Sweep 'em all out! All we need is a Rosary and a Broom!
The current hierarchy has proven they can't govern themselves, that they only make it worse than before. And that's really bad. It's time to demote and depose the 'first' and replace them with the 'last' for "many are called, but few are chosen." Those who have been chosen choose to stray from Christ's teachings. Therefore to allow them to stay, to allow them to gather in the dust of destruction, will only lead to further ruin and decay.
For the sake of holy Mother Church, for the sake of countless souls, it's time to clean house!
The 'unprecedented emergency meeting' between Pope, Curia and the American Cardinals has come and gone and people are even more confused. That's exactly what Modern Rome is counting on. How many out there are as fed up as I am with the incompetence of the hierarchy in place today? If what we have been hammering home over this past year hasn't hit the nail on the head yet, then you are truly living in another zone. Finally the liberal, mainstream media - the false prophets - have encountered the ridiculous ambiguity of the post-conciliar Church. And, like so many others, are frustrated with the doublespeak. It's almost hilarious in scope how much they deserve each other. It's akin to the pot calling the kettle black1
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And while the media digs and scrambles to find the proverbial 'pea' under the thimble, more thimbles will be moved, swift of hand, swift of guile, as swiftly as bishops transferring offenders from one assignment to the other, always keeping it hidden, keeping everything concealed beneath an untouchable veneer of pride-filled belligerence and immunity. It is the modus operandi of today's regime. No one can say "the Pope doesn't know" anymore. Folks, he knew all along! The Cardinals knew all along! The Bishops knew all along! And what have they done about it? Give it lip service while, behind the scenes, in secret meetings, they have plotted to cover-up. And still plot to do so!
Each and every prelate - from the Pope to auxiliary bishops and those in their deaneries have authorized the paying out of 'dirty money' laundered to protect the guilty by squeezing and cajoling the innocent to give more for social programs that serve as fronts to siphon off funds for the victims, not to help them in their time of need, but to shut them up. Dirty money indeed. Why have the prelates all acknowledged this scandal so suddenly? The mainstream media got involved and that means trouble in River City for donations are down because people are beginning to get it.
Beginning to? We have long crusaded not to give if you are getting nothing truly Catholic in return. "No Doctrine, no dollars!" And there has been no solid doctrine for lo these forty years! What does that tell you?
We're still stuck with the same ol', same ol'. It's all still too little, too late! So what's the solution?
Time and again I refer you to chapter seven of Matthew for the answers to that rhetorical question wherein Jesus Christ clearly answers that.
I was watching Nightline the other night as moderator Ted Koppel was interviewing Cardinal Theodore McCarrick who was fumbling all over himself to explain the ambiguity that he perceived as being so crystal clearly laid out by John Paul II. Yet to everyone else it is a blur of relativism. I might have felt sorry for the cardinal for making such a fool of himself on national television had I not realized that the more these modern sheepherders open their mouths, the more you see how they've made lambchops of their flocks.
Despite the platitudes that trickled off his tongue in a rote manner, sincerity was sorely lacking.
You'll note the principals were two hours late for their news conference at the Vatican last Wednesday night, leaving quite a few in the fourth estate on edge and ready for bear. Why the wait? Facetiously, it might be that they hadn't all memorized their replies. Must put on a good face to the public. Well, the face they produced was ugly to anyone who cherishes their Catholic Faith. Here were the princes of the Church, a heart-beat from being elected the next Roman Pontiff, stumbling around and back-pedaling. Contrary to their assurance that they were all in agreement on strict measures, Cardinal McCarrick started to waffle saying it depends if they are isolated cases or serial pederasts. Come again!? He's wrong for it is wrong in Catholic teaching. As much as many shudder to admit it, the problem, as pointed out so clearly by Michael Rose in his documented book (that for reasons we cannot fathom other that the media is in cahoots with the homosodomites in the hierarchy - high up ones - has not been publicized as much as it needs to be) Goodbye! Good Men!, is the sin of homosexuality! While we realize this is not a pleasant topic to talk about, it needs to be. That is why all this week we will be running a different article each day in our FOCUS series on this problem and the cover-up, beginning today with Catharine Lamb's wake-up article "While you were sleeping..." We are pleased to announce that the following week Catharine will join our cadre of writers as a regular contributor each Tuesday with her column "Shears and Tears of a Lamb." Tomorrow we will present a column by Dr. Thomas Droleskey, who, in addition to his regular column on each Friday, will weigh in with his take in "Water Boys Abound." Stay tuned for the other three days as we update with articles in FOCUS under the title theme, "Implosion of Corruption."
