WEDNESDAY
April 3, 2002
volume 13, no. 63

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Sad State of Affairs!


Where have the bishops been before? Why are they just now starting to take measures to protect the people? Don't they realize it's too late; that they've already let the vultures devour countless innocent unborns and young souls who have lost the Faith? These spiders of iniquity wearing miters will have to account for these transgressions before God despite the fact they still spin their worldly webs from their shadowy ivory towers.

    "The handwriting has been on the wall for decades that there were problems brewing within the Church, but the hierarchy was content to let it ride. Priests were abandoning their Catholic conservative views and becoming liberal. Some even accepting the proposition that a woman should have the right to have her unborn child killed, if it would make her life easier. These priests are still wearing their collars. They're still teaching at Catholic Colleges and are continuing to poison young Catholic minds by showing pornographic plays on their campuses and pornographic movies and inviting pro-abort speakers to spew their killing agendas at the podium. Is it any wonder that the younger generations of Catholics don't know right from wrong and do not attend church."
    The shocking news of pedophile priests has rocked the foundation of the Catholic Church in the United States. As a Catholic and a former altar boy, I can find no words to describe my sadness.

    Over the years, the Catholic hierarchy have literally, shoved this dirt under the rug. They just reassign pedophile priests to other parishes, where they would continue to prey on young boys.

    They say that the amount of money the Catholic hierarchy has, and will pay out to the victims is over 30 million dollars and I have heard as high as 120 million. Imagine all the good, this money could be doing to feed the poor at home and in undeveloped countries.

    The media, is all over this story. They can't get enough of it. At times, I feel I can detect a glimpse of glee in the eyes of newscasters, or maybe I'm just being paranoiac. It's as if I was just nailed with a “sucker” punch and I'm walking around in a daze. Where did the punch come from?

    However, after thinking about it, I should have seen it coming. I do know that the bishops have not been tending the flock as they should. 1.4 million unborn children are killed every year in their mother’s womb -- a.k.a. abortions. The rate of Catholic women having their unborn child killed is higher than Evangelical women. The rate of Catholics voting for pro-abort politicians is also higher than the Evangelicals.

    Whose fault is this? It is the fault of the bishops. Not all, I can name some good and holy bishops, but as a whole, their attempt to end the terrorism of the womb has been downright pitiful.

    Cardinal Bernard Law of the Archdiocese of Boston said that from now on, all pedophile priests will be turned over to the police, instead of trying to rehabilitate them and sending them from parish to parish. If this would have been done long ago, we would have avoided non-Catholics getting their jollies, by looking down their noses at the Catholic Church and telling us how to run our Church.

    Cardinal Law should resign, as he made terrible mistakes. It is estimated that over the years, about 80 incidences of sexual abuse have taken place in the Archdiocese of Boston alone.

    It is no secret that the heavily Catholic populated state of Massachusetts is the most liberal state in our nation. They overwhelmingly voted for Al Gore, (a pro-abort) in the last election. They have 2 'Catholic' Senators, both Democrats, who are not only pro-aborts, but even voted not to ban partial-birth infanticide -- Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. 90% of their Congressmen are Catholic Democrats and pro-aborts. What is this thing that Catholics in Massachusetts have against the sanctity of human life? Truly Massachusetts is in a sad state of affairs.

    An even better question -- why do all the heavily Catholic populated states on the Eastern Seaboard, (MA, PA, NY, NJ, DE, CT overwhelmingly vote for politicians, whose party condones the killing of God's children -- the Democratic party? Just what is this special attraction that draws them to the propagators of mortal sins. All sad states of affairs.

    So, I am not surprised that this repugnancy occurred in the Boston Archdiocese. This is what happens when the populace reverts to liberalism. Anything and everything goes, even the state's embracement of the deadly homosexual lifestyle and their attempts to indoctrinate school children that it is perfectly normal, even though it shortens one's life by 15-20 years and is the cause of much suffering.

