I am unable to embed a video here, because it’s not working for me. I think you have to buy extra products from Word Press to make the embedded iframe video work here. I’m a poor Catholic. So, that’s not high on my list of things to buy.
The Cardinals-elect are:
- Archbishop James M. Harvey, <~American Archbishop working as the Prefect of the Papal Household;
- Bechara Boutros Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch in Lebanon;
- Major Archbishop Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of India, head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church;
- Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria;
- Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogotá, Colombia; and
- Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines.
NOTE: I could not get the video onto this post. Thus I had to post it twice. For those of you who understand Italian, the video of the Pope’s announcement, should be far more interesting for you. I on the other hand, only recognized the words: “John Michael Harvey” and “San Paolo.”
I guess Archbishop James M. Harvey’s Titular Church will be Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls, [outside of Rome.] A Cardinal can vote for the next Pope, if he votes before he turns 80 years old.
Former Archbishop Weakland disregarded every rule or commandment in the Catholic Church, and invited others to do the same. The Catholic Church is still reeling, from the fall out, from such witless, disobedient Yahoo, in the Catholic’s Hierarchy. This is the best article I have ever found, on this subject.
This partially posted article was by Paul Likoudis: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=9038
“It is quite human for the sinner to acknowledge his weakness and to ask mercy for his failings; what is unacceptable is the attitude of one who makes his own weakness the criterion of the truth about the good, so that he can feel self-justified, without the need to have recourse to God and His Mercy” — Blessed Pope John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor.
When the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen would encounter an ex-Catholic who bragged that he had left the Church, the archbishop would bluntly respond, “Oh, what was your sin?”
Today, we have the spectacle of the former archbishop of Milwaukee, Rembert Weakland, OSB, proudly bragging about his sin, recalling his past sexual affairs with other men and objecting to the Church’s teaching that homosexuality “is objectively disordered.”
“Those are bad words because they are pejorative,” he told The New York Times’ Laurie Goodstein in an interview heralding the May 29 release of his autobiography.
Weakland’s public proclamation that he is a “gay” American and the attention he is drawing to himself with his new narcissistic, tell-all book, A Pilgrim in A Pilgrim Church, one Milwaukee Catholic told The Wanderer, “is opening a can of worms. Even worse, it is like he is ripping off all the scabs from the still-festering wounds he left in this archdiocese.”
That document, which is still binding, lays down the Church’s law on what is to take place at Mass. Forty-two years later, one might wonder if any bishops, besides Weakland, have heard of it, so well was it buried.
Weakland’s peculiar revelation, furthermore, reinforces the groundbreaking work of Canadian Catholic journalist Sylvia MacEachern, who was the first to investigate and document the role of a clique of homosexuals in deconstructing the Roman Liturgy with the intention of effecting a permanent moral revolution against the papacy and the universality of the Catholic faith.
In 1966, she noted, at precisely the same time that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Liturgy sent out a missive to priests decreeing the vernacular, instructing them to turn their altars around and to give Communion in the hand, the leadership of the conference sent a letter to Canadian Justice Minister and future Premier Pierre Eliot Trudeau supporting his proposals for the decriminalization of abortion, divorce, contraception, and homosexuality.
With this perspective, it is no surprise Weakland’s 25-year tenure in Milwaukee was marked by his frequent outbursts at the Holy Father, his toleration (even encouragement) of liturgical abuses, his close collaboration with Planned Parenthood, “gay” activists, sex educators, his persecution of traditional-minded priests and his protection of pedophile priests — to say nothing of the hundreds of mean-spirited and downright nasty letters he wrote to lay people.
My Two Cents Worth
This is the evil priest who brought you hootenanny Masses, Rainbow Masses, and he supported Liturgical Abuses, Planned Parenthood and the Gay Movement in the Catholic Church. He screwed up a lot of Catholics. One can only imagine how many. God only knows. I will pray for them to come back to the Catholic Church, if they left. I will pray for his conversion. I am glad he was finally told to leave. I don’t know if he was relieved of his position or was defrocked. I am too tired to go look it up. God help our families because of priests like this. They scatter the flock of Christ, and they will be held accountable for the loss of so many souls. I would hate to be in their shoes, come Judgment Day.
Article by Archbishop José H. Gomez
There was a time not too long ago, when American society encouraged family values and tried to strengthen the bonds of parents and children. Recent events in our state and nation remind us that’s not always the case anymore.
