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The King of Fishers! Jesus to Peter…

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My last sightings of the majestic Kingfisher were back in Minnesota at “The Pond.” The King has a magnificent crest reminiscent of a crown. You can’t see it in the picture above as his head is turned entirely sideways in the opposite direction as he rearranges the swallowing in one gulp of a fish about as long as he is. This is just some few feet outside the window of the rectory. He’s over the creek next to the rectory. There are plenty of minnows and small fish. Here’s what they otherwise look like:

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I remember the ones in Minnesota had blue markings and perhaps the familiar rust-belt. And they were much bigger, more like the size of crows, much bigger than Blue Jays.

Meanwhile, Father CC in the diocese here texted me about the reading of the Passion for Palm Sunday. As is his want, he pointed out some worthy to be noticed incisive irony on the part of Jesus over against Simon Peter:

“Jesus calls him Simon when speaking of his strength in confirming the brethren, but Peter (the Rock) when speaking of his weakness in denying Him.”

Ha ha ha. And then: Yikes!

Pray for Pope Francis, that he may confirm the brethren and not deny our Lord.

Pray for Pope Francis that he might follow our King, Jesus and be a fisher of men.

Hail Mary…

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How’s your Palm Sunday going?

“Tu es asinus, sed Christum portas” – St Augustine

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She’s baaa-ack. So, where is he? Grrr…

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This is Mrs Cardinal, who’s presence means that Mr Cardinal is flitting about somewhere. I should have looked at Sassy the Subaru’s doors, under the side mirrors, to see if they were painted white with bird poop let go as he slams continuously into the mirrors, attacking his own image, no matter how much it hurts himself. Maybe he did himself in.

Now that‘s an image wide open to the making of analogies. Pointing fingers involves most being pointed back at oneself, right? What’s most important is that we help bring each other to Jesus.

Having said all that, yes, I very much like these kind of cardinals being here. I am reminded of the birds up in Minnesota, so many at the feeders and suet blocks, not only Cardinals, but Blue-Jays, Bluebirds and Goldfinches and Purple Finches and Finches and Waxwings and Mourning Doves and thrushes and owls from Barn to Great Horned, not to mention all kinds and sizes of woodpeckers, from the tiny Downy to the massive Pileated. On and on. It’s a good thing to rejoice in the creation of the Creator. Yes.

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cardinal joseph ratzinger cdf & just me

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This picture above, from pre-2005, seen all over the internet was once put up on the blog but was since taken down. Meanwhile, the same is true of the following picture of yours truly from when I was a little kid, some 47 years ago; it was up at the same time as the picture above, years ago, but then was also taken down from public view:

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These are screen-shots of the media archives of the blog. The pictures are in the administrative folders of the blog. They are not published on the blog. They’re listed as “unattached” to any blog post.

Strange: someone in Denmark, of all places, went straight to and downloaded both of those pictures in nanoseconds and then was gone, hopefully to a chapel to pray for the both of us. That would be great! I know I need it. I was a brat as a kid. Not to mention still today! ;-)

It seems like everyone in the world has the password to the administration pages of the blog. And does really weird research. Whatever. As long as they don’t change too much. My life is an open book. Maybe it’s just the snarky clever smiles on the faces of Ratz and me that is interesting. I guess…

By the way, I sat just in that very chair where Ratz is sitting in that parlor when I was taking down an intel guy, a long story I’ve told elsewhere. ;-)

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Missionary of Mercy “on the road” – Invaluable Legion of Mary

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Hospitals and clinics spread out in three different states, most of them multiple hours away, are this Missionary of Mercy’s lot in life. I love it. I’m forever bringing parishioners to and from hospitals, anointing them there, hearing confessions, bringing Holy Communion. Lots of “Last Rites” – in the plural – as also included are papal blessings and plenary indulgences. I love it. My only regret, and their only regret, is that I cannot bi-locate. I’m only me.

I’m totally flat out with my parishioners at all the far-flung hospitals beyond the mountains. But for other priests, there is help to be had, that is, when there’s a hospital in the parish, you know, a big-city-parish, with a better opportunity to involve, say, the Legion of Mary in discovering if there are any Catholics in the hospital that day who would like a priest to stop in for a visit. This is especially helpful in anti-Catholic regions.

The Legion of Mary is great, as they actually work with and not against the priest. They won’t pretend to anoint people or hear their confessions. They’ll leave that to the priest. And the priest should visit new patients himself to see what’s up with them, if they need Confession and Anointing and would like to be put on the list for Communion during their stay and possibly then later at home, depending.

The Legion of Mary is doing great in southern Korea (so to speak), and in Africa, where, in many places, it is limited to men, as it’s really quite the ordeal to visit villages that might be a refuge for violence including anti-Catholic, anti-Christian violence. I think we’ve lost sight of the militancy we should have.

I do think the time is coming in America when martyrs will be abundant. Europe is ripe for this. First it was the Jews who laid down their lives for believing in the Messiah who is to come into the world. Then it will be the those who follow the Jews in believing in Jewish Jesus who is the One who is to come into the world, as Jewish Martha says in the Gospel of John.

If we use the Legion of Mary as a canary in the coal mine, as it were, these USA look like were going to go even farther into the darkness. I remember a priest saying that there is no way that he would work with the Legion of Mary. “I’m not going to attend any meetings with them,” he exclaimed, “as long as they continue to say that old-fashioned Rosary.”

Whatever. The “little flock” of the Lord can say the Rosary all on their own! And do! Hah!

And then we help each other get to know Jesus and Jesus’ good mom.

Then we help each other get to heaven, helping each other keep up with the sacraments.

