Contrast and Compare

The difference is that the guy on the right was a courtier of the episcopal court and a man of social justice…popular, powerful, a “devout Catholic” with the right connections to the Princes of the Church, and a man of the people.  The guy on the left didn’t have those credentials…so he got the shaft on the Church funeral.

But they stood for the same damn thing in the end…and, from what I hear, both were unrepentant till the end.

Heads of the Church have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers.” – Pope Francis

Ed Peters Schools Fr.Rosica On Canon Law’s Place In The Church

“… and the very beautiful and simple gesture of a father who desired to embrace those who were on the fringes of society; those who were not refined experts of liturgical rules.”

Again, this is unfortunate language.

The implication seems to be that rubrics are understandable by (and ultimately applicable only to) “refined experts of liturgical rules”. I disagree: many rubrics indeed reflect deep theological truths (and thus rubrics are often exercises in something more than legal positivism), but most rubrics are meant to be easily understandable by normal priests ministering in typical pastoral settings. It is a disservice to suggest that respect for Church law is primarily the concern of “refined experts” or that ecclesiastical law has little bearing on how believers should conduct their faith life. (Source)

You know, during the whole Kennedy funeral debacle, Fr. Rosica was taking a shot at pro-life activists because we dared to raise Canon 915 and its applicability to Pro-Abort politicians, claiming that we bloggers are not canon law experts and that we should not be offering our opinions that easily. Seems to me that Fr. Rosica shouldn’t be offering his opinion on canon law, either.  Based on Kennedy’s funeral and this little dust up, I think he’s a bit too loosey-goosy and needs to brush up on some basic rules of how the Church operates.  Not all of us are fans of Woodstock.

Puff Piece on Salt + Light

Here’s a puff piece that I was going to ignore, but was alerted to by a reader.

I wasn’t particularly impressed with the non-mention of Fr. Rosica’s scandalous behaviour during the Kennedy Funeral fiasco in the first version of this article.  Kathy added that later. 😉

I chimed in near the end of the article in the comment section with this friendly reminder about what the REAL ISSUE IS ABOUT.

Father Rosica seems to be working overtime on his Rolodex, however.  First the Toronto Star, now Catholic World Report.  Who’s next on the circuit? 

Fr. Tom needs to keep Salt + Light’s reputation inflated, I suppose.  Sooner or later, however, the balloon loses the helium. I expect more helium to be released in the years to come.

Lots of rising stars have fallen in the Catholic Church over the last few years because of their infidelity. 

Legionnaires of Christ.  Development & Peace. Caritas Internationalis. And that’s just to name a few.

I expect more of them in the years to come.  And I caution people not to get too caught up in successes, personalities, credentials, flash, and size.  The larger they are, the harder they fall….

….because, you know, the TRUTH doesn’t give a damn about how “official” one is or the number of letters after one’s name.

Ted Kennedy hired Chilean brothel for a night: FBI file

 Ted Kennedy, the late U.S. senator and the youngest of the three brothers who lit up Washington in the 1960s, rented an entire brothel for a night during a South American junket, it has emerged. Read more: here.

Today in those Catholic Churches controlled by very confused Bishops, such trifles don’t matter too much when considering whether to hold a public Catholic funeral.  Today, it’s all about the show and “pastoral sensitivity”.  True honour and dignity, as some in the Church are teaching us, don’t really amount to a hill of beans.  You can live a life of public scandal to an absurd degree both in your private life as well as in the public positions that you hold…and we decorated Catholics will still party with you and yours and celebrate your legacy after your death.  It’s all good times.

Fr. Rosica vs. “The Catholic Taliban”

As Socon or Bust readers know, faithful Catholics are under the gun these days.   Unless we are living under a rock, we’ve all noticed that the heat is being turned up on faithful Catholics and the pro-life movement.  It’s all around usThey’re trying to shut us down.  Do you know why? Because the pro-life movement is making some real gains in society.  And the other side is very scared. They are losing, and they are doing everything they can to hang on to something that they see slipping away. In fact, we’re starting to take the game to them.  Forget playing defense, we’re on the offensive now.

That’s true in the Catholic Church too.  As the Catholic Church goes, so goes the pro-life movement.  The battle in society over abortion is mirrored in the disputes within the Catholic Church as well, as “progressives” and “conservatives” fight for influence among its 1 billion + members.  Even the Vatican is taking a more hardline view on social issues at the U.N., much to the chagrin of the Marshmallow peddlers in the Church.

