Cardinal Ouellet defends Antipope Bergoglio but ends up lending credibility to Vigano by mistake

That headline has already been unpacked at a number of other sites; I have nothing to add. What I want to point out here is that ++Ouellet outed himself a total fraud and traitorous wretch a long time ago… in August, 2016, as the keynote speaker at the annual K of C meeting. For some reason, it was almost entirely ignored even in tiny Trad world.

I’m just cutting and pasting the whole thing as I’m tight on time.

What was +Ouellet up to at the KoC meeting, and why the hell is no one talking about it? Hasn’t anyone read the whole thing?

 

Last week, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, and former Primate of Canada, delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Knights of Columbus, which this year took place in Toronto.

Sure, there was some initial reporting on it HERE and HERE. But the story has all but disappeared, and friends, this is quite a story.  I know people who were in the room, and I am told the audience was stunned…STUNNED as it unfolded and in the immediate aftermath.

Here’s the set-up:  +Ouellet has been a reliable defender of the faith, even the hard parts, during his entire public life since being made a bishop 15 years ago. He has written extensively on the hard parts and even wrote a book attacking the Kasper proposal. He was widely considered papabile at the last conclave, and his apparent orthodoxy has extended well into the current pontificate. More on his CV later.

There are two aspects to the stunning.  First are his comments on Amoris Laetitia which came near the end of his rather brief address.  The second is the context, or rather the preamble, leading up to the comments. Here is the entire passage on AL verbatim:

Before concluding, let me say a word about the Papal document, Amoris Laetitia, that was born of the 2 recent Synods on the Family. In all honesty, I think that controversies around Amoris Laetitia are understandable, but, in all confidence, I believe they might even be fruitful in the end. It is a document worth reading and rereading, slowly, one chapter after another – enjoying the marvellous chapter four on Love, and entrusting chapter eight to the careful and open minded discernment of priests and bishops towards people in need of charity and mercy. What is essential is that we try to grasp the Holy Father’s desire and intent to provide for the true and substantial reconciliation of so many families in confused and difficult situations. No change of the doctrine is proposed, but what is proposed is a new pastoral approach: more patient and respectful, more dialogical and merciful. For the most part, priests and bishops are being asked to care for and walk with them in order to help people make spiritual growth even in objective irregular situations. I am grateful to the Holy Father and am convinced that this whole process of discernment and pastoral accompaniment will bear fruit for all families.

Maybe Archbishop Kissymouth wrote this for him, because it is just dripping with FrancisSpeak. Which makes perfect sense when you look at the context.  What is the context? The context is a disgusting love letter to Francis which +Ouellet delivered as the preamble to this paragraph.  I think when he unfolded it at the podium, rose petals fell out.

When I see the Holy Father praying, I understand his impact on people, because his concrete charity flows from a deep familiarity with the Holy Spirit. We know in the Scriptures, as well as in the history of the Church, that the Holy Spirit can be unpredictable. And so, too, our own Pope Francis is somehow unpredictable like the Holy Spirit! I remember vividly his very first gesture after his election at the Conclave: Before we lined up to offer our congratulations and obedience, he walked the whole length of the Sistine Chapel to greet and embrace Cardinal Ivan Dias, who was unable to stand up and walk towards him. We were touched by this sensitivity towards the fragile human person — what an education in respect for each individual no matter his or her situation or background! We could see afterwards that this feature would be one of the Holy Father’s most characteristic attitudes and priorities….Pope Francis brings us to the core of the Gospel: Christian love of God, charity to one’s neighbour, sharing one’s gifts and resources…During Pope Francis’ first World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, he visited one of the favellas, one of the slums. At one point, far from the media, he sat with a representative family, listened to them, played with their children, and left them with a greater sense of hope. Our Holy Father shows us that charity goes beyond being for people; it requires that we also be with people, where we ourselves are transformed by the encounter. He sees charity not as some remote, ethereal ideal, but as something very concrete, as concrete as our Lord’s Incarnation and Cross. Charity is physically close…When Pope Francis travelled to Mexico, he visited the prison in Cuidad Juárez. There I witnessed how he encountered those in jail and invited them deeper into the mercy of God and offered them hope. I was touched when he spoke to them, recalling Jesus’ words of “Let him who has no sin cast the first stone”, and how the Holy Father is aware of his own wounds, mistakes and sins.Pope Francis always asks himself on entering a prison, “Why them and not me?”. But realizing it is a mystery of Divine Mercy, where we all look ahead with hope no matter what “side” we are on, he approached those in need in jail not from on high, demanding respect, but begging forgiveness for himself. To be on the receiving end of charity can be humiliating for people. This is a reality that we cannot deny. Charity is intimately connected with and linked to humility; we cannot have true love without it. In giving, the Holy Father urges us to a Christian charity that is delicate and respectful, cognizant of our own mistakes and sinfulness. We could think of another example in today’s world: So many of us were born in countries, or able to emigrate to places, where the ability to practice our faith and to support our families through good work is generally present, although under attack more so today. But what if we happened to be born and raised in Syria or Iraq? We would have very different lives due to the present Christian genocide, and our lives would be incredibly different through no choice of our own. We would need the charity and love of our brothers and sisters in the Catholic faith and in the human family just to live and survive. The ability of the Holy Father to connect with people in amazing ways is due to this attitude of giving with extraordinary humility…Pope Francis steeps his day in prayer, one hour in the morning before Mass and one in the evening before dinner. It is mostly from this time with the Lord that the Holy Father makes his critical decisions. I remember once, at the beginning of his Pontificate, he had made a decision one particular day. But during his examination of conscience that evening, he was not at peace with this decision. So he changed it the day after, and peace returned to his soul. What an example of righteousness and humility.