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BELGIAN MALINOIS Extreme Bite Dogs

Alright. Alright. I really like to see any Malinois at work. Exhilarating. Kind of like a ballet with gymnasts with teeth. BTW, I’m guessing those are metal “canine” teeth inserted into busted out teeth in the still shot of the video. Hint: Don’t bust the teeth out of a dog. Just sayin’…

Having said all that, when you want a bite-dog worth his bite, the Shepherd, along the lines of Shadow-dog is where it’s at. I asked a lady in the parish who raises King Shepherds for police work, for bite dogs, if she’s ever seen a Shepherd break the bones of the forearm and rip the arm right off in one bite, like a shark…

Niiiiice, Shaaaadooow-daaaawg!

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Shadow-dog and I are good friends. He’s loyal. He might seem like he’s the friendliest dog in the world – the prize for that going to Laudie-dog – but if pushed and he sees mortal danger… Yikes! The same for Laudie-dog.

If I could get a little phone video of Shadow-dog protecting the perimeter, you would know what I mean. If I could get a picture of him with his jaws engulfing the entire head and neck down to the shoulders of Laudie-dog, all in play, you would know what I mean.

And then there are cats. Mind you, I’ve been around panthers up close near the hermitage. But more than that, there is Jesus, the last One standing in any case:

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Be afraid of Him who can cast body and soul into hell. Only Jesus is the One, the Only One, He who is to come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.

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Staged attack? Smollett? Hutsko?

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For whatever reason, I’ve been getting some hits on posts on Father Basil Hutsko of the Eparchy of Parma from the old city of Stalingrad (now Saint Petersburg) and then Petrozavodsk, both in northeast Russia. There were reports of a cowardly attack on him on 20 August 2018 in the sacristy of his church by an unknown assailant, who then escaped without a trace. That attack landed him in the hospital for a review of injuries. The Eparchy had put out a call for prayer. Months later, the same Eparchy put out this disclaimer, which I only saw today, more than five months later:

Father Basil Hutsko, a priest of the Eparchy of Parma, has been placed on administrative leave in response to a credible accusation of sexual misconduct involving a minor that allegedly occurred 35 years ago. Though Father Basil Hutsko denies the accusation, Bishop Milan Lach, SJ, having heard from the priest, the Review Board, and the Promotor of Justice, has found the accusation to be credible. A finding that the accusation is credible is not a finding of guilt. Father Basil Hutsko has been placed on administrative leave. While on administrative leave, Father Basil Hutsko is unable to function in any capacity as a priest anywhere. Also the Eparchy of Parma has recently verified with a member of Father Basil Hutsko’s immediate family that the incident Father Basil Hutsko reported on Aug. 20, 2018, did not occur.

All that happened before the Jussie Smollett case went viral, raising consciousness about the possibility of a faked attacked on a personal level. I know that militaries right around the world have done this kind of thing since time immemorial – all. the. time. – so as to give themselves the “right” to attack some other nation. It escalates tensions, draws on resources, tears down trust of everyone in every institution.

I always thought of myself as being bad and evil enough to think on the level of a criminal, and so not dismissing possibilities of evil before even starting. Stupid me. I was having too high of an opinion of myself. I’m not nearly open to thinking like a criminal as I should be. It never entered my pea-brain to think that someone would do this to themselves. I mean, I’ve just never run across that. Never. Not with domestic abuse cases, not with anything. It was always non-staged, real violence that had occurred.

I’m guessing Father Hutsko is claiming innocence since the Eparchy goes out of its way to state that “credible” does not mean “guilt.” I’ll believe Father Hutsko until he’s proven guilty, which probably necessitates an admission of guilt in these days of “all priests are always guilty,” when there is no statute of limitations on s/he said – s/he said allegations and counter-allegations. Let it be said: statutes of limitations protect justice. Unlike so very many real cases where admission of guilt is easily obtained, that is not so with the case of Father Hutsko. On the other hand, it seems his own family is saying that the attack was staged, and that was all before the Jussie Smollett case. But perhaps Father is not feeling well. Maybe he has PTSD for whatever reason. Perhaps his family doesn’t like him. I don’t know. God knows. I don’t. Nor do you.

What I do know is that it will be more difficult for Father Hutsko because of the Jussie Smollett case. Much. More. Difficult.

What I also know is that we all have to help each other get to heaven.

And we do have to remember that it does no favor to anyone, especially to any real victim, to make a real victim into a seething vindictive cesspool of burning hatred for his or her entire lifetime. It’s helps any real victims to be able to forgive. That doesn’t mean saying any crime was unimportant. It doesn’t give anyone permission to do any crime (again). It doesn’t mean that the person forgiven can take in that forgiveness or even want forgiveness. It doesn’t mean that that forgiveness can actually be voiced. What making an act of the will by the grace of God to hold out forgiveness at least spiritually means a great deal of healing for any real victim. It means not being controlled by the aggression of that experience. It means growing, and not in mere reaction to an aggressor. What would we not want that for anybody?

Anyway, and just to say, if this was all staged, and that can be proven, Father Hutsko may be in for an unpleasant surprise. If I remember correctly, the FBI may have been interested in looking into this case as a hate crime, that is, with a motivation of terrorizing a class of people, holding all individuals in that class to be guilty and worthy of a possibly lethal attack. If any law enforcement wasted time and resources, well, it doesn’t look good. But, as I say, I don’t know. God knows. I don’t. Nor do you.

What I also know is that we all have to help each other get to heaven.

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James Comey Trees Tweet means…

Are we all so illiterate that not even one person in these USA can figure out what James Comey is saying in this tweet? How about this:

“Oh, woe is me! Look at all the trees! I can’t see the forest for all the trees in front of me! It’s not my fault! It’s just little ol’ me! Don’t prosecute me! Don’t blame me!”