In Canada and indeed around the world, Real CatholicsTM are starting to put the boot to the social justice cabal which has ruled the Church for over 40 years.   Readers will, of course, remember the success of small pro-life and Catholic news agencies along with a rag-tag collection of a few bloggers and the role they played in stopping the blood money flow to the pro-abort partners of Development & Peace.  There was no admission of wrong-doing from the bureacracies involved, of course, but no one can deny that D&P’s sexual orientation was reversed significantly as a result of the exposure to the truth.  (There’s still plennnnty of problems with this organization and the remaining groups it sponsors, but it appears that the most outrageous pro-aborters have had their funding cut.) Just this past week, for instance, we also learned about Caritas Internationalis, the global co-ordinating body of the social justice clique in the Church, is undergoing a change in top management too.  It seems that the Vatican has finally figured out that perhaps these pseudo-Catholic organizations needed to actually apply Catholic teaching and principles a  little more strenuously in practice.  Of course, in its research, Socon or Bust, had long suspected major problems at the top level. This past November, I wrote this:

The jig is finally up, and so is Development & Peace’s number.   The other unforeseen benefit is that the re-orientation of Development & Peace’s socialist principles might even have international repercussions, as the CCCB curiously alluded to in their media release:  “Among other points made by the Ad Hoc Committee was that Caritas Internationalis and CIDSE (an international alliance of Catholic development agencies) have been following the current CCODP renewal process with considerable interest.” After we are finished with Development & Peace, perhaps it’s time for concerned Catholics to “go international” and start shining the spot light on these international church “social justice” organizations too.  The rot, my friends, goes very, very wide and deep indeed.

In the context of this battle within the Church, Socon or Bust readers will remember the disgraceful actions of Salt + Light TV which chose not to pursue the obvious problems with Development & Peace when the controversy was swirling all around them, but instead chose to provide D&P with cover and legitimacy throughout the whole abortion scandal.  Even when the jig was up, admission of the truth and their scandalous witness was hard to come by.

Well…we know now who was right in the end, who was Faithful to the Gospel, and who didn’t drink the Koolaiddon’t we? Disinterested and “neutral” observers should keep the sad spectacle of Development & Peace front and center in their minds when they consider the claims and pronouncements of Fr. Rosica against and over LifeSite News or even this Blog.  It’s all about credibility.  Some of us peddle bulldung and some of us call it out. We’ll let our readers decide who represents which constituency.

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The Vocation of Christians in American Public Life

This was a wonderful speech by Archbishop Chaput, one of the few solid bishops in North America today. He hit the nail right on the head in every topic he answered.

If you want to hear a bishop teach THE REAL CATHOLIC FAITH, then I highly recommend this talk. It’s long, but it’s worth it.

As you will see, the good bishop takes direct aim at John F. Kennedy and explains why his abdication of his faith in gaining the Presidency has marginalized religion in the public square for all Christians.

We live in amazing times. They are times where a Catholic bishop receives a warm welcome at a Protestant university and is not welcome at a “Catholic” one. And the bishop notes this paradox in his opening remarks too.

Transcript here.

Bible supports Socon or Bust’s views on sham unity

Over the years, John has frequently written about “sham unity“, where people in the Church, particularly clergy, feel the need to “gloss over” major dissentions or scandals among some of the brethren in order to avoid breaking the image of “unity”.  As John has rightly pointed out, this is just a facade, a hypocrisy.  The divisions are real, but many in the clergy refuse to address them.  As any alcoholic or drug addict will tell you, the first and essential step towards a solution requires that you admit there’s a problem.  Too many clergymen refuse to do so.

Breaking this false unity is an essential step.  But don’t take my word for it.  Listen to what St. Paul told the Corinthians in his First Letter.

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Of Marshmallows and Militants

By a mutual decision, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence and Representative Patrick Kennedy– the son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy– have postponed their meeting to discuss the Catholic congressman’s support of abortion. Over the weekend, the Rhode Island congressman sided with abortion advocates in voting against the Stupak amendment, which barred the use of federal funds from paying for most abortions in the House’s health care reform legislation.

Following the vote, Bishop Tobin issued a public letter to Representative Kennedy in which he ripped the congressman’s statement that “the fact that I disagree with the hierarchy on some issues does not make me any less of a Catholic.”

