April 2013

There’s nothing remarkable about a Louisville woman pretending to be ordained to the priesthood.

Sadly, dioceses like Louisville, Cincinnati, and Rochester that were led by the decadent Bernardin-Jadot bishops are still plagued by this sort of nuttiness, and it will probably take the reform of the grave to heal them fully.

What’s remarkable is how devoid of love, service, and humility, the marks of any true vocation, the Louisville woman’s story is.

It’s all ideology, power, and self-assertion. And sadness.

Barack Obama, whose policies on abortion hark back to the ghastly practices of decadent first century Rome, accuses pro-lifers of wanting to turn back to the 1950s. That would make us progressive, would it not?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vowed Friday to join Planned Parenthood in fighting against what he said are efforts by states to turn women’s health back to the 1950s, before the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide, and singled out the GOP-governed states of North Dakota and Mississippi for criticism.

That’s how Archbishop Schnurr described Cardinal George’s April 24 lecture on human rights and religious freedom at the Athenaeum. Catch a 6:20 glimpse here:

Tip, the Catholic Telegraph.

You can’t make this stuff up. Cincinnati city councilman Chris Seelbach is protesting NFL Hall-of-Fame member Anthony Munoz delivering the commencement address at Xavier University, a Catholic university. Evidently, Munoz opposes the redefinition of marriage, a Catholic position. Here’s a snip:

In a Facebook post this past weekend, Seelbach referred to to Munoz’s ties to the conservative organization Citizens for Community Values, which opposes gay marriage. Seelbach, who is gay, said Cincinnati has a lot to be proud of regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered rights. He cites three initiatives, including the city extending health benefits to all city employees regardless of sexual orientation.

In his posted weekly homily from last Sunday, Fr. Martin Fox, parochial vicar for Cincinnati’s St. Rose church and director of the archdiocesan priestly formation office, addresses the concepts of salvation and evangelization, and concludes with some provocative questions:

Fast-forward to last week, in Boston.
Those two young men who are suspected of setting off that bomb–
who seem to have lost their way and listened to evil counsel;
I wonder if anyone told them about Jesus Christ?
What if they listened?

The amazing thing is, no one had to go around the world,
to the Caucasus Mountains, to share the hope of Christ.
Those men came here, where the vast majority are Christians;
To a city with hundreds of thousands of Catholics.
The older one, who died, looked around and said,
no one has any values anymore.

Does it matter if we share our faith?
Does it matter if our lives are convincing witnesses?
What do you think?

Jean Lim, a visiting professor at Xavier University’s Theology Department last in the news for claiming on the eve of the 2012 presidential election that the policies of Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan “threaten” Church teaching, and for similarly blasting Republican House Speaker John Boehner in 2011 when he was invited by Catholic University to deliver a commencement address, pens a report for the Catholic Telegraph of Cincinnati on last weekend’s 50th anniversary gala for Pacem in Terris at XU. Among the featured themes was “the consistent ethic of life,” a non-magisterial concept developed by Cardinal Bernardin about twenty years after the promulgation of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical. 300 students from local Catholic high schools were in attendance.

On the “Political and Church Systems” page for the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, the order links to the abortion rights group Catholics for Choice:

Sisters for Abortion

Your Excellency, if you’re interested in leading a local version of the Holy See’s investigation of women’s religious orders, you might start at 5900 Delhi Rd.

Peggy Noonan pens a reflection in the WSJ on the passing of Margaret Thatcher to which anyone who has been to the funeral of a notable figure can relate:

Thatcher’s funeral was striking in that it was not, actually, about her. It was about what she thought it important for the mourners to know. The readings were about the fact of God, the gift of Christ, and the necessity of loving your country and working for its betterment. There were no long eulogies. In a friendly and relatively brief address, the bishop of London lauded her kindness and character. No funeral of an American leader would ever be like that: The dead American would be the star, with God in the position of yet another mourner who’d miss his leadership.

Here’s the story in the Catholic Telegraph.

And here’s one of the many reports that debunk the assertions in Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

In a letter to the Cincinnati Enquirer, a local Catholic is “disheartened” by Pope Francis’s decision to continue the Holy See’s investigation of women’s religious orders:

I am totally disheartened by the new Pope Francis’ decision to continue investigating Catholic nuns for working more on social justice than on promoting Church doctrine.

The nuns do the real work of Jesus. The social programs that the church takes credit for are mostly done by the nuns. The church, it seems, is more interested in controlling their members. They will never get their former members back by putting archaic rules before the work of social justice and helping the poor. It appears that they have lost their way.

I thought the new pope was bringing new hope. Maybe not.

Let’s take a look at the “real work of Jesus” being done by Cincinnati’s Sisters of Charity, the sort of religious order subject to the CDF’s investigation. A quick perusal of their website reveals a flyer advertising a visit this month by Sr. Joan Chittister, a notorious dissenter and women’s ordination advocate; a Spirituality Center page that promotes labyrinths, healing touch, and other New Age (read: pagan) practices; and a “Political and Church Systems” page that quotes feminist dissenters and rails against “the patriarchy,” i.e., the apostolic nature of the Church’s hierarchy and the all-male priesthood. But yes, it must be the Holy See that’s lost its way.

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