That worries me, I mean, about me. If I’m the only one to figure this out, I guess that means I could run the FBI. If that’s the case, the FBI has a lot of catch-up to do to re-establish any credibility.

Suggestion to the FBI: Make a recommendation for prosecution to the DOJ about such Comey, about such as, heck, I don’t know… Strzok!

Alright, alright. Let me say that in a different way, as I know plenty of FBI who are sick and tired and embarrassed at what the upper echelon has been up to. How about a mutiny? How about the mid-level guys turning in their superiors to the Executive which can direct the DOJ to do their thing? There. I saved everyone’s face, well, except for the old top guys.

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Rafi Eitan! May you rest in peace. I hope to meet you in heaven. Your legacy lives!

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screenshot_20190321-165030~24132290128470579857..jpgRafael “Rafi” Eitan was the head of the Mossad operation which brought Nazi extermination camp organizer Adolf Eichmann from Argentina to Israel to stand trial and be hanged.

Born: 23 November 1926 // Died: 23 March 2019.

Let’s see… What’s the greatest compliment one might give to someone? I know!

Rafi, it would have been an honor for me to serve in the Mossad under your leadership in the operation that took down the monster Adolf Eichmann.

At another funeral in Israel recently – that of Shimon Peres, the prayer Avinu Malkeinu was sung. The singer makes it the prayer of all who died in the extermination camps, as if he were singing their very souls while they were dying. You can hear it…

Remember:

“They are Israelites; theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; theirs the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, is the Messiah. God who is over all be blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 9:4-5)

Thanks, Rafi.

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02 – Priestly Celibacy Series – Continence

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As we begin this series, the definitions might seem a bit pedantic, but even these will start to get rather interesting. Anything really worthwhile takes some effort, right? Bear with these first posts! Our first word to describe is continence, which can have a spiritual sense to it, however physical is seems.

Continence — from continentia and continere, means to contain. In its most graphic sense, this refers to the proper containment of sexual behavior, but not at all to the repression of untoward sexual behavior (which repression, as mere repression, is always evil, for mere repression fails to correct problems and is only escapism).

So speak of continent sexual behavior is open to the understanding that one who is continent or contained enjoys a lively peace of soul in that, by grace, he is contained in God, “hidden with Christ in God” as Saint Paul says, happy to walk in God’s presence. To put it another way, when speaking of “containing”, one recalls this from Saint Paul (2 Corinthians 4:5-7):

“We do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of (Jesus) Christ. But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.”

Other passages from Saint Paul come to mind:

“Avoid immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the immoral person sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Or how about this one…

“I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2)

One will sometimes read the phrase perpetual continence as referring to the result of undertaking a promise or vow of chastity, so that the application of the word refers to not getting married and having children.

When understood with the nexus virtutum in the Thomistic sense, continence, in reference to temperance, can be said to be a virtue. John Paul II speaks of the “imperative of self-control,” bringing one to “the necessity of immediate continence and of habitual temperance” (27 Oct and 4 Nov, 1984).

Biblically, priests who are incontinent deserve death, such as Hophni and Phinehas, the ever so truly evil sons of Eli, who spent their priesthood raping the women at the entrance of the temple (1 Samuel 2,22).

This description of continence may bring up more questions, and that’s good. The series continues.

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01 – Priestly Celibacy Series – Ignace de la Potterie, SJ: All priests are married!

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Father Ignace de la Potterie, S.J., a most extraordinary biblical scholar, was a close friend and confidant in the last years of his life. May the Lord grant rest to his soul. The following heavily researched and careful study is one of his extraordinary works is one which I used in many seminaries and one which caused his fellow Jesuits to become bitter enemies of him. This study has been put up by the Congregation for the Clergy. The bit in this post can be found at Vatican.va. I have much more to say on all this in future installments of this series. If you want to solve the crisis in the Church, you have to pray, and you have to know what you’re talking about. //

The biblical foundation of priestly celibacy

Ignace de la Potterie, S.J. — Biblical scholar

For several centuries there has been much debate as to whether the obligation of celibacy for clerics in major orders (or at least that of living in continence for those who are married) is of biblical origin or whether it is based merely on ecclesiastical tradition dating back to the fourth century, since from then on, without question, legislation exists on the subject. The first of these two possible answers has recently been presented. once again, this time with an extraordinary wealth Continue reading

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00 – Priestly Celibacy Series – Intro

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Some fifteen years ago I wrote a series of handouts for my seminarian students at Good Shepherd Seminary of the Archdiocese of Sydney on Priestly Celibacy. I was invited by the Rector, now an Archbishop elsewhere, to provide something, anything to the seminarians so as to – in his words – inoculate them against the horror they would be getting at the filthy liberal Catholic Institute of Sydney. One of the Cardinal’s advisers asked the Cardinal why he didn’t have me teach right at the Institute, and the Cardinal’s response was that he would have to replace the entire administration and faculty if I were to go there. The response to that is that’s exactly what he should do. ;-)

Anyway, this series will include much of what I gave to the seminarians back then – which was post 2002 mind you – as well as some new material.

It’s obvious to all and sundry that hardly anyone of any standing in the church in the world has any kind of grasp of the issues at hand. Most all seminaries have zero clue how to provide “human formation”. Bishops won’t permit seminarians to formed according to the teaching of the Church, according to natural law. The fraudulence is coming from the top down, hardly the other way.

Let’s not be afraid of reason. Let’s not be afraid of faith. Let’s not be afraid of Jesus. Let’s not be afraid to fix what’s busted. Let’s attack CYA tactics by telling the truth of the glory of what God our Creator has created and how it is that He redeems us, saves us, and draws priests into the Sacred Mysteries. Instead of just reacting to stuff, let’s put something out there that positive, which presents solutions by presenting the fullness of Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

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1/3 kids in ER assessed as suicide risks: loss of identity, self-esteem because…

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  • The stats are stunning, with 1/3 of kids admitted to Emergency Rooms being assessed as suicide risks.
  • The stats are stunning, with that suicide risk stat being in direct correlation with the rise of kids with smart phones using social media.