What an example of nauseating BS.  Go read the whole thing HERE.

As keynote speaker and considering his title, he certainly had total control over the subject matter.  He could have chosen to talk about anything. The fact that he proactively chose this says something.  I’m not sure what, but it says something. Second, can someone please speculate on what is going on here?  Is this a strategy?

Finally, there was this threatening passage, where he repeats with fondness the same phrase – “contemplatives in action” – three times.

Since he is so intimately familiar with and attentive to the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis is able to see, as a good Jesuit and follower of Saint Ignatius of Loyola would, God at work in the world and in the life of the Church. This is what it means to be a contemplative in action. A contemplative in action could also describe the call for every Knight of Columbus as good Christians. Prayer must undergird the work of charity so that it remains something that is always from God. We need the leaven of prayer so that our charitable works can bear the kind of fruit that Jesus wants that will endure to eternal life… Pope Francis’ spirituality is an invitation to the Knights of Columbus not to abandon charity to pray more, but to allow your prayer life to imbue the good that you do in your families, in your parishes and dioceses and in the local community…The Holy Father would have us resist the temptation to forego prayer, and, instead, invest ourselves in a deep spiritual life, becoming contemplatives in action.

Ask yourself, if “contemplatives in action” are to be praised, which kind are to be condemned? This seems like further groundwork to destroy the contemplative orders, which began with VULTUM DEI QUAERERE.  The necessity of this, for enemies of the Church, will be laid out in a future post.

Warlock George and the Prophets of Doom

“The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgement. The law of his God is in his heart, and his steps shall not be supplanted.” Gradual, Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, cf Psalm 36:30-31

“May the Spirit grant us the grace to be synodal Fathers anointed with the gift of dreaming and of hoping. We will then, in turn, be able to anoint our young people with the gift of prophecy and vision; may the Spirit give us the grace to be a memory that is diligent, living and effective, that does not allow itself from one generation to the next to be extinguished or crushed by the prophets of doom and misfortune, by our own shortcomings, mistakes and sins. Rather may it be a memory capable of enkindling our hearts and of discerning the ways of the Spirit.”

“Hope challenges us, moves us and shatters that conformism which says, ‘it’s always been done like this’. Hope asks us to get up and look directly into the eyes of young people and see their situations. This same hope asks us to make efforts to reverse situations of uncertainty, exclusion and violence, to which our young people are exposed. Having been formed by so many choices taken in the past, young people now call us to join them in facing the present with greater commitment and to work against whatever prevents their lives from growing in a dignified way. They ask us not to leave them alone in the hands of so many pedlars of death who oppress their lives and darken their vision.”

