What the war didn't finish ... churchmen did.
If Bella Dodd was telling the truth ...
Actually, I am now convinced she was, thanks to real friends who have supplied links to documentation and personal accounts. Another friend, in an effort to reassure me also pretty much dismissed the conspiracy saying, 'In the end, it doesn't really matter does it? Because evil is always defeated in the end and Christ is victorious.' That is true, I guess, Pope Benedict has reassured others in that manner, Jesus wins in the end, and so on - but look at what has been done to the faith and souls.
I was reading how Archbishop Weakland's memorial plaque in Milwaukee's Catherdral will be removed. I was reminded how, knowing nothing about him except that he was a monk, when he was named Archbishop. I took it for granted that was a good thing, that the liturgy would be enhanced, and Catholic teaching affirmed. I laugh at my naivete now. I wonder why I ever thought I knew so much about ecclesial life? Then when the Cathedral was 'wreckovated' I decided I liked it, though I preferred traditional church design. Now I'm thinking the iconoclasm of the post Conciliar period was perpetrated and imposed as a way of destroying faith and morals.
Maybe I was 'indoctrinated' to like this crap?
I was rereading Fr. Altier's homily which mentions Bella Dodd and points to the origins of the crisis - in 1924. In his essay Fr. Altier wrote:
What kind of men do you think might have been elevated to be bishops by somebody like this?
You now understand why all that we get is fluff and stuff instead of good homilies? You understand why there are problems in the world that aren’t being addressed? That’s what it is about. Where is the doctrinal integrity? Where is the moral teaching? Someone that is not living it is not going to teach it. Now there are, after this grand jury report came out a few days ago from Pennsylvania, there are several more states already talking about doing their own grand jury investigation. It will probably go all over the place, so I say that to simply say there is going to be more in the news coming up. - SourceA priest friend told me a year or so that I was wrong about some things, I expect Bella Dodd being the least of them. Still recovering from the flu, I've been able to examine myself, my conscience, and it's pretty dark. I've been easily swayed and misled, and worst of all, I've been convinced I have been right about almost everything. And everyone else either was wrong or didn't understand. I'm being deliberately vague about the kind and number of my character defects and sins, but I'm grateful to be able to see the log in my own eye and recognize I'm in no shape to point out the sins of others, much less try to correct them.
Indoctrinated, deceived, led astray, or not - I'm still responsible for my actions.
I was forewarned.