Kids can be horrific bullies. Kids can be ultra-conformist. If insulted, it’s pretty much 100% certain that kids will take the insult to heart, including the bullies, who are, by the way, the most cowardly, the most projecting of themselves upon others: it’s not them with issues; it’s others! Kids without an identity apart from manipulated reactions to social media use are thus brought to the lowest common denominator of death. If you thought such drama to be limited to those we wrongly call “adults”, you’re wrong; it’s a power thing, even with kids.

Generally speaking, kids don’t have the emotional wherewithal to withstand this kind of assault, or the ability to assault from behind a little screen without having to answer to people right in front of you. That’s why we call young people minors, giving them a different status, limiting their participation in society in all sorts of ways and on all sorts of levels – or at least we used to do that.

But with smart phones, all bets are off. The put-downs, insults, threats and extortion, the sexting, the manipulation, the marginalization… it’s all there, just like with adults. We’re all subject to the weakness of original sin, but kids are less apt to be confronting the world with a full sense of identity and therefore reason and balance.

So, what’s the solution? Merely take away or limit use of smart phones? That’s part of it. The real underlying cause, however, is a lack of identity. Social media has become the identity of kids. But why?

People are seeking self-esteem in the face of a fallen human nature that is so easily manipulated particularly when we have no sense of identity, no base, no foundation, as it were, from which to interact with the world. And people fall, and as they fall, they are smashed down and mocked all the more by those who are just like them, only worse in bullying and cowardice. Seeking self-esteem, they make the absurd claim for themselves that what they do in leveling ranker and insults at others, in hurting themselves with immoral behaviors as manipulated by others, is to do the right thing, because everyone is that way, because in that way they are getting for themselves an identity, however cruel, however much this beats oneself up. “I’m me!” they cry in their self-provided self-esteem, beating themselves up, beating others up. And now they’re adults, they think, being able, however, not to act from any real identity, but in being all the more cruel with those with whom one has chosen to give one’s life in being in mere reaction to them, still defining one’s identity by way of reaction to another. How very mature!

So, again, what’s the solution to a lack of identity, to a lack of self-esteem? Religion.

There’s a politically incorrect answer: religion, which, as a virtue of justice, renders to God that which is due to God, our Creator. God expects us to use our free will to be His good creatures. To use our free will we have to have a base, a foundation of identity from which to act, and this is uncomfortable as people are used to having no identity, to being in mere reaction to others. We don’t like this because we are immediately confronted with the fact that in our weak human nature after original sin we have no way to establish an identity from which to act. For fallen creatures to all of a sudden be good creatures – still in all our weakness in this world – we need the intervention of our Creator, His forgiveness, and the wherewithal – in a bond of friendship, of humble thanksgiving with Him – to have an identity once again, a real identity, that of a creature walking in the presence of his Creator.

Religion: God so loved the world that He sent His only Son to stand in our place, the Innocent for the guilty, so that He might have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us, to re-establish us before Himself, thankful to Him for giving us our identity which we threw away with original sin and whatever of our own. Jesus rendered to His Father, on our behalf, that which God the Father is due. Jesus is religion Incarnate. That’s religion. That’s all it is. Nothing scary. It’s all Jesus. We have our identity in Jesus.

Self-esteem is no longer sought in reaction to others, which is entirely contrary to self-esteem, making oneself lose one’s self-esteem. Self-esteem in Jesus is now provided by Jesus forgiving us and establishing a friendship with us. He says: “I call you friends.”

We get self-esteem by going to Confession and being brought into this friendship with Jesus. Jesus Himself wanted it done this way. Sin offends both God and neighbor, no matter what, no matter how private – even the “privacy” of hiding behind a screen in social-media. Being reconciled isn’t just a matter of saying, “Sorry, God!” Jesus wants us to be reconciled with Himself and all of us. Saint Paul speaks of this as Jesus being the Head of the Body and we the members of the Body. The priest represents all the other members of the Mystical Body of Christ. When the priest gives absolution of sin in the first person singular – “I absolve you…” – it is Christ Jesus who is speaking, and we are reconciled to both Jesus and our neighbor.

Mind you, the guilt of sin being put aside, while that is a great thing, is only the tiniest part of the story in obtaining self-esteem and identity. The absolution brings about forgiveness by way of flooding the soul with sanctifying grace, with the friendship of Jesus.

Self-esteem? “Jesus, God, loves me!” “Jesus, God, loves us!”

Identity? “I am found by Jesus to be one in friendship with Him. He gives me the base, the foundation, to have an identity in Him. In His friendship I need not give in to the temptation to be in mere reaction to others, to the temptation to be down to the lowest common denominator of death. In Jesus, in His friendship, I can even do something good for others, helping to introduce them all the more to the liberty of wholesomeness, of integrity, of honesty, of goodness and kindness, of friendship with Christ Jesus, who will come to the judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen. Maranatha! Come once again to us, Lord Jesus!”

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That’s a bit counter-intuitive, isn’t it? Get self-esteem by confessing one’s sins? Yep. I love it. Christianity is full of irony, the wit and wisdom of Jesus. He loves us. Truly.

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Hating Divine Mercy Chaplet unites ultratraditionalismists and liberals

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To be just is to be merciful. To be merciful is to be just. Mercy is potential part of the virtue of justice, as Aquinas says in his Commentary on the Sentences.

Filthy liberal priests hate Divine Mercy Sunday. They won’t have anything to do with it, rebelling against Holy Hours, devotions, Confessions. “Why do that?” they ask. “There’s no such thing as sin anyway,” they say. I have personally witnessed this around the world.