“We are a sign of a Church that listens and journeys. The attitude of listening cannot be limited to the words we will exchange during the work of the Synod. The path of preparation for this moment has highlighted a Church that needs to listen, including those young people who often do not feel understood by the Church in their originality and therefore not accepted for who they really are, and sometimes even rejected. This Synod has the opportunity, the task and the duty to be a sign of a Church that really listens, that allows herself to be questioned by the experiences of those she meets, and who does not always have a ready-made answer. A Church that does not listen shows herself closed to newness, closed to God’s surprises, and cannot be credible, especially for the young who will inevitably turn away rather than approach.”

“Do not let yourselves be tempted, therefore, by the prophets of doom, do not spend your energy on keeping score of failures and holding on to reproaches, keep your gaze fixed on the good that often makes no sound; it is neither a topic for blogs, nor front page news…”

__________________________

Methinks the blogger prophets of doom are on the radar. You know how else you can tell? Because the stat counter shows which countries the traffic is coming from. And while Italy consistently ranks #1 among non-native English countries, what’s really interesting is when you get hits from within the Vatican itself.. yep, it’s a different country, so it shows up as Vatican City, not Italy.

 

“Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage.”

I’ve noticed there are a few things going on in the world that might warrant a re-posting of this. Happy Michaelmas, y’all!

——————————————————————–

“They have raised the throne of their abominable impiety”…YEP

 

Anyone reading this blog is surely quite familiar with the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel. It’s said after the Rosary and after Low Mass, as instituted by Pope Leo XIII, who composed it after having a dark vision regarding the future of the Church.  What many don’t know is that the prayer we use is a drastically shortened version of the original. And boy, the original is simply terrifying. But it’s also a WMD in the realm of Spiritual Warfare, so we need to learn about it.

There are varying traditions regarding the circumstances and even the year in which Leo had his vision and then transcribed this prayer. However, there are several elements that seem to be common to all of the accounts I’ve read. Shortly after saying Mass one day, Leo became entranced. Some reports have him falling to the ground and appearing dead, others have him standing upright as if dead on his feet, ashen-faced.  When he regained his faculties, he reported “Oh, what a horrible picture I have been permitted to see!” What he saw was Satan with a multitude of evil spirits charging forth from Hell, engaged in an epic battle in an attempt to destroy the Church. Then Saint Michael intervenes to consign Satan and his minions to the depths of Hell, just as he did at the time of the original non serviam (Rev 12 HERE).

The political/social/economic climate of the 1880s is an important backdrop to all of this. The profound promises errors and evils of the Endarkenment were freely mixing with the profound promises errors and evils of Marxism. The industrial revolution and its fledgling Capitalism were not without their own abuses. Rome had been conquered militarily and the Papal States lost, bringing a deep concern over the temporal sovereignty of the Pope and its effect on his ability exercise his spiritual authority.

As an aside, you really should dive into all the great writing of Pope Leo XIII. Start with just a few paragraphs of Rerum Novarum HERE.  When something written 125 years ago so clearly applies to our times, and seems like it could have been written yesterday, you know you’ve got something good.  A lot of his stuff is that way, and if you are remotely aware of current events in the Vatican, the prayer you’re about to read is going to seem rather on-target.

So what was so horrible in Pope Leo’s vision?  Well, it wasn’t the ending, because the ending would have been a great relief. Yet it wasn’t a sense of victory that Leo came away with. Why?  Because the first part of the vision – in which he saw how Satan would come to attack the Church – must have been truly horrifying. Pope Leo had been around the block a time or two at this point.  He would not have been easily shocked. Keep this thought in mind as you read the long version of the prayer.

Lastly, a word of caution. This is truly a weapon of Spiritual Warfare, which is a very real thing. It’s more real than the room you’re sitting in and the chair you’re sitting on.  Get that through your head. It’s not something to be messed around with. In this prayer, which is used in exorcisms, you are engaging with creatures whose intellects are orders of magnitude greater than your own. Make the Sign of the Cross before and afterward and adopt a military bearing.

ORIGINAL PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL, POPE LEO XIII, ~1886

“O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory.

“This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be. 

“Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.”

The Church is like the Hotel California

The One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church. The One True Church. Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth. The one true religion.

AKA “Reality.”

You can practice heresy, but it doesn’t change reality. You can apostatize, but it doesn’t change reality. You can embrace atheism, but it doesn’t change reality. You can claim 2 + 2 = 5, but it never, ever will.