“That sentence certainly caught my attention and deserves a public response, lest it go unchallenged and lead others to believe it’s true,” wrote Bishop Tobin in the letter, which will appear in the November 12 edition of his diocesan newspaper. “And it raises an important question: What does it mean to be a Catholic?”

The bishop continued:

 [W]hen someone rejects the teachings of the Church, especially on a grave matter, a life-and-death issue like abortion, it certainly does diminish their ecclesial communion, their unity with the Church. This principle is based on the Sacred Scripture and Tradition of the Church and is made more explicit in recent documents …

But let’s get down to a more practical question; let’s approach it this way: What does it mean, really, to be a Catholic? After all, being a Catholic has to mean something, right?

Well, in simple terms – and here I refer only to those more visible, structural elements of Church membership – being a Catholic means that you’re part of a faith community that possesses a clearly defined authority and doctrine, obligations and expectations. It means that you believe and accept the teachings of the Church, especially on essential matters of faith and morals; that you belong to a local Catholic community, a parish; that you attend Mass on Sundays and receive the sacraments regularly; that you support the Church, personally, publicly, spiritually and financially.

Congressman, I’m not sure whether or not you fulfill the basic requirements of being a Catholic, so let me ask: Do you accept the teachings of the Church on essential matters of faith and morals, including our stance on abortion? Do you belong to a local Catholic community, a parish? Do you attend Mass on Sundays and receive the sacraments regularly? Do you support the Church, personally, publicly, spiritually and financially?

In your letter you say that you “embrace your faith.” Terrific. But if you don’t fulfill the basic requirements of membership, what is it exactly that makes you a Catholic? Your baptism as an infant? Your family ties? Your cultural heritage?

The prelate concluded: 

[I]n confronting your rejection of the Church’s teaching, we’re not dealing just with “an imperfect humanity” – as we do when we wrestle with sins such as anger, pride, greed, impurity or dishonesty. We all struggle with those things, and often fail.

Your rejection of the Church’s teaching on abortion falls into a different category – it’s a deliberate and obstinate act of the will; a conscious decision that you’ve re-affirmed on many occasions. Sorry, you can’t chalk it up to an “imperfect humanity.” Your position is unacceptable to the Church and scandalous to many of our members. It absolutely diminishes your communion with the Church.

Congressman Kennedy, I write these words not to embarrass you or to judge the state of your conscience or soul. That’s ultimately between you and God. But your description of your relationship with the Church is now a matter of public record, and it needs to be challenged. I invite you, as your bishop and brother in Christ, to enter into a sincere process of discernment, conversion and repentance. It’s not too late for you to repair your relationship with the Church, redeem your public image, and emerge as an authentic “profile in courage,” especially by defending the sanctity of human life for all people, including unborn children. And if I can ever be of assistance as you travel the road of faith, I would be honored and happy to do so. (Source)

Once again, we have an episcopal spine alert coming from the U.S. 

Bishop Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island seems to actually take the Gospel and his role as bishop seriously.  That’s a refreshing change from what we’re use to seeing, is it not?

So, just to ensure you’re all following here.  Ted Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy’s father, was accorded a grandiose public funeral by the Marshmallow Wing of the Church.  He did far, far worse than Patrick Kennedy will ever do in his life.  In fact, Ted Kennedy arguably did more to support and spread abortion than any politician in history – certainly American history, at the very least.  And yet, Bishop Tobin has questioned Patrick Kennedy’s Catholicism because of the latter’s support for abortion.   I very much doubt that Patrick Kennedy would be given a public funeral or any Catholic honour by Bishop Tobin, the way it stands now.

It’s quite clear that we have two diametrically opposing views of how to live the Catholic faith.  One is accommodating towards the world – not in a healthy sense – but like a prostitute, spreading her most precious beliefs and gifts to be trodden over by the swine.  The other view is caricatured by “fundamentalism” and “militantism”.  That’s false, of course. But that’s the caricature just the same.

So we have two kinds of Catholics:  Militants and Marshmallows.   Militants actually believe in the Catholic faith and believe there should be consequences to not publicly adhering to it, especially when the departures from it are so grossly scandalous as in the case of abortion or gay “marriage”.  The Marshmallows believe everything the Church teaches too, but for them, they would prefer not to disturb the Catholic political class because that would mean the good reputations they have made in the world would suffer.

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? “For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38)