Part Thirty Nine:

Wake-up Call to all Catholics - the fifthteenth clarion

Beware of False Prophets in the American Church - part three

In the first two installments we dealt with the alarming liturgical measures Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles wants to implement. To traditional Catholics it is alarming, to those liberal Catholics who have been planning this for awhile, it is expected. What they don't expect is for the majority of Catholics to oppose these changes because Catholics in America have been so passive. The radicals have counted on this in forming two organizations to undermine and totally alter the Roman Catholic Church in America. These two groups are Call To Action and We Are Church., both the epitome of the "Cafeteria Catholic." They are dangerous and, sadly, widely accepted because of their mainstream legitimacy. They have infiltrated not only each parish but clergy as well. Call To Action was begun in 1979 as a revolt against Pope Paul VI's strict encyclical Humanae Vitae of 1968 and a rebellion against the conservative bent of the newly elected Polish Pope John Paul II in 1978. Today these non-profit, independent organizations comprise an alarming number of lay, religious and clergy including several bishops and a few cardinals. Their platform is anarchical in concept - one where they are pushing the concept that theologians and "Catholic" institutions should be free in searching for the truth. In other words, no one had better tell them what to do or how to do it. They require the Church to be open on all levels and to accede to their wishes - their agenda, rather than God's agenda. They push obstinately for a reform to the left of human sexuality issues including acceptance of birth control (Humanae Vitae be damned!), divorce, premarital sex and homosexuality. They are masters of the political correct platform. They cry for married priests and women priests and sadly, they are making inroads as evidence from the proposal passed by the Catholic Theologians Society of America and roundly criticized by Bishop James T. McHugh in volume 8, no. 13 (July 7, 1997). They tout "peace and justice" and promote a "new age" theme within their platform. Like satan, they spout half-truths, camouflaging the lies in seemingly mainstream ideas that most lukewarm Catholics accept sight unseen. Their liberal bent stems back to the ideas of Pope John XXIII who they say didn't go far enough. Needless to say, when Paul VI, a conservative, followed him they were greatly disappointed and when he released Humanae Vitae on July 25, 1968, followed by his staunch approval of an extensive declaration against homosexuality by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on November 7, 1975 it was time, in their minds, for action. They were joined in their crusade against the Church by many who were pro-gay and lesbian.

Though loyal Catholics may not want to admit it, the fifties, sixties, and seventies spawned many gay priests. Many trace this back to a Masonic plot to infiltrate and destroy the Church, others attribute this trend to the fact that the structure of the seminary and priesthood was the ideal place for the avowed homosexual to "hide" and avoid questions of why he wasn't married. They did not become priests because of a calling, but rather to avoid being called out. Through the years these "priests" rose to higher levels within the hierarchy and became heads of seminaries. Gradually curriculums and morals changed and with it more leniency towards sin, less emphasis on grace and sacrifice. Gay rectors carefully screened seminary applicants not for their virtues and true aspirations to following Christ, but rather if they were "compatible" with accepting the liberal agenda and open to the issue of homosexuality and other relaxed issues. If they weren't, they were cleverly drummed out of the seminary. This is not the case for all seminaries for there were some excellent ones, one of which this editor attended for seven years in the late 50's and 60's with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the Central Province of the United States, the same which has produced Archbishop Francis E. George, OMI, the new head of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Bishop Roger Schwietz, OMI, head of the Duluth Diocese. There was never an indication of any of these problems and we had wonderful priests to mold our education and character. In fact, the prefect of the seminary and this editor's spiritual director Father Francis Zachman, OMI went out of his way to warn the young men of these tendencies and impressed the Latin phrase "Noli me tangere" on everyone's mind and heart. But this was, of course, all before Vatican II and the vast changes that would occur over the next thirty years. Yet there many other seminaries who weren't as strict or cautious in screening out the bad seeds. It is documented that before Bishop Robert Brom became head of the Diocese of San Diego and began cleaning house, that diocese's clergy were nearly 75% gay. That is a shocking number, but San Diego was not alone. The San Francisco diocese under the notorious Archbishop John R. Quinn was heaviliy homosexual and there were many, many cases of pedophilia that were covered up. More diocese than we care to mention were populated by gay priests who did lasting damage to the faithful in many ways. The influx of pedophile cases points to this fact. In every one of these cases, the priest in question exhibited homosexual tendencies that should have been noticed in the early formation stage of his seminary training. Too often those who sympathized with the gays overlooked or deliberately hid these facts and advanced the candidate further. As the Aamco commercial says, "You can pay me now, or pay me later." We all know the price is much greater later and for those who contributed to furthering homosexual candidates, they have to share in the damages done. One e-mailer wrote that isn't it interesting the liberal media did not go after Quinn for his cover-up or even after Cardinal Bernardin when he was accused. Why? Because those dioceses advocate the same radical agenda the mainstream left promote. Why attack an ally? But for the rest of the Catholic Church, ah, it's open season as one person posted on the internet, "suing the Catholic Church has become a big bucks game. And, when an entire Diocese can be levied this arbitrary and massive figure, it opens the mind to devasting suppositions. Remember, this latest onslaught against Church property, as it were, is as of yet, on the ascendant. It doesn't bode well.
I've heard an unofficial figure of 'just under a $$Billion in damages, prior to this case, has been settled inside and outside of court by the Church - over prior sex-related allegations. The enemy plays the double-standard game. If he is connected with sexual deviation...it is NOT deviant..it is simply Normal...and, he'll sue to forge that reality, yet, if a priest does anything....or is merely accused...even the regular JOE, wants to see the priest strung up, and, our enemy is more than happy to oblige, for, it is he who orchestrates this whole mess.
Money is his game, and, we're currently playing in his court, and he has the advantage. Until we lose the material, we must await the focus upon the Spiritual Aspects of our beliefs. Even the Vatican is not a really big money guy any more. There are groups who wield more money; and more material influence than the Vatican."
The Diocese of Dallas represents the Church in America and it was a ready target because of the way it was handled and because of the exploitive lawyers who encouraged this case. The blame can be laid at many feet but especially the advisors to the bishops in Dallas who either refused to believe that Rudolph Kos was abusing young boys or acknowledge that he was a homosexual. It's a known fact that he is gay and that he did abuse several young men. This began in the early 80's under Bishop Thomas Tshoepe. His vicar general was Monsignor Rehkemper. The question is why was Kos protected by the former vicar general Rehkemper? Having known the clerics involved in Dallas it saddens us deeply that the present bishop Bishop Charles Grahmann who inherited the problem in 1990 and who dispatched Kos in 1992, and his able, loyal Vicar General Monsignor Duffy Gardner who came in after 1992, had to suffer the indignity of a lurid, media circus trial that dragged the Church through the muck in a no win situation. For more on this see the editorial in this edition. Those who preceded the present principals in big D will have to answer someday to God for their part in tearing down His beloved Church as will all those who have turned their backs, buried their heads in the sand, or given a knowing wink of approval to priests or priestly candidates with homosexual tendencies. It has caused great damage within the Church not only because of the the physical abuses done, but because of the spiritual abuses committed. Many loyal Catholics became disallusioned and left the true Church because they were either told something that was not in accord with Church teaching or they were scandalized by someone who represented, in their mind, the Church of Rome. They forgot somewhere in their seminary training or in their Catechetical training for that matter, Christ's words in Luke 17: 1-2, "It is impossible that scandals should not come; but woe to him through whom they come! It were better for him if a millstone were hung about his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin."