In this way, every human being is Catholic, whether they like it or not, because the truth applies to everyone. You can choose not to practice it, you can be scandalized by the evildoers within it, you can say enough is enough, and that you are walking away.

But it’s like the Hotel California, you see. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. Reality isn’t going anywhere, and truth doesn’t care about your feelings.

The Roman Catholic Church is the only one founded by the Creator and Savior of the Universe, who promised the gates of Hell would not prevail against Her. Our Lord is not a liar.

The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ. Any doubts being sowed in your head are the work of the evil one and his minions.

…Christ proved His love for His spotless Bride not only at the cost of immense labor and constant prayer, but by His sorrows and His sufferings which He willingly and lovingly endured for her sake. “Having loved His own…He loved them unto the end.”[208] Indeed it was only at the price of His Blood that He purchased the Church.[209] Let us then follow gladly in the bloodstained footsteps of our King, for this is necessary to ensure our salvation: “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His Resurrection.”[210] and “if we be dead with him, we shall live also with Him.”[211] Also our zealous love for the Church demands it, and our brotherly love for the souls she brings forth to Christ. For although our Savior’s cruel passion and death merited for His Church an infinite treasure of graces, God’s inscrutable providence has decreed that these graces should not be granted to us all at once; but their greater or lesser abundance will depend in no small part on our own good works, which draw down on the souls of men a rain of heavenly gifts freely bestowed by God. These heavenly gifts will surely flow more abundantly if we not only pray fervently to God, especially by participating every day if possible in the Eucharistic Sacrifice; if we not only try to relieve the distress of the needy and of the sick by works of Christian charity, but if we also set our hearts on the good things of eternity rather than on the passing things of this world; if we restrain this mortal body by voluntary mortification, denying it what is forbidden, and by forcing it to do what is hard and distasteful; and finally, if we humbly accept as from God’s hands the burdens and sorrows of this present life. Thus, according to the Apostle, “we shall fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ in our flesh for His Body, which is the Church.”[212]

208. John, XIII, 1.; 209. Cf. Acts, XX, 28.; 210. Rom., VI, 5.; 211. II Tim. II, 11.; 212. Cf. Col., I, 24.

MYSTICI CORPORIS CHRISTI, Pope Pius XII, 29 June 1943, Feast of SS Peter and Paul

And now, a word from Ann Barnhardt:

Top Question In My Email Box Answered: Ann, How Can You Still Be Catholic?

I would say it is the number one question flowing into my email box right now.  Traffic is WAY up since I (with the heroic assistance and hard work of Argentine readers) started breaking the Bergoglian links to child sex trafficking in Argentina.  There are scads of new readers, and lots of old readers who haven’t been around for a while, but are now checking back in. Most of the emails that come in asking me why I haven’t left the Church are not hateful per se.  They seem to be coming from a root of genuine concern, usually including something along the lines of, “You’re so intelligent, Ann.  Why can’t you see this? Why do you have this one huge blind spot?”

Last night a reader sent me a link to a piece Karl Denninger put up on his blog in which Denninger essentially professed a full conversion to atheism precisely because God has not put a stop to the sodomite monsters that have infiltrated and now control the institutional Church, and are trying to destroy it, while simultaneously erecting an anti-church in its place.  I was asked specifically to respond to this, and am happy to do so. As St. Peter says, we must be ready at all times to explain why it is that we have hope.  I can think of no better time than now to make such explanation, precisely when it SEEMS that the situation is hopeless and that the sodomites have won not just a battle, but the entire war.

But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.
Dominum autem Christum sanctificate in cordibus vestris, parati semper ad satisfactionem omni poscenti vos rationem de ea, quae in vobis est, spe.
1 Peter 3: 15

I am still Catholic because the Catholic Church is the One True Church founded by Jesus Christ in the Upper Room, built upon the rock of Peter, and outside of Her there is no salvation. The Catholic Church is the Mystical Body and Bride of Christ, and the Gates of Hell will never prevail against her.

Not good enough, Ann.  Sounds like robotic boilerplate.  We need more.