The family is God’s first beautiful gift to us. Because each one of us came into this world as the fruit of a mother and a father’s love. This married love is the heart of every true family. In this love, we see the heart of God who is Love.
The Spanish Missionaries who brought the faith to this country made paintings depicting the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph being watched over by the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The family on earth is meant to be a mirror of the Trinity, God’s divine “family” in heaven. God intends the family to be our first school of love, holiness and commitment. In the family, we learn who we are — and who God has created us to be. The family is vital in God’s plan for our personal lives. And the family is vital for our country.
America is not only a nation of individuals. Every individual comes from a family. The family is the original human community. Blessed John Paul II liked to call the family “the vital cell of society.” America needs strong families to nurture the values and virtues we need to live as a free and just people. But last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that will make it harder for American parents. The Court’s decision in Brown vs. Entertainment Merchants Association involved a 2005 California law that banned the sale of violent video games to minors. The Court said the law violated video game makers’ rights to freedom of speech.
That may be true. However as a pastor, I found myself more sympathetic to Justice Clarence Thomas’s dissenting opinion. Justice Thomas said that America’s founders would find it “absurd” to say that freedom of speech includes “a right to speak to minors … without going through the minors’ parents.”
He puts his finger on a big problem in our society today. Young people are often treated as a “target audience” for corporate and media messages that by-pass parents and undermine parental authority and moral values.
In his dissent, Justice Thomas offers a kind of “mini-history” lesson. He explains how important the family was in the thinking of America’s founders. He explains how our government has always respected the role of the family and worked to strengthen parents’ authority and rights.
Unfortunately, trends in our country — and in our state — seem to be moving in the opposite direction.
Right now, there are two bills in the California legislature that our state’s bishops believe represent a dangerous government intrusion into parents’ rights.
The first, Assembly Bill 499, would let children 12 and under decide for themselves to get vaccines or take other medications to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
This would undermine parents’ duty to educate their children in moral values. It also violates parents’ rights to be responsible for their children’s physical and spiritual well being.
By passing this bill, in effect, government would be encouraging young people to engage in activities that are contrary to their parents’ moral values — and then to lie about it or keep it secret from their parents.
Children are not mature enough to think through the consequences of complicated medical decisions. This legislation would have children face these decisions without parental guidance — and under pressure from adults and corporate interests that have financial and other motives to promote these medications.
A second bill, Senate Bill 48, would require school textbooks to teach about the sexual orientations of figures in American history. This amounts to the government rewriting history books based on pressure-group politics. It is also another example of the government interfering with parents’ rights to be their children’s primary educators.
The California State Catholic Conference is urging that both of these bills be rejected.
As we pray for one another this week, let us commit ourselves to promoting the God-given rights of parents and families in California and in our country.
Let us work to become a people who no longer resort to abortion, birth control, in vitro fertilization and divorce. Let us build a future for our nation in which children grow up in families based on God’s law and the natural law.
And let us ask Mary, the Queen of the Family, to help us win the grace we need to stand up for parents and the family in our day.”
(By Archbishop José H. Gomez, re-posted from The Tidings – Weekly Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles)
“Kathleen Sebelius and through her, the Obama Administration, have said “To Hell with You” to the Catholic faithful of the United States.”
- To Hell with your religious beliefs,
- To Hell with your religious liberty,
- To Hell with your freedom of conscience.
“We’ll give you a year, they are saying, and then you have to knuckle under. As Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops responded, “in effect, the President is saying that we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.”
My Cardinal-Elect and esteemed Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan – I will follow what he says, until the day I die.
HOWEVER: I will ask that God bless Kathleen Sibelius, and Obama, but I am not in good conscience required to obey them. They are not people I voted for, nor do I pledge allegiance to them. I am an American Citizen, and their Actions, are Un-American, and violate my correctly formed, Catholic Conscience. They are chumps, here today, and gone tomorrow. When their rules, violate God given freedoms, I don’t have to obey them. Plain. Simple. Period. They are in contempt of Congress and the Citizens of the United States, and I will not obey such people. They hold Catholic Faithful and Catholic Dogma’s in contempt. And, that is PURE EVIL, and a violation of my Religious Freedoms.
I made Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s Photograph bigger, by my choice. The other two play minor, very minor roles, in my life, and the lives of the American People, who hold them in contempt of their God-given rights, as well. I ask God to bless them with repentance, and I ask God to replace them, with People who will respect my rights, and that of other Catholics, and other religions.