    Cardinal Law, knowing full well that he had a serial rapist of young boys as a priest -- why wasn't that priest defrocked long ago? I just don't get it. There is absolutely no excuse for this. Not only should pedophile priests be kicked out, but also anyone, who is homosexual.

    Cardinal Edward Egan of the Archdiocese of New York, also issued a public statement that all pedophile priests will be removed from their pastoral ministry. I don’t know what this means. Does it mean they can still hang around, but their role is diminished, or does it mean they have been “kicked out.” And what about homosexuals, who are not pedophiles, or have not been accused of pedophilia?

    Homosexuality is a mortal sin and is clearly condemned in the Holy Scriptures. Am I to understand that they WILL continue their pastoral ministry?

    To me, it seems that the Catholic hierarchy is content to sit in their ivory towers and surface, only when a scandal of immense proportions rocks the Catholic Church and then, it's too late.

    The handwriting has been on the wall for decades that there were problems brewing within the Church, but the hierarchy was content to let it ride. Priests were abandoning their Catholic conservative views and becoming liberal. Some even accepting the proposition that a woman should have the right to have her unborn child killed, if it would make her life easier.

    These priests are still wearing their collars. They're still teaching at Catholic Colleges and are continuing to poison young Catholic minds by showing pornographic plays on their campuses and pornographic movies and inviting pro-abort speakers to spew their killing agendas at the podium.

    Is it any wonder that the younger generations of Catholics don't know right from wrong and do not attend church.

    The Catholic clergy won't talk about the evils of the killing of unborn children during their sermons. Oh sure, every once in a while, you'll hear -- we in the Catholic Church honor the sanctity of human life. Big deal -- they might just as well say nothing. You can tell by the rates that I mentioned above that they are failing to save human lives.

    Sometimes, I feel they don't know the magnitude of their sins of omission. Why do they keep saying “abortion?” Is there some kind of a law in the Catholic Church that prohibits priests and bishops from saying the truth -- the “killing of unborn children” in their sermons?

    Is there a doctrine that says you can only talk about abortions once, or twice a year from the pulpit and only if you do not make the pro-choice [to kill unborn children] Catholics in the pews not feel guilty?

    Is it against the doctrine of the Catholic Church to give sermons bristling with fire and brimstone?

    Or, maybe Canon Law was changed to accommodate these do-nothing bishops and Catholic Democratic Senators, like Kennedy, Leahy, Joe Biden and Dick Durbin, who sit on the Judiciary Committee and rejected a godly and pro-life man, Judge Charles Pickering from sitting on the 5th Appellate Court -- so that pro-aborts cannot be publicly excommunicated. The Democrats are so afraid that Judge Pickering may one day be in a position to reverse Roe Vs Wade, the infamous Supreme Court decision that legalized the killing of unborn children right up to birth, that they are willing to sell their souls to satan for political gain. Talk about a sad state of affairs!

    Even if Senators condone the killing of unborn children while they are being born -- the gruesome and excruciating painful partial-birth infanticide, doesn’t make any difference to the bishops. Would you believe that there are 13 Catholic Senators who see no evil in this. (12 Democrats and 1 Republican)? It is plain to see which party satan has taken over.

    In essence, these so-called Catholic Senators signed the death warrants for thousands of children, who are killed every year, in late term, in this barbaric manner. STILL, the bishops are not stirred to publicly excommunicate them. These Senators attend church and receive the sacraments. How could this be? They are no better than Adolf Hitler and that was a sad state of affairs.

    Or, am I to believe that when you kill unborn children, it is not a mortal sin, or that the lives of unborn children are not worth as much as the lives that were destroyed by Hitler? This must be the answer, or the bishops would have publicly excommunicated these Senators long ago.

    What possible explanation could the bishops make for their obvious disrespect for the lives of God's precious unborn and 3/4 born children, when they arrive at the pearly gates? Yes, I did say, DISRESPECT.

    Only if these so-called Catholic pro-abort politicians are publicly excommunicated will these killings end. You can find all their names in Herod’s Heros, so that you, who are constituents and being the good Catholics that you are, will NOT vote for them.