Fair enough. Everything that is happening now has been prophesied for at least a century.  The main vector of these warnings has been no less than The Mother of God Herself, appearing all over the planet, from Portugal to Japan to Ecuador.  In addition, Pope Leo XIII was given a vision of an exchange between satan and Our Lord Jesus Christ in which satan announced his plan to destroy the Church in one hundred years time. Satan was given the choice of which century he wanted, and he chose the 20th century.

Ann, you’re not helping yourself here.  How could a loving God give satan PERMISSION to try to destroy the Church? 

The same way that God the Father could permit His Son to be tortured and killed on the Cross – because from that horror – the single worst thing that ever has or will happen, the entire human race was redeemed.  In terms of what is happening today, the good that is coming out of the horror is that men – some men, but certainly not all – will be drawn much, much closer to Christ than they would have been had the times been “calm”.  For whatever reason, there are people alive, right now, today, that Christ wants to draw closer to His Sacred Heart, and He is willing to let this attack on the Church play out in order to achieve this goal.  If you are reading this right now, it is conceivably possible that YOU are one of those souls.

The key to all of this is Our Lord’s Agony in the Garden…


Read the rest HERE. It only gets better.

This isn’t just tone-deaf, this is an intentional middle finger to all Catholics

These men in the photo below are in a meeting to discuss sexual abuse within the presbyterate and episcopacy. In particular, the raping of boys.

This isn’t Project Veritas sneaking into a Planned Parenthood convention and taking secret video of people laughing about selling baby parts. These men knew they were being photographed. The Vatican itself chose to make this photo a public record of the meeting.

Laughs all around.

I thought my anger had reached its zenith. I was wrong.

dinardo

“This culture of secrecy shields—among other things—a homosexual subculture which reaches the highest levels of the Church and stretches to every corner of the globe”

Father John Lankeit, 2 September 2018, from the pulpit of the Phoenix Cathedral:

St. Ignatius of Loyola is the Catholic Church’s undisputed heavyweight champion
in the arena of discernment of spirits. He trained himself—or rather, God trained
him—to distinguish clearly between the workings of the Holy Spirit and the
workings of the Evil One on an individual soul. Ignatius summarized his insights in
his 14 Rules of Discernment of Spirits and, in the process, gave the Church one of
its most useful tools for advancement on the path to holiness. All 14 rules have something valuable to teach us, but it is Rule 13—in particular—that speaks so pointedly to the sorry situation we find ourselves in as a Church today—facing a scandal of sexual perversion in the clergy and a crisis of trust in the kinds of high-ranking churchmen who ran a culture of cover-up of abusers decades ago…and those who are obscuring the truth today.

The Church is not a merely human organization. It is an organism—the living,
Body of Christ (cf. Eph 1:22-23). And the Church need not behave like political
parties or corporations which go to great lengths to deny any wrongdoing in
their ranks…even when it’s obvious they’re guilty. It is precisely in admitting our
sin and, above all, our need for the Mercy of Jesus Christ that “he increases and
we decrease” (cf. Jn 3:30) and thus allow the Church to be what she is.
But some high-level churchmen today continue the “corporate cover-up” mentality
to save face, instead of taking the kind of “call it what it is and repent” approach
that would have saved the victims from needless suffering. And some extremely
high-level churchmen are still at it—not hiding more abuse—we pray to God—but
certainly hiding the truth…and refusing to face the problem in the current crisis.
This culture of secrecy shields—among other things—a homosexual subculture
which reaches the highest levels of the Church and stretches to every corner of
the globe. This secretive culture also keeps hidden the true intentions of very high-ranking prelates in the Church today who, judging by their own words and actions, seek to change the Church and her teachings in radical ways.

