GABRIEL'S CLARION (apr30gab.htm)
SATURDAY
April 30, 2005
vol 16, no. 120
Catholic Identity Theft

Part One of
CATHOLIC IDENTITY CRISIS IN THE USA

    There are many who call themselves Catholic, but by their actions and beliefs are no way on board the Barque of Peter. Rather, they sail on a larger armada that today dwarfs the Barque. This massive fleet that seeks to sink the true Barque of Peter is best known as the Ship of Fools and a word to the wise is sufficient: Abandon that ship immediately!

      Graphic below of Barque of Peter tossed to and fro copyright by Matthew Brooks, used with permission

      The true Church is a fisherman's boat like the one Christ so often entered during His lifetime. A huge vessel has come up alongside this fisherman's boat, creating huge waves that threaten to capsize the boat and that send water crashing against its sides and into its interior. This Ship of Fools is guided by the devil himself and has for a crew all of the clueless Catholics described above. They believe that they can sink the fisherman's boat by their sheer volume and size. Their large vessel is built on popular satisfaction and individual whim, on polls and twisted rhetoric, and on secular, modernistic, feministic, and sodomite rubbish. This Ship of Fools proclaims continued rough sailing even as it creates the waves it predicts. It is kept afloat by the sheer weakness, betrayal, and cowardice of the The Church Hierarchy itself, but its trip, its journey will not reach its intended destination. While the captain and crew of this Ship of Fools pretend to permanently steal the name Catholic from the fisherman's boat, they will ultimately fail because the size of truth cannot be measured in material size or volume, the integrity of a vessel is not dictated by empty and hollow lies within its vast and rotting hull, but by the quality and integrity of the crew. That crew is never determined by the arrogance, defiance, or audacity of the claims being blasted from the Ship of Fools. "

    "But he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed."
          William Shakespeare,
          Othello, Act iii, Scene 3

    We have all heard of the rampant crime of identity theft that has become so extensive thanks to the internet, technology in general, and violations of privacy. There is no end to the warnings and efforts against this federal crime, with promises to spare no effort in wiping this evil from the face of society, yet we know that the same technology and cunning evil that creates this crime will help it to mutate and twist staying one step ahead of efforts to end it, like some moral virus spreading its venom across society. Even as we fight identity theft on the internet, do we not face a similar identity theft of our true Catholic faith? Since the lost society that surrounds us and the betraying clergy that purports to represent us will not fight this rampant evil, it is left to us to do so with every ounce of energy, every word spoken and written, and every drop of sweat or blood that Our Lord may ask of us!

Same Crime

    Identity theft is defined as the unlawful use of personal identification, name, and data for the purposes of fraud or deception seeking gain. Natural and rational law clearly shows that the Law of God is supreme and therefore anything that violates that Law is divinely unlawful beyond anything that can be measured by earthly or secular bounds. Any act, belief, or claim that contradicts that Divine Law carries the most serious unlawful label of all, far surpassing any unlawful act that merely violates the dictates of man. The personal identification or name of a person or group is that label by which that person or group is known to others. While it is no crime to call myself John Hill if that is indeed my name despite the fact that others have that same name, it is a crime to call myself the John Hill of 1313 River Street unless I am, in fact, that man. It is one thing to claim a name lawfully used by many, but it is quite another to claim a name belonging only to one, original and legitimate group! Deception is obviously mistruth or anything that violates truth, and fraud is the intentional use of that deception to seek some gain by that use, be it monetary or some other benefit. Having outlined the elements of identity theft, let us now apply those elements to those moral criminals who presently commit that crime in moral and doctrinal terms.

    There is vast and extensive evidence in Scripture, natural and rational law, Canon law, and other sources that dictates regarding sodomy, priestly celibacy, the male priesthood, and obedience and subservience to Divine Law are clear mandates willed by God Almighty and revealed to us. It therefore follows that those wishing to follow this Divine Law must respect and adhere to such Law in all respects and without reservation. Anyone who rejects or conditions these dictates in any way based on personal or subjective views is in clear violation and contradiction of Divine Law and is therefore acting unlawfully in terms of that Divine Law. Furthermore, anyone claiming to be a true Catholic must likewise act lawfully in regard to this Divine Law and will be acting unlawfully if not acting consistently with that Law. Regardless of whether or not the one acting unlawfully recognizes or accepts his or her unlawful behavior, that behavior remains unlawful and in violation of Divine Law. In fact, it may be argued that the unlawful nature increases where one defiantly ignores, denies, or rejects Divine Law as opposed to ignorantly, carelessly, or habitually violating that Law. It is far worse to claim that one is right while ignoring truth than to accept that one is wrong but claim to be unable to break the habit of doing wrong.

