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No Catholic can vote for Joe Biden: Pro-life priests explain

Now, there’s an opinion. Am I still within the guidelines of the USCCB? If anyone thinks I’m being one-sided, not following the rules, and would like to see the other side of this, namely, that “Only real Catholics vote for Joe Biden”, then – Hey! – make another video of the same length and I’ll put it up here. No, really! But, here’s the deal, it has to be a Catholic priest or, say, deacon, whether diocesan or, say, a Jesuit. No, really! Be creative! Tell us how the most pro-abortion maniac, the most anti-free-exercise-of-religion candidate, Joe Biden, anti-Catholic on… really… everything… tell us how he is better than the most pro-life candidate this country has ever seen, Donald Trump, who is also the most pro-free-exercise-of-religion we have ever seen. So, this is a debate. I think that’s allowed by the first amendment without prejudice. Right? Right? 

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USCCB pro-death hypocrites

  • Apparently, some USCCB staffer made a remark that seemed to be pro-Trump, and so she was forthwith fired from her job.
  • Apparently, some USCCB staffer made a remark that was pro-Kamala Harris and nothing happened whatsoever.

The USCCB is just a bunch of pro-abortion fanatics, bullying others with their blatant partisan pro-death politics into making sure that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are elected.

That’s all to be expected. Jesus picked Judas also because He wanted to make sure that we knew that He understood. He suffered this kind of betrayal of Life.

Still, what surprises me is that there are apparently good Catholics who insist that the hypocritical policies of the USCCB are to be followed. Count me out. This priest is not going to be politically correct with those who promote the killing of the image of God in the womb. Ain’t gonna happen.

Some wimps say: “I was forced into compromise, betrayal, sin.” That is simply never true. What do any of us have to lose for continuing to do all that is righteous and just and merciful? Our lives? Pfft! We will gain our lives in heaven because of our witness to Jesus who is Life.

  • “Father Byers, you don’t understand! You’re supposed to hold your own life in this world as precious, to be protected at any cost! Don’t witness to Jesus! Bow down to the pro-aborts! We do!”

Yuck. I would rather be tortured to death.

  • “Father Byers, you don’t understand! We have power! We can have you shut down, silenced. We’ll call you an apostate, a schismatic, an excommunicate – splutter splutter – unless you promote our pro-abort candidates, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. We’ll make sure you are removed from you parish, thrown on the street, a wanderer, accursed. We’ll make sure to make your life HELL!”

Pfft! Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn said that he was not afraid of any torture to which he was subjected. Rather, he was afraid that, while looking into the eyes of his torturer he saw no conscience. But I say that we are not to fear even such as that – and I have seen that in the eyes of pro-abort politician-torturers of the unborn that zero-conscience thing. Instead, we are to look into the eyes of Christ Jesus and see that He has seen the zero-conscience thing in all, from Adam until the last man is conceived, and we are to see that Jesus was not afraid even of that. Better, when Jesus’ eyes close in death (like the Master, so the disciple), let’s look into the eyes of Jesus’ Immaculate Mother so as to see that she also was not afraid:

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Fr Pavone slams US Bishops for censorship that exceeds Canon Law and Federal Law

I’ve been trying to write something exactly like that. It’s like Father Pavone took the words out of my mouth. I agree with what Father Pavone has written 100%. I’ll just put up what he wrote in the graphics above, as I am so frustrated with the pro-abortion, anti-free-exercise-of-religion, racist, anti-military, anti-police, pro-chaos, pro-marxist, pro-same-sex-marriage, clearly pro-Democrat, pro-Biden, but anti-Catholic doctrine and and anti-Catholic morality of the USCCB that it’s difficult for me to put two sentences together without guessing the USCCB’s response to any dialogue.

I end up putting words in the mouths of the USCCB, words like these:

Bishops: “God damn God and God damn neighbor because we bishops want peace with fallen human nature, and we bishops want peace with Satan. The only way to do that is to abandon God and neighbor and truth. We bishops won’t tolerate any reverence and humble thanksgiving before that, that Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life only for total losers who don’t think that we bishops alone are the ones, the only ones, the heroes, the ones who lead humanity!”

I mean, the entire history of the bishops (generally speaking, mind you), is to promote with all their might full-on marxist organizations like ACORN, like Catholic Relief Services, like Catholic Campaign for Human Development. I don’t collect for them. I won’t.

