recent mass! Truthfully it's not hard to understand. After a weekend of masses, driven all over the Island of Malta to give or listen to numerous speeches, all under the 30 lbs of vestments... and all at the age of 83 yrs!I'd take a nap as well!
I think it's time for that to change.
Beginning today I'm going to begin using a few Financial RRS feeds so that I can post articles that reflect this reality. I claim no expertise on the questions and facts they raise beyond a rudimentary understanding of economics, but I know that some folks that cruise this corner of the internet are experts in such matters. Perhaps they could offer some relevant commentary or responses to questions? (ML... are you listening?)
Feel free to discuss to your hearts content!
Bank of Canada sets stage for rate hike
The American Spectator : Religious Persecution International
Top 15 Misconceptions About Catholics « The American Catholic
19 April, 2010
18 April, 2010
"Pope Benedict XVI met with a group of clerical abuse victims Sunday and promised them the Catholic Church would implement "effective measures" to protect young people in the future.Together with the issuing of the clarification of the universal 'one strike' policy that the Pope issued last week (which calls for MANDATORY reporting of any allegation to civil authorities, we can see that B16 is serious when he states that the Church is changing the way it handles these scandalous activities on the part of a few priests and bishops.
The Vatican said Benedict expressed his "shame and sorrow" at the pain the men and their families suffered and prayed with them during the meeting at the Vatican's embassy in Malta."
Sadly the story goes on to say:
"Victims' advocacy groups have demanded that the Vatican take concrete steps to protect children and remove abusive priests, saying the pope's expressions to date of solidarity and shame are meaningless unless actual action is taken."I say 'sadly' because these victims advocacy groups such as SNAP have allowed themselves to become beholden to their single largest source of income... the couple of law firms that are driving these suits on a contingency fee basis. SNAP and others are obliged to castigate and reject anything that the Vatican puts forward as a solution lest they diminish the size of the settlements - which would threaten their funding!
Read the complete story by clicking on the link below.
Pope meets with sex abuse victims in Malta - CTV News
Setting the Record Straight | Register Exclusives | NCRegister.com
17 April, 2010
So the arrest is a publicity stunt to denigrate the Pope and his Church. Dawkins more or less admitted that when he wrote on his blog the other day: “I am optimistic that we shall raise public consciousness to the point where the British government will find it very awkward indeed to go ahead with the Pope’s visit.”
Read the full column!
Robert Fulford: Richard Dawkins, evolve thyself - Full Comment
The latest push for the legalization of Euthanasia in Canada - please take heed! Contact your MP immediately!!
Due to the urgency of this issue, we have not had enough time to translate this message into French.
Please excuse this email if you have received more than one copy.
[Note: You can listen-in live Online to Fr. Tom Lynch being interviewed by Pastor Mark Koehler of Radio 91.3 FM, Hanover on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 3 p.m. Pastor Mark and Fr. Tom are sure to cover the issue of Euthanasia and Bill C-384. Click Here!]
According to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, it is extremely likely that Bill C-384 will proceed to second reading on Tuesday, April 20 with a critical vote on Wednesday, April 21st.
We urge everyone to call or E-mail their Member of Parliament (or all Members of Parliament) right away urging them to vote against this Bill. Should this Bill pass legislation it will legalize euthanasia in Canada.
Alex Schadenberg, EPC's executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has said, “We must soundly defeat Bill C-384 to discourage other MP's from also attempting to legalize euthanasia in Canada. I'm concerned that if euthanasia or assisted suicide were legalized in Canada that it would become the ultimate form of elder abuse and people with disabilities would often experience subtle pressures to ‘choose’ to die. Please vote against Bill C-384.”
To E-mail your Member of Parliament, or all Members of Parliament, Please Click Here!
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has sample letters for reference here.
Contact the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition with any questions at: email@example.com
Please spread the word by E-mailing this note to all your family and friends.
Michael Vande WielPriests for Life Canada, Operations Manager
No more excuses in church abuse scandal - The Daily Observer - Ontario, CA
15 April, 2010
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart : April 14, 2010 : (04/14/10) Clip 1 of 4
The fairy tale of sick celibacy
14 April, 2010
Nice guy, eh?
