Communication Directors

You know, I think such a position is really not good for the Church…either in the dioceses or in the Vatican.  Look at what is transpiring during the Synod.  Fr. Rosica speaks. Everyone finds major problems with his distorted reporting.  In all my years of blogging, I have never really seen anything really beneficial come from Communication Directors.  And I’ve seen plenty which has has been problematic and scandalous.

So why have them?  If the Pope or a Bishop wants to say something and represent the Church or the Diocese, LET HIM SAY IT HIMSELF, and let everyone accept or reject their words.

We don’t need filters.  Because when you have filters, you lose a lot of taste and sometimes the very substance of the truth.

Not many people have been commenting on this, but it really needs to be said and addressed in the Church.  Is the Church now some secular organization or government that it needs official talking heads to “interpret” the message for us?

If you think about it, it’s quite insulting.

Back to the Old Testament and Moses

Cardinal Jose Luiz Lacunza Maestrojuan, the president of the Panamanian Bishops’ Conference, and Rapporteur at the Synod of the Family suggested on October 5, 2015, during his alloted three minute speech, that the Law of Christ be overturned and the Church adapt a position on divorce following Moses. The Cardinal was quoted by Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki (translated by Toronto Catholic Witness) as saying:

“Moses drew near to the people and gave way. Likewise today, the ‘hardness of hearts’ opposes God’s plan. Could Peter not be merciful like Moses”?


And then these blind guides and Pharisees (the real ones not the fake ones identified in current times) wonder why no one takes them seriously.

I can tell you, quite frankly and sadly, that episcopal “teaching” like this stops at my front door.  And does not and will not enter.  Whether priest, prophet, or Pope — it matters not to me.  If it’s against the clear teaching of Jesus, then I don’t give a damn who you are or what colour of robe you wear.

Chaput caputs the Synod’s Orientation

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that working document for the Synod of Bishops “engenders a subtle hopelessness” in his address to the assembly.

The instrumentalum laboris, prepared as a guide to the bishops’ discussion, has been criticized by many of the prelates speaking during the first two days of the Synod meeting. Archbishop Chaput joined the critics, saying that the document fails to inspire a sense of Christian hope. Theinstrumentum does not convey confidence that Catholics, with the help of grace, can resist the pressures that are undermining marriage and family life. The archbishop continued:

This leads to a spirit of compromise with certain sinful patterns of life and the reduction of Christian truths about marriage and sexuality to a set of beautiful ideals— which then leads to surrendering the redemptive mission of the Church.  The work of this synod needs to show much more confidence in the Word of God, the transformative power of grace, and the ability of people to actually live what the Church believes. And it should honor the heroism of abandoned spouses who remain faithful to their vows and the teaching of the Church.

Responding to a question about the demand for a Synod message that will make all people feel welcome in the Church, Archbishop Chaput said that the need for attractive language must be balanced against the demand for truth. “We have to be careful with our language so that people don’t get hurt, but also we must be faithful to Church doctrine,” he said.

At an October 7 briefing for reporters covering the Synod, Archbishop Chaput downplayed concerns about disputes among the participants. “I have never been at a church meeting where there aren’t groups that get together and lobby for a particular direction,” he said; “and that’s going on, I assure you.” The archbishop said that such lobbying is natural and harmless, as long as bishops continue to work for the welfare of the universal Church. “We are not here to win anything,” he said. “We are here to arrive at the truth of the Lord that He has set out for his Church.”  (Source)

Archbishop Chaput is known as a straight shooter who uses blunt, clear language.   In this Church age of language porn (that is, playing fast and loose with meanings, telegraphing messages, and vocally humping our way into oblivion), such talk is so refreshing that it is like cold watermelon on a blistering hot day.

Canadian Representation At The Synod — Out Come Disciples of the Winnipeg Statement Theology….

Furthermore, this tension came to the fore when at the conclusion of the “Briefing” in the Sala Stampa‎ when a reporter from The Tablet (a left-leaning Catholic periodical published in England) asked if divorce and remarriage were still a firm doctrine for the Synod Fathers or just a matter of mutable discipline.  In response to this pointed question, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, President of the Canadian Episcopal Conference, ‎astonished many in the room by proffering a very snide and imprudent remark that those interested in doctrine should consult Denzinger-Schönmetzer (a well-known and highly respected compendium of Catholic doctrine/dogma) while the Synod Fathers would continue to treat divorce and remarriage as an issue open to discussion, and—therefore—possibly open to change.  (Source)

….Right on time….The false heresy of splitting belief and practice has gone full board.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve wondered whether I’ve been too harsh on the Canadian bishops.  But every time I think that, something like this reinforces my approach:  “Nope, Johnny boy, you’re right on the mark. Don’t second guess yourself again. Trust your Catholic sense.”

Synod opens, CDF priest comes out

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The Synod couldn’t have gotten off to a weirder start.

Jesus staked his position by stating His unchanging teaching on marriage in today’s Gospel reading:

“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Meanwhile, a priest and university prof working at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced that he’s gay and has a boyfriend. He also published a pro-gay Manifesto demanding that the Church change Jesus’ teaching on homosexuality. He was immediately fired. Read about the sad story here.

How will this impact the Synod debates? I dunno. But the fired priest is naturally getting a lot of coverage and sympathy from the mainstream media. That could provide momentum to the reformers in the Synod who want to change Church teaching.

The battle lines have been drawn. Saddle up.

Warm up time

The Synod will be starting in a few weeks. Time to loosen up and get ready for another rough ride.

Calling all prayer and fasting warriors: this is your time.

If you have a serious cross in your life, like illness or unemployment, you’re in the power seat. Your embrace of the cross is what’s gonna get the Church through this ordeal. Don’t let a drop go to waste.


Catholic bishops complicit in scandalous sabotage of the pro-life cause in Canada

Wow. This is explosive.

And just as I was — for a split second — feeling kind of sorry for the Canadian bishops.  If this is not a story that makes the Holy Spirit say, “What fer, Dronebuster?  You were on the right track“, I don’t know what does.

The reality here, folks, is what it has always been.  Until the bishops of this country get on their knees and beg for forgiveness from Almighty God for their decades-long betrayal, nothing is going to change in Canada.  The battle that we face is not political or social or even moral.  It’s spiritual — at least at its foundation.

I remember asking one prominent Canadian bishop to support the Humanae Vitae Conference we held back in 2006.  He told me and my partner who were organizing it:  “You cannot say anything about the Winnipeg Statement.”

And there you are, folks.

2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, and also the 50th anniversary of its treacherous betrayal by the Canadian Bishops.

You might have some platitude in recognition of Humanae Vitae’s anniversary, but it will be crickets where the Winnipeg Statement is concerned. Guar-onteed.

It will take another 50 years before all of the rot in the episcopacy is completely cleaned out in this country, and then, just maybe we can finally take down abortion.

Until then, it’s tragic shame will be a blight on this country and the Church in it.  For shame. For shame.