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Is this what’s secretly behind the Sheen delay? (“Second Thoughts” added)

December 6th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

An archival video just surfaced? And it is in the heart of the problems in today’s church? Could this be the real cause of the delay?  Lifesitenews entitles their story:

Abp. Sheen condemns ‘false compassion’ for homosexuals in resurfaced video

And that headline says a lot. Why should all this ‘delay melee’ fall on Bishop Matano? It is the Pope who wants us to “accompany” sinners, and that has been a non-starter among the Faithful from the beginning. Cardinals Dolan and Cupich are the ones who tout accommodating the sins as well as the sinners, and there are plenty of quotes to that effect, whether in St. Francis Xavier Church applause for LGBT or in the St. Patrick’s day parade where the only ones banned were the pro-lifers. And let’s not forget that it was Cdl. Dolan who, by holding onto Abp. Sheen’s body, was able to prevent progress of his cause. One of his predecessors, Cdl. Spellman, must have been cheering from the crypt. What a politically incorrect and embarrassing turn of events:  A saint who refused a payoff demanded by Cdl. Spellman! A saint who believes sin is, well, SIN,  even when it’s a favorite sin among the hierarchy! A saint who believes in ALL the Deposit of Faith!  Truly embarrassing.

This ‘delay of beatification’ event all smells very wrong. Something really doesn’t fit. I certainly don’t agree with Bishop Matano on everything in the diocese, nor am I the right person to be a defender, but I do believe that he believes. He has no ax to grind about reversing any of Bp. Sheen’s actions as far as I can see, but Sheen’s earlier successors did. Bp. Matano is a convenience to the Cardinals; put him out in front of the call for delay, and stay in the shadows. How lucky that the State Attorney General is still working the list, as an excuse to hold things up!  And those lawsuits (e.g. “what else will we find out in testimony in the cases?) may then even serve as additional delay. The bankruptcy further diverts attention and makes excuse.  If I had to guess, the odds seem great that the delay is permanent. But why was there even such a delay in getting the delay?  Is it because of the ‘need’ seen after the video just found?

So after the ad limina visit to Rome, during the USCCB meeting, the Buffalo Bishop steps down, the Albany Bishop takes over, the Rochester Bishop is put out front to take the heat on delaying Sheen, Cardinal Dolan has yet another reason for a big guffaw, and Cdl. Cupich gets another pat on the head from the Pope. Let’s hold up before jumping to conclusions about Bp. Matano; to me he looks like cannon fodder in an administrative process, and as the one having the most to lose. And, like Christ  before Pilate, he is keeping his mouth shut — hence all inquiries are directed to Rome.

The old adage “Follow the money” is easily translated into “Who has the most to gain?” Clearly, it is anyone who does not want Bp. Sheen to be canonized. It is hard to find any reason for Bp. Matano to want to deep-six the beatification. In all good conscience, he could have relied on the due diligence of Peoria, even as a defense if some spurious complaint were found. As far as I know, Bp. Matano does not seem to have anything personal to be gained by being the one to “pull the plug” on such a popular cause. Moreover, the publicity associated with the delay may indeed give rise to more complaints, especially in the expectation of being “attached” publicly to some famous person. Said another way, quite simply, the very publicity due to the delay may give more people the idea to file claims in Rochester. And that will be costly to the diocese, for which Bp. Matano bears obligation for its patrimony. Why then would Bp. Matano take such a chance? I have no idea, other than obedience to priestly vows, if he had been ordered to do so. Where does Satan fit in all this? In driving a wedge between prelates, and between a bishop and his flock having trouble understanding and trusting in something which seems so divisive. And, perhaps, in feeding his hatred of a saint and weakening that saint’s teaching?

I make no claims that my view is the correct one but, from all that I can see, the conclusions drawn up to this time are not justified by public facts.

See also

Some Second Thoughts after the original posting

It appears that there are similarities in a variety of  quotes in different “Catholic” sources. Rather than “naming names” let the reader be invited to check out the articles which appeared almost immediately after the announcement that the beatification wasn’t going forward on December 21st. Here’s what is unique, or at least unusual:

  • All the sources used similar language (some much stronger than others) in clearly identifying Bp. Matano as the source of the complaint against proceeding with the beatification.
  • All agreed that Bp. Matano brought in the two Cardinals, who supported him to the Pope.
  • The appearance of text blaming Bp. Matano was unusually fast yet giving more personal detail than the Vatican usually gives out on internal machinations of a decision.
  • All raised the specter of NYS attorney general’s work, the concern that more would be found, yet stating nothing had been found of a suspicious nature;
  • All seemed to agree there was one priest in Rochester handled by Bp. Sheen but they were all careful to admit it wasn’t an issue (since Peoria had already vetted it.) Moreover, it was handled excellently by Bp. Sheen, but one might see only a grudging acknowledgement of the same.
  • All seemed to agree that Bp. Jenky hadn’t concurred, or at least it certainly wasn’t his initiative for the postponement. Whether he knew about Bp. Sheen’s video which mentioned homosexuality seems not to be known.
  • Most releases (maybe all) did not say anything about the Sheen family, and downplayed or ignored the $1 million spent by Cdl. Dolan to have fought and lost to the Sheen family.
  • All who mentioned the cardinals indicated that it was Bp. Matano who brought them into the matter. One might speculate that this also resulted from the ad limina visit, although none of the media seemed to mention that possibility.
  • Bp. Jenky was positioned as obeying (cooperating with) the command to “postpone”, but limited in response.
  • There were typos or misspellings of some names and titles, perhaps intended to make further searching difficult? (See Abaccio’s comment on this post.)
  • The teaching against permissiveness toward homosexuality, by Bp. Sheen, was treated as a separate matter in news stories from the beatification postponement. In what I read, there wasn’t even any denial that they could be related, both disclosures coming so close together. How can we not wonder?

Warning: the above are impressions from the readings of some (but not all) of the releases. To me, the rapidity of response and the same theme in each seems to indicate simultaneous releases to shape the Catholic Media response, aka “seeding the story.” We’ve learned a lot in the last few years about how fake news operates, and “seeding” the commentary is not an unusual strategy. The early commentators thus get credited with the truth, and then it is an uphill battle to bring forward other reasoned responses. Oh, yes, and often those most at the center of the storm can simply refer the media elsewhere, in this case to the Vatican! This means fewer quotes leading to contradictions among the players? And that is how ‘consistency’ in reporting can be managed, so they don’t contradict themselves or the organization.