Last Wednesday in a special FOCUS column titled, 'Not a Crisis of the Faith?' You've got to be kidding!, I offered a stopgap solution of elevating three current bishops to replace the sadsacks in Boston, New York and Los Angeles. On second thought, scratch that because even though Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop John J. Myers, and Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz are the best of the lot of a sorry bunch, they're still, as a few readers pointed out, part of the problem because they have advanced much of the same Vatican II agenda. So what then is the solution?
Haven't you always wanted to play Pope for a day? Just kidding! For the life of me I don't know why any man would want such an awesome responsibility, one where a man values sacrifice and suffering over satisfaction and success; where a man is taken out of his environment and set upon a throne that is, in effect, a paradox for the Vicar of Christ must seek to be servant of all rather than to be served. Now that would be quite a stretch for any of our cardinals or bishops today, wouldn't you say? Yet we're not that far away from a new Pope? All the more reason to keep on prayin' and pass the aspirin! For a true Pope there can be no earthly satisfaction in bearing such a tremendous, unfathomable responsibility of souls before God. What a great burden placed on the soul of the man appointed to be a successor of Saint Peter. It is a thankless role where so much is expected from a mere finite man by the Infinite. Yet, say for a few hours that God chose you to pick the new bishops. Where would you start? I don't know about you but being Pope would be overwhelming. I mean my Italian is practically nil, I don't know a lick of Polish and wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a Diocesan priest and a Jesuit except by their shoes and the smirks. But I think, with the guidance of the Holy Ghost, that I would be able to select the right men to lead the flocks. How is this you say? It's very simple. Just follow the 'clues' left by Christ Himself. All we need do is turn to Matthew chapter twelve for the solution. Christ points out
"Either make the tree good, and its fruit good: or make the tree evil, and its fruit evil: for by the fruit the tree is known. O generation of vipers, how can you speak good things whereas you are evil? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of a good treasure bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of an evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Matthew 9: 32-37).
Again there's that 'fruit' thing and the fact that bad company corrupts good morals. But the cardinals and bishops could care less about that as they continue to advance bad morals for the sake of protecting collegiality and those clerics they know have homosodomite tendencies. As Our Lord says, it would be far better for them to speak the truth always. By what they say they will determine their own fate and right now, with all the waffling and contradictions, downright lies and cover-up, they would be best to take that counsel to heart. They're only compounding the problem by continuing the cover-up that they were ignorant to what was going on for thirty some years. Are they all collectively really that dumb??? Considering the S.T.D.'s and Ph.D's behind their names, I find that very, very hard to believe. The fact is they are incredibly smart to have pulled this scam off for so long. But not quite smart enough! The noble President Abraham Lincoln stated wisely, "You can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but never all of the people all of the time." Many have been duped, but now that the great deception is being fully exposed, as the water parts from the tip of the iceberg to reveal the truths of the horrendous scandals, more are waking up. Fewer will be fooled from now on. Fewer P.T. Barnum's in miters will be able to pull the wool over our eyes from here on in.
So how many Catholics are going to sit still while the Cardinals exact their own justice on themselves, allow the corrupt USCCB to police themselves? Hopefully not many will fall for this charade. The problem is explained succinctly by Our Lord in Matthew 12: 43-45 and described also in Luke 11: 24,
"And when an unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith: I will return into my house from whence I came out. And coming he findeth it empty, swept and garnished."