ABC The Drum Unleashed - A tale of two battles
If the Vatican isn’t a sovereign state, can we bomb it?
Church using water pistol to battle major blaze - Nova Scotia News - TheChronicleHerald.ca
13 April, 2010
We've reached the point where it is evident that ripping this bandage off the Church 'bit by bit' is having horrendous consequences that have warped any attempted strategy into the media version of Chinese Water torture.
Would it be any worse if the Church were to open itself to a complete audit and disclosure of all reports of alleged offenses and offenders currently known by any Bishop or Diocesan administration?
This need not be a 'public' event. Organizations such as the Children's Aid Societies have effectively investigated all claims of any form of child abuse for many decades and are eminently qualified to confidentially determine the truth in a manner that protects the innocent and brings offenders to the appropriate legal authorities. Inviting these experts to examine all relevant Church files may be an effective first step in winning back souls washed away by a seemingly endless set of waves of media reports of unctuous acts by clerics of different ranks and office IN YEARS PAST!
Somehow the Church has been unable to get this particular detail into the public record, that these are not crimes which have been hidden or unknown from the public square . They have been part of the public record for over 30 years. So, why are they now provoking such a fever pitch of condemnation and castigation of the Roman Catholic Church and its Pope?
To those of us old enough to have lived through the days of Watergate, Richard Nixon and the media firestorm of that time, today's attacks on the Pope are eerily all too familiar. The constancy of the media drumbeat of bad news stories - beginning with the public revelation of a handful of offenders, to now where journalists have literally 'followed the money' up the chain of command to the very foot of the Chair of Peter. Repeated scurrilous attempts to ensnare Benedict XVI through the use of re-cycled cases to pollute again the well of public opinion.
No doubt about it: if the Vatican is paying someone to help them present a positive image to the world through the global media... it's entitled to its money back!
12 April, 2010
2 million Canadians know someone sexually assaulted by priest: Poll
Author: Michael Sean Winters
In talking to reporters, I raised the question: Why was this case in front of Ratzinger in the first place. It does not make sense. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was given jurisdiction over cases of the "graviora delicta" of sexual abuse only in 2001. Before that time, it is a bit unclear who had immediate jurisdiction in Rome, although one point – which I also made to reporters – went unmentioned then and in all the reporting about the future Pope’s role in handling sex abuse cases, namely, the local bishop has the authority to remove a priest from the clerical state. Recourse to Rome is necessary only to dispense a priest from his vow of celibacy, so that he can subsequently be married in the Church.....
Click here to read more...
P L E A S E..... Somethings are just too far outside the realm of reality to actually believe.
And Dawkin's thinks that 'believers' are foolish!
Richard Dawkins planning to have Pope Benedict arrested over 'crimes against humanity' - Telegraph
The plaintiff’s bar cannot concede this, for to do so would be to destroy the narrative it has been selling to the world media; Ratzinger’s enemies cannot concede this, for they have never been able to find good in him; and European secularists cannot concede this, for in their minds the Church is, in principle, irreformably corrupt—Voltaire’s L’infame. But those willing to look at facts and evidence have begun to understand just how crucial a role Ratzinger played in ensuring that 2010 did not automatically become 2002 redivivus....
Click here to read the rest.
Another Long Lent | First Things
A moment of your time please for a personal request - it only takes a few seconds at most... and it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED by many!!
THANK YOU. Fr. Tim
Facebook | Fr. Tim Moyle
Sincerely folks, I ask you to pray for all victims of predator priests. I ask you as well to pray also for the clergy of our diocese. The very fact that the Charles Gibson, Diocesan lawyer was interviewed in preparation of this CTV media report, should have been clue enough of the need of the Diocesan spokesperson to deal with the media at weekend masses at the Cathedral. TV cameras also greeted those entering and leaving the other Pembroke parishes as well. At the very least, local clergy should have been alerted of the likelihood of the media's presence and instructed in how they should be dealt with. Alas, no one thought of these details. The priests of the Cathedral were left on their own in addressing parishioners regarding the media's presence, even if not to the the '800 lbs gorilla' that brought them to the church's front steps in the first place.