BTW:  Do we really have trouble believing that the found video isn’t a prime cause of the postponement? I would imagine that the video, produced when homosexual lifestyle was not only a violation of God’s Law (as it still is), but was also a crime under NYS (and other states) laws, will jar some viewers. It reminds us of how far the current papal opinions on “accompanying” the sinner have gone, and makes true Bp. Sheen’s warnings. If the Church has trouble beatifying and canonizing Bp. Sheen for his comments against permissiveness toward homosexual sin, let us remember that virtually every canonized saint would be in the same situation, with what they wrote, taught or counseled. Are we ready to wipe clean the entire Roman martyrology and start over with exceptions for certain sins? Or is Bp. Sheen reminding us from the grave what he had warned us about?

Here is a short link which covers part of the talk, with a lot of backpedaling and explanation by Cardinal O’Malley for the modern moral theology view:


Ticker Posts — December 2019 (updated 12/11)

December 6th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

12/11 Cdl. Ouellet was not bothered by pachamama statues!  Even in his own titular church! 

These ‘end times’ are forcing us to take one side or the other. For God and obedience to the First Commandment, or not. A young Austrian man apparently has more common sense and more spiritual sense than a Cardinal of the Roman Curia. Cardinal Marc Ouellet (Quebec) is reported by LifesiteNews as saying “… the pagan Pachamama statues that were present during various synod activities ‘did not bother me,’ adding, ‘To say that there was adoration of idols is an exaggeration.’” What then does one call prostration in the Vatican Gardens in front of the idols? What then does one call contemplating (praying?) to the statues in a titular church with one’s back turned to the Holy Eucharist? What then does one call apology to a hunk of wood by the Pope, but not apology to the Most Blessed Sacrament? In Matthew 6:24 and in Luke 16:13 we read essentially the same message: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

Cardinal Ouellet  serves as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. What is even more outrageous, the worship of those statues also took place inside Cdl. Ouellet’s own titular church! (ok, I just used up my last exclamation point.) Read the rest here:


12/3  Bp. Malone Resignation News

Now it makes some sense why an ad limina visit by NYS bishops was scheduled during the USCCB National Meeting. Wonder what else happened there?

The use of “Fr” in titles

Some readers may have noticed the title in front of James Martin’s name on CF is starting to appear in quotes, in the ticker titles. Maybe the quote marks will show up soon in edits of recent posts as well. The intent is not to be disrespectful where respect is due. If it were, the Fr would be dropped completely. Rather it is for the sake of souls who might be confused by our referring to information which should be recognizable as opposing Church teaching, but sometimes isn’t obvious. The basis can be found in Luke 11:11-12: What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?”  Well, “Fr” Martin does worse. A soul asks for straight teaching and is directed to a sinful path. Doesn’t sound like a real Father to me.


Room in your heart for the Latin Mass?

December 5th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Looking for something special to do during Advent?

          Have the heart to add some Latin Mass attendance for the season?


Every Friday at 8AM a Latin Low Mass is celebrated by Fr. Peter Mottola at St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport, NY.

Fr. Anthony Amato will be celebrating a Latin Mass on First Friday, Dec. 6th, at 8:30 AM at St.  Patrick’s in Macedon (52 W Main St, Macedon).

On First Saturdays, Fr. Mottola also celebrates a 9AM Missa Cantata (sung Latin Mass). In Advent, this will be on Dec. 7th.

Fr. Anthony Amato will celebrate an 8:00 AM Latin Mass at St. Jerome in East Rochester (Rosary Devotions at 7:30AM) on Dec. 7th.

Also on First Saturday (Dec. 7th) Fr. Peter Van Lieshout will celebrate a 10AM Latin Low Mass at St. Dominic Church in Shortsville, NY (exit 43 on the Thruway) on Feast of St. Ambrose.

On Saturday, December 14th, at 10AM at St. Dominic Church in Shortsville, Fr. Peter Van Lieshout will celebrate an Advent Votive Mass of Our Lady. The Mass will be a Latin High Mass (with a schola from St. Mary Canandaigua providing the chant).

On each of the four Sundays of Advent there will be Latin Mass (as for all other Sundays of the year as well) at 11:15 AM, celebrated by Fr. Dennis Bonsignore at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Irondequoit, NY. The third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) will be a High Mass.

A Solemn High Latin Mass will be offered at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Irondequoit on Saturday, Dec. 21st, at 10:00 AM, on the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle (as listed in the Roman Martyrology, prior to Vatican II change of Feast Day to July 3rd). Hospitality at Parish Center after Mass.



Here is some really special news! It is hard enough to find a true Christmas Midnight Mass anywhere in NY. So many Masses are hours earlier than midnight, actually on Christmas Eve, and just called ‘midnight.’ But now, as an incredible celebratory end to Advent-2019, there is a Christmas Mass which will not only begin at midnight, but will be a Latin High Mass! It will be celebrated by Father Peter Van Lieshout at St. Felix Church in St. Peter’s Parish, in Clifton Springs, NY.

           On Christmas Day, there will be a Latin High Mass celebrated by Fr. Dennis Bonsignore at 11:15AM at St. Thomas                 the Apostle Church in Irondequoit.


Is your parish (or any other you know of) offering a Latin Mass anytime during Advent or on Christmas

Please let us know and we’ll add to this post.


Bp. Matano requested delay of Sheen beatification

December 4th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Catholic News Agency: Rochester bishop requested Fulton Sheen beatification delay

By JD Flynn and Ed Condon


Excerpts from CNA release

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2019:  The beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen was delayed at the request of Bishop Salvatore Matano of Rochester, [NY] according to several sources close to the beatification process.

The bishop is reported to have requested the delay due to concerns that Sheen could be cited in the final report covering an ongoing state attorney general’s investigation into New York’s bishops and dioceses.

Sheen, Bishop of Rochester from 1966 to 1969, was a prolific author and television personality, and set to be beatified on Dec. 21, the last step before a person can be declared a saint. A “postponement” of the beatification was announced by the Peoria diocese on Dec. 3.

According to a source close to the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, Matano contacted the apostolic nuncio after the beatification date was set, to express concerns that Sheen could be named in a report by the attorney general, or accused of insufficiently handling allegations of abuse during his tenure as Rochester’s bishop.

There was apparently specific concern that such an allegation against Sheen could be timed to coincide with the beatification on Dec. 21, sources told CNA.