I’ll have no part of the Bishops’ bully pulpit to promote anti-Christ Biden. I will continue to evangelize the Natural Law, Catholic doctrine and Catholic morality, even if the USCCB makes a move to have me censored and silenced. I absolutely couldn’t care less. This life is very short. Eternity? Lemme just say this: I’d rather go to heaven forever and ever than go along to get along with everyone sliding into hell congratulating each other.

To put it differently, what with me being the SSL STD Scripture scholar guy:

“A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured. Then the high priest rose up and all his companions, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and, filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, “Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.” When they heard this, they went to the temple early in the morning and taught. When the high priest and his companions arrived, they convened the Sanhedrin, the full senate of the Israelites, and sent to the jail to have them brought in. But the court officers who went did not find them in the prison, so they came back and reported, “We found the jail securely locked and the guards stationed outside the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” When they heard this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were at a loss about them, as to what this would come to. Then someone came in and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are in the temple area and are teaching the people.” Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them in, but without force, because they were afraid of being stoned by the people. When they had brought them in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, “We gave you strict orders (did we not?) to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, as is the holy Spirit that God has given to those who obey him.” When they heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death. But a Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up, ordered the men to be put outside for a short time, and said to them, “Fellow Israelites, be careful what you are about to do to these men. Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important, and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed, and all those who were loyal to him were disbanded and came to nothing. After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census. He also drew people after him, but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered. So now I tell you, have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” They were persuaded by him. After recalling the apostles, they had them flogged, ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them. So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Messiah, Jesus. (Acts 5:16-42 [indulging in irony, I take that passage from the bishops’ own NAB].)

////////////////////////// Just to be clear, our own bishop in this diocese is likely the best bishop in these United States, very Catholic, very prayerful, not at all censorious. :-)

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Challenge to Nuncio + Christophe Pierre

Recently the Apostolic Nuncio to these USA, during the general assembly of the bishops, demanded concrete signs of submission to the “magisterium” of Pope Francis. I took that as a bullying threat because, well, there is no such thing.

Here’s the deal: No Pope has his own magisterium. His teaching is to be the teaching of Jesus, and of Jesus’ Church throughout the ages. For instance, if a Pius IX or a Pius XII pronounces something ex-Cathedra, say, about the Immaculate Conception or about the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that’s nothing different from what the Church has always believed. I would never reduce such teaching merely to the idiosyncratic wierdnesses of some particular individual Bishop of Rome. No. This is Catholic teaching of the ages.

Pope Francis has never pronounced anything in an ex-Cathedra manner. Moreover, the thing most pushed for compliance, for submission, is Amoris laetitia. But Pope Francis called that a dialogue in it’s opening paragraphs. It’s means nothing on the level of teaching or “magisterium.”

If such pressure is given – and the pressure is a green light to not give believing priests assignments, and eventually to dismiss them from the clerical state – it can only refer to insisting on submission to the most unorthodox interpretations.

Thus, I guess it’s being demanded to put Pachamama idols on our altars with the Holy Sacrifice of Jesus. I guess we’re supposed to put Pachamama consort idols of a fully sexually erect man up on the altar as in the Vatican Gardens pagan worship ceremony at which Pope Francis blessed the idol. I guess we’re supposed to say that Jesus sinned against His mother. I guess we’re supposed to say that women with more than two children are rabbits (my mom had four children). I guess…

Should I go on?

My challenge to you +Christophe Pierre, is to come up with a list of things to which we bishops and priests must adhere so as to be counted among the supporters of Pope Francis.

You would think this would be about Jesus.

But no. This is all self-referential. Prometheam. Pelagian. Self-absorbed.

I will not submit to idiocy. I am a Catholic priest. I am priest of Jesus Christ. A priest forever in the line of Melchizedek. I will not submit to Satanic idiocy.

P.S. One might speak of the magisterium of JPII and, for instance, that saints efforts with the JPII Institute for Marriage and the Family. But all that is only hailed because it is reflective of that which is Catholic. It is Catholic. It is the magisterium of the Church. Nothing that Pope Francis has been vomiting out has anything to do with such doctrine, such morality, such integrity, such honesty, such honor.

If there’s no honor, there’s no obedience from me.

Hier stehe ich. Ich kann nicht anders. Gott helfe mir. Amen. And Amen.

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Threaten all you want Pierre: I will be faithful to Jesus and the Church

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Later in the address…

  • “While we can reflect on this communion in a theological way, we ought to examine it practically, namely by measuring to what extent we as individuals  and our local churches have received the Magisterium of Pope Francis. […] The pastoral thrust of this pontificate must reach the American people, especially as families continue to demand of dioceses and parishes the accompaniment envisioned by Amoris laetitia.”

