Friday, October 21, 2011

Modern Contradictions

Here is a fine example of one of the many contradictions inherent in the modern world and its approach to our problems. The world is up in arms against the papacy for the unfolding European priest sex abuse scandal and demanding that the pope crack down on abusers and discipline lethargic bishops. Yet those same critics explode with indignation when someone in the Vatican hits the nail on the head and points out the obvious fact that this deplorable tragedy is linked to the presence of homosexuality in the priesthood. "How dare you insinuate that homosexuality has any connection to pedophilia!" the critics of the Church are raging. "There is absolutely no correlation between the two!"

All the outrage follows this statement of Cardinal Bertone in Chile this week:

"Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and paedophilia, but many others have shown, I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia. This pathology is one that touches all categories of people, and priests to a lesser degree in percentage terms. The behaviour of the priests in this case, the negative behaviour, is very serious, is scandalous."

The world is constantly clamoring about problems but rejecting the obvious solutions to those problems, because the real solutions contradict the commonly accepted secular-humanist worldview held by most in the west. So convoluted is their thinking that they may actually take the problem and extol it as a positive virtue - as in this article the presence of homosexuals in active Church ministry is considered a positive good. Likewise, things that are positive are made into the culprits - like celibacy.

Cardinal Bertone is being so roundly condemned because his words violate two implied tenets of modern thought: First, that celibacy is an outmoded and unreasonable discipline that actually causes sexual deviancy; second, that homosexuality is a perfectly licit lifestyle with absolutely no unpleasant or negative aspects whatsoever. Because of these two firmly rooted assumptions, the modern world cannot and will not accept any explanation of apology from the Church that contradicts them. The real target here is celibacy. This is nothing less than a great big cannon of public pressure aimed at getting the Church to put the blame on clerical celibacy in order to abolish the discipline.

Is this minimizing the horror of what happened? Not at all. In fact, the Vatican shows it is willing to face up to what really happened because it is getting to the real root of the problem calling it out - the intolerable presence of active homosexuals in Church ministry. It is, paradoxically, the opponents of the Vatican who refuse to see the truth because they are unwilling to connect the dots and admit that maybe, just maybe, sticking active homosexuals in ministry is anything less than a great idea. It is the vociferous critics of the Church who are accusing the pope of covering up the truth that are in fact engaged in a massive fraud., their constant attempts to sell the world on the innocent goodness of homosexuality. But that is one of the many, bizarre contradictions of modernity.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011


Accountant's Report Accuses L.I. Diocese of Hoarding Funds

Critics are accusing Long Island's Roman Catholic diocese of accumulating $119 million in reserve funds, an amount they say is grossly excessive and should be used for worthy causes.

The criticism is based on a newly released study conducted by an accountant who is a parishioner in the diocese and concludes that the church's reserves are enough to pay four years of operating expenses.

H. Richard Grafer, a Catholic and a retired partner in the Arthur Andersen accounting firm, studied financial reports issued by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, which covers Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Mr. Grafer, who is involved with a local chapter Voice of the Faithful, a national lay group, conducted the analysis on his own initiative.

His report, which has been publicized by a lay group, comes as the diocese is trying to reverse a decline in attendance and donations after the child sex abuse scandal and criticism of Bishop William F. Murphy on that and other issues.

A diocese spokesman, Father James C. Vlaun, disputed the critics, saying that the church practices what it preaches by reserving and using funds to further its mission.

''These reserves are not really excess,'' Father Vlaun said.''They are part and parcel of our ministry. For example, some of them support parishes having difficulties because their buildings are aging, and we may need money for immediate repairs.''

But Mr. Grafer's report says that most nonprofit groups aim for a reserve equal to one year's expenses.''Therefore, four years' worth of such reserves is not only excessive, it is abusive and totally contradictory to the spirit of stewardship which the Diocese of Rockville Centre so avidly espouses,'' he said.

Church officials ''should discontinue all stewardship preaching until the appropriate example is set'' by the diocese, Mr. Grafer wrote. He accused the church of ''a classic double standard'' in constantly asking parishioners to contribute while it hoards reserves.

''I believe the diocese has been far too conservative in the management of its financial affairs, at the expense of the parishes and all those in need on Long Island,'' Mr. Grafer wrote to the bishop.

The report will be discussed at a public meeting at 7 tonight at the Port Washington Public Library, 245 Main Street, Port Washington. The meeting is sponsored by a Catholic lay group, the Parish Voice Manhasset-Port Washington, an affiliate of Voice of the Faithful.

''We are a very rich diocese, and I don't see why anyone should go hungry, naked or thirsty when we are so blessed,'' said Denis D. McKeown, a founder of the Long Island chapter of the Voice of the Faithful.''On the one hand, it's wonderful to have all this money. On the other hand, why do you continue to beg for more? How much is enough?''

But Father Vlaun said that some of the money is used for grants or loans or is reserved for future needs.

The chapter treasurer for Voice of the Faithful, Kevin J. Connors, said he was not surprised by the report and had seen figures suggesting even higher reserves. He expressed concern that despite the reserves, the drop in donations last year resulted in cutbacks of some Catholic programs and their workers.