“A beatification is a celebration,” an official close to the Secretariat of State told CNA about the decision to postpone. “The purpose is to help the faith of the people, not to be an occasion for scandal and problems, nothing is lost by waiting and maybe some things are avoided.” U.S. bishops consulted reportedly reached consensus that it would be “imprudent” to proceed with the beatification plans until after the attorney general’s report has been released and the matter resolved. The Diocese of Rochester declined to answer questions from CNA, but did provide a statement: “The decision to postpone the beatification of Archbishop Sheen was solely the decision of the Holy See. Respecting the competency of the Holy See in this matter, the Diocese will decline further comment.” 

For full CNA article see:


Also see later release here from LifeSiteNews:

and see earlier release here:



Something I am thankful for on Thanksgiving Day 2019

November 28th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Maybe it sounds “crazy,” but I am actually grateful that our spiritual enemies are revealing themselves so clearly. Can you imagine having those foot soldiers in the army of Satan be invisible to us? with their same antagonisms to the Deposit of Faith and to the Church’s moral teaching? publicly giving idolatrous worship? deeply engaged in the raging sexual sin within the hierarchy? and, yet, not having been outed so we can defend ourselves?

We know this dissembling of the Church began years ago with Communist infiltration, incipient socialism, and slow destruction of the European bastion of faith. We need not look far to see the perpetuation of such injury to the universal Church, through serious damage to the Chinese Catholic Church, and by the unleashing of idolatrous worship under the disguised Amazonian evangelization. What has been accomplished against the Church should be obvious even to the spiritually blind.

But disclosing the identity of the perpetrators is a great mercy by God to the Faithful, priest and laity alike. Why is the enemy exposing itself?  Partly, one might say, because it can’t help itself. It is driven by pride, and by taking public credit for each and every offense against the people of God.  It was probably a disappointment to the army of Satan that it didn’t appear until Chapter 3 of Genesis. And Our Blessed Lord allows such bragging as a gift and warning to us.  If we were not wracked by the presence of such sin, we might never think to defend ourselves, especially through prayer. At the Last Judgment, very few will have an acceptable excuse that they didn’t and couldn’t have known the breadth of evil.

Should the Jews have recognized Christ as the promised Messiah and individually acted in their own consciences? Or should they have just taken the position to wait for the leaders to decide and give them directions? Before answering, consider Matthew 16:2-3: “…when it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” Does it not sound like we are being called to take a position for God? Does it not sound like we must consider ALL that God is revealing to us?

Today, Thanksgiving Day, I am grateful that we know where the battle lines are drawn.


“A Time to Die” by Nicolas Diat

November 27th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

I had no plan to read this book. Actually, I had never even heard of it until I saw it for sale at the Carmelite Monastery in Rochester, NY. At first I was a bit put off by the title, “A Time to Die” (Ignatius Press, 2019.) and by the macabre cover art of St. Francis’ contemplating a human skull. The next thing I noticed was the author’s name, and remembered Nicolas Diat as the translator of Cardinal Sarah’s books. Diat’s book is dedicated to Cardinal Sarah, whose name also leads the back cover endorsements. His Eminence writes: “… death is the most important act of earthly existence.” All that, and the usual November focus on the ‘last things’ and end times, was enough. I left with “A Time to Die” in hand for my November reading.  

A Time to Die” is a collection of end-of-life stories about monks from various monasteries in France. One might expect that people of such highly advanced spirituality would have singular and inspiring passages from this life, but that is not always or necessarily true. Death is a great leveling force for which it is difficult to prepare. And the impact is also upon the healthy who remain in the community from which a fellow monk has passed.  While the entire book was interesting, for the purpose of review, and for the sake of simplicity, I focus below on excerpts related to just one element — which is usually ignored in contemporary writing – the implicit competition between the continuously evolving medical system and structures of this age, with the possibility of losing all meaning of death and its preparation and, yes, even suffering, and the societal pressures to hide and deny much of the death experience, especially pain. To make the point more sharply, the challenging decisions are not only between choosing medications leading to and maybe risking death, with the extraordinary rate of technological change associated with such treatments, but also the level of participation in the experience of death as the most important moment of life. Here are the related excerpts on a difficult subject, from “A Time to Die.” 

  • P41: “The Father Abbot of En-Calcat had always believed it was not right to struggle to keep a very elderly person alive: ‘If a monk allows himself to be dragged into this game, he loses the meaning of his religious profession, which consists in the knowledge that we owe our lives to Another.’ Dom David does not trust a system where medicine alone gives meaning to life. ‘Where is God in these complex mechanisms?’ He is afraid of this transfer from the divine to medical power.”
  • P42: “When a doctor calls to tell him that a monk is going to leave the hospital, it is not unusual for a monk to be almost in a coma. He has little time to accompany him toward death. Before the doctor comes to recognize that he can do nothing more, the monks have lost precious time…. The doctors have the power to delay the definitive meeting of a religious with his Creator…. The moment we call emergency services or an ambulance, we lose control over the patient.”
  • P52: “Father Patrice died two days later … The doctors had defeated the famous bacteria they had relentlessly pursued in his lungs. But the poor man had become a weak and emaciated little fledgling. He was so thin that his pacemaker was visible beneath his pale skin. The brothers wondered if the doctors had tried new medications without informing them… How does one resist the authority of a medical decision….? Is it even possible? The elderly are without defenses.”
  • P53: “By relentlessly repairing the living, like robots, we will end up in tatters. When we put a pacemaker in a brother with Alzheimer’s disease, we are caring for the heart in order to prolong the disease of the brain.”
  • P55: “…God allows doctors to shorten lives…. [Dom David said:] ‘Today the problem of sedation is serious. We have to fight against intolerable sufferings. But if we do not feel pain anymore, life goes away. Now, with the progress of analgesics, we no longer feel anything. We no longer feel life. We no longer feel humanity. We no longer feel God approaching…. The doctors induce artificial comas to be certain the patient does not suffer any more. Fear is a bad counselor. It is the ultimate antithesis of faith.”
  • p80: “…the tyranny of ever-increasing medications punctuated his days.”
  • p84: “At … All Saints Day, the Father Abbott … decided to bring him back for good [from the hospital to the monastery]…. On December 7 … a stroke carried him away. Outside, the church bells were ringing for Compline. The final attack had deformed his face. Then, a few moments after death, in an instant, he recovered the beauty of his youth. Brother Théophane became again forever a young man with a fair, fierce, passionate complexion.”