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And that’s a green light for bishops to smash down priests who simply want to be priests of the Catholic Church, of Jesus, faithful to the Sacred Scriptures, Sacred Tradition and the constant and infallible Magisterium of the Church. This is bullying, and a signalling of a new inquisition in which faithfulness and goodness and kindness and actual mercy and truth is punished.

What a joke. Pfft. The grace of Jesus, friendship with Jesus, is stronger than threats, stronger than our weakness, stronger than marginalization and torture and death. What a joke. I mean, look at the hellish betrayal of China by the Holy See. What do we expect? Of course it will be our turn. As the Master, so the disciple.

Look, people: This isn’t things falling apart. As a friend in Rome said: “Finally! A persecution! It means that Jesus loves us, that He hasn’t forgotten us. Finally we have the gift, the privilege to witness to Jesus.”

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Damned CCHD USCCB Hypocrisy: How long, O Lord?

This is Michael Voris fighting for the splendor of the truth with all his might, and, I must say, he does an absolutely superb job. Thank you, Michael. It’s because of episodes like this that this priest stopped taking collections for the CCHD of the hypocritical USCCB decades ago. Stunning work, as it has been all these years on this very topic.

The Second Special Collection for the CCHD, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development taken in all parishes of (arch)dioceses etc of the USCCB, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is not Catholic, indeed, is anti-Catholic, is certainly a Democratic campaign, is certainly inhuman and inhumane, and means to take away all development. The CCHD of the USCCB is pro-contraception, pro-abortifacients, pro-abortion, pro-gay, pro-socialist/marxist fill in the blank with filth of whatever horrible blight on society there could possibly be. This has been going on for forty years. There’s a complaint each year, a cover-up each year, another exposition about the continuing hypocrisy, another entrenching in absolute filth and murder. It goes on and on…

Hey! There’s something in it for participating bishops! They get 25% of the dollars right off the top! Way to profit off the corpses of the babies, your Excellencies! Great work! And I spit in all your faces. You risk going straight to hell.

And if the USCCB wants to suspend this priest for saying that they have s*** for brains, so be it. I don’t say it because they are not smart. They’re very smart. I say it because they’ve used their intelligence to replace their brains with s*** on purpose. I’m not going to participate in the murder of kids by taking a collection in church for the murder of kids. What the hell…

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USCCB! Be subject to Dallas Charter National Catholic Risk Retention Group

[[I got the following email from the Diocese and before that from the USCCB. To me this is a statement of hypocrisy. Until the bishops treat themselves the same way they treated and do now treat priests, I won’t for a second believe they are sincere. How did they treat priests, you know, with the Dallas Charter and The National Catholic Risk Retention Group? Here’s how:

An accusation comes in to an (arch)diocese about a priest. The priest is away anointing the sick at the hospital. He returns to find the rectory locked, all his things thrown out on the lawn with no explanation. No priest will talk to him. No bishop. It’s winter, and sleeting. He has no where to go. He’s innocent. But now even his own family will not talk to him. All friends have disappeared. At about six hours into the night under a bridge, he instead jumps off. Meanwhile, in those hours, the bishop has paid off a settlement, slitting the throat of the priest just in case he is still alive, and even if he isn’t. They say this isn’t proof of guilt, but that payment is used against him. At best he is out of the priesthood forever with no chance to defend himself, no due process, totally shamed. Maybe he will remember the beatitudes, but his seminary training was surely not about Jesus, just about CYA. At worst he has despaired. Bishops say that they are heroes for doing this, you know, because they saved thirty pieces of silver. Let’s see how nicely they treat themselves. They could have just said that the Dallas Charter and rules of The National Catholic Risk Retention Group applies to them as well (no lawyers, putting the accuser in charge, making instant settlement payments, holding priest to be guilty because they were ordained), but this is what the bishops avoided since the very beginning. Moreover, I wan’t to see the bishops place sanctions on themselves, like laicization, or if from the laity, another just penalty, if anyone says that homosexual abuse is actually pedophilia so as to protect the “legitimacy” of homosexuality. That covers just about all the laity in the media, and almost all bishops. The vast vast vast majority of cases were homosexual, not involving pedophilia. Anyway, here’s that email:]]