Isn't this what we are being told by the Pope and the Cardinals by their words and actions, or should I say inactions? Where the unclean spirits resided for so many years, they are now inexplicably gone because the media has uncovered the nest? Please!!! We all know nothing has changed just as Jesus assured it wouldn't be in Matthew 12: 45,
"Then he goeth, and taketh with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is made worse than the first. So shall it be also to this wicked generation."
So for one to think that keeping the culprits in place will solve the problem have to realize they'll be worse than before. Just as satan entered the sanctuary through Vatican II so he resides today far, far worse than that time. The evil, unclean spirits have not been exorcised for exorcism has been so deftly removed from the rite of the post-conciliar Church.
And what are we to think when Cardinal Bernard Law has the audacity and pridefulness to proclaim to the media that talk of his resignation was never brought up by the Pope or others? If he is not lying, then the other cardinals were lying. And if the Pope doesn't do anything except wash his hands via dumping it right back in the lap of the offenders with merely a stern scolding, then he is lying to God. So, in other words, folks, anyway you dissect it, we've got a bunch of post-conciliarists who are deceitful, liars. Truly the last state is worse than the first.
No more lies, no more concealing anything except under the seal of Confession. It is time for every diocese to open their books to all. Financial disclosures by each bishop of expenses for the dioceses over the past 20 years are not going to jeopardize anyone spiritually, nor will that effect the victims for the gag rule imposed by the bishops has been automatically lifted. That in itself might ferret out more abuse so this whole ugly mess can be dealt with and put in the past with all the perpetrators being punished. By making the books available to all, there can be no question in the mind of the faithful where their money is going. Let's face it, folks, would you have tithed and been a part of the pressurized stewardship programs if you knew you were contributing financially to sin?!? I don't think so. While these bishops are raising millions for hush money and new monstrosities they call churches that, in effect by their architecture, blaspheme God, struggling Traditional churches, chapels and organizations live from one day to the next on the Providence of God.
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Now the rest of this commentary will be commercial-free. Speaking of which, what you see in commercials these days is a microcosm of how the post-conciliar Church has compromised with the world, stopped short of being all that Christ asks. When the rich young man asked Our Lord what he must do to gain eternal life, Jesus told him in no uncertain terms in Matthew 19: 21, "If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven; and come, follow Me." As we know this was too much for the young man to follow. The Cardinals and Bishops are at the forefront of telling their flocks to give to the poor through their specific charitable foundations set up in each diocese. How much of that is funneled to pay off victims? The problem is these prelates are giving to the poor but for finite, humanistic reasons, not Heavenly. This is repeated constantly by the Pope himself in his own philosophy in speaking of the 'brotherhood of man', 'solidarity with all', 'globalization of man' and, 'new springtime' of the 'civilization of love.' A regular love-in straight out of the sixties.
And that's when men who would not follow Christ as He willed, but as they wanted, came to power and changed the Church. The young man of scriptures "had great possessions" and treasured them more than following Christ. The men in power today have great possessions and treasure pleasing man rather than God. It has come down to the loyal Catholic being in great chagrin over the state of the Church today, much in the same manner Peter asked in Matthew 19: 25, "Who then can be saved?" Christ's answer was simple, concise: "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."
And it is Our Lord Who shows the way for the possibility of restoring His Church a few verses later in 19: 30, "But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first."
Returning to Christ's words in Luke 11: 23, we find He minces no words: "He that is not with Me, is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me, scattereth." Further on in Luke in 13: 24-30, Our Lord answers another man who asks how to be saved.
"Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able. But when the master of the house shall be gone in, and shall shut the door, you shall begin to stand without, and knock at the door, saying: 'Lord, open to us;' and he answering, shall say to you: 'I know you not whence you are.' Then you shall begin to say: 'We have eaten and drunk in Thy presence, and Thou has taught in our streets. And He shall say to you: 'I know you not whence you are: depart from Me all ye workers of iniquity.' There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth; when you shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And there shall come from the east, and the west, an the north, and the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And behold they are last who shall be first, and they are first who shall be last."
