In the Eye of The Storm
Part Thirteen of
CATHOLIC IDENTITY CRISIS IN THE USA
Fantasyland is thriving in Orlando and we're not talking about anything Walt built. It is the fantasy being spun by the new bishop of Orlando Thomas Wenski, a product of the Miami miasma, who refuses to accept the reality of Catholic teaching that God does indeed use nature to punish man for his sins and storms can definitely be a sign of His Justice. Yet Wenski denies this, rather inviting his congregation to "come along and sing a song and join the jamboree, M-I-C, see you real soon, K-E-Y, Why? Because God is just about love and doesn't punish. M-O-U-S-E - U shall see, Her-e-sy! Her-e-sy!" Why should he need a miter when the mouse ears are more appropriate for such goofy and dangerous fantasy?
"Wenski's refusal to tie natural disasters and sin together should come as no surprise to anyone, for if he accepted this view he would then be forced to confront what sin was being targeted. Many observers have noted that Florida, in addition to having the usual pro-death contamination, is steeped in sodomite agendas. I have recently found out that the chip many see as the future mark of the beast is manufactured in Florida as well, so it looks like Mickey and Minnie are not the only rats found in that state. If Wenski accepted the premise that these storms were a call for reform, he would have to discuss why that reform was necessary and what that reform was reforming from. Since he either does not recognize the sins being promoted by his state or actually condones them, we should not expect him to stand up and admit to a connection between natural disasters and sin."
This series is intended to identify factors on why there is a Catholic Identity Crisis in the United States. The biggest reason is because their faith is being confounded by the very ones who they have been brought up to believe they should obey and whatever their bishop says has to be true. Sadly, most of the time since Vatican II, this is no longer the case. The sheep are getting sold down the river by bad theology and other underlying numerators that do not add up to salvation or subscribing to the Gospel of Jesus Christ for bishops have diminished the creed of the cross in favor of playing up the feel good mentality. Don't worry, be happy!
Orlando Bishop Thomas G. Wenski recently held a mass asking God Almighty to protect Central Florida from the kind of natural bashing it took last year when four powerful storms slammed into this state despite his similar petition then. Trying to remain upbeat during the service, he suggested that an appropriate hymn could be Singing in The Rain! True, Wenski was one of the few who spoke out on the Terri Schiavo tragedy when her own spineless bishop Robert N. Lynch had washed his hands totally in the manner of Pilate. And it is true that Wenski has publicly defended Church teaching against abortion, rebuked pro-death Catholics and politicians who think they can receive the Eucharist while supporting the murder of the unborn. Yet his relative silence on sodomite issues in that state plus his typically New Order denial of the connection between sin and natural disasters plants him firmly where most of his USCCB brethren reside…on the wrong end of the shepherd's staff.
Wenski has been critical of Pat Robertson's claim that Florida's many sins have brought its natural punishment, stating "hurricanes are not a divine punishment."
Wenski used Mark 4:35-41 and Luke 13:4 to support his position. The first scriptural reading cited how Christ quieted the storm to ease the fears and lack of faith of His disciples and the second reading saw Christ refer to the collapse of the Tower of Siloam and the resulting death of innocents. Wenski used these readings to support his view that
"Jesus warns us not to see these events as somehow the wrath of an angry God."
As is typical of these New Order clerics, Wenski conveniently twists scripture to fit his delusional perception of God's Word, Will, authority, and power. While Jesus did quiet the storm, He never stated that such natural events are unrelated to God's wrath. In fact, if anything this event demonstrated both Divine power and control over nature and God's willingness to use nature to make a point. Likewise, Christ mentioned the Siloam incident to prove that innocent and guilty can suffer, and warning us that "unless ye repent, ye will likewise perish." So, we see, the two readings used by Wenski to support his claim that God would never punish through nature precisely prove the opposite position!