Something needs to be clarified here. I just used the word prelate, but it’s a good
bet that some, if not many of you, may know its meaning. Prelate is a broad term
that refers to high-ranking clergy in the Church—and includes bishops,
archbishops, cardinals and the pope. So, it’s a time saver to refer—a homily
shortener!—to all of these churchmen at these levels…as prelates.
Another clarification is necessary here. While there have been too many priests
who sexually abused many males as well as some females—after all one abuser is
one too many—the vast majority of priests are not abusers. In fact, most of us
really do strive to be good priests…and a smaller percentage really wants to be holy.
The same is true for higher-ranking churchmen. When we say, for example that
“the bishops” covered for a disgraced former cardinal, or covered for predator
priests, we obviously don’t mean all bishops. As a matter of justice, we must not
tarnish the reputation of faithful bishops who are just as devastated and shamed
by this crisis as we are, and who are truly committed to ushering a new era of
accountability and purity into the Church.
At the same time, when we speak of complicit bishops, we are certainly referring to
those prelates—who were—and some who still are—unwilling to face the real
problem at the heart of this crisis…and do something about it.
Sixteen years ago, when the US Bishops established a zero-tolerance policy to deal
with abuser priests, many of the good priests said:
“Oh, that’s just great! We priests are on the hook. But where is the
accountability for the bishops?”
Now that the putrid predatory behavior of a former American Cardinal has
been exposed to the light of truth—the light of Christ—it is no longer just faithful
priests and laity who recognize the problem among the prelate class.
This foulness is visible for the whole world to see, and only an imbecile or an
ideologue would even think of dismissing the crux…and magnitude…of the
problem now. But make no mistake! This is not a repeat of 2002. This is new territory!

Much good has been done to protect the vulnerable from sexual predators in the
clergy since 2002. But very little, if anything, was done to purge the prelate ranks
of bad apples—and everyone now sees with crystal clarity!
What was exposed in the McCarrick case was pure evil.
The fact that it was exposed is a great gift, an act of mercy, from God himself, to
rouse us out of our spiritual stupor and to call the Church to genuine conversion.
Now…let’s consider why St. Ignatius’ Rule 13 is so important for us at this time. In
this rule, Ignatius exposes one of the Devil’s favorite ploys to enslave a soul in
secrecy and sin. Here’s part of the text of the 13th Rule:
“…when the enemy of human nature brings his wiles and persuasions to the
just soul, he…desires that they be received and kept in secret; but when one
reveals them to one’s good confessor or to another spiritual person, who knows
[the Devil’s] deceits and malicious designs, it weighs on [the Devil] very much,
because he perceives that he will not be able to succeed with the malicious
undertaking he has begun, since his manifest deceits have been revealed.”
The way this typically plays out in an individual soul is that, after a person commits
a serious sin, the Devil then assaults the person with lies…like these:
“You can’t tell anyone about this. What will they think of you? Everyone will
know you what a horrible person you are. You certainly can’t tell Father—even
in Confession—because he’ll remember what you did and think about it every
time he sees you. You have to keep this quiet!”

If we’re honest with ourselves, we can probably all recall some sin from our past
that we were ashamed or afraid to confess. But once we humbled ourselves and
confessed it in the Sacrament of Penance, we felt immense relief and peace, as if
the weight of the world were lifted from our shoulders.
Psalm 32 sums up this dynamic of sin and mercy beautifully:
Happy the man whose offense is forgiven, whose sin is remitted. O happy the man
to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, in whose spirit is no guile. I kept it secret and
my frame was wasted. I groaned all day long, for night and day your hand was
heavy upon me. Indeed my strength was dried up as by the summer’s heat. But
now I have acknowledged my sins; my guilt I did not hide. I said: “I will
confess my offense to the Lord.” And you, Lord, have forgiven the guilt of my sin.
(Ps 32:1-5)
Now, St. Ignatius didn’t invent this discipline of exposing our weaknesses and
failings to the Light of Christ. This idea goes all the way back to the Evangelists—
the writers of the four Gospels. They didn’t hide the defects, foibles, faults and
sins of the Apostles when they wrote the Gospels. How many times do we see St.
Peter—for example—acting overconfidently, aggressively rebuking the Lord, and
then denying Jesus—as predicted—so that he was reduced to a weeping mess?
And Jesus still made this imperfect and fragile man the first Pope!
The Evangelists did not whitewash the weaknesses of the Apostles in order to
make the Church look better to outsiders. Rather, by presenting the Apostles
honestly, with all their shortcomings, they merely demonstrated—without a
shadow of a doubt—that the Church’s ability to weather any storm, and to survive
any assault—whether an inside job or an outside attack—is a confirmation of
Christ’s promise that the “gates of hell will not prevail” (cf. Mt 16:18) against his
Church—not even when the Church is manipulated by bad prelates and priests.
The Church’s indestructibility over the past 2 millennia proves Christ’s
promise…over…and over…again.