We priests are most certainly suffering for inactions for which our religious Superiors (past and present) in their failing to understand the deleterious effects this time of trial has had upon the faithful; lay and clergy. We do not ask for a opportunity to express ourselves in a 'care & share' encounter with our spiritual fathers - but we need them to act swiftly and efficiency in responding to these sad affairs. I point out that it took the Globe & Mail (and the New York Times) less than 30 minutes to refute the Diocesan press release in providing additional quotes from the complainant in this legal battle stating that at no time did the Diocese ever suggest or offer to assist in bringing this matter to the Police. Evidently his law firm is extremely efficient in their media strategy. The Church most certainly cannot claim to be anywhere near as efficient.
To chose the decent path need not stand in opposition to legal counsel, so long as it is efficiently and effectively presented. The Church need not abandon the latter to achieve that former. Hopefully we will as a Diocesan family find that way... eventually.
Watch for yourself and come to your own conclusions... Then 'pray, pray, pray' for all clergy, from the lowest to the most exalted that we be guided by Gods' Spirit and our religious Superiors.
IF YOU DON'T READ THIS TO THE VERY END, YOU HAVE LOST A DAY IN YOUR LIFE.
Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.
"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.
You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.
"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!
But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?
You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50
And your dreams are gone.
But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!
So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.
You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!
You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90's, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."
Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay "them!"
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9 Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Have a wonderful day!!!!!!!
Vatican publishes protocol for Dioceses to follow in responding to sexual abuse allegations against priests ('One Strike' Policy)- from Zenit.org
VATICAN CITY, 12 APR 2010 (VIS) - Today the Vatican website, under the section called "Focus", published a guide to understanding the procedures of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on sexual abuse allegations towards minors.
Guide to Understanding Basic CDF Procedures concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations
The applicable law is the Motu Proprio "Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela" (MP SST) of 30 April 2001 together with the 1983 Code of Canon Law. This is an introductory guide which may be helpful to lay persons and non-canonists.
A: Preliminary Procedures
The local diocese investigates every allegation of sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric.
If the allegation has a semblance of truth the case is referred to the CDF. The local bishop transmits all the necessary information to the CDF and expresses his opinion on the procedures to be followed and the measures to be adopted in the short and long term.
Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed.
During the preliminary stage and until the case is concluded, the bishop may impose precautionary measures to safeguard the community, including the victims. Indeed, the local bishop always retains power to protect children by restricting the activities of any priest in his diocese. This is part of his ordinary authority, which he is encouraged to exercise to whatever extent is necessary to assure that children do not come to harm, and this power can be exercised at the bishop's discretion before, during and after any canonical proceeding.
B: Procedures authorized by the CDF
The CDF studies the case presented by the local bishop and also asks for supplementary information where necessary.
The CDF has a number of options:
B1 Penal Processes
The CDF may authorize the local bishop to conduct a judicial penal trial before a local Church tribunal. Any appeal in such cases would eventually be lodged to a tribunal of the CDF.
The CDF may authorize the local bishop to conduct an administrative penal process before a delegate of the local bishop assisted by two assessors. The accused priest is called to respond to the accusations and to review the evidence. The accused has a right to present recourse to the CDF against a decree condemning him to a canonical penalty. The decision of the Cardinals members of the CDF is final.
Should the cleric be judged guilty, both judicial and administrative penal processes can condemn a cleric to a number of canonical penalties, the most serious of which is dismissal from the clerical state. The question of damages can also be treated directly during these procedures.
B2 Cases referred directly to the Holy Father
In very grave cases where a civil criminal trial has found the cleric guilty of sexual abuse of minors or where the evidence is overwhelming, the CDF may choose to take the case directly to the Holy Father with the request that the Pope issue a decree of "ex officio" dismissal from the clerical state. There is no canonical remedy against such a papal decree.
