"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Monsignor Pope and the missing post.

I "pray that the parade would continue to be a source of unity for all of us.” - Cardinal Dolan


His blog post, an editorial on the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade (read here) was indeed removed.  A comment left by Monsignor appears to confirm that:

Bless you all for your prayers and encouragement. I hope you will understand if I cannot continue to post your comments on the parade article here. I will read them but cannot post them, I will send you an e-mail gratitude. I ask your charity and understanding for the Archdiocese of Washington which has always generously sponsored this blog and been supportive of our conversations. I also hope you will understand if I cannot explain why it was removed. I am a loyal son of the Church and I love my Archdiocese. - ADW

Monsignor Pope is the best Catholic priest-blogger online.  Keep him in your prayers.

I'm disappointed on many levels.  Catholic autocrats have to wake up and recognize it's an exercise in futility to attempt to erase anything online once it is published.  Be it an errant remark by a Cardinal Archbishop or an affirmation of Roman Catholic teaching by a faithful priest - it's out there.

Keep the faith!

Monsignor graciously commented on the missing post here.


  1. the little Donahue post on the bottom made the post that much more fun!

    1. Amen. It's hilarious because it's basically accurate.

    2. almost as bad as when he told Jay Severin that the churches teaching on contraception can change...

  2. It is clear why Holy Innocents is on the chopping block. Ye Cardinal has Rome aspirations. Better get out of his way....

  3. I saw that post on New Advent and meant to read it but well, it was taken down too.

    Anyway, Phil Lawer has his posted up still:


    I read the removed post from Msgr. Pope on RC and saw nothing wrong with it as he only spoke the truth.

  4. I don't know why people will never learn that censoring someone's thoughts or writings will never work...especially as you say, in the internet age. I may or may not agree with what this guy wrote but I should be able to read it and decide for myself.

  5. Msgr. Pope himself removed the post. This is what he wrote:

    "Many of you have expressed concern about a blog post I wrote on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which was removed. I am grateful for your concern about this and all the issues we discuss here. I removed the post upon further reflection due to the strong nature of the language I had used in parts of it. I apologize if the language I used caused offense.

    I remain concerned about the central point of the article, namely, how we as Catholics can effectively engage a culture that increasingly requires us to affirm what we cannot reasonably affirm. There are many prudential decisions involved in the answer to this question, and my intent is not to directly criticize any bishop or diocese. But this is an issue we must all collectively wrestle with as our culture and our faith reach deeper differences.

    I am grateful to the Archdiocese of Washington, which has generously sponsored our conversation on this site for five years. I am also grateful to all of you who read and comment. I ask mutual charity and understanding for all parties involved. The beautiful motto of James Cardinal Hickey, who ordained me, rings just now in my heart: Veritatem in Caritate (the truth in charity)."


    I wonder if all of those who accused Cardinal Wuerl will retract their statements. I'm not holding my breath on that one.

  6. You should read his first response under the Sept. 4th entry in the comments section. "I also hope you will understand if I cannot explain why it was removed." Obviously pressure was applied, and he removed the post under duress.

  7. That may be true, but he does seem to now regret the things he wrote. He was basically attacking the actions of a bishop in another diocese and inciting people against him. As a priest, he should not be doing this. Now if only Father Z would also have this insight.


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