Reflecting shrinking donations, the annual Bishop's Appeal fund-raising drive, which was renamed the Catholic Ministries Appeal this year, collected $9 million last year, far short of it $15 million goal.''We're doing much better,'' Father Vlaun said.''Our numbers are up in both attendance and donations. We're in recovery.''

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Friday, October 14, 2011

I Think Pat Buchanan is right in his book. Scary!

It is happening now, right before our eyes! And our young people can not see it, but will suffer under it and probably cry "Why didn't you tell us?"

Buchanan, set for maximum controversy, launches all rockets at introduction "Disintegrating Nation" -- and does not let up for 400-plus pages.

"America is disintegrating. The centrifugal forces pulling us apart are growing inexorably. What unites us is dissolving. And this is true of Western Civilization....Meanwhile, the state is failing in its most fundamental duties. It is no longer able to defend our borders, balance our budgets, or win our wars."

The books reads as if its been written to be left behind in the ruins, only to be found by a future civilization.

SUICIDE ranked #2,668 on AMAZON's hit parade early Friday. It streets on Tuesday.

Now only the DRUDGE REPORT can offer a look inside.

Chapter 1: The Passing of a Superpower

“We have accepted today the existence in perpetuity of a permanent underclass of scores of millions who cannot cope and must be carried by society -- fed, clothed, housed, tutored, medicated at taxpayer’s expense their entire lives. We have a dependent nation the size of Spain in our independent America. We have a new division in our country, those who pay a double or triple fare, and those who ride forever free.”

Chapter 2. The End of Christian America

If [Christopher] Dawson is correct, the drive to de-Christianize America, to purge Christianity from the public square, public schools and public life, will prove culturally and socially suicidal for the nation.

“The last consequence of a dying Christianity is a dying people. Not one post-Christian nation has a birth rate sufficient to keep it alive....The death of European Christianity means the disappearance of the European tribe, a prospect visible in the demographic statistics of every Western nation.”

Chapter 3. The Crisis of Catholicism

“Half a century on, the disaster is manifest. The robust and confident Church of 1958 no longer exists. Catholic colleges and universities remain Catholic in name only. Parochial schools and high schools are closing as rapidly as they opened in the 1950s. The numbers of nuns, priests and seminarians have fallen dramatically. Mass attendance is a third of what it was. From the former Speaker of the House to the Vice President, Catholic politicians openly support abortion on demand.”

“How can Notre Dame credibly teach that all innocent life is sacred, and then honor a president committed to ensuring that a woman’s right to end the life of her innocent child remains sacrosanct?”

Monday, October 10, 2011

Where OLLMP is Today

New missals coming to all catholic parishes.
The Vatican finally realize the damages done by
Progressive teachings, and misinterpretation of the
VCII attempts to "Modernize" the Catholic Church.Which is why the new Pastors actions, and apparent anger at the traditionalists at OLLMP has not worked, and he has driven away the core of the spirit of OLLMP. Does he realize the damage he as caused by his "run over" tactics? His lack of concern in the parish is astonishing since he is
the assigned Pastor of the Parish. I say "Assigned"
Pastor, since his actions have been nothing close to the actions of a true Pastor.A real shepherd should be doing everything for the benefiting of the parishes spiritual well being, and yes be willing to "lay down his life" for his sheep. Unfortunately, our "Pastor" appears more interested in his own TV and Radio Career, than the Parish. Christ's Charge to Peter by Raphael, 1515. In telling Peter to shepherd his sheep, Christ was appointing him as a pastor.In the New Testament, the Greek noun poimen and verb poimaino are usually translated shepherd or to shepherd. The two words are used most frequently referring to Jesus. For example, Jesus called himself the "Good Shepherd" in John 10:11. The same words are used in familiar Christmas story (Luke 2) referring to literal shepherds.
John 21:16 - Jesus told Peter: "Shepherd My sheep"
Acts 20:17 - the Apostle Paul summons the elders or presbyters of the church in Ephesus to give a last discourse to them; in the process, in Acts 20:28, he tells them that the Holy Spirit has made them bishops, and that their job is to shepherd the flock of God among them.
1 Corinthians 9:7 - Paul says, of himself and the apostles: "who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock"
Ephesians 4:11 - Paul wrote "And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers"
1 Peter 5:1-2 - Peter tells the elders among his readers that they are to, "shepherd the flock of God among you". In otherwords, to care for the flock entrusted to him. In my heart I now feel that did not have his heart set on this job, but feels that his calling is in the media, not tied to a parish. Why the Bishop and his committee did what they did to the Parish of OLLMP did not help our Parish, but instead divided the parish. Instead of building on the Catholic love that was already there, it was replaced with anger, hurt feelings, un-facultied priest, and a "I am in charge now, you do as you are told" attitude.
As a "Pastor" Msgr, you are a failure. Our prayers are still that Pope Benedict XVI, will examine all that is happening in the USA, as APOSTASY, has taken hold, and will sooner or later destroy any semblance of the Catholic church as it had started out as Jesus wanted it to be. Is it too late to reverse this trend? Only by prayers can this happen, and Almighty GOD's Mercy.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Modernists and Progressives

But we have not yet come to the end of their philosophy, or, to speak more accurately, their folly. For Modernism finds in this sentiment not faith only, but with and in faith, as they understand it, revelation, they say, abides. For what more can one require for revelation? Is not that religious sentiment which is perceptible in the consciousness revelation, or at least the beginning of revelation? Nay, is not God Himself, as He manifests Himself to the soul, indistinctly it is true, in this same religious sense, revelation? And they add: Since God is both the object and the cause of faith, this revelation is at the same time of God and from God; that is, God is both the revealer and the revealed.