The CDF also brings to the Holy Father requests by accused priests who, cognizant of their crimes, ask to be dispensed from the obligation of the priesthood and want to return to the lay state. The Holy Father grants these requests for the good of the Church ("pro bono Ecclesiae").
B3 Disciplinary Measures
In cases where the accused priest has admitted to his crimes and has accepted to live a life of prayer and penance, the CDF authorizes the local bishop to issue a decree prohibiting or restricting the public ministry of such a priest. Such decrees are imposed through a penal precept which would entail a canonical penalty for a violation of the conditions of the decree, not excluding dismissal from the clerical state. Administrative recourse to the CDF is possible against such decrees. The decision of the CDF is final.
C. Revision of MP SST
For some time the CDF has undertaken a revision of some of the articles of "Motu Proprio Sacramentorum Sanctitatis tutela", in order to update the said Motu Proprio of 2001 in the light of special faculties granted to the CDF by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The proposed modifications under discussion will not change the above-mentioned procedures (A, B1-B3).
A classic cartoon explains the problem with anonymous internet comments! Still true today! ... but not 'where the rubber hits the road!'
From the start, Internet users have taken for granted that the territory was both a free-for-all and a digital disguise, allowing them to revel in their power to address the world while keeping their identities concealed.
A New Yorker cartoon from 1993, during the Web’s infancy, with one mutt saying to another, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog,” became an emblem of that freedom. For years, it was the magazine’s most reproduced cartoon.
When news sites, after years of hanging back, embraced the idea of allowing readers to post comments, the near-universal assumption was that anyone could weigh in and remain anonymous. But now, that idea is under attack from several directions, and journalists, more than ever, are questioning whether anonymity should be a given on news sites.... click here to read the rest of the NYT article.
11 April, 2010
Why will the leaders of the Church not realize that they are facing another "reformation" moment? Only this time, instead of breaking-up over the interpretation of scripture, the Church confronts the wholesale abandonment of the practice of the faith by a community rejecting the institutional authority of the Church in the wake of these waves of scandals resonating throughout the media.
Bad habits are hard things to break once they set in. If many of the 'faithful few' who still participate in the spiritual life of their parish, spend two or three months 'on vacation' from the Church... a significant percentage are at risk of not returning. The faithful and the Church stands to lose tremendous numbers throughout Canada and the World if it continues to mishandle this essential dossier.
The 'well' of grace, earned by tens of generations of Catholics is indeed immense; it is not bottom-less. It is possible to render this spiritual water 'toxic' to many, whose understand and practice are not as strong as perhaps their priests and bishops would hope. The bitter opprobrium of successive revelations turns is sickening their stomachs. It may be that many will chose not to drink from the chalice again any time soon... if ever.
It's one thing if people just drift away for a few weeks to accommodate hockey tournaments, vacations and other of life's 'special events'. They almost always return.
It's another thing again if they walk out the door in anger or disgust. Living along the Ottawa River, the Church should recognize that there is a gross difference between 'drifting off' and 'pushing off into the current'. The tide is running strong against the Church these days. Soul's who 'push off' might well be lost to the Church, swept away on a current of 'moral indignation'.
Pope Benedict XVI predicted these 'dark' days back in his early years as Cardinal Prefect of the CDF. I publicly stated that the Church would be 'purified' and reduced to a 'remnant' in the days before Christ's return. This does not mean that we should do everything within our power to save as many souls as possible.
More shameful attacks on the pope, and the Catholic response « CatholicVoteAction.org
H/T to Michael Brandon from 'Freedom Through Truth Blog'.
Freedom Through Truth: PRAYER FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI
10 April, 2010
The Catholic Church must deal with the recent, unfulfilled promise of Pope Benedict XVI that it will never again hide the sins of pastoral administrators. His admirable condemnation of past misconduct and his allusion to extending the statute of limitations for claims against offending priests are appropriate first steps. TWO NECESSARY CHANGESTo read more, click on the link below
Without two changes in the Church's practices — its absolute rule about the pastoral privilege by which confidential confessions are invariably protected and its resort to confidentiality agreements in settling complaints of priests' misconduct — his admonitions will prove illusory. The Vatican's secrecy policies have impeded attempts to expose and punish wrongdoings by priests....