I was particularly struck by the unashamed beauty and timelessness of the rites administered on behalf of the deceased, from the  Subvenite sung immediately after death, to the rituals at the gravesite, ending with the gesture of prayer the Trappists call “prostration on our knuckles,” from Clunesian funeral traditions codified in the thirteenth century.

  • P91: “For the first time in my life, I had been confronted with a situation where painkillers could precipitate death. The line is blurred. Can I speak of disguised euthanasia? Without the help of a doctor, would I have understood the proposition that was made to me? The fight against pain can become a way of killing.”
  • P92-3 “Dom Patrick responded… “I am never so much aware of the presence of God as at the moment of the death of my brothers. There is a break, a before and an after.”
  • P127: “…the latest medical advances risk leading to the theft of death. The excess of painkillers plunges the sick into nebulous states that cut them off from the moment they are going to experience…. The response of the monks is simple: men of God do not want to hasten death. They prayed their whole life to live this moment fully…. Hospitals must remain places where we feel safe. Certainly medicine saves lives. But we have to watch out for ideological abuses.”
  • P129-30: “Dom Thevenin is amazed to see how little modern deaths resemble those of the past: ‘ The monks are men of their times and they are better cared for than their predecessors. Diseases that once rapidly led to death in our time willingly take on a chronic guise. What is especially new is the refusal to look death in the face. We would like to forget it and avoid all the sufferings and anxieties that go with it.’ For a monk death must be available. It is the last act of life and the first step in the adventure of eternity. The offering can only be conscious … Fontgombault considers continuous and heavy sedation … unacceptable and immoral….a deep and continuous sedation associated with the withholding of food and water … is a form of euthanasia that the artifice of wording cannot conceal.”

So, one can see in these writings not only the obvious need for guidance related to end of life medical and nutrition practices, but also the more difficult to assess idea of the ‘theft of death’ and loss of associated ‘soul preparation’ which monks may await more consciously and explicitly, but which is also at least implicitly intended as the goal by every Christian soul. What is particularly striking is the key role of prayer at a time when perhaps it is more difficult than ever to pray.


The Business Model Failure of the Catholic Church

November 20th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

When the Church is run like a business, one can expect business models to drive decisions, especially bad decisions. So we live in an era when the beauty of so many Catholic Churches has been torn apart interiorly, the Blessed Sacrament shelved on side altars, the Holy Mass of two millennia suppressed, language and prayers and devotions of worship changed, and many still wonder why the pews are so empty. There is a built-in bias against turning back, yet that is the very model of reconciliation. More tweaking is not the answer.

We live in an era when many Catholic Schools have been closed or reduced in grades, and the people bemoan the loss of morality among the young, made worse by the explosion of gender absurdities. At the very time when abuse of children is a key issue, even bankrupting dioceses, there is a large and significant social pressure toward child sexualization and even resultant sex-trafficking. The Catholic Church has given up such care models as orphanages, to receive government subsidies and its restrictions. Charity is no longer so much as ‘providing’ service as it is about ‘administering.’

We live in an era when Catholic Hospitals are sold to the highest bidder, and provision then made in those facilities for abortion and sterilization. We live in an era when previously Catholic Nursing care quietly moves away from preparation of souls for the next life, and into euthanasia through over-medication for pain relief (whether patient pain or family pain is unclear) and even cooperation with the organ harvesters by delaying the passing until the organ is harvested.

The point?  There was real human need for the Catholic facilities and services provided and supported by the faith of prior generations, a need which still exists but is now unfilled, and channeled into liquidation sales and “repurposing” of facilities. And, you might be surprised at who has equity positions in the “repurposing” such as “senior housing.” The next great scandal may well be a financial one, “following the money,” starting in Rome, and right down to the local parish level, some parts of which seem unlikely to withstand the scrutiny.

The business model analysis makes the point that “we can’t afford to provide such services any longer,” even when the average Catholic seems much better off financially than the grandparents’ generation. Are today’s Catholics being stingy? Or have they just come to believe that the Church is not being a good steward of what was given to its oversight so many years ago, and that bishops who support CRS and CCHD don’t deserve to be given more money to do more damage?  In the pews or outside the pews, some realize that bishops who defend idolatry, LGBT and open borders, and who minimize abortion as just ‘one more’ sin, are dangerous to souls?

One place in which the “business model” failed was the inability of leadership to realize what was (and is) important to those who are denigratingly called “pips;” i.e. “people in pews.” Pips is also a word for those playing cards which are too low to be important.  The first time I heard that use, I was appalled. One key failure in the business model applied to the Church was not recognizing what was important to the people in the pew 1) by Protestantizing so many elements, and 2) by giving up teaching authority in adopting secular models or by silence in those key matters, and 3) by growing socialism under the wings of a seamless (or unseemly) garment, severing what had long been foundational to American Catholics, who were committed to not being an arm of a foreign or socialistic government, but being loyal Americans, and elevating the true meaning of patriotism.

The business model error, then, was not recognizing what should have been an expected shrinkage in market share, and the violation of trust which makes reversing the damage so difficult. And that brings up a final but most key point — that a very significant failure in application of business models to the Church was leaving the Holy Spirit out of the equation. Once a drive begins to downsizing, it is difficult to stop the momentum into an increasingly smaller self-liquidating share. Actions taken around twenty-year forecasts of available priests simply underscore the lack of trust in the Holy Spirit.  But is hierarchical leadership ready to admit that depending on its own capabilities and business models has failed, and what is left is prayer, and casting ourselves on the Mercy of God? Hurry up, please. It’s time.


Inventing new sins ….

November 15th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Can you envision it? “Bless me Father, for I have sinned . . . . I used 4 plastic straws last week, threw out some food that had rotted, reused 7 thin-wall plastic grocery bags, and forgot to shut off the lights three times when I left a room.”  Ummmm, no. I can’t envision it. That is because we don’t sin against the environment; sin is only against God.

Only? Well, yes, when we consider King David’s words found in Psalm 51:  “My offences truly I know them; my sin is always before me. Against You, You alone, have I sinned; what is evil in Your sight I have done.” (Against God alone, he says, after having committed adultery and murder!) It is an important point because the loss of the sense of sin is one of the causes of such immorality in the world today. (See Comment #4 below, for more detail on this matter.)

