Hank Igitur and his associate Hermann Utic discuss the first encouraging news we’ve had from this disastrous Synod on the Amazon.
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If you’ve been paying attention (and if you’re one of the dozens of readers here at CatholicCyber-Militia.com, we know you have been!), you know that our beloved Church is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. With the Amazon Synod howling at the gates, there’s no better time to ask once more for You Know Who to defend us in battle!
Sorry, Your Eminence. Despite your best efforts to downplay the scandal, excommunication very much remains “a thing!!” It is considered a harsh remedy for the salvation of a soul in desperate danger of damnation, but it is still very much a tool which a caring shepherd can use in a situation like this.
Notwithstanding our silly little meme which opens this article, why haven’t our bishops acted to excommunicate notable (and notorious) Catholic politicians who actively support infanticide and abortion? Here are three reasons. You might find Reason #1 hard to take, but please consider it.
Reason #1: “It’s not ‘pastoral.'”
“Pastoral” is one of those handy post-Vatican II buzzwords that can mean pretty much just about anything the priest, bishop, or trendy theologian using the word wants it to mean. In its most common use, “pastoral” appears to mean “we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.” If you pair this word up with the equally-potent term “mercy,” you have a powerful incantation which permits you remain inactive, even if public figures in your diocese are actively defying Church teachings, committing egregious mortal sins, and encouraging everyone around them to do likewise.
“We must show mercy. We must be pastoral.” That’s number one on on our hit parade. Upon further considerations, that really isn’t a reason, so much as it’s an excuse.
Mercy is absolutely essential to our salvation, there’s no debating that point. What is conveniently overlooked by so many of our modern theologians, prelates, and celebrity priests is the fact that mercy as a concept is meaningless if it does not remain paired with the concept of justice. A person who sins (that’s all of us) will be subject to the Divine Justice unless they are saved by the Divine Mercy. Mercy manifests itself through the sacrament of Reconciliation: you acknowledge your sins in the confessional, you show true sorrow and perform penance, and you are once more under the protection of Mercy because you’re once more in a state of sanctifying Grace.
In His earthly ministry, Jesus showed true pastoral care and mercy towards His lost sheep by living among them, sharing meals with them, and calling them to repentance. When He was dining with publicans and sinners, he wasn’t “accompanying them on their journey.” While he was eating with them, He wasn’t affirming their present lifestyle; he was calling them out of it. And in his preaching, Jesus made it abundantly clear what would happen to their souls if they failed to turn away from sin; if they failed to repent and follow Him.
He reminded them of the reality of hell, and of the horrifying consequences of dying in a state of mortal sin. He offered them a way out of this eternal damnation which they had earned, if only they repented and accepted His gift of salvation through the Cross. Now that’s being pastoral!
That’s what excommunication does: it points out–in no uncertain terms–the state of danger a person’s soul is in as a result of mortal sin and calls that person to repentance. And not only the person who is the object of this public call to repentance…an excommunication serves as an exhortation for all of us to repent, confess our sins, and to avoid the types of sins which have produced this grave set of circumstances for the public figure who is the object of this harsh remedy.
Bishops and cardinals: you want to be pastoral? Then call your people away from sin through whatever means necessary–including excommunication–in order that they may benefit from Christ’s divine Mercy!
Reason #2: They don’t want to upset the applecart.
These bishops have a pretty good racket going. They’re respected (well, maybe not so much these days), they’re considered pillars of the community, and they perceive themselves as being beloved of their people. If they’re a big-city bishop, they’re probably rubbing elbows with the rich and famous. They’re accepted by the local glitterati, and just might be considered a major celebrity in their own right. They’re like the unpopular kid in school who suddenly finds themselves accepted by and hanging out with all the kids in the highest rung of the social ladder…jocks, cheerleaders…heck, they might even get chosen to have a big role in Homecoming!
And, equally important, there are those financial considerations. Dioceses and archdioceses are big money operations. Many of them receive government money to engage in social and charitable work. These are not insignificant sums. Initiating a God-vs.-Caesar type of conflict by excommunicating a very powerful politician could have some very serious financial implications.
And that’s unfortunate. The role of a bishop is first and foremost to defend his sheep and do everything they can to help them get to Heaven. When their excellencies and eminences look into the mirror each morning, they’re supposed to see shepherd willing to lay down his life for the sake of his sheep staring back at them. Instead, too many of these men instead see the CEO of a charitable NGO (non-governmental organization) with obligations to “the bottom line”…and that vision informs all their actions.