There are two secrecy problems that need to be addressed, and redressed. First, the confidentiality of the confessional, intrinsic to Church doctrine, while benign in most situations, also has led to terrible injustices....
The ONE ESSENTIAL point that this article proposes is absolutely a non-starter for the Church: the violation of the seal of the confessional. The author tries to minimize the importance of the Seal and posits that it is simply a reflection of a culture of silence. He is absolutely wrong.
The seal of Confession does not contribute to the tendency of the Church to deal with sexual predators. It exists only to preserve the integrity of the sacrament - ensuring that any sinner can have the capacity to bring even the gravest matter before God without fearing that his/her transgression will ever become public. It respects the right of anyone to turn to God to confess and receive His forgiveness and allows the presence of a priest to help to confess fully and completely.
As a social worker and as a priest, I know very well that the seal of the confessional has been responsible for assisting many souls to find peace that they could not attain via psychotherapy.
I posted this article not to suggest that the Seal should be compromised in any way, but simply to point out that the scandals are bringing forth many forces that albeit well intentioned are threatening the Church and its adherents. It is just a further manifestation of evil effects that the infidelity of priests and the stupidity of Bishops have wrought upon the Church.
H/T to Mary G. for pointing out the need for this explanation
Secrets of the Catholic Church
09 April, 2010
Catholics in North America are all too familiar with these scandals. Repeated media reports that clerics have violated their religious obligation to celibacy and chastity have sorely tested the belief of many. Even the Bishops have not withstood the scrutiny of inquiry for they have been found culpable in the victimization of the Church’s most precious gifts - the trust of its members and the welfare of its members; actions which have brought untold suffering and confusion into the hearts and minds of many.
The United States Bishops have taken one crucial step that, to date, has not been implemented by their northern brothers in Canada: an independent audit or investigation of their handling of these scandals. Their Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 in Dallas, Tx. for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse.
The Charter directs action in all the following matters:
-creating a safe environment for children and young people
-healing and reconciliation of victims and survivors
-making prompt and effective response to allegations
-cooperating with civil authorities
-providing for means of accountability for the future to ensure the problem continues to be effectively dealt with through a national Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and a National Review Board.
It is this last point, the creation of a National Review Board, staffed and led by independent professionals and investigators, that has become the mechanism by which American Catholics can access the truth of these scandals and seek the assurance that such matters are now dealt with in a manner that respects the principles of justice and compassion.
Canada needs such an instrument to provide the same for its Catholic faithful.
There are many recent examples where truth commissions or investigations have dealt with larger and more contentious issues in other societies. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission headed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu helped South Africa to begin to move past the horrors of its apartheid era.3 Rwanda has walked a similar path in the wake of its ethnic genocide begin the process of societal healing4. If the probing light of truth can help to sterilize those societies of the evil they endured, then surely it is possible for the same to happen for the Church and its alienated members... and society at large.
Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have identified these scandals as the manifestation of evil within the entire faith community. Benedict has gone even further in openly criticizing the Irish Bishops for their mishandling of these scandals. Clearly it is of the papal mind that such acts need to be cauterized with the application of transparent justice in which the Church, in all humility, must face the consequences of its misdeeds and do more than simply publicly apologizing and promising to do better.
Too often in the wake of these revelations, the church has responded with a strategy that is guided by the counsel of its legal advisors in a vain attempt to protect the goods of the Church. This has resulted in the squandering of its true capital, the faith of its members and the morale of its priests. Perhaps it is time for all Bishops to be reminded that what is ‘legal’ is not always the 'moral' or 'proper' course to follow, especially for a body which claims moral authority in today’s societal debates.