And, now, it is reported that Pope Francis wants to add ecological sin to the Catechism. Again, I would point out that this is exactly the reason in the series “Sheltering in Place” that the point is emphasized — stock up on Catechisms and bibles while they are undefiled (by either religious or civil authority.)

LifeSiteNews (author Dorothy Cummings McLean) has reported that Pope Francis told the International Association of Penal Law Congress that he “is thinking about adding the ‘ecological sin against our common home’ to the Catechism.” Here are some excerpts from the LSN story.

Last month, Pope Francis published a book titled “Our Mother Earth,” … where he stresses the protection of the environment. The title is particularly irritating, implying that Pope Francis isn’t planning to apologize and repent for the pachamama worship at all, but rather that he is doubling down. Now THAT sounds like something that needs confessing.


Blockbuster Stories on LifeSite News 11/14 & update

November 14th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Once again, LifeSite News is ‘on top’ of so many of the key stories of the moment. It is difficult to determine which ones will have the most long-lasting effect, but take a look at the top 3 candidates tonight, not so much as individual stories, but as suggesting impact. They stories are my ranking of expected importance of the themes, all of which are important in their own right.

#1 Baby Parts: While Capitol Hill is deeply involved in back-staging a remote, opinion-based impeachment scenario for a proforma coup of the 2016 election results, the real gist of heroic whistleblowing is a trial in San Francisco for the last six weeks. Now the jury begins deliberation. The results will be vital to the ongoing efforts not only to unmask the full horror of abortion, but also to guard the first amendment rights of investigative reporting. In my opinion, this case is the most important of the stories, because it is a sea-change in the moral base of the country, and of much of the world, simply by revealing Truth.  In my opinion, David Deleiden and associates do not deserve any fines or jail time; rather, they deserve the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and I hope when the trial is over that President Trump will do just that. Also of great merit is the work of the Thomas More Society in defending Mr. Daleiden. Story is here.

PS: The adverse decision from the court today (Nov. 15th) is indeed disappointing, but it was never expected that this case would/could stop short of the US Supreme Court.  EWTN Reports:

#2 Deepening Moral Erosion in the Episcopacy:  Obviously Mr. McCarrick has been just the tip of the iceberg, with little of no accountability from high-ranking churchmen who hold the secrets of their peers. When the claim that “everybody knew” changed to “but nobody else is guilty” it signaled not the end, but the beginning, of more severe purification needed.

Hence, tonight’s release by LifeSite News shows the breadth of movement up the ladder, from rogue priest to bishops’ and cardinals’ coverup, to an uncomfortably close connection to Pope Francis. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is on the way to demotion. Nichols was made a Cardinal by Pope Francis in 2014, and is now recognized as pressuring two bishops not to confirm certain incidents of sexual abuse. At the same time, tonight’s stories also show the increasing awareness of the laity that many bishops can’t be trusted. The headline stories:

Cardinal pressured bishops to stay quiet on abuse case so as not to harm Pope’s image

Vatican quietly stands by as UN once again vigorously pushes abortion, population control

Pro-family groups petition US bishops to stop funding pro-abortion, pro-LGBT organizations

Parents protest at cardinal’s office for approving pro-LGBT terms for Catholic schools

The key point isn’t really so much the revelation that immorality, corruption and error have crept into the hierarchy, and are reported week after week, as much as the observation that it is no longer a surprise to learn of  these failures on such massive levels. It is startling to realize that the laity now increasingly expects such stories and is hardly shocked when numerous scandals are reported. After all, they’ve just seen idolatry in the Vatican Gardens with Pope Francis attending.

The hierarchy has not been making peace with their accusers on the way to trial, but are moving even closer to paying the last penny. (Luke 12:58).

#3 Absurd claims masquerading as teaching and fact. In a saner time, Truth mattered. Today it seems that the more absurd the claim, the more pressure mounts to accept the lie or be called ‘racist’ or equivalent.

The culture has become so enamored of fiction that in some ways these stories show how distorted thinking and logic have become. People are living the fantasy and demand that others be part of their story. One example in tonight’s stories is the claim that men can get pregnant.

Another story is Bishop Strickland of Tyler, TX confronting the disordered claims with the truth. He speaks out strongly against teaching children that they can change their gender, and that anatomy doesn’t determine what gender a person is! That such things are even a matter to report is a great weakening of the ability to perceive reality and make quality decisions. Bishop Strickland has denounced as “child abuse” the “insane and evil” transgender message given to children in schools. The obvious apparently isn’t obvious enough.

LGBT mob won’t rest until Christians agree that men can get pregnant

Bishop calls LGBT indoctrination of kids ‘child abuse’: ‘We must stop this insanity’


So, what do you think? How would you rank the relative impacts, and why?

Or is there some other currently newsworthy story which you’d put in first place?




End Times Perspective — Part III — Cleansing the Church

November 8th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

It is so easy in this time of distress to focus on shock, repulsion, anger, fear and even retribution.

What the evil one has wrought against God’s Holy Church provokes such emotions, no matter how much we might seek to preface them with words like “justifiable” or “understandable.”  But, as we look much closer, and dwell with prayerful attention on all which has happened, a different attitude may arise.  An incredible blessing has been visited on the Church, and especially on the Faithful among the clerics and laity, a blessing hardly noticed among the debris. Debris? Yes, look at the posts on this site about the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.  

She is a metaphor for the Church herself. The roof, the very top and single spire destroyed, totally given to the flames, but the pews preserved. Oh, and the high altar untouched, while the “table altar,” as some call it, lies under a pile of rubblsh. A metaphor indeed. 

We know that Christ promised to be with His Church, especially to the end of the world: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”  Matthew 28:18-20.

So, we might begin to wonder during current events, how can there be such a turn of events in the Church, with evil seeming to prevail? What we may forget is how effective God is in turning the actions of evil against the evil itself. Sometimes it seems that He permits just enough unchaining of Satan to bring about God’s own will. 

  • Consider Pharaoh’s refusal to let the Israelites go a three days’ journey to worship their God!  As the Egyptian leader’s heart hardened, his stubbornness redounded to the death of the first born of his own people and animals, then escalated to even trying to kill all God’s people in their crossing the Red Sea. But we know what happened. God retrieved His people from Egypt without their bloodshed, and to His own glory.
  • Consider how God used Nebuchadnezzar, a foreign potentate, to discipline the tribes of Judah and Benjamin by taking the people into exile for 70 years a few centuries before the coming of the Messiah, and by destroying the Temple so that they would have to begin anew without the beauty of Solomon’s Temple, which may have become more worshiped than God Himself.
  • Consider, especially, how God used the pagan and merciless Roman Empire as persecutors who caused the infant Church to scatter in all directions, bringing Christianity to the world. Yes, the blood of martyrs does indeed water the seed of the Faith, but God doesn’t do the persecution; He allows the free will of others to cause the flight.