But then, unexpectedly (though opposites attract), ultra-tradition-al-ism-ists get into the attack mercy game as they want to be “tough” and “heroes” over against all that wimpy and way too saccharine and sugary mercy rubbish, which, because it is mercy, must necessarily manipulate and reject justice, which is what they stand for, you know, being “tough” and “heroes” and all that. And gullible multitudes follow them.

This latter crowd ever so condescendingly and with such aloof finesse and sophistication attack canonized saints and particular devotions. Surely you’ve heard, for instance, the rejection of the saccharine Divine Mercy Chaplet with all of its sugary prayers. Ever sooo sweet and therefore ever sooo to be rejected by those who are serious in their spiritual lives. But let’s just look at that for a moment:


The Sign of the Cross: Let’s see: the Most Holy Trinity; the ultra violent instrument of torture and death, the cross. Bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine, I guess.

The Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, the Apostles Creed: All of these, bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine, I guess.

Decade prayer: Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. — So, this description of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, of sin and redemption, of our Lord’s obedience to the Father, is to be damned as bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine? I don’t get it.

On the 10 Small Beads: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. “For the sake of” is an explication of… wait for it… JUSTICE. The same for the Decade prayer above. Mercy is founded on justice. So, all this talk of justice is bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine? I don’t get it.

Conclusion: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. For those who don’t know, this prayer recalls a part of the ferocious reproaches (the Improperia) on Good Friday during the Veneration of the Cross. That part reaches back to time immemorial and is called the Trisagion:

  • Holy is God! Holy and strong! Holy immortal One, have mercy on us!
  • Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortalis, miserere nobis.
  •  Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς 

All these prayers go to the very heart of all that is Catholic, all that is Christian, all that is of Tradition. It all slams us to our knees in the reality that we are sinners directly on our way to hell if not for Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living God. But that’s all bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine? I don’t get it.

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Missionary of Mercy in 2019 rants on hateful pundits who condemn mercy

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Yes, I’m still a Missionary of Mercy. Yes, I still have special faculties that encourage especially priests to go to Confession with rather difficult sins. I think it’s a good idea. It’s done for the good for the Church. I thank Pope Francis for it.

Hateful pundits speak of statistics of Confessions of priests who have had the special faculties for absolution from the Missionaries of Mercy applied to them, saying that it’s all useless since these faculties are never used anyway. How do they know? Seriously. Do they have Satanic gnostic witchcraft seances, looking into crystal balls? Seriously.  There is something called the Seal of Confession. I, for one, take it seriously.

That there are haters is to be expected, but – oh my – look at the multitudes of gullible people who follow them. What the haters want is that no one but no one goes to Confession. I’ve heard the haters say that all Missionaries of Mercy are not priests. Really? The haters will have to answer for their statements stopping people from going to Confession. If the haters want justice and no mercy, they might well be on their way to getting what they want. That’s just too sad. I’ll happily grant them absolution if they properly desire it. Firm purpose of amendment is required, even for the haters.

For myself, I have not committed any sins against the doctrine or morality of the Church by utilizing these special faculties of the Missionaries of Mercy. I’ve not gone against justice, or anything that is good and holy with the special faculties the Holy Father has granted to me. And I don’t know of any Missionary of Mercy who has done such a thing.

In fact, these faculties are provided with the proviso that nothing in the internal forum will have publicly knowable, practical effect in the external forum. There is to be no internal forum solutions for “marriages”, etc., etc., etc. The Missionaries of Mercy are not agents of Amoris laetitia, which is merely, in the words of Pope Francis in that very document, just a volley in dialogue.

But, I’m all ears. If anyone has cogent arguments as to why Missionaries of Mercy are not validly ordained priests, or that being a Missionary of Mercy risks eternal damnation for such priests, drop a comment in the comments box.

To the rest of those who desire the Mercy of the Lord Jesus in a validly provided absolution in the Sacrament of Confession, don’t worry about what the haters say. Just go to Confession, and go to heaven. We’ve got to make it to heaven!

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Pius XII archives to be opened: Anti-Semitic cover-up in the making?

Emmanuel Célestin Suhard

First of all: THANK YOU POPE FRANCIS for announcing the opening of the archives in March 2020. THANK YOU! But we’ll see what the underlings do. Here’s the AP news story:

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Declaring that the church “isn’t afraid of history,” Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by [some] Jews of staying silent on the Holocaust. Francis told officials and personnel of the Vatican Secret Archives that the archive would be open to researchers starting March 2, 2020.

Yours truly has been seeking a copy of a certain letter forwarding a certain matter to Pius XII. It was sent in to Pius XII directly by the Archbishop of Paris, Emmanuel Célestin Cardinal Suhard. Meanwhile, Pius XII gave this letter of the Cardinal to the Secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission of the day, which, back when, was part and parcel and had the authority of the Holy Office (the Sacred and Supreme of that name), what we now call the CDF, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Holy Office did offer a ferocious response to the matter which is now published. That response is perhaps an example of sarcasm against the stupidity of anti-Semitic “biblical scholars” that hasn’t been seen before or since. The problem is that the matter itself is not published, only the answer to it.

holy officeHaving gotten a bishop to back up my request for a copy of this letter, a recent Prefect of the CDF (now already some ten years ago) responded to say that the letter of Cardinal Suhard relating the matter was not to be found in the archives of the CDF, but were possibly to be found in the personal (and therefore secret) archives of Pius XII himself. Those archives, he said, are to be found in the Secretariat of State. What he could have done, of course, and as is the practice, is to send the inquiry directly to the Secretariat of State. What he did is an evasion. But I digress. The opening of the archives is only a year away. I look forward to it.