It is easy, from the perspective of these ecclesial fathers, to face such an examination with a measure of trepidation and fear. Nevertheless it is past time for them to overcome their hesitation and accept that they have been rendered impotent in the eyes of most, in claiming the moral authority to deal with these matters internally. Only the sanitizing effect of an outside investigation can now bring the healing that Canadian Catholics need and desire. In short, the benefits will now far outweigh the costs to both the institution of the Church and to the faith of Canadians of all persuasions and faith.
It is time for the Church in Canada to ask for, and cooperate with, an independent investigation into its actions by an appropriate outside body. The faithful, both lay and clergy require no less if they are to overcome the injuries sustained over the past 20+ years of scandal and shame. It is time to do what is necessary to reclaim its moral authority.
Today’s Catholics are demanding nothing less.
Fr. Tim Moyle
Diocese of Pembroke
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What Does The Prayer Really Say?»Blog Archive » Cardinal Prefect [NOT RATZINGER!], Canadian hierarchy knew of abuse, covered it
That didn't take long! Pembroke Bishop releases press statement that has been disputed in the NYT within an hour!
In its statement, the Pembroke diocese said the victim ''was encouraged to refer the allegations to the civil authorities'' in accordance with Canadian church protocols, but ''his decision at the time was not to do so.''
However, the victim in a response to the diocese's statement e-mailed to The Associated Press disputed its account.
''At no point in my meetings with the diocese did they encourage me to call the police,'' he said. ''At no point did they offer to call the police on my behalf.'' The victim said that Windle never attended any meetings with him and church officials at the time.
Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Cardinal prefect, Canadian hierarchy knew of Vatican official’s abuse
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UN Judge: Pope Should be Prosecuted at International Criminal Court for "Crimes against Humanity"
Sad, sad, sad!
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The fruits of this virtual form of evangelization: Participation in a comment thread engendered this comment in response to traditional 'litany' of Church sins
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"It’s the Pope, Catholicism’s ultimate authority, who is at the centre of the storm. His reputation is under such ferocious attack that even the National Catholic Reporter, a source of balanced perspective on the sex abuse scandal, has called on Benedict to “directly answer questions, in a credible forum,” about his role in the saga. “We now face the largest institutional crisis in centuries, possibly in Church history,” the paper said. “How this crisis is handled by Benedict, what he says and does, how he responds and what remedies he seeks, will likely determine the future health of our Church for decades, if not centuries, to come. It is time, past time really, for direct answers to difficult questions. It is time to tell the truth.”
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The Church is absolutely within its rights to determine what is right or wrong as regards its adherents, but that is as far as its influence should extend. If Easter teaches us anything, it is that God loves us. Everyone, everywhere deserves to be seen through His witness and offer to each other the essential gift that we as Christians believe we have won through the triumph of the empty tomb over the cross: the triumph of love over death.
Here is an article posted on the CNN website. It's written from the perspective of the 'stay at home/domestic engineer' partner of a modern nuclear family, a gay marriage. I recommend it as ESSENTIAL READING for anyone who sincerely strives to (at the very least) understand the positives of their opponents arguments. Be warned though... I walked into this exploration of religious and secular values convinced of the rightness of the Church demanding that its definitions of such legally expressed concepts as 'marriage' and 'family' be the law of the land... it was 'God's will, expressed in law. Now I am not so confident in this belief.
Don't get me wrong... I do not question the Church's theology on the issue. I believe that it is a true expression of God's will, and I live my life in accordance to this belief. I am simply coming to realize that, as I have the right to make these personal decisions without restriction from the state, so too should every person have the same ... (IF - I'm all the where there yet, Marty) it is clear that such a decision will not have a deleterious impact on society at large. We were taught for over a millennium that the breakdown of the Greek and Roman Empires were preceded by a precipitous decline in moral and sexual values; a harbinger of civilizational collapse. It's hard for me get past why this was held to be a historical and moral axiom. Is this 'inner instinct' that pre-positions us with a negative opinion of the homosexual lifestyle (ergo subjecting gays seemingly everywhere to have experienced persecution and discrimination at the hands of heterosexual communities) there for a reason? It's universality throughout the species is reason enough to be cautious before redefining these basic rules of our society.
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