There is a certain amount of concern expressed in these later days about whether or not God is still with His Church, keeping His promise to be with us always. From one view, many churchmen seem to be falling deeply into homosexual sin, paganism and other heresies. (Perhaps it seems like many because those in Satan’s grasp are wont to brag about their sin! They are apt to go on speaking tours and write defenses of sin. Those who are rightfully ashamed of their sins don’t brag about them; rather they brag about the mercy of God.)

The deposit of faith all of a sudden seems to be on shaky ground when even
very high ranking prelates question the teaching of two millennia. But God is also raising up heroes, like Cardinal Raymond Burke, Archbishop Vigano, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, and many more.  Lay leaders are also arising in defense of Holy Mother Church, not in a teaching capacity (to which they are not entitled) but in spreading vital and truthful information and challenging the Body of Christ to defend Mother Church. What the printing press was to the Protestant Rebellion so too is the Internet and modern media to today’s communications.

Is the current onslaught demonically based? Of course it is, but in the same sense as the Crucifixion of Christ had a satanic involvement from among Christ’s very own hand-picked disciples, when we read regarding Judas: “Then after the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” John 13:27. And so the source of betrayal now is the same as then, when Judas gave “lip service” to his role as disciple, with a kiss upon the Lord’s cheek. Christ (and obviously His Teaching) is still being betrayed; He is allowing His enemies a little leeway, as He has done so many times before, for a higher good. He permits, but does not cause the evil.

What is the higher good this time? It would seem to be the purgation of the Church, perhaps even with an eye to the end times. Exposure of the homosexual filth inside seminaries, parishes, dioceses and especially the Vatican may be seen by some as damaging the Church, but it is a necessary cleansing, although especially painful to the flock, as were the plagues and escaping Egypt, as was being exiled from one’s home without a way to worship, and as were the numerous and sadistic persecutions by the enemies of God. God permits Job’s burden to rest wherever His Divine Will chooses, and owes us no explanation.

Yet the Lord has told us how He will deal with such sinfulness within His Church, and so He seems to be doing.  Jeremiah 13:26 states:   “I myself will lift up your skirts over your face, and your shame will be seen.” And, in more detail, as the world stands awestruck by the confusion, failures and sexual sins ‘approved’ by some successors to the Apostles, the prophetic words of Nahum 3:5 seem even more fully to the point:  “Behold, I am against you, says the LORD of hosts, and will lift up your skirts over your face; and I will let nations look on your nakedness and kingdoms on your shame.” The applicability of this graphic is hard to deny as being full-fledged scandal. If we needed more indication that God Himself is purging, consider the words of the first Pope: “For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17

While impetus for the needed shaming and cleansing has been pursued by the laity, this is no matter of pride for them. How long did such abominations continue before eyes were opened and courage embraced? How many turned the other way? How many, even now, “just don’t want to know!” Many Catholics see Church as a social occasion; many were never exposed to true worship and adoration. Many priests don’t want to preach the truth, about abortion e.g., and refuse to risk their collection plate. Real conversion today is often one by one, not a group event.

Even Queen Esther quaked at the risk, of telling her husband, the king, about the planned murder of the Jews, and her interceding for them.  But her Uncle Mor’decai’s words are as true today for Catholics wanting to look the other way, as they were for the Queen: “Then Mor’decai told them to return answer to Esther, ‘Think not that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews.  For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’”  Esther 4:13-14. It is a great honor and blessing to be allowed to do even a tiny part of the work which needs to be done.

The parallel for Catholics today might be that to have turned the other way, to have ignored
the threat to the Deposit of the Faith, not to have spoken up, to have pursued preachers who see nothing as a sin, not to have preserved their own house for their children’s sake, all makes such Catholics share in the guilt. For, perhaps, they were born for just such a time as this? To confront the purgation and return?

For those who have done what they are able to do, the message is different, and it is not yet “heroic,” although the young men throwing pachamamas off the bridge are commendable nonetheless.  But for them and for all the loyalists who take repeated risks for the Lord, we remember the words of Luke 17:10:  So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'”

Finally, but incessantly, we are called to make great prayers of gratitude for all that has been happening in Rome and the Vatican, for the shaming and purging of serious sin throughout the Church, especially homosexual sin, paganism and heresy. God has undertaken a great work that desperately needed to be done, and He has performed such a marvelous deed in our own lifetimes. We might have lived our lives never confronting the truth. But we are here, in this time and place, to do otherwise, to witness. It is actually an amazing and miraculous work which the Lord has undertaken.  For the children, so seriously under-catechized, there is a new learning about how God reaches out to protect His Church as He promised.

While, in one sense, it is never too late as long as one is alive and has the faculties to respond to God’s grace, the path back is getting narrower and more difficult for those who left the Church. Now, with such exposure of sin and corruption, there is an egotistic response typical of Satan, which is basically: “I can’t go back now. My friends will think I’m crazy, given all the public sin and problems.” And the lost soul, being more tempted than ever not to return, is at ever greater risk.

This Part III is a continuation of Parts I and II from August. It is intended to be some thoughts and reflections on the times we are in, and not teaching per se, for which the author claims no particular authority.


Lay Faithful from Austria removed the pachamamas

November 4th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Breaking News

Michael Voris interviews on camera the young man who led the rescuers of our Blessed Mother’s Carmelite Church in Rome from the pacamama presence:

“The sensation around the Pachamama idols at the Amazonian Synod generated media coverage around the world, especially when an intrepid group of young Catholic men secretly decided that they had had enough and went into the Church in Rome and took them out — and threw them into the Tiber.”

from Church Militant

Listen all the way through, especially to the rallying cry to all Catholics. “It is your heritage too.”

See also:



Idolatry is sin, in Vatican Gardens AND in local parishes

November 3rd, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

[Retitled 11/6]  Is there, perhaps, another explanation for this picture?










For example, could this possibly be a hatha yoga class stretching their butt muscles? You know, just like the hatha yoga classes that keep showing up in Church bulletins as being conducted on a regular basis in Parish Facilities?