From what I can gather, the matter forwarded by Cardinal Suhard detailed the anti-Semitic attitudes of some French biblical “scholars” who, immediately after WWII and the closing of the horrific concentration camps, wanted what they considered to be the idiocy of the Jewish Scriptures smacked down, you know, all the usual hatred that the Jews, wandering about in the desert, couldn’t possibly have copied mythology correctly as they simply didn’t know what they were doing and perhaps belong in concentration camps even today. I want names. “Never again!” means knowing what was going on at the time, right? But we’ll see if the cover-up continues. If it does, I will not be happy. Here’s a video I made, upset with the violence. It’s a reading of the names in the children’s memorial at Yad vaShem (The Power and the Name Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem):

I’d like to make this my next major project, even though there is a realization that there are another couple dozens major projects on the back burners. It’s just that when opportunity hits a strike has to be made. This may have to involve any number of bishops. This may take multiple trips to Rome. I’m just as determined as I ever was. Never give up. Be relentless. Anyway:

THANK YOU, POPE FRANCIS, for announcing the opening of the archives!

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Back again edition) – update

The blog had been locked down. Lots of reasons for that. Back again. Lot’s of logistics done up in the last couple of weeks.

It was pretty much 24/7 in the parish and with stuff around the world. Putting on lots of miles on Sassy the Subaru. So many hospital miles, also interstate. We even had our parish “visitation” by the Vicar Forane, the Bishop’s rep in this part of the Diocese. We passed.

A note to any bloggers out there – just so you know – locking a blog down so that someone has to enter a username and password is as good as locking your house with only a screen door and nothing else, and with that screen door wide open. I didn’t give access to anyone. Nevertheless, the blog was like Grand Central Station. ;-)

The only way to open the blog again is to put up a flower for the Immaculate Conception. Still in bud form, but that’s kind of how we are before being on our way, please God, to heaven, where, as Saint Paul says, grace will turn to glory. We’ve got to get to heaven!

UPDATE (from a dear reader):

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Hyacinthus oriental.
Lily Among Thorns    https://udayton.edu/imri/mary/_resources/docs-pdfs/p/plants-for-a-larger-mary-garden.pdf

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Fraud + Charles Scicluna: God’s love is homosexual

It’s now late February 2019, during the “Abuse Synod.” We see that Scicluna is promoting the legitimacy of homosexuality as not being a disorder. Scicluna has been repeating this for years and years. On July 21, 2013, on the soon to be forcibly closed Holy Souls Hermitage blog, I published the following interlinear commentary on an LGBTQ themed interview of the then new Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Malta, the Most Rev. Charles Scicluna, who has spearheaded now for decades the entire Church’s response to the abuse crisis by letting the most far reaching cause of the crisis – homosexual bullying – get a pass.

Scicluna is one of the masterminds of the “Abuse Synod” of February 2019. He insists that God’s love is the origin of homosexually occasioned “love.” Immediately after I published what you’ll read below, I was ecclesiastically silenced, being forced not only to take down the commentary on that interview I now re-publish below, but I was thrown into a dumpster as I had no way to support myself. This was known.

That didn’t surprise me. It was the tradition-al-ism-ists who took me off-guard. I was attacked as a traitor since Scicluna’s take down of Marcial Maciel had given him the same kind of street cred that was enjoyed by, say, [now laicized Cardinal] McCarrick, who thrived on being “tough on abusers,” gaining street cred for himself in this way. Get it?

For the sycophants of Scicluna, the “tougher” one is, the more of a god one is, the higher on the pedestal one goes. Scicluna instantly became an untouchable hero who could do no wrong. Scicluna’s wild promotion of divinely inspired homosexual “love” was rationalized in the attacks made upon yours truly. Whistleblowers are always attacked by the cowardly, by those who politically correct, those who are entitled to heroes of their choice whether those “heroes” are monsters or not. We see the emergence of the old code of silence, the old omertà, the old cover-up giving one’s heroes a licence to kill, keeping the ever desired cycle of abuse going. This is what the cowardly want.

The YouTube video of this interview has since been taken down. Those attacking me said that it was “highly edited” what with different camera angles and all. Yet, there are long sections of non-interrupted frothing by Scicluna. Moreover – and please note this – the final version of the video was officially sanctioned by both the University LGBT group and the Archdiocese of Malta. That means, for those wanting to silence me in the bottom of a dumpster yet again, that Scicluna absolutely agreed to the presentation of his statements.

These are not just sound bites; there is also lengthy non-interrupted rationale.

Before the video was taken down, I had transcribed every last word of the entire video. The entire text [with my comments] is presented below.

In brief, Scicluna favors legalizing, sanctioning, the relationships of non-heterosexual couples. After all, he insists, homosexual “love” comes from God. How sick.

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Pete Farrugia (typed question pictured):

Is my best friend still eternally damned for loving men instead of women as the priests in our old school told him – Matthias & Marthese [This clearly asks about the grave [im]morality of homosexual acts. Note the relativization of God’s judgment to modern opinion of men: “still eternally…”]

Bishop Scicluna:

I think love is never a sin. God is love. I think that there is a love between males that is the love of friendship, and that is blessed from God. I would distinguish between love between males and sex between males. [Great. But, since he’s answering such a question as this, would it not behoove him to indicate that it is of immediate interest to distinguish between the friendship of two heterosexual males, which is indeed a love of friendship blessed from God, a friendship not sourced through the lens of homosexual attraction, over against a “love” between two homosexuals, a “love” sourced through the lens homosexual attraction, which is not love, but rather inversion? Not making this distinction in the face of such a question misleads one into thinking that homosexually sourced love of friendship (prescinding from sexual acts) has a dignity that comes from God Himself. This is not to say that those who are burdened with same sex attraction cannot be great saints, and truly love God and neighbor of whatever sex most heroically, but one must carry such a cross with a rejection of any “love” that is sourced through homosexual attraction. But he doesn’t say that. Of course, a failure to make distinctions during an interview may be just because he didn’t have any coffee that day. But we’ll see if this lack of distinction comes up again, and what the dire consequences are.] And a question about damnation is not a question I can define, define on, because this is something that is exclusively reserved to God who respects the freedom of an individual. [Chapeau to Bishop Scicluna. What he means here, it is to be guessed, is not that one is free to do what one wants and can get away with it, but that God will, indeed, supply us with the freely chosen consequences of our freely chosen actions, if we do not turn to His mercy. Saint Paul reminds us that the consequences can, in fact, be eternal damnation.] But what the psalm says is that there is mercy of God which is eternal, and my hope for myself and for this friend is that we rely on God’s mercy and His forgiveness. [He’s saying that homosexual acts are objectively sinful, and may very well be subjectively sinful for any given individual, who risks eternal damnation if repentance is not made. Great! And, yes, we have all of us, without exception, me, you, everyone, crucified the Son of the Living God with our sins. With repentance and reliance on God’s mercy and forgiveness, we can indeed have hope. Great! Indeed, I would say this, the Mystical Body of Christ is also supported by those who carry their cross well, including those who are burdened with same sex attraction. But I’m still wondering about that lack of distinction about homosexually sourced “love of friendship.” Let’s continue…]

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Pete Farrugia (typed question pictured):

Recently in France there has been protests both in favour and against gay marriage. What is your opinion about the situation in France? – Sophia

Bishop Scicluna:

Well [He’s laughing here.], my opinion as a Roman Catholic Bishop should be very, very clear, but, I think, and, um, one of the interesting thing that I was noting recently, because we’re talking about something which is very, very recent, and there are people from all walks of life, from all persuasions, who are saying we should be faithful to our definitions. We [By “we” he means all cultures of any nation of any age, and he is, of course, correct on this.] have always defined marriage — even in ancient Greece, where male friendship was also sexual or in pagan Rome, where you had all sorts of behaviors very, very, almost very déjà vu certain things that we see today — but marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and it is the important, stable community that is the building block of society, because it gives a stable environment and a loving environment which is heterosexual for the birth and upbringing of children, that may be males or females. [Excellent!] And it is, it is the community that assures the preservation of the species and also the continuation of society. [Here’s he’s stating civil regulation promoting the kind of heterosexual marriage he has described is necessary. Great! But he’s talking about marriage, here, and he’s talking to someone who is interested in his views on non-heterosexual marriage. So, let’s see what he does for non-heterosexual (such as LGBT) couples:] So I think that there is no need to change the definition of marriage to defend the dignity and give legal recognition to relationships between people who are not heterosexual couples [Catastrophically, his very protection of marriage being reserved to heterosexual couples does not at all forbid him, in his perspective, to promote what he calls the dignity of non-heterosexual couples. He guides and directs that such “dignity” be recognized by way of civil legislation legalizing unions of non-heterosexual couples. In context of what he says above, he intends that such couples in such unions not commit sexual acts. One immediately wonders if he also thinks that such homosexually sourced (or LGBT sourced) “love of friendship”, which he says comes from God, can be blessed by appropriate ceremonies in a Catholic church, such as Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, by a Catholic priest, or bishop for that matter. If one thinks that this is shocking, we only have to remember the many Bishops and Archbishops and, indeed, Cardinals, who have stated time and again that they think that as long as a seminarian is “comfortable” with chaste but deeply rooted homosexuality, that they can and ought to be ordained. This bit about non-heterosexual — but in his view — chaste and legalized unions is simply a logical conclusion of the blessing of a homosexualized number of clergy by many other ecclesiastics. And, mind you, there are those who say that it may be that the entire interview was not presented. I would answer that no matter what other editing took place, there is no possible scenario in which the Bishop could have said what he said legitimately. What he said above was not edited at all. And, again, this presentation was sanctioned by the Archdiocese of Malta. So, now look at what happens:].

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Pete Farrugia:

Do you think that the Church using terms like disorder to refer to homosexual inclination is a stumbling block in furthering dialogue?

Bishop Scicluna:

It doesn’t really help, doesn’t it? I think that the word we should avoid is evil. Because evil is already going in to the moral, you know, judgment of a single act, really. [This is an excellent way to lift an inclination out of the ambit of the morality of an acting upon that inclination. Good. Inclination and acts are different. Just because one has an inclination does not mean that someone is evil. Right. But let’s see how he does an end run around the word disorder so as to inescapably imply that homosexually sourced “love of friendship” is not at all a disorder, but is instead ordered and “blessed from God”:] Now disorder is different because determining it is also relative [!]. It depends on what you say, what you mean when you say ordered [Get ready for a new definition of what ordered is all about after he speaks to the biological aspect only of what is properly ordered according to Judeo-Catholic revelation and teaching…], and I think that there is a reference to the book of creation here. If we open the book of creation which is the book of Genesis for example in the Bible, but the book of creation is our bodies, looking at our bodies, and the way human beings not only relate but also come together. A man and woman come together to be one body. That is the book of creation. Now I’m going, I’m not going to go into the details of the sexual act, but when we’re talking about order, we’re talking about how the male body and the female body are created, and saying they are created to become one body, whereas where we look at two men, and the book of creation doesn’t tell us that they should be one body. And that is where the disorder comes. The order is to us by the book of creation. [He’s definitely ruling out homosexual acts, and inescapably implies that homosexual acts are disordered and indeed, from what he said further above, at least objectively evil, at least on the level of what he thinks the plumbing should work in his imagination. However, you will notice that he is not answering the question about inclination, and, unlike the teaching of the Catholic Church, limits the discussion to that which is biological. Obviously, active homosexuals will have a different opinion about how the possibility of diversely appreciating of the “book of creation”. Active homosexuals will surely insist that the plumbing is effervescently fabulous for themselves. Holy Mother Church, instead, holds that the inclination is itself disordered. See the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2358: “The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.” That Scicluna is purposely limiting the discussion to that which is biological to the end of recognizing what he calls the dignity of non-heterosexual unions is evident by, in fact, his promotion of legislation promoting the legalizing of unions of non-heterosexual couples, unions which he seems to think will be entirely chaste as a love of friendship blessed by God. But this is already a sin against chastity: holding specifically homosexually sourced “love” to have its origin in God is blasphemous. The Catechism does say that “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” However, forbidding the legalization of unions of non-heterosexual couples is not a sign of unjust discrimination.]