    You'll also note who their bishops are and, for the most part, the same ones who are now feeling the wrath of the public and the microscope of media scrutiny and rightfully so for their failure to be true shepherds.

    Since the abortion mills and the liberal media will NOT warn women that killing one's child increases the risk of breast cancer, is there some kind of Catholic doctrine that prohibits the Catholic clergy from educating Catholic women, as to the complications and risks of killing their child?

    Also, other risks such as premature babies in subsequent pregnancies, resulting from the trauma done to the cervix and the inner lining of the uterus during an abortion. This results in low birth weights and thus the babies are more prone to physical and mental problems, including cerebral palsy. And increased risk of alcohol and drug abuse and suicides. The reason is obvious. THEY KILLED THEIR CHILD.

    Wouldn't it be a grand gesture on the part of the Catholic clergy to impart this vital information to its flock, because as sure a heck, they will NOT hear of it from the abortion mills, or the liberal media.

    Many times, I have wondered over the past 10-15 years, why I don't see Catholic priests, or bishops on TV talking about the tragedy of the killing of unborn children. Yet, during this same period, I have seen many Evangelical ministers condemning these killings. I just chalked it up to -- well, maybe the Church just doesn’t want to get involved. Then I say to myself -- what do you mean they don't want to get involved, that's why they wear the collar. They're up there speaking out against the death penalty, pushing for ecumenism, pushing for tolerance of all lifestyles - even the sodomy lifestyle. So, then I'm stuck for an answer. Then lo and behold, the Catholic clergy has been flooding the broadcast media, the past week because of the pedophile priests -- trying to save their reputation.

    If only they made the same commitment to save the lives of God's precious children, the killing of unborn children would have been history a long time ago. And, I daresay, I doubt the sins they are facing today would have been so massive in scope for think of the vocations that might have blossomed because of so many young men who came along...oops, sorry, they were aborted. So much for commitment by the bishops.

    Tragically however, even the Pope and his Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano have been low-key on this high profile scandal. Sad, a very sad state of affairs.

    There are 60 million Catholics in the United States -- 40 million of voting age. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the power the Catholic Church has in ending the American holocaust, if only they had a mind to. But the longer this scandal is allowed to fester without firm, deliberate and radical discipline by the pope and the bishops, the weaker the Catholic Church will become.

    Living in Southern California, I hardly ever hear much from Cardinal Roger Mahoney of the Los Angeles Archdiocese on this subject or my own prelate Bishop Tod Brown. But then, from these men, I've learned not to have high expectations from such sorry excuses for Apostolic successors. The last time Mahoney said anything of note was about a year ago at the Democratic Convention and I think I'm pretty well informed of the goings on in this area. However, after the lid was blown off the pedophile priests, he wrote a letter condemning these priests and it was to be read at all masses of all churches under his jurisdiction.

    Now, why didn't he and other cardinals and bishops issue such an edict, only on the subject that is even greater -- the killing of over 42 million unborn children since Roe Vs Wade 29 years ago -- especially around election times.

    Instead in California, we elected a pro-abort Catholic governor -- Gray Davis (Democrat) over a good pro-life Catholic, Dan Lungren.(Republican) The latter got no help from the Catholic Church and California has suffered greatly for it. Since in office, Davis has bent over backwards to appease the pro-aborts. His constant TV ads -- that he will always defend a woman's right to choose [to have her unborn child killed], makes my skin crawl every time I see it. He has also signed many bills that glorify the homosexual lifestyle. Talk about a really sad state of affairs!

    The killing of unborn children and homosexuality are MORAL ISSUES and the Catholic Church has every right to get involved. IT IS THEIR DUTY.

    It is apparent that the Catholic hierarchy CAN issue edicts to parish priests, only I guess, if it helps to save their own skin and not the skin of unborn children.

    The Catholic Church in the United States has reaped what it has sown. It's as simple as all that. God help us all!

Dr. Frank Joseph

For past columns by Dr. Frank, see PRO-LIFE PRESCRIPTIONS Archives



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