Rather than repenting, these scandal-mongers, dissident religious, and homosexual priests take refuge in such organizations as Call To Action and We Are Church for they represent an alternative to following the true teachings of the Church. They are cowards in every sense of the word. Rather than just leaving the Church and joining a Protestant sect that allows their transgressions they choose to remain Catholic in name and strive to destroy the institution itself. To make matters worse, these organizations open their arms to the malcontents because of their bleeding-heart policy to accept all groups, not to mention the more the merrier - strength in numbers or, as we like to call it: Misery loves company! With this hodgepodge of philosophies and characters, one would think the loyal, traditional Catholic would recognize the wolf in sheeps' clothing, but they are clever. They carefully construe Jesus' words to love one another as meaning we have to be tolerant of all. They forget His admonition to love the sinner, but hate the sin. They are also hypocrites for their policy to love all and be kind to all stops when it comes to the supreme pontiff, descended from Saint Peter as the rightful heir to the keys of the Kingdom and to whom we must be obedient as Christ commanded in Matthew 16: 19. They undermine the authority of the Pope and his loyal bishops and priests and denigrate orthodox Catholics as "being out of touch, old-fashioned and fuddy-duddies who need to get with the program in the 90's." They reject Church teaching in favor of "liberation theology" which fosters social revolution and which the Holy See has called on the carpet, especially in Central and South America, because this is not what Jesus calls for. They are disallusioned. Though Holy Mother Church calls for openness in regards to truth, these organizations call for openness to those who are apostate, anathema, heretical or in error. 'We must be more understanding and tolerant' is their cry. But they are not understanding or tolerant of Rome. When Rome speaks, we must listen, but they turn a deaf ear, disregarding the authenticity of the papal privilege. They promote relativity, something Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger has strongly warned about and denounced. Their pied piper remains media darling Richard McBrien, the Roman collarless priest who heads the theology department at Notre Dame. This once proud Catholic institution has become the fertilization ground of apostasy thanks to the ilk of this man and his followers. Thank God there are still good, traditional priests in South Bend like Father Edward D. O'Connor, C.S.C. to offset the heresies spewed by McBrien.

The appointed ally for these groups was, whether knowingly or not, the late Cardinal Joseph Bernadin of Chicago who promoted the Catholic Common Ground Initiative which gave recognition to these groups. With him gone, this mantle has passed to Cardinal Mahoney and the split widens between bishops just as the Blessed Virgin Mary prophecied at LaSalette in 1846, "Several [priests] will abandon the faith, and a great number of priests and members of religious orders will break away from the true religion; among these people there will even be bishops." Has this not happened? Should we be surprised? But should we just accept it? That is what satan wants. We must fight these subtle changes with every fiber of our cradle Catholic upbringing and seek to keep the Church One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. In the next installment we shall delve further into the methods used by these groups as we sound the sixteenth clarion on the false prophets in the American Church.