    Now all true Catholics believe that our name as Catholics is the unique and profound label by which we identity ourselves and are known to others. It is one of the evil and despicable ploys of The New Order to dilute, ignore, and misuse the term Catholic but that does not mean that we must follow suit! Just as it is unlawful to use the name of a product or company without permission form the original, true holders of that name, it is likewise divinely unlawful to use the name Catholic without consent from the original, true holders of that name. Now common sense and a bit of historical truth show us that the original holders of the name Catholic are those espousing the views present before Vatican II, and to the extent that anyone or any group claiming to be Catholic varies from the beliefs and doctrine of original Catholicism, that person or group is unlawfully using the name Catholic.

    Suppose I steal the name IBM from that company and then go on to make all kinds of changes and so-called "improvements" using that name. I am still acting unlawfully because I have unlawfully taken and used the name IBM regardless of what I have done with that name or if I think that I have made "progress" with that name. In the same way, it does not matter if those who purport to be Catholics have made changes they claim are positive because they have taken the name Catholic without consent of the original holders of that name and have unlawfully altered what that name stands for! Add to this the fact that the so-called changes are actually not positive but negative and blasphemous and we only add to the crime already being committed. The New Order will attempt to tell us that there is no one Catholic faith but actually a number of such faiths all calling themselves Catholic such that it is not unlawful to call oneself Catholic since there are many such groups, but, despite the fact that this thinking has been promulgated and perpetuated by the very pope now in Rome who personally pushed through subsistit in at Vatican II (thus throwing everything into confusion over the past 40 years), in actuality this flies in the face of the truth that there is One Catholic and Apostolic Church.

    By now it should be obvious that truth has no place in this crime and that this mistruth is being perpetrated in order to seek the benefit of public acceptance and opinion as well as claiming the mantle of legitimacy as the Catholic faith, thus easily satisfying the elements needed for fraud. In this case, we have Divine Fraud! Nowhere is this more evident than here in the United States where Catholics really have no idea who they are or what to believe. Putting all of these elements together we have no choice but to conclude that anyone claiming to be a Catholic while espousing beliefs contrary to Divine and Canon Law is a fraud and guilty of Catholic Identity Theft!

Many Criminals Leading the Clueless Ones

    Unfortunately, the list of criminals guilty of this crime of Catholic Identity Theft is quite extensive. We could begin with the hierarchy itself but that's a given considering the complicity of the bishops in allowing the following groups to fester. Groups such as New Ways Ministry, Dignity, Call to Action, Woman-Church Convergence, We Are Church, Catholics Speak Out, The National Coalition of American Nuns, Catholics for Free Choice and The National Coalition of Catholic Lesbians are but a few of the more prominent such obvious offenders. These groups variously promote sodomy, radical feminism, female priests, married priests, stem-cell research, abortion, and all other manner of abomination contrary to true Catholic doctrine. They defiantly claim that church teaching and doctrine is open to subjective interpretation, that the authority and credibility of Scripture is either questionable or twisted by prejudice, and that popular opinion and lay interpretation should be a powerful factor in determining and developing dogma, doctrine, and liturgy. Even though they speak of traditional Catholic doctrine and dogma as destructive, scandalous, corrupt, and evil, they refuse to merely walk away and form their own new group with a new name. Rather, they insist on staining the name Catholic with their trash and imbecilic rubbish and seek to usurp, overturn, and wrest total control of both the Catholic faith and its name from its original and true members.

    New Ways, Dignity, and The National Coalition of Catholic Lesbians argue about the "holiness" of sodomites and how God speaks through such people. They argue that the Church is betraying Christ's teaching of reaching out to ones separated from the flock ( notice they do not use the word "lost" which would be more accurate yet not so positive). Ignoring Scriptural dictates against sodomy and twisting Christ's love and compassion for the sinner into tolerance for the sin, these fools babble trying to justify and validate their sin while grasping the name Catholic. Founded in 1977, New Ways was founded by the defiant "nun" Jeannine Grammick and "priest" Robert Nugent and affirms the scandalous and false science of the American Psychiatric Association's declaration that homosexuality is not a mental or emotional illness. The two founders have ignored Vatican prohibitions against their ministry to sodomites. They should have been excommunicated long ago but benefit from the cowardice and betrayal of the hierarchy. Grammick just called the election of Ratzinger as pope "devastating" and said this election would prevent the Catholic Church from "moving into the 21st century and out of the Middle Ages".