Dear Fathers,

Below you will find a statement that has just been issued by the USCCB. It deals with the situation involving Archbishop McCarrick and the revelations of the Pennsylvania grand Jury. The gist of this communication is that significant change is coming on a variety of different fronts. As you get questions about these matters the statement will be a good reference to provide the faithful with answers. -d

David Hains – Director of Communication – Diocese of Charlotte
From: USCCB – Public Affairs on behalf of USCCB – Public Affairs
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 11:05 AM
To: “Hains, David W.”
Subject: President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Announces Effort That Will Involve Laity, Experts, and the Vatican as U.S. Bishops Resolve to Address “Moral Catastrophe”

President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Announces Effort That Will Involve Laity, Experts, and the Vatican stating, “Let me ask you to hold us to all of these resolutions,” as U.S. Bishops’ Offer Firm Resolve to Address “Moral Catastrophe”

August 16, 2018

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement after a series of meetings with members of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and other bishops. The following statement includes three goals and three principles, along with initial steps of a plan that will involve laity, experts, and the Vatican. A more developed plan will be presented to the full body of bishops at their general assembly meeting in Baltimore in November.

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:

“Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Two weeks ago, I shared with you my sadness, anger, and shame over the recent revelations concerning Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. Those sentiments continue and are deepened in light of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. We are faced with a spiritual crisis that requires not only spiritual conversion, but practical changes to avoid repeating the sins and failures of the past that are so evident in the recent report. Earlier this week, the USCCB Executive Committee met again and established an outline of these necessary changes.

The Executive Committee has established three goals: (1) an investigation into the questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick; (2) an opening of new and confidential channels for reporting complaints against bishops; and (3) advocacy for more effective resolution of future complaints. These goals will be pursued according to three criteria: proper independence, sufficient authority, and substantial leadership by laity.

We have already begun to develop a concrete plan for accomplishing these goals, relying upon consultation with experts, laity, and clergy, as well as the Vatican. We will present this plan to the full body of bishops in our November meeting. In addition, I will travel to Rome to present these goals and criteria to the Holy See, and to urge further concrete steps based on them.

The overarching goal in all of this is stronger protections against predators in the Church and anyone who would conceal them, protections that will hold bishops to the highest standards of transparency and accountability.

Allow me to briefly elaborate on the goals and criteria that we have identified.

The first goal is a full investigation of questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick. These answers are necessary to prevent a recurrence, and so help to protect minors, seminarians, and others who are vulnerable in the future. We will therefore invite the Vatican to conduct an Apostolic Visitation to address these questions, in concert with a group of predominantly lay people identified for their expertise by members of the National Review Board and empowered to act.

The second goal is to make reporting of abuse and misconduct by bishops easier. Our 2002 “Statement of Episcopal Commitment” does not make clear what avenue victims themselves should follow in reporting abuse or other sexual misconduct by bishops. We need to update this document. We also need to develop and widely promote reliable third-party reporting mechanisms. Such tools already exist in many dioceses and in the public sector and we are already examining specific options.

The third goal is to advocate for better procedures to resolve complaints against bishops. For example, the canonical procedures that follow a complaint will be studied with an eye toward concrete proposals to make them more prompt, fair, and transparent and to specify what constraints may be imposed on bishops at each stage of that process.

We will pursue these goals according to three criteria.

The first criterion is genuine independence. Any mechanism for addressing any complaint against a bishop must be free from bias or undue influence by a bishop. Our structures must preclude bishops from deterring complaints against them, from hampering their investigation, or from skewing their resolution.

The second criterion relates to authority in the Church. Because only the Pope has authority to discipline or remove bishops, we will assure that our measures will both respect that authority and protect the vulnerable from the abuse of ecclesial power.

Our third criterion is substantial involvement of the laity. Lay people bring expertise in areas of investigation, law enforcement, psychology, and other relevant disciplines, and their presence reinforces our commitment to the first criterion of independence.

Finally, I apologize and humbly ask your forgiveness for what my brother bishops and I have done and failed to do. Whatever the details may turn out to be regarding Archbishop McCarrick or the many abuses in Pennsylvania (or anywhere else), we already know that one root cause is the failure of episcopal leadership. The result was that scores of beloved children of God were abandoned to face an abuse of power alone. This is a moral catastrophe. It is also part of this catastrophe that so many faithful priests who are pursuing holiness and serving with integrity are tainted by this failure.

