DAILY CATHOLIC - THURSDAY, December, 1997    volume 8, no. 50


Installment Fifty

Wake-up Call to all Catholics the twenty fifth clarion

installment fifty

Beware of False Prophets in the American Church - part twelve:
"The Enigmatic Eighties Eat Away at the Etiquette of all that is Holy"

      The late seventies and the eighties, forged by the distrust of the Nixon years, the ineffectiveness of the Carter years, and the conservativism and prosperity of the Reagan era, fomented a "haves" and "have not" mentality that reached its zenith in the eighties. Liberals everywhere pounced on the "victim" aspect. Over three decades they had rallied to causes of liberation theology in South America and Mexico and sought to flood the media with the bleeding heart image. Rather than seeking help and solace from others, they attacked the establishments that they unfairly blamed for the malaise they conjured up, using the examples of the Nixon era and other scandals. These establishments included governments, large companies, and, of course, the most established entity in the world: the Roman Catholic Church. Two of the most established orders, rather than defending Holy Mother Church, turned against her: the Jesuits and the Maryknolls. The latter, because they were greatly influenced on the front-lines of the missions and became pawns in the story being spun; the former, who had been established to defend the Holy Father, had begun to turn against the supreme pontiff through their liberal mouth-organ America after Vatican II and as the years progressed throughout Pope Paul VI's regime and well into the papacy Pope John Paul II, they used this magazine to foster dissidence. A new breed of Jesuits had come upon the scene - the intellectuals - who began moving up in university echelons throughout their network of Catholic universities in the United States. As their psuedo-logic turned to a crescendo of acceptance among students who, by their nature and the aftermath of Vietnam, were already leaning toward the left, the domino effect among orders took effect. Other religious orders started to succumb to this new, popular philosophy and they, too, began challenging the Pope and the magisterium. professing a new philosophy. Solid orders like the Benedictines, Dominicans, and Holy Cross Fathers at the once-great Catholic University in South Bend, Indiana showed cracks which enabled such radical, heretical priests as Richard McBrien to wedge into the leadership role. His manner of attacking his own Church played well with the media and the false prophets of this age jumped on the opportunity to hear one of the Church's own bashing her. The chorus was already being bellowed forth by one Andrew Greeley, an unabashedly modernist priest who the media set up as the "official spokeman" of the Church. No matter what issue, if it involved the Roman Catholic Church, the media would seek out Greeley's opinions even before checking with the bishop of the respective diocese in question or with the Vatican on international matters that might have prompted the questions. Greeley, an accomplished author of many books that have generated millions in revenue but very little in God's eyes, became the "expert." Countless Catholics, already confused by the traumatic changes after Vatican II, might have thought he was the pope from the way the media lavished credibility on him. He became the crusader of the left, of the dissidents, and even of the lukewarm who were being fed such a pack of lies about Rome that they began believing what they heard and, like the sheep they were, just went along with the popular opinion of the day. This played right into the hands of the modernists who relished their new-found "power position." Such national Catholic publications as National Catholic Reporter and Commonweal became the clarions of this revolt, lavishing praise on those who would stand up to and disagree with the Holy See, denouncing those who staunchly defended the Magisterium and teachings of Holy Mother Church.

      Late in the decade of the eighties an orthodox Dominican priest was drummed out of his order because he dared to blow the whistle on his own order, accusing them of blatant homosexuality in the seminaries. He wasn't whistling dixie but rather telling the sad truth for the infiltration, which had begun by the Free Masons in the forties and fifties reached its apex in the eighties when many of these maladjusted "bad seeds," having climbed the ecclesial ladder, had gained powerful positions within their order such as rectors of seminaries. Their curriculum became one of permissive allowance, playing down the ravages of sin and hell, and preaching a "feel-good" theology where God would not punish anyone. This permeated down through the seminaries and, once ordained, into the parishes they were assigned to, the damage continued. Though the claims of this exiled Dominican sound preposterous, we have seen with our own eyes much proof of this and readily believe his facts. We have met young priests who have told us of the horror stories in seminaries where the orthodox were looked upon as the enemy who must be weeded out, while the abnormal gay lifestyle was encouraged and rationalized as acceptable. Had it not been for their faith, their resolve to fulfill God's Will by clandestinely meeting in the evenings as small groups to study the true teachings of the Church in their effort to "survive" the seminary in order for them to go forth as good, holy priests with the truth for their flocks, we would have even a greater priest shortage today. There are many very good young priests who have withstood the slings and arrows of seminary life in the eighties who have eluded the scrutiny of modernist rectors and exposed the damage that was done in the seminaries in the seventies and eighties by these liberal, sinful leaders who caused great scandal. And scandal was one thing the media thrived on, pouncing on any story of mispropriety by a cleric. While our judicial system espouses innocent until proven guilty, the media holds another standard: guilty until proven innocent in the court of public opinion. When the false prophets of the secular media control the judge and jury, there's little hope for acquittal. When the false prophets of the Catholic media join them, any chance of a fair trial is nonexistent. It reminds us greatly of the trial of the Sanhedrin. But Jesus patiently and lovingly withstood all the barbs and lies thrown at Him. We too must not defend ourselves, but be willing to suffer for and with Him. Yet, we also must not stand idly by when He is attacked or His Church. We must stand up and fight. That's why we are called the "Church Militant" in the Communion of Saints. The battle is a never-ending one as the persecution intensifies. Next week, we will cover the onslaughts that continue into the nineties and to the present time as we continue to sound the clarion call to all Catholics alerting them to the false prophets in the American Church.

To review all past installments of this on-going series, go to Archives beginning with the inaugural A CALL TO PEACE internet issue in January 1996. volume 7, no. 1.

December 1997