Ummm… no, not likely; we know better. But it still makes the point that hatha yoga and any other forms of yoga rooted in Eastern Religious practice is dangerous to souls. It is bad enough that so many Christians are using yoga and claim it to “only” be an exercise. It is anything butt an exercise! And Catholic parishes have no business exposing their members to this pantheistic practice. Let’s tell our friends who are involved in yogic practice NOW! Tell the pastor NOW! Tell the bishop NOW! Maybe we can’t do anything about the Pope’s idol activities but we can surely give feedback, welcome or not, to those who have some control over the scandal of holding yoga sessions in parish facilities.


Dolan has chosen the wrong side of the coin.

October 31st, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

It is ironic that Cardinal Dolan should have the gall to speak publicly on Church policy related to giving Communion (or not) to public figures who visibly disdain the Body and Blood of Christ. This is even a debate? Yes, unfortunately, and for all the wrong reasons. The South Carolina priest, Fr. Robert Morey, is receiving kudos from various faithful opinion leaders for having refused Communion to the prior VP of the US, Joe Biden, due to his very visible support of abortion. Dolan should have done the same thing himself, a long time ago. How many babies would have survived had he been willing to face up to his responsibility with the Joe Bidens and Andrew Cuomos of the world?

But Cardinal Dolan is more concerned, NOT about supporting a priest who meets his obligations, but about spending Diocesan funds to advertise on the New York Yankees games, to applaud gay activists marching into St. Francis Xavier Church in NYS, and to pave the way for LGBT marchers in the iconic NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, often posing as a chortling media caricature. And with his loudly expressed judgment against a faithful priest of another diocese, how much encouragement can we expect the priests of the NYC Diocese to receive to ‘do the right thing?’

Matters are well-summarized in a Church Militant Transcript here:

Cardinal Dolan seems incapable of taking the ‘heads up’ position of spiritual responsibility. In the picture we ran several years ago, he even has his back to then-VP Joe Biden, and can claim that he didn’t ‘know’ the controversial politician was present! And in the Transcript he brags that he has never had the need to deny anyone Communion. Yeah, right!  St. Paul could not be clearer about the sacrilege of receiving Communion unworthily. What we have is a failure to teach, through example as well as words, the fullness of Christ’s Church. What we have is not ignorance, but willful disobedience. We have a Prince of the Church witnessing the actual commission of a serious sin and, by ignoring it, he is posing as more merciful or righteous than the Son of God?

Cardinal Dolan has chosen to call ‘tails’ in the coin-flip, as when an animal in the wild turns tail and runs away from danger. Tails is the wrong call. But here is what he might consider doing to protect souls and reflect his duty. His Eminence should consider making a very clear, unwaffled announcement that, to the extent his refusal to stop someone from clearly and unworthily receiving Communion causes a serious sin to be laid upon that person’s soul, the Cardinal beseeches God to hold that sin and ALL such sins of his negligence to his own account. Then I might believe he is acting for the good of souls and not out of his own fear of unpopularity.


pachamama — a desolating sacrilege?

October 30th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Mark 13:14-16

“But when you see the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let whose who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let him who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything away; and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle.”

Was the pachamama in the Vatican Gardens, but even more so in the Carmelite Church in front of the Marian altar, a “desolating sacrilege” sign of end times?

Italian bishops composed and released a prayer to pachamama:

BTW, the Titular head of the Church where the pacamamas were displayed is – surprise – Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who had criticized the agenda for the Amazonian Synod.  He is said to be a champion for priestly celibacy.

Note: On Cleansing Fire style policy, we have reversed our own capitalization of pachamama, as being inappropriate for a thing of such disgust, substituted for righteous worship of God.



May God bless Fr. Robert Morey

October 29th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Biden Denied

It’s about time this is a newsworthy warning to all who receive the Holy Eucharist unworthily! And many bishops wonder why the Faithful lack full belief in the Real Presence? Duuh! Maybe it’s because their pastors don’t have the guts to deny Biden and other prominents who make a sham of their ‘faith’? Or maybe it’s because those who do have the courage often incur the publicity wrath of their shepherds? More Morey!



Global Vocations Crisis (ref: Church Militant)

October 26th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

10/26 publication by Christine Niles:


Destroying Idols

October 25th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Personal Reflection:

Early in September, as the plans began to firm up for the Amazonian Synod, several dear friends asked me if I was scared about what might happen to our Church. Already the plot to create a women’s deaconate was being touted, with the implicit threat of a female priesthood looming, as well as priests being married, and married men becoming priests. Rumors of sinful practices such as idolatry and infanticide were seemingly being ignored, as if they could be wished away and confrontation avoided! But such a conglomeration of confusion is one of the hallmarks of the evil one and his minions, who inevitably brag about the evil which occurs as being caused by their actions. Said another way, if there is an evil spirit present, we do not have to wait long for it to show itself.

I answered the question about whether or not I was scared by saying that even the worst results of such a Synod would only serve to point out the error embedded in its agenda, and warn people who were vacillating on whether there is a schism or not, to finally take action. Since the results would be revelatory, few would be excused from identifying and following the Truth. Thus, such a Synod would likely speed up making the choice between being sheep or goats. The Holy Spirit does indeed seem to be allowing just such Truth to prevail. May the times be shortened for the sake of the elect.

When I read of the courageous men who removed the pachamamas from being an abomination in a Church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary (think about that! Sexual icons of fertility ensconced in a Church dedicated to the Holy Virgin!) I was delighted. But there was one nagging concern. I have looked at the Tiber from the bridge of Michael the Archangel, and seen people wading along its shore. It seemed particularly easy to recover the idols. My wish at the time was that the rescuers would have destroyed the icons completely, with hammers and saws, before hurling them over the bridge, Recounting this thought in no way is a criticism of those who defended the Blessed Mother’s position of honor. It was just a bystander’s thought at the time, watching the video footage.


Idol News

It has been reported today that the pachamamas (some at least) were recovered from the Tiber, and will be present at the closing Mass. Pope Francis and other organizers of the Synod now clearly have been put on notice of the deliberate idolatry they have chosen. While the Garden Caper might have been a miscommunication, the return of the idols at a Holy Mass is inexcusable. And so, God has indeed worked in this situation to allow his priests and bishops to choose whom they will follow. Moreover, the faithful should have been strengthened in their resolve to keep clean of the abomination by the deliberate entry of the idols into truly sacred space, and the choice the clerics have been given to know which side they are on. It seems that to have been recovered substantially undamaged implies a demonic spirit attached to the idols. But it also seems to indicate God’s permissive will, allowing Pharaoh’s repeated rejection of the wonders worked by the Lord God in the land of Egypt. The extended demonstration of God’s power certainly expressed His glory to the Egyptians as well as to the Israelites.