Yes, there are certainly going to be consequences to a public excommunication. Reason #2 means you’re more concerned with the temporal consequences than you are with the eternal ones.
Reason #3: Moral cowardice and/or lack of supernatural faith.
Lacking the guts to do the right thing and call a Catholic politician who is endangering their own soul (and countless souls around them) to Judgement and everlasting fire…what can that be called other than cowardice? This ties in with Reason #2 to a great extent; something as profound as a public excommunication is going to have consequences. If the fears of earthly retaliation (social, political, economic) are strong enough, the prelate fails to act…even if he knows in his heart he is doing the wrong thing; knows in his heart that souls are in danger but he simply can’t muster the courage to do the hard thing…the right thing.
Pray for these men. They are like the Apostles who dearly loved Jesus, but fled in terror from Gethsemane when confronted with the specter of temporal suffering which would arise from remaining at their Savior’s side. They love their Lord, and may yet find their backbones. Pray for them, support them, and encourage them to do the right thing.
And the other component of reason number one is a most terrifying theory: what if these men simply don’t believe that it matters?
Has their faith been deadened to the point where they really don’t believe in the consequences of personal sin? What if “mercy trumps all” dominates their mind to the point where they completely disregard justice? Have they convinced themselves that there truly is “a reasonable expectation that all people go to heaven,” and–that aside from Hitler and people who throw plastics into the ocean–nobody will merit everlasting punishment? It almost seems as if some of them are acting that way.
Pray for these men as well.
And, by all means, pray for the souls of those who promote, procure and perform abortions, as well as for those who support or assist them. They–along with us–are being called to accept God’s eternal Mercy, but if they reject the gift of the Cross, what happens then? “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3)
Your Excellencies and Eminences, listen to Hank Igitur in this video. He’ll explain it to you…
By CCM Guest Contributor Ivan Opinion
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…” [Jeremiah 1:5]
Coincidence… I think not. Today is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Across the Catholic Church in America, our lectionary prescribed for our First Reading, passages from the First Chapter of Book of the Prophet Jeremiah. Our lectionary is set years in advance so today’s first reading was not a ‘reaction’ to recent events.
Consider the outright assault on the pre-born over the last two weeks. First, New York’s Catholic Governor Cuomo signed into law the most egregious law yet in our nation promoting abortion to the point of infanticide. Then Virginia’s legislature attempted to follow suit; and now Rhode Island’s Catholic Governor, Gina Raimondo is promoting a Bill that would mirror that signed by Andrew Cuomo in NY. And still, our prelates remain largely silent, and we wonder why our collective morality is all but vanished on the issue of abortion.
Today’s reading from Jeremiah presented the perfect opportunity to preach on the holocaust of innocents. It could not have been more perfect, it was tantamount to permitting Babe Ruth to come to the plate and hit from a five-year-old’s tee. He would’ve crushed it.
While our pastor did preach in reference to Jeremiah, he took a completely different angle. I kept waiting for him to make the connection, but he spoke not a word about the sanctity of life relative to life in the womb. I’ve no doubt that had he crushed it like Babe Ruth and hit one out of the park in reminding the flock of the sacredness of life, our local ordinary would have crushed our pastor doubly hard. Sadly, our pastor did not want to upset the apple cart and instead chose to remain silent and allow the flock to continue in ignorance. In light of what Governors Cuomo and Raimondo are pushing, no one should presume Catholics inherently know to protect the pre-born. It simply isn’t preached in most parishes.
Too many of our priests cower in fear of complicit bishops while hoping they do not come eye-to-eye with God on this day to face His judgment. Perhaps they think, tomorrow; yes tomorrow, that is when I’ll teach the hard truths. How far must we fall, before they understand their spinelessness has resulted in a society wrought in moral decay. It is an abrogation of responsibility of such enormity that it exacerbates the crisis in the Church to a point I did not think possible. When Christ ordained the Apostles, His instruction was clear, He did not say to them, only tell the people what they desire to hear, don’t say anything that may upset them.
Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus, “Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words, go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.” [excerpts from Matthew, Chapter 10]
CCM Contributor Doug Kelchner
President Trump has done more to defend religious liberty and defend the pre-born than any President in modern history. Sadly, too many Catholic prelates reveal their true loyalties when instead of embracing the American President and helping to shape his presidency, they condemn him and dismiss him out of hand. Sure they’ll tell you he is vulgar and had past transgressions; they gladly “throw the baby out with the bath water.” Yes, these are the same men, men who wear miters, who will cover and defend true predators like McCarrick while simultaneously embracing pro-abort CINO politicians such as Cuomo, Pelosi, Durbin and Gillibrand, to name a few.