    We Are Church, Catholics Speak Out, Catholics for Free Choice, and The National Coalition of American Nuns are all openly pro-abortion and speak of upholding "moral adulthood" and how "grown women and men should be able to control their reproductive lives without church and state interference". The latter group just mocked the papal election process by releasing pink smoke to protest sexism in the church. These imbeciles attempt to justify the murder of the unborn, likely the most serious sin in the eyes of Heaven, with pathetic claims of protecting rights, privacy, and individual conscience. Call to Action and the Woman-Church Convergence are virulently and radically feminist in nature, dripping in goddess worship and frequently practicing New Age goddess rituals which mock the Catholic Mass and include rhythmic chanting, circling an altar, and dancing that reminded witnesses of an aerobics exercise at a senior center. These groups wail about gender injustice and abuse, sexism, and demand female priests. Anyone who doubts that Satan has entered the Church need only look to these detestable, vile, and despicable mobs of defiant fools to come face to face with the foe on home turf.

Some Questions

    If groups such as those noted above are so much in favor of protecting women's rights, fighting abuse against women, defending women against mistreatment by men and authority, representing women against those who would rob them of their rights to their bodies and health, where were these hypocritical imbeciles while Terri Schiavo was being tortured, starved to death, murdered by dehydration, and made ashes in an oven??? Did we hear one word from these mindless frauds? Did we hear of any protests or press releases from these fools? Quick as they are to run and call the recent Papal election "devastating" or call the Church's treatment of women "the real scandal" within the Church, where are their claims that murdering Terri Schiavo, a defenseless Catholic woman, was a scandal or an outrage? Why should one wait for such actions from despicable frauds whose interest does not extend beyond their own pathetic agenda? Why should one expect anything from hypocrites who do not lift one finger to protect an unborn child, to warn women of the cancerous danger of abortions - not to mention the welfare of their souls for having violated the Fifth Commandment - all while claiming to be outraged by the Church's positions regarding women? By their silence can one adequately judge and value their hollow, trivial, and mindless rubbish spewed without regard to truth, sincerity, commitment, and consistency to the sanctity of God's Word and of life itself.

    Many of these groups argue that Christ would embrace the homosexual, yet there is not one shred of evidence in Scripture to support the blasphemy that Christ would condone sin. On the contrary, there is a ton of evidence to support the notions that sodomy is a serious sin contrary to God's Law and Will and that Christ loves the homosexual without accepting or condoning his or her sin. Lastly, some of these groups argue that Christ would favor female or married priests, yet there is tons of evidence that exactly the opposite is true. These fools argue that women are second-class citizens in the Church because they are too blind and too dumb to see just how important and central The Blessed Mother is to the Church. I do not think that God Almighty or Christ would ever see The Blessed Mother as a second-class citizen in any way or form!

Ship of Fools

    The new Pope recently called the Church a "boat about to sink, a boat taking on water on every side." These words of Cardinal Ratzinger before he was named reveal the true nature of this Catholic Identity Theft.

    The true Church is a fisherman's boat like the one Christ so often entered during His lifetime. A huge vessel has come up alongside this fisherman's boat, creating huge waves that threaten to capsize the boat and that send water crashing against its sides and into its interior. This Ship of Fools is guided by the devil himself and has for a crew all of the clueless Catholics described above. They believe that they can sink the fisherman's boat by their sheer volume and size. Their large vessel is built on popular satisfaction and individual whim, on polls and twisted rhetoric, and on secular, modernistic, feministic, and sodomite rubbish. This Ship of Fools proclaims continued rough sailing even as it creates the waves it predicts. It is kept afloat by the sheer weakness, betrayal, and cowardice of the The Church Hierarchy itself, but its trip, its journey will not reach its intended destination. While the captain and crew of this Ship of Fools pretend to permanently steal the name Catholic from the fisherman's boat, they will ultimately fail because the size of truth cannot be measured in material size or volume, the integrity of a vessel is not dictated by empty and hollow lies within its vast and rotting hull, but by the quality and integrity of the crew. That crew is never determined by the arrogance, defiance, or audacity of the claims being blasted from the Ship of Fools.

    In the end, the imbeciles and their mindless dribble will perish in the storms of God's Justice, and the fisherman's boat, greatly depleted but still the true ship, will arrive safely home guided by Someone Who has guided such a boat to safety before. Both vessels will arrive at a port, but the fisherman's boat will arrive at a port called Paradise whereas the Ship of Fools will have gone in the opposite direction, eventually and sadly reaching its ultimate home called the port of Perdition.

Gabriel Garnica

    NEXT: PART TWO: "Of the People, For the People, and By the People"?


Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.


    Gabriel's Clarion
    April 30, 2005
    Volume 16, no. 120