There is also another reminder in all these actions from a jealous God who demands our single-hearted loyalty. In other words, there is a echo of God’s Voice, a fingerprint of his Divine Will in the present case. Consider the situation of the Israelites, ordered by God to rid the land of the idolatrous Am’alekites in 1 Samuel, Chapter 15:

1Sa 15:3: “’Now go and smite Am’alek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.'”

1Sa 15:7-9: “And Saul defeated the Amal’ekites, from Hav’ilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amal’ekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them; all that was despised and worthless they utterly destroyed.”

1Sa 15:18-19 “And the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, utterly destroy the sinners, the Amal’ekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ ‘Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop on the spoil, and do what was evil in the sight of the LORD?’

1Sa 15:32-33 “Then Samuel said, ‘Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amal’ekites.’ And Agag came to him cheerfully. Agag said, ‘Surely the bitterness of death is past.’ And Samuel said, ‘As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.’ And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.”


What we have in the present situation is a ‘teaching moment.’ What those who removed the idols did was noble and courageous. And God did deliver the idols into their hands. But total destruction seems to be what is required. Perhaps that very need will bring others forward to complete the work, fully eliminating the rest of the idolatrous materials? Or perhaps the Lord will take matters into His own hands? Spiritual warfare is hard to predict! But, still —  to the original question– “No, I am not scared. Not as long as God is in charge.”  Just look at what He has exposed!


Pope Apologizes: 

In an almost unbelievable turn of events Pope Francis apologized for the removal of the idols. All you holy men and women, pray for us!

What is the rest of the message here? It would seem to be that there is no half-hearted compromise in idolatry. As St. Boniface showed, the tree must be cut down completely. Either we are all in for God, or not. Our souls and the souls of others are at stake.


All Souls’ Day

October 24th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Reprinted from October 27, 2019 Bulletin of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Irondequoit:


Rotten Fruit of Amazon Synod heading to the communal table

October 23rd, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris


Amazon bishop calls use of indigenous rituals and statues a sin of idolatry: see here.

Many Amazon synod prelates pledge loyalty to Liberation Theology in “Catacomb Pact.”


Anyone with even a slight acquaintance with the Bible knows that the most reprehensible sins to Almighty God through the centuries were the attachment of the Chosen People to sins of idolatry, always at the expense of their relationship to God, in violation of the First Commandment. Even when the sin wasn’t imported from the enemies around them, somehow the people found a way to grow their own versions of idolatry.

Now, leaders of the 21st century Catholic Church have stepped back to admire their handiwork, especially around their serving the environment, and fallen into the same deep trap of worshiping the work of their own minds and hands.  And, deep in the trap, in profanation of the blessed relic of the holy catacombs, they take their error further, into a deliberate pledge.

One of the most significant sins, riding tandem with idolatry over the ages, was the immolation of children. Already questions have been raised about the extent of and reasons for ignoring the

infanticide in Amazonian practice. Too little resistance to abortion by Catholic leaders has set the stage for further abomination. It is astonishing how quickly the “faithful” are sorting themselves into sheep and goats, and with such deliberate intent.

When I wrote the book “Half a Dialogue” responding to Pope Francis’ invitation for input on his encyclical, Laudato Si, it began with the concern that such focus on the environment leads to pantheistic and paganistic attraction. The final book (Dec. 2015) drew heavily on these two CF Posts: and

Now we are indeed seeing the fruit of that focus on the environment, and worse. At the time I wrote “Half a Dialogue”, I tried to give Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt, and didn’t think pagan worship was the intent. But since each step has been executed with the precision of appearing pre-planned, and worsening at each step, I would rethink that benign conclusion today.

Regarding the chapter on Liberation Theology, I would also rethink the appropriateness of using a “seamless garment” as an image. Even the Old Testament makes clear under Mosaic Law (Exodus 23:3; 23:6; 30:15) that neither the rich nor the poor should have a preferential option before God or under justice. In my opinion, the words “seamless garment” (John 19:23) referring to Christ’s single piece tunic seems to have no direct implication for the poor, and seems to be more eisegesis (reading ‘into’ the Gospel text) rather than exegesis (‘taking from’ the text.)


A Dirty Little Man with Dirty Little Thoughts

October 21st, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

It would be very difficult to say that Fr. James Martin S.J. is not obsessive about sin, especially sexual sin. He seems unable to think about anything else! While he hasn’t publicly admitted to succumbing to the sin which reflects his own clearly articulated prurient interest, one wouldn’t be surprised to see the context as a one-man pride parade. It would be laughable, were it not so serious, so dangerous to souls. In some ways he is like a smirking little boy who just discovered a new part of his body which he hadn’t noticed before.

It is as if Fr. Martin is a one-man band, or the pied piper, claiming the souls of the immature and impressionable as validation for his own shortcomings. How apt is the title ‘pied piper’, when one considers that the meaning of ‘pied’ is multicolored, and Fr. Martin often appears with the rainbow LGBT colors as a shameless admission of his errors, flouting God’s merciful promise after the flood.

The obsession of this Jesuit in pursuing what so deeply offends God’s Law should not be too surprising. Any addiction, including sexual sin, is like to drugs or alcohol, and the old adage: “The man takes a drink, the drink takes a drink, and then the drink takes the man.” It leads him to the abyss from which air-lift extraction can only come from great repentance and reparation, and an outpouring of Divine Mercy, sought and received in humility. But the allies of Satan do not tend to be humble; rather, they seek the limelight and media attention, craving the celebrity status of fools.

I had to think carefully before posting these paragraphs, since I do not in any way wish to give the Jesuit the attention he craves. But he is undisciplined by his own community, so it is fair to make a necessary point and a solicitous warning to souls who pursue his books and talks as a novelty. No, all should be avoided as near occasions of sin. To do less risks incurring a sin of collaboration with evil.

And, with this introduction, I recommend yet another exhibit of Fr. Martin’s immaturity, his allegations of same sex attraction against St. John Henry Newman:

Originally posted Oct. 18th; moved but unchanged to today, Oct. 21st, to continue comments.