Friday, January 18, 2019

We all have so much love to give ...

I watched UTV Live this evening when this homeless woman told 
how she tried to revive her friend 'Robbie' 
who she discovered lifeless on High Street, 
Belfast this morning and I cried. 
This is not the society I want to live in where people die on the streets 
and I am sure it is not the society anyone reading this posting wants. 
May he rest in Peace and be in a better place. - John Dalat

We all have so much love to give ...

When I first saw this photo/story on Facebook, I thought of St. Therese of Lisieux - it struck me there is a resemblance here - the woman looks a bit like St. Therese. Therese wrote how she took her place at the table of sinners - how she would have lived in a refuge for fallen women to reveal to them the love and mercy of God. This woman, her story seems to exemplify that same charity and love.

St. Therese, pray for us, especially those
most in need of mercy.

Song for this post here.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

St. Anthony of the Desert

The accuracy of this quote attributed to S. Anthony is in question - I only used it since it segued nicely with the Holy Father's homily for today. TN

Compromising Christians, slaves to seduction

Finally, in order to help us understand how not to slip into the risk of having a perverse heart, the Pope reflects on the word “seduction”: the seduction of sin, used by the devil, the “great seducer”, “a great theologian but without faith, with hatred”, who wants to “enter and dominate” the heart and knows how to do it. So, concludes the Pope, a “perverse heart is one that lets itself be seduced; and seduction leads him to obstinacy, to closure, and to many other things”:
And with seduction, either you convert and change your life or you try to compromise: but a little here and a little there, a little here and a little there. “Yes, yes, I follow the Lord, but I like this seduction, but just a little...” And you’re starting to lead a double Christian life. To use the word of the great Elijah to the people of Israel at that moment: “You limp from both legs”. To limp from both legs, without having one set firmly. It is the life of compromise: “Yes, I am a Christian, I follow the Lord, yes, but I let this in...”. And this is what the lukewarm are like, those who always compromise: Christians of compromise. We, too, often do this: compromise. Even when the Lord lets us know the path, even with the commandments, also with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but I prefer something else, and I try to find a way to go down two tracks, limping on both legs. P.Francis homily 1-17-19

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Turn in your cappa!

So they are going to take McCarrick's cappa back?

The literal term is laicization - return to the lay state, or more correctly, "‘dismissed from the clerical state,’ because this is a juridical status.” That's the news today - that the Pope wants him to be a sort of trophy to offer to the bishops when they gather for their conference in February.  That's so Law and Order talk.  Secular news is promoting the story.

Pope Francis, who has the final say in the case, wants it completed before heads of national Catholic churches meet at the Vatican from Feb. 21-24 to discuss what is now a global sexual abuse crisis, three sources said. 
The meeting offers a chance for him to respond to criticism from victims of abuse that he has stumbled in his handling of the crisis and has not done enough to make bishops accountable. 
“It (the defrocking of McCarrick) would be like a trophy to show that the pope is indeed serious about dealing with this. That is the process that seems to be unfolding,” said Kurt Martens, professor of canon law at the Catholic University of America in Washington. - Read more here.
For me the biggest problem with McCarrick is the corruption, not so much the sexual predation of young men and priests.  Some have even claimed the occasions with 16 year old could have been considered consensual.  People call it a gay cabal or gay lobby, which protected McCarrick and helped him climb the ladder.  The emphasis is placed on gay, the homosexual lobby.  Nevertheless, after months of thinking about this, it seems to me it really goes back to clericalism, power, privilege and money.  The sexual crimes seem to me to be a byproduct, a symptom of the corruption.  The fact that McCarrick was a major fundraiser for the Church seems to me to account for his being protected and supported, and covered for when rumors and allegations emerged.

I too got caught up in the homosexual blame game, but the situation could just as well have involved sexual predation of women.  No doubt, the secrets and lies associated with closeted homosexuality probably motivated SSA priests and bishops to look the other way, or even deny - refusing to believe - the stories of McCarrick going after seminarians, and so on.  It's similar to Maciel, founder of the Legion.  People were covering for him and refusing to believe he led a double life.  He wasn't 'defrocked' - rather he was sent into exile to do penance.  A similar case involving Fr. Gino Burresi resulted in his exile to a life of prayer and penance.