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Pete Farrugia:

And finally, Father, do you have a message for the students from part of the LGBT community at the university?

Bishop Scicluna:

They are welcome in the Church and there is a place for them in the Church, and I would suggest that whatever they do in life they cherish good friendships, good, safe, chaste friendships. I know it’s a tall order from a short bishop, bishop, but it comes with great respect and also fraternal love. [Non-heterosexual couples who live in legalized or non-legalized unions by that very lifestyle proclaim that their non-heterosexually sourced “love of friendship” is not disordered. They reject a most basic teaching of the Church. This is not blessed by God. This is not chaste, even if there are no sex acts. Those who are in such unions gravely scandalize the faithful. Grave scandal is, objectively, grave sin. Scicluna’s  niceness doesn’t make it all better.]

Pete Farrugia:

Thank you very much.

Bishop Scicluna:

Most welcome.

[Saying such things as did Bishop Charles J. Scicluna presents a world-view which radically — I would say militantly — promotes the homosexualist agenda. What truly Catholic bishop could possibly promote the legalization of a sealing of a relationship of two deeply rooted homosexuals who think, with his help, that such a disorientation is actually good and wholesome, and who, strongly homosexually attracted to each other, will be living under the same roof? Who could possibly pretend that they will easily remain chaste? It’s absurd. All of it. Still today, in February 2019, Scicluna insists that there is no added weakness for homosexuals, and therefore, no disorder. These are all steps to the normalization of homosexual acts as being completely moral and sanctioned by God. That’s not good. Whether I end up in a dumpster again or not, I cannot remain silent in the face of Scicluna’s homosexualization of the Church.]

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (seeing bad when seeing good edition)

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Everyone else sees a daffodil and praises God. I see the following and, having my heart ripped out of my chest, still praise God, and give the daffodil to the Immaculate Conception.

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The Archbishop Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops brought me to a Handel’s Messiah concert having some 300 singers at the Paul VI Audience Hall back in the 1990s. I told him afterward that while all the glorious music was going on I was thinking of Haiti and Rwanda, to Auschwitz. He said, rather sharply: “Don’t do that! Just enjoy it!”

I tried to explain, failing, I think, that it’s all of a piece. It’s all one. If you sing about the redemption you have to do it from a perspective of us needing to be redeemed, and that makes the singing all the more beautiful.

If one gives a yellow daffodil to the Immaculate Conception, the good Jewish mom of Jesus, it’s still good to also carry the weight of the Shoah. She does. He does. It makes the giving of the yellow daffodil all the more appropriate and wonderful.

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Can Bishop Conlon offer fatherly governance of the family of faith he doubts is a family of faith?

Jesus Peter Keys Kingdom Founding Catholic Church

Bishop Conlon says he has no idea as to whether Jesus intended to found a Church. This statement was presented on the diocesan website with no further context as it apparently stood on its own. The diocese then took that down without providing any other context than to say (ignoring the bishop) that the diocese holds up the Catechism. So, Bishop Conlon’s context is not provided and he offers no clarification. He can just scandalize the faithful and then run away like the scandal never happened, making it worse, making it seem that there is no fatherly care by the bishop of the family of faith in his care. The question is, where is he running? That’s up to him to answer. But on a practical level, what is Bishop Conlon saying about the legitimacy of his being a bishop if he is questioning the legitimacy of the existence of the Church?

Bishop Conlon, you cannot lead with fatherly governance the family of faith which one holds to be suspect of not being a family of faith.

  • Hit and run is despicable.
  • Scandalizing the faithful and then running is despicable.

But this has become the modus agendi – the way of acting – of so many.

To the point: That’s sad, for Bishop Conlon and for other bishops. Beyond that, beyond praying that such sadness be transformed into truth and therefore joy, so what? Who gives a crap that Bishop Conlon is a make-pretend sophisticate in what comes down to blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (who inspired the Scriptures) and what descends into denial of Jesus who said that if we deny Him He will deny us before our Heavenly Father? That becomes a matter between Bishop Conlon and the Judge of all.

In other words, just because some guy who is a bishop is content to attempt to scandalize the faithful – where’s his context? where’s his explanation? – let’s not ourselves take scandal, let’s not be scandalized. Instead, let that lack of fatherly care, that lack of fatherly governance be an encouragement to us to be all the more faithful to our Lord. We see the darkness and don’t like it, so, let’s be with the Light all the more.

The worst thing that can happen is that when an abuser of the faith is on the loose we allow that abuser to continue abusing us by letting his abuse of us be an excuse to be controlled by that abuse of power, letting our faith be destroyed by someone who – by all intents, purposes and reconstructions, objectively speaking – enjoys that abuse of power in destroying and smashing down others.

Whatever with Bishop Conlon, I beg Jesus that I, a sinner, be able to receive the forgiveness of Jesus and remain with Jesus and bring others to Jesus, who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire.

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