Hence, Venerable Brethren, springs that ridiculous proposition of the Modernists, that every religion, according to the different aspect under which it is viewed, must be considered as both natural and supernatural. Hence it is that they make consciousness and revelation synonymous. Hence the law, according to which religious consciousness is given as the universal rule, to be put on an equal footing with revelation, and to which all must submit, even the supreme authority of the Church, whether in its teaching capacity, or in that of legislator in the province of sacred liturgy or discipline.

Deformation of Religious History the Consequence However, in all this process, from which, according to the Modernists, faith and revelation spring, one point is to be particularly noted, for it is of capital importance on account of the historico-critical corollaries which are deduced from it. - For the Unknowable they talk of does not present itself to faith as something solitary and isolated; but rather in close conjunction with some phenomenon, which, though it belongs to the realm of science and history yet to some extent oversteps their bounds. Such a phenomenon may be an act of nature containing within itself something mysterious; or it may be a man, whose character, actions and words cannot, apparently, be reconciled with the ordinary laws of history. Then faith, attracted by the Unknowable which is united with the phenomenon, possesses itself of the whole phenomenon, and, as it were, permeates it with its own life. From this two things follow. The first is a sort of transfiguration of the phenomenon, by its elevation above its own true conditions, by which it becomes more adapted to that form of the divine which faith will infuse into it. The second is a kind of disfigurement, which springs from the fact that faith, which has made the phenomenon independent of the circumstances of place and time, attributes to it qualities which it has not; and this is true particularly of the phenomena of the past, and the older they are, the truer it is. From these two principles the Modernists deduce two laws, which, when united with a third which they have already got from agnosticism, constitute the foundation of historical criticism. We will take an illustration from the Person of Christ. In the person of Christ, they say, science and history encounter nothing that is not human. Therefore, in virtue of the first canon deduced from agnosticism, whatever there is in His history suggestive of the divine, must be rejected. Then, according to the second canon, the historical Person of Christ was transfigured by faith; therefore everything that raises it above historical conditions must be removed. Lately, the third canon, which lays down that the person of Christ has been disfigured by faith, requires that everything should be excluded, deeds and words and all else that is not in keeping with His character, circumstances and education, and with the place and time in which He lived. A strange style of reasoning, truly; but it is Modernist criticism.

why the Modernistic/progressives are leading OLLMP into Apostasy

Modernists place the foundation of religious philosophy in that doctrine which is usually called Agnosticism. According to this teaching human reason is confined entirely within the field of phenomena, that is to say, to things that are perceptible to the senses, and in the manner in which they are perceptible; it has no right and no power to transgress these limits. Hence it is incapable of lifting itself up to God, and of recognising His existence, even by means of visible things. From this it is inferred that God can never be the direct object of science, and that, as regards history, He must not be considered as an historical subject. Given these premises, all will readily perceive what becomes of Natural Theology, of the motives of credibility, of external revelation. The Modernists simply make away with them altogether; they include them in Intellectualism, which they call a ridiculous and long ago defunct system. Nor does the fact that the Church has formally condemned these portentous errors exercise the slightest restraint upon them. Yet the Vatican Council has defined, "If anyone says that the one true God, our Creator and Lord, cannot be known with certainty by the natural light of human reason by means of the things that are made, let him be anathema" (De Revel., can. I); and also: "If anyone says that it is not possible or not expedient that man be taught, through the medium of divine revelation, about God and the worship to be paid Him, let him be anathema" (Ibid., can. 2); and finally, "If anyone says that divine revelation cannot be made credible by external signs, and that therefore men should be drawn to the faith only by their personal internal experience or by private inspiration, let him be anathema" (De Fide, can. 3). But how the Modernists make the transition from Agnosticism, which is a state of pure nescience, to scientific and historic Atheism, which is a doctrine of positive denial; and consequently, by what legitimate process of reasoning, starting from ignorance as to whether God has in fact intervened in the history of the human race or not, they proceed, in their explanation of this history, to ignore God altogether, as if He really had not intervened, let him answer who can. Yet it is a fixed and established principle among them that both science and history must be atheistic: and within their boundaries there is room for nothing but phenomena; God and all that is divine are utterly excluded. We shall soon see clearly what, according to this most absurd teaching, must be held touching the most sacred Person of Christ, what concerning the mysteries of His life and death, and of His Resurrection and Ascension into heaven.