This lesson has clearly been forgotten or disregarded by a small but influential
faction of prelates who insist on diverting attention away from the real roots of this
crisis today with self-serving smokescreens. Decades ago, while the serial sex abuse was being perpetrated by priests, the rationale of some high-level churchmen for burying the filth…and pressuring victims into silence…was “to spare the Church from scandal”. If there’s one undeniable lesson to be learned from that foul practice, it’s that if you try to sweep evil under the rug in order to maintain appearances, it will eventually surface in a much more scandalous way…to the greater humiliation of the Church.

Sixteen years ago—either because the bishops were afraid of being called
“homophobes” by correctly identifying the central issue in the abuse—male on
male predatory behavior—or, in the most egregious cases, because some of these same bishops were—themselves— either acting in an evil manner or covering for those who were—the bishops denied that the majority of the abuse was male on male predatory behavior, and instead blamed pedophilia—the abuse of children who have not reached puberty. But the facts are irrefutable: 81% of victims were male—most, if not all, beyond puberty. If the bishops keep denying the obvious, they make it look to a pagan world as if reason is actually incompatible with faith. The numbers don’t lie, even if the spin doctors do!

There are prelates in the Church today who sow confusion and doubt and then
refuse to clarify their stance on issues of sexual chastity and sin, even when
asked—directly and publicly—to do so. There are other prelates who, when confronted with the urgency of the current crisis—and the Holy Father’s exclusive authority and ultimate responsibility to discipline and even remove corrupt bishops—say that the Holy Father has higher priorities than eradicating this evil—such as “talking about the environment and protecting migrants”. God help us! With all due respect to the American Cardinal who spoke these absurd words—the Pope is the Vicar of Christ, not the Commissar of Climate. The fact that a prince of the Church refuses to take seriously the righteous anger of the laity simmering just below the surface and dares to suggest that progressivist political agendas are higher priorities for the Spiritual Head of the Catholic Church, than eradicating a spiritual cancer that has consumed innocent bodies and souls in the House of God, shows just how unfit and unserious certain prelates are about bringing about the needed reform.
Jesus speaks in today’s Gospel to the Pharisees—quoting the Prophet Isaiah—in
words that could just as easily be directed to the clueless cardinals, bad bishops
and perverted priests:

“Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written: This people
honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they
worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.” (Mk 7:6-7)
Thankfully, this deeply ingrained tone-deafness in the highest ranks of the Church
has now been exposed for the whole world to see. They literally can’t hide their
ideology anymore, and clergy and laity are demanding answers—clear answers.
Here, however, we—clergy and laity alike—have to be utterly realistic about the
true costs of the needed reform that so many of us are calling for.
The root cause of both spiritual…and sexual abuse is: Dissent from—and
disobedience to—the dogmas and doctrines of the Catholic Church.
The scandal began—and is being perpetuated—by dissent from…and disobedience
to Christ. Sexual perversion in the clergy—be it homosexual or heterosexual—is
the rotten fruit. The cause is infidelity to Christ and to the Church he founded.
My brothers and sisters, here’s the bottom line:
We need to stop the pandemic sexual abuse, by killing its roots before it can
grow. To stop sex abuse means eradicating the spiritual abuse that so often
precedes it…and develops into it.
And so, each person—ordained or lay—must ask himself or herself:
If the good bishop in your diocese—who is really serious about reform—has to
remove the pastor from your parish because that priest is deliberately abusing the
liturgy; or because he’s either sexually active with males or females; or because
he’s a homosexual activist; or because he tells you that women should be
ordained; or that there are any genders other than male and female; or that the
Church needs to permit birth control; or any of those other poison teachings that
corrupt the young and the unsuspecting, you must answer this question:
Would you stand by your bishop if removing such a spiritual abuser meant that
your parish would have to shut its doors for lack of another available priest to
replace your disgraceful pastor?