Silence on Sodomy
It is interesting to note that Wenski has no problem speaking out against pro-death politicians and Catholics and the Schiavo situation, but does not utter a word on the powerful hold of sodomite forces on Florida clerical and entertainment arenas. How many realize that Miami is about to become the next Boston? There is a whistle-blower priest there who Archbishop John C. Favalora has tried to silence but he does not seem to realize the power of the press. Perhaps Wenski, who was an auxiliary under Favalora, either does not want to offend these people or is very much on their side, as Favalora has shown with his resistance to clear the ranks of the sodomy scum. Wenski's position on other issues demonstrates that he has a tendency to cuddle social justice and equality issues which often deteriorate into defending sodomites. It is convenient to speak out against hurricanes and storms because these events do not vote nor do they tend to hold protests and demand rights. On the other hand, it is not too convenient to speak out against sodomites when a many if not most of your own ranks are filled with them, as has been reported by many regarding the clergy throughout Florida.
Wenski's refusal to tie natural disasters and sin together should come as no surprise to anyone, for if he accepted this view he would then be forced to confront what sin was being targeted. Many observers have noted that Florida, in addition to having the usual pro-death contamination, is steeped in sodomite agendas. I have recently found out that the chip many see as the future mark of the beast is manufactured in Florida as well, so it looks like Mickey and Minnie are not the only rats found in that state. If Wenski accepted the premise that these storms were a call for reform, he would have to discuss why that reform was necessary and what that reform was reforming from. Since he either does not recognize the sins being promoted by his state or actually condones them, we should not expect him to stand up and admit to a connection between natural disasters and sin.
True Catholics would ask him,
"Why do you think we have Rogations Days?" Oh, that's right, the New Order did away with those three special days preceding the Feast of the Ascension which Holy Mother Church established in the 9th Century. And what was the purpose of Rogation Days? To pray for a bountiful harvest, yes, but mostly to "appease the anger of God and avert the scourges of His justice. That is the Catholic thinking. Yet the only rogare these bishops seem to recognize is to ask for more money to help them cover up and write off sin by paying through the nose. It is the sheep who are anteing through the nose up while the shepherds continue to slouch and the stench is stifling.
Just Look at the News and History
In addition to the many instances of Divine retribution and punishment through nature noted in scripture, we can see that California and Florida, two states more steeped in sin everyday, have been blasted by nature with even greater intensity than usual lately. Also, many observers have noted that New York and the Northeast, not usually directly endangered by such storms, will eventually be hit by these events resulting in great destruction. In fact, storms in 1821, 1893, 1960, 1999, and 2004 have left great destruction in that area, causing great flooding, wind damage, and large monetary losses.
It does not take a prophet to see that should the sin of places such as New York also continue, Our Lord will strike that region as well with devastating results. For a supposed shepherd of the people to deny the connection between sin and natural punishment is about as absurd as a doctor trying to deny the connection between smoking and cancer!
Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando has made it very clear that he does not accept the premise that natural disasters are God's answer to unabated sin. However, his contention is pathetically lacking in common sense and natural justice. First, if one admits that there is an all powerful God one must accept that said God has authority and control over nature. Second, once one accepts this power and authority one must likewise accept that God can use nature to prove a point. Third, scripture clearly points out that innocent and guilty can suffer when such points are made and that one must repent from sin in order to ward off such punishment. Rogation days are abandoned. Can you say "Noah"? Fourth, if such punishment continues one can conclude that there has been no such repentance for such sin and that said sin continues and has even increased. A mere swipe at Florida events over the past years shows that its many sins continue and even increase yearly. Wenski can quote all the scripture he wants and deny any nexus between natural disasters and sin, but the fact remains that Sodom and Gomorrah did not perish from a poor stock market or the collapse of social programs! Unless Wenski and his ilk do not step up and admit that there is widespread sin and nature is often God's tool for addressing that sin, they may one day wail in the warmest climate of the universe while exclaiming "we are not in Disney anymore!"
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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.