Isn’t it interesting… we have prelates, supposed shepherds of the Catholic Church, Bishop Foys comes to mind, eager to throw mere children under the bus, demanding their heads roll with absolutely no understanding of the situation on the ground or facts surrounding the Covington Boys incident on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial; meanwhile… sitting comfortably in a friary in Victoria, Kansas, is an 88-year-old archbishop who’d been abusing little boys and seminarians for decades… AND, he still retains his priestly faculties. To make matters worse, in November at the urging of Cardinal Cupich a majority of US Bishops voted to not press Rome on the issue of former Cdl. McCarrick. Among the very few true shepherds there is pack of hellish wolves and they are devouring the faithful. It is way past time to hold ground, the time for purging and actual restoration is upon us.
A miter does not make you a saint and a MAGA hat does not make you a sinner. A man who possesses both a miter and a MAGA hat (even if figuratively), now there’s a man that merits your attention. And if you are privileged to know of such a man, DO NOT make the grave mistake of revealing his name, you’ll have painted an indelible target on him.
Shepherds drop their staffs
Fleeing, they betray their flock
Faithful Sheep hold fast
Some new developments in the ongoing Church crisis. The bishops are going to really have their work cut out for them when they meet in February to address the whole homosexualist abuse crisis demolishing the Catholic Church. They’ve devoted two whole days to the synod, so CCM is sure they’ll get everything wrapped up in plenty of time to make their flights out of Rome…or not. The news just keeps getting worse.
The links below are worth investigating:
O’Malley Drops a Dime on Dolan
This just in from ChurchMilitant.com
Cardinal Sean O’Malley has contacted the Papal Nuncio to report a case of homosexualist predatory abuse, which was allegedly covered up by New York’s Cdl. Timothy Dolan.
In a letter dated Dec. 21, O’Malley draws the nuncio’s attention to the case of Fr. Donald Timone, a priest of the archdiocese of New York, whom Dolan allowed to remain in active ministry — even calling him “remarkably tender and holy” in 2013 — after he knew of the credible allegations of sex abuse.
Read the full article here–> Breaking: O’Malley Turns In Dolan For Abuse Coverup
There’s another bit of muck in the whole Fr. Timone mess. According to a report by the Catholic News Agency ( catholicnewsagency.com ), the Archdiocese of New York had vouched for the disgraced priest earlier this very month!
On Dec. 4, the New York archdiocese issued a letter stating “without qualification” that Fr. Donald Timone had “never been accused of any act of sexual abuse or misconduct involving a minor.”
In fact the archdiocese first received in 2003 an allegation that the priest had sexually abused minors, and it reached settlements with alleged victims in 2017.
The archdiocesan letter was received Dec. 13 by John Paul the Great University in Escondido, California, where Timone served. According to the university, the letter was not rescinded until after university officials contacted the Archdiocese of New York, following a Dec. 20 New York Times report on the history of allegations against Timone.
Read the entire disturbing article here–> NY archdiocese issued suitability letter for priest under abuse investigation
Other Developments in Abuse Cases
Crux ( cruxnow.com ) has published an update on several ongoing abuse cases, the most recent of which is the sentencing of PA priest Fr. John T. Sweeney for molesting a boy in the 1990’s.
Sweeney, who retired in 2016, is the first priest convicted of charges stemming from a Pennsylvania grand jury investigation that focused on allegations of abuse. He was arrested in July 2017 for the incident that occurred during the 1991-92 school year at St. Margaret Mary School in Lower Burrell, about 25 miles northeast of Pittsburgh…
…Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of New York suspended an elderly priest who had been celebrating Mass in two states despite settlements paid for allegations of sexual abuse of teenage boys.
The Crux article provides updated information on several cases nationwide and can be found here–> Pennsylvania priest sent to prison after guilty plea in abuse case
Keep praying for Holy Mother Church.
Keep praying that the men entrusted to her leadership will finally become the men God always intended them to be.
Bergolio goes on about “mercy,” even accusing his predecessors of lacking sufficient mercy when it comes to interpreting capital punishment.
No such mercy for the Underground Church in China, however…
In The Burden: A Warning of Things to Come, a wonderful volume of poetic prophesies written by Paul Thigpen and inspired by Divine Scripture, you will find a poem titled, “The Shepherds.” In this tremendous work, Dr. Thigpen issues a very harsh reminder to the faithful that some who pose as Shepherds, are