We firmly resolve, with the help of God’s grace, never to repeat it. I have no illusions about the degree to which trust in the bishops has been damaged by these past sins and failures. It will take work to rebuild that trust. What I have outlined here is only the beginning; other steps will follow. I will keep you informed of our progress toward these goals.

Let me ask you to hold us to all of these resolutions. Let me also ask you to pray for us, that we will take this time to reflect, repent, and recommit ourselves to holiness of life and to conform our lives even more to Christ, the Good Shepherd.”

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Oh, did I mention that a homosexualist chairman of The National Catholic Risk Retention Group is fulfilling a twenty year prison sentence?

Oh, did I mention that I would like to see bishops recognize the due process rights of priests?

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Father Thomas Weinandy: Thank you! Hoping Pope Francis reinstates you.

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Dear Father Weinandy, I’m hoping that Pope Francis will reject the sycophants at the USCCB and reinstate you for your honestly trying your best to lay self-referential interests aside in favor of the Church and indeed the whole world. We all need such honest friendship. The Holy Father can take or leave what you say, but one should treasure any sincere words that you offer just because first of all they are offered in good faith. The USCCB has made it all about bullying. That’s so sad. I thank you for making it all about Jesus and His Immaculate Bride, the Church. May Mary’s Son strengthen you.

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US Catholic Bishops: Law Enforcement Officers are guilty always & everywhere of racist violence because they are LEOs

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LEO STATS 32In his capacity as President of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, has demonstrated his anti-Cop attitude, in an attempt to pit all Law Enforcement against the Catholic Church and all peoples against Law Enforcement. This is an encouragement of more violence against Law Enforcement Officers (which, in his view and that of Black Lives Matter, is a race war of black against blue, as if all LEOs were white or effectively white). A cursory glance of his statement might leave one with the impression that he is against violence. I’ve written of this already (Ambush-Assassinations of our LEOs: Damnable statement of the USCCB) but we need to drill into this deeper. It seems that I’m the only one willing to do so. Am I wrong. I think not. My emphases and [comments]. ///

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement (HERE) in relation to the July 17 fatal shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Lousiana [sic]. Full statement follows.

Archbishop Kurtz USCCB“Stop, no more of this!” (LK 22:51) [This citation is his title for his statement. These words of Jesus reprimanding Peter for using his sword to protect Jesus sets up an equivocation between self-defense of self and others on the one hand and then on the other hand Jesus willingly laying down His life for our salvation, standing in our stead, the innocent for the guilty, that He might have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us. This is a false equation because you and I are not Jesus redeeming the world, nor are we in Gethsemane with Peter when Jesus is laying down His life. There are many times we can and should and must lay down our lives as well (e.g. Saint Thomas More), but self-defense of self and others outside of Gethsemane is the right thing to do inasmuch as we can do it. It is charitable and a positive contribution to the virtue of justice and can involve laying down one’s life as well, yes, also as a martyr. There is no greater love…]

A Statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops [In other words, this is done in his official capacity and so is speaking for all the bishops of the the U.S. Bishops Conference.]

I offer my prayers for the officers and families affected by the horrible shooting in Baton Rouge. We find ourselves amid a prolonged prayer of lament as we join to console the grieving and support the suffering. [Agree…] People are suffering because their uniform is blue [Agree, because we mourn together… but then…], suffering because their skin is black [Whoa! In this context he’s saying that ALL Law Enforcement Officers always and everywhere are violent racists.] and suffering simply because of their station in life. [Wow. So, in this context, he is saying that poor people suffer from all Law Enforcement everywhere because they are poor.]

The temptation to respond to violence with violence is strong. Even St. Peter himself lashed out upon the arrest of our beloved Savior. Jesus’ response was clear. “Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword” (MT 26:52). [Not “sheath” but “place” which also means “proper usage” or “office.” In other words, with Jesus purposely laying down His life, this is not the time or place, though not to say that there isn’t a proper time or place for the sword.]. As followers of Christ, let us always embrace love and ask ourselves how we can best invite all people of good will to live with us in peace [In other words, the Bishops are saying that all Law Enforcement Officers and our Military for that matter are anti-Christs for taking up the sword for the self-defense of self or others. This is a terrible insult. They risk their lives 24/7/365 for you and I. What a terrible insult to them. Look, the “living by the sword” bit refers to a sword outside of it’s proper usage. Jesus’ words are NOT against weapons as such.].

