In response to my posting (and email) here about directing funds to legitimate Catholic charities and LifeSiteNews, I received this email from one of our bishops…
I think that it’s time you removed my name from your mailing list – what you are advocating is simply stupid! Why should irresponsible journalism be rewarded?
Peace, Bishop “X”
Here is my response to him:
I will remove you from the list.
However, it would serve you well to look at the evidence yourself, instead of taking D&P’s word for it, or LifeSite’s, or my own. It’s all there on the internet for the world to see. Every jot and tittle that has been written is absolutely true. Everything from the support for abortions in Mexico and Brazil to the condom distribution centres in Togo.
Here it is again:
In fact, there are more scandalous revelations to be known, far worse than what has been reported on thusfar, if that is possible. I will be sitting down with two witnesses to gather their testimony myself. I am not sure if you are interested to know what they are, or if you prefer to remain in the dark. Or perhaps, the truth has now become part of more “irresponsible journalism” that you can so easily dismiss.
The more you ignore the truth of what is going on here, the more harm and destruction you do to your own credibility. People of faith will not support organizations that fund groups promoting and advancing abortion and other anti-family agendas. If you continue to support D&P’s current orientation, you should not be surprised that people will start to question either your pastoral competence or your fidelity to the Gospel itself. It’s really that simple.
D&P is really not the source of the problem, your Grace. This is not an isolated scandal in the midst of a healthy Church. No. This is symptomatic of a very sick Church, headed by very confused and obstinate bishops who refuse to repent of their tolerance of proportionalistic errors – errors which have come into full view over the last several weeks, highlighted by the D&P scandal and the scandal at St. Joseph’s hospital whose story, by the way, has not yet even been told in full. If you listen closely to the rationalizations of those who seek to defend these scandals, they are all rooted in proportionalistic philosophy which has been solemnly condemned by our great Pope and Pastor, John Paul II, in his monumental encyclical, “Veritatis Splendor“. I suggest that you read it again, and ask yourself honestly if this is not the problem today in our Church.
Make no mistake, your Grace. This has been a difficult time for me. For seven years, I taught Catholic apologetics and instructed people to always remain faithful to the bishops and lawful authority. This is the Catholic way. I will continue to do so and point to the truth and nobility of the Catholic faith in its fullness. But what I will not do is counsel Catholics to blindly give money to organizations who are funding the world-wide abortion holocaust. It matters not to me if D&P has the support of the bishops or not.
It doesn’t have the support of the unborn and that’s what counts.
And if I have to rebuke you – I do so as a concerned Son to a Father – who recognizes your authority and prays for you that you may clearly see the great harm that you are doing to your office, to our Church, and to the unborn.
The bishops of Canada need to repent. In truth and without prejudice, your Grace, it should be paid with sackcloth, ashes, and bare-feet, but we only ask for a simple acknowledgement that grave mistakes were made in the past and that we are now changing course.
If I ask too much of you, do not be deceived into thinking the sacrifice to put things right again becomes less as time goes on.
Sincerely yours in Christ,