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Innocent Fr Basil Hutsko attacked by the… bishops? and the Holy See?

And so it begins?

From the chancery of the Parma Eparchy: PRAYER REQUEST: Fr. Basil Hutsko was attacked and knocked unconscious this morning in the altar servers sacristy at his parish in Merrillville, Indiana after celebrating Liturgy. The attacker choked him and slammed his head to the ground. Fr. Basil lost consciousness. Before going unconscious Fr. Basil heard the attacker say, “This is for all the kids!” (reference to the clergy sex abuse coverage in the media.) All clergy are now targets and need to be vigilant. However it must also be clear that Fr. Hutsko was a random target. He is NOT guilty of any sex abuse. Fr. Hutsko is being examined in the hospital at this time.

No. This is not an occasion to say: “And so it begins.” This violence against priests has been going on ever since the U.S. Bishops and The National Catholic Risk Retention Group and their sycophants in the Holy See decided that the best way to go about things is to treat priests as guilty of abuse because they were ordained, so that an accusation is proof of guilt, so that that money can be paid to those who call those bishops heroes for being “tough” for not allowing due process.

There is little difference between Fr Basil Hutsko’s attacker not granting due process and the Bishops collectively not granting due process. The bishops provided the example, an example of claimed divine mandate. You know someone is going to take up the example.

But the bishops will get their comeuppance. Unfortunately, as all the guilty ones retire out, it will be the good ones who get punished just like Fr Basil Hutsko paid the price owed by this guilty counterparts. That’s what happened to Jesus. I suggest to the good ones, however, that they ought best do what is right before God, and grant due process.

Dear bishops: mercy is the provision of the justice of due process. It what Jesus wants. And this is all about Jesus, right? Right?

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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.

pope francis asperges

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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