The reasons for so much suffering are complex and varied. As a society, we must come together to address the lingering evil of racism, the need to safeguard our citizens from the present danger of extremism and the overall breakdown of civility [He’s talking about black violence (his generalization) against LEOs and that of LEOs (his generalization) against blacks. But his generalizations do not express reality. There are simply a handful of individuals on both sides who do things they shouldn’t. Period. To generalize is actually to encourage a race war and a war against Law Enforcement Officers (in his perspective).]. As a Church, we will seek out ways to foster this life-saving dialogue. Answers will not come easily nor as quickly as we need. We must continue searching and listening until they do. [So, are Law Enforcement Officers NOT supposed to supply overwhelming force to stop someone who is pumping bullets into their fellow Officers in an active shooter ambush/assassination situation? They can and should and must do this. Dear Archbishop, let’s see you walk up to an active shooter and tell him to get with the program of dialogue. No, seriously, do a ride along with your local Law Enforcement every night and get dropped off in front of the active shooter shooting the windshield of the cruiser you’re riding in. Then command the Officer to drive away so that you don’t have the benefit of armed backup as he continues to pump bullets into those in the situation. No, really! Put your life where your mouth is. I’ve signed up to volunteer for the local Crime Victims support team, which does do ride-alongs to violent crimes. But I see no reason for armed Law Enforcement to drop me off and run away so I can dialogue with some guy while he beats a woman and her kids to death. I would want LEOs along while a Gas Station Attendant is dying and there’s an active shooter in the area. I would want them there, armed to the teeth. But, I insist. Practice what you preach. But you know what. It won’t happen. Not because you wouldn’t try, but because Law Enforcement would also protect you from yourself. And they don’t all of a sudden want a hostage situation. You would only make the situation worse and put more Officers at risk. Get it?]

As we seek a dialogue that cultivates a true respect for every human being, we should also seek ways, large and small, to be a sign of hope in the everyday routines of life. [Great. That’s invited by Law Enforcement, but there’s a time and a place.] The next time you are pulled over by a police officer or walk past one on the street, thank him or her for their service [but not for their service with weapons, right? They would soon all be dead. Some thanksgiving that is.]. For those in law enforcement, the next time you make a traffic stop, thank the person for their time [“time”? How about: “Thanks, Officer, sir, for putting your life at risk for us each and every day”? How about that.]. The task of building a society upon the strong foundation of love begins with each one of us every day. [Right, and that love encourages one to make a positive contribution to the virtue of justice by way of a self-defense that needs in the present conditions weapons that bring overwhelming force to an unjust and mortal aggressor.]

===== My continued comment:

Dear Archbishop Kurtz and bishops of these United States and territories:

Take a look at my Officer Down! website and read through the speech I wrote for our Officer Down! Memorial Dinner, and then take a look at my Officer Down! Twitter feed. Learn a lesson about mercy. And then, I beg you on behalf of our Law Enforcement Officers and on behalf of peace in these United States and on behalf of the Catholic Church in these United States, please, retract your comments and put out something that respects the rights of all. You have unjustly incriminated Law Enforcement Officers, all black and poor people. Have mercy.

Father George David Byers
Missionary of Mercy for Pope Francis in this Year of Mercy

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Ambush-Assassinations of our LEOs: Damnable statement of the USCCB

LEO ASSASSINATIONS USCCB STATEMENT

I’m still planning on dedicating a post only to Luke 22:51, Matthew 26:52, et al. But in this post I just ask the question as to whether Archbishop Kurtz, precisely as president of the USCCB, is implying (amidst his appeals to say: “Have a nice day!”) that any wrongful action of this or that individual of Law Enforcement is to be put on the same level as any and all Law Enforcement Officers being targeted for ambush and assassination. That’s just a not so hidden way to encourage deadly violence.

Here’s the deal: If a Law Enforcement Officer is alleged to have done something wrong, then he is to go through investigations and, if necessary, the penal process. Period. But the Archbishop’s statement seems to reject all judicial processes, so that it is now just up to dialogue and encouragement of saying “Have a nice day!” and what will be will be.

What? Were the officers who responded to the ambush-assassinations not supposed to have supplied overwhelming force to the violent individuals to make them stop? Are they to be condemned? Is everyone who is in Law Enforcement a racist? What an insult and condemnation of all Law Enforcement.

The statement of the USCCB is perhaps the most unhelpful/inciting/provocative statement to date. What are they thinking? What do they really want? This is not good.

I bet that statement was written by a Black Lives Matter ghost writer. Just my opinion.

Dear Archbishop: All lives matter.

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