Because that is the magnitude of this contagion in the Church!
Many spiritually abusive priests are quite aware that their bishops are caught
between a rock and a hard place—that there are real consequences for a good
bishop if he takes such a traitor to Christ out of circulation in order to protect
the souls and consciences of the faithful.
The spiritually abusive priests could conceivably say to the average bishop:
“I know that you know that if you remove me, you’re going to face a backlash
from the people I have malformed in the faith, so I dare you to! Go ahead and
make your move…and face the full brunt of such a decision.”
Such a priest simply does not care for the good of the souls entrusted to him!
He’s willing to use them—to use you—as human shields in this spiritual war to
protect himself from the consequences of his infidelity to Christ…to the Church
…and to his flock, because so few—if any—of these False Fathers have ever
encountered a bishop with that kind of resolve—the kind necessary to really clean
house.
Do you, then—my brothers and sisters—demand of your bishop something that you
will then turn around and condemn him for if his actions cause a hardship for you?
Our good bishops need assurance from the laity that you won’t abandon them if
they make the excruciating decisions necessary to Cleanse the Temple.
On the other hand, for those members of the laity who willingly support and
encourage dissenting priests and enable their spiritual abuse, while at the same
time condemning the cover-up of sex abuse, I offer you some food for thought.
If you enable the evil spirits of dissent and disobedience to hide in your heart,
then—spiritually speaking—you are just as complicit as bishops who enabled the
agents of evil—the pervert priests— to hide in parishes and to continue to consume
the bodies and souls of the vulnerable.

If you condemn the abusers and enablers—after doing essentially the same things,
spiritually—then you condemn yourself, as St. Paul wrote to the Romans:
…you have no excuse…whoever you are, when you judge another; for in passing
judgment upon him you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the
very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who
do such things. Do you suppose…that when you judge those who do such things
and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? (Rom 2:1-3)
In 1976 at a Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia, Cardinal Karol Wyotyla—the
future St. John Paul II—issued a warning:
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation
humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American
society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are
now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of
the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. We must be prepared to undergo great trials
in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to [make] a total gift of
self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to
alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it.”
In light of the recent Grand Jury bombshell, it’s rather eerie that the future Saint
spoke those words in Pennsylvania, isn’t it?
In our own day, in our own Church, we are faced with this very question:
Which will you choose—the Gospel or the anti-Gospel?
The Church established by Christ, or the Church corrupted by faithless
prelates pretending to be friends of Christ…and fathers to the faithful?
Your choice will show how serious you are—or are not—about first purging evil
from your own heart…and then helping to purge it from our Church.
Because the future of the Church, and the good of the whole world—not to
mention the eternal destiny of your soul—all these depend on which side you do
choose.

“So shocking is Cupich’s indifference to child rape that it seems time for the Justice Department to move in.”

From the Hugh Hewitt piece at WaPo:

“…Never before has a senior prelate so utterly failed to defend not only the Church but also he truth the Church proclaims. One of the senior most prelates in the United States had declared in essence, “move on.”

Well, no. That cannot be allowed to happen. Cupich has a red hat, but that brings no special standing to a grand jury and hopefully one is forming up in the Windy City or Illinois generally because that sort of shamelessness suggests a lot for the diocese to be ashamed of.

Last time I wrote about this, I was hoping for 49 other state attorneys general to follow the Shapiro example. Now I think the number should be 50, including U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions; so shocking is Cupich’s indifference to child rape that it seems time for the Justice Department to move in. Cupich’s brazen diversion seems a signal that he and many others will refuse to cooperate with any civil authorities, would refuse to investigate themselves and will continue to conspire to keep criminals from justice and victims from knowledge and recompense.”

Given what we now know from the PA report concerning how far back all of this goes, the overall tone of the article is far too nostalgic. And yes, the headline I chose to use is actually a subversion from Hewitt, because “child rape” isn’t nearly specific enough in describing the true nature of the problem.

But hey, WaPo isn’t going to tolerate words like faggotry.

Read the rest HERE.

The point to make note of is that this level of rage is now appearing in mainstream leftist media, and it’s a big deal. The story is not going away, and in fact continues to gather steam. The culprits continue to feed the narrative with their own scurrilous reprisals and deflections. They are shameless, and will continue to act as if they are above the law until someone steps up, raids a chancery, confiscates every document, and leads a cardinal out in cuffs. Again I ask, what exactly is the threshold for probable cause in a RICO investigation? What exactly is preventing the other 49 state Attorneys General from acting on their own? Is it the knowledge that homosexuality is the root, which thus makes the case untouchable? Because it seems to me there should be a lot more pouncing going on, even if motivated purely for political purposes.

Lock Them Up!