Calling for public repentance and confession is not any one's call, save for the Pope.  Reduction to the clerical state seems unlikely to me, McCarrick most likely has repented - resigning his title as cardinal seems to me to signify that.  Going into solitude to do penance seems to me to be enough.

I doubt the Pope is willing to make McCarrick a scapegoat to atone for the abuse crisis, much less as an example to reform the clergy.   The  McCarrick story points to a more serious corruption in the clergy.  How crazy is it to imagine a young man claiming "McCarrick used his authority to coerce them to sleep with him when they were adult seminarians studying for the priesthood."  What?  Why?  Adult men coerced?  Trying to get through seminary by cooperating that way?  Where is their faith?  Why would they think they were qualified to enter priesthood with that type of compromise?  You see, I don't know the answers to those questions, but it clearly points to corruption stemming from a crisis of faith and morals.

Oh.  I could be wrong.

Song for this post here.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Is Vigano pen-happy?

My mother used to say that about me when I was little.

I used to write letters to everyone, relatives, the pope, politicians, movie stars, and so on.  When I wrote to relatives, what I said would get back to my mother and she would freak out and yell at me, "You're pen-happy!"  It still cracks me up.

That said, I wonder if Archbishop Vigano is 'pen-happy'?  

He wrote another  public letter - open letter - to McCarrick calling for him to repent publicly.  On the surface it reads very holy, but is it appropriate for a bishop to supercede the Vatican courts and call for a public confession, repentance and penance from McCarrick?

Why is Vigano so public with his information and judgement now, when he knew way back when and was glad-handing and congratulating McCarrick in photo ops and at banquets?

Dear Archbishop McCarrick, 
As has been reported as a news by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the accusations against you for crimes against minors and abuses against seminarians are going to be examined and judged very soon with an administrative procedure.

No matter what decision the supreme authority of the Church takes in your case, what really matters and what has saddened those who love you and pray for you is the fact that throughout these months you haven’t given any sign of repentance. I am among those who are praying for your conversion, that you may repent and ask pardon of your victims and the Church. 
Time is running out, but you can confess and repent of your sins, crimes and sacrileges, and do so publicly, since they have themselves become public. Your eternal salvation is at stake. - Finish reading here.
As the NCRegister article makes clear, Pope Francis suspended Archbishop McCarrick from public ministry last June, pending the completion of a canonical process against him.  So why is Vigano now jumping the gun and calling for McCarrick to go public?  Something is off.  Many Catholics online celebrate Vigano as a saint, praising him for his courage.

Something is off.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

This story is very hard to believe.

Promiscuous gay man becomes attracted to women only after living a celibate life for one year.

Just one year.  He's 27 and straight for life.  "The young man said he is now looking for an “open-minded girl I can lose my virginity to."

One year and he's totally straight.  God bless him, but the guy who wrote the article isn't helping anyone with this type of news.  Just saying.

UNITED KINGDOM, January 9, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A 27-year-old man who had identified as ‘gay’ since age 14 has realized he is not a homosexual after choosing to remain celibate for a year.
Dominic Hilton, after performing homosexual acts with up to 150 men and engaging in 4 longer-term relationships with other males during his young life and working as a ‘male escort,’ clearly surprised himself with the discovery that he isn’t ‘gay’ after all.
“If you’d have asked me in the past if a person can change their sexuality, I’d have said no – but I’m living proof that you can,” Hilton told The Mirror. “Sex is always something I enjoyed, but this past year, that sexual attraction to men has just gone.”
“It was a gradual thing – not like someone flicked a switch and I was straight – but now I am actively seeking a girl to settle down with,” said Hilton.

Following the break up with his ‘boyfriend’ on Christmas Day, 2017, the 27-year-old from Bournemouth, England resolved that in the new year he would abstain from sexual activity and dating. - LifeSite

He can identify however he wants.