Finally, we have Christ's words in Matthew 22 in which He likens the kingdom of Heaven to a wedding feast. Those who were invited, because they did not have a pure heart, because they sought finite treasures rather than infinite ones, "were not worthy" of the feast. In other words, they let the King down, betrayed Him. But not to worry for fear there would not be enough guests at the feast for, remember Our Lord's words above from Matthew 19: 25 that with God nothing is impossible? By going out into the highways and byways the servants filled the seats. One who came in but was not garbed in the proper wedding garment was ceremoniously dispatched in very ignominious terms: "Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the exterior darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen" (Matt 22: 13-14).
Anyone would hate to see such fate befall anyone, especially the Cardinals and Bishops, those priests who besmirch the reputation of many good ones; but by their actions, words and inactions, they have shown clearly they cannot govern, cannot control their own houses. More than a few have cast aside the 'wedding garment' of grace for the crass facade of the world, the flesh and the devil. Pray God will be merciful. In the meantime, the answers are right before us: "The first shall be last, the last shall be first!"
Where does one search for worthy wedding guests who would make good, holy bishops? Very simply, for the most part, in the hinterlands of every diocese where there are more Cure d'Ars than administrators. But we've seen how the administrator-types have so bungled things. Why not put the flocks in the hands of men who seek holiness above the hollowness of temporal goals? In the poor, small parishes in the outreaches is where many orthodox priests have been 'banished' by bishops. Their crime? Striving to be obedient to God and things that are of God, upholding the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church. The great majority are men who do not seek fame or fortune, only graces and mercy and care more for souls than their own advancement. Yes, you'd get quite a fight from their parishioners for taking these holy men from them, but they'd also provide a hearty endorsement and realize with a holy man in charge of the diocese they would be assured of the same caliber of man being assigned to them. Good trees cannot bear bad fruits. Those good trees are sprouting in the outlands of the dioceses, nourished by obedience to God, not man. These are the ones the current corrupted crop of bishops consider 'last' and are treated as such. It's time for a 180 by the Pope, time for him to depose those in charge today, to send them en masse to monasteries to live out their lives in prayer. Administrative talents have been given too much importance and we can clearly see where that has gotten the Church today. Our Doctor of the Church featured today Saint Gregory Nazianzen was a terrible administrator, but a holy theologian, a loving shepherd. We'll take holy over organizer and fund-raiser any day.
It is the men who are honest with themselves, with God and with us who should be first. It is these men who are open to the Truths and Traditions that, in time, will collectively renounce Vatican II and adopt the Tridentine Mass once again, reinstall the Baltimore Catechisms in schools, require nuns to wear the holy, humble habits once again, reinforce the value of chastity in celibacy. It won't happen tomorrow. It probably won't occur in my lifetime, but it will come. Over generations the good fruits will blossom from the good trees being planted in small orthodox orchards where the Truths and Traditions are upheld, where the Tridentine Mass is held in reverence. In time those orchards will grow until they cover more area, their seeds of sanctity producing more good trees until, like a ripple it will cover the earth as a beautiful, fruitful carpet of grace where the Roman Catholic Church will once again be regarded as the holy, unblemished Mystical Bride of Christ. And when it does; when the glory of God's Will triumphs over the evils wrought by man's will that was so cleverly and insidiously carried out by the agenda of Vatican II; when a new Pope calls for a Council to renounce Vatican II as anathema, then Mary's Immaculate Heart can triumph, ushering in the Social Kingship of the Sacred Heart of her Divine Son. As for those pretenders now wearing scarlet or purple, those men who have lied and covered-up sin upon sin, there is only one solution. Get rid of 'em all! Put all those who are first, last. And invite those who are last, first. If they have exhibited a holiness thus far, chances are that might rub off on the faithful. Lord knows it's not now with the examples of leadership we have today in the Church. Therefore, they must all go. Clean house. This is not about airing the dirty laundry of the Church, but getting the dirt out and keeping it out! Rid every diocese of the unclean spirits. How? Every Catholic has the two essential tools to do it! to help eradicate these vermin that infest the flocks in every see from sea to shining sea. It's all so simple. Sweep 'em all out! All we need is a Rosary and a Broom!
April 29, 2002
volume 13, no. 81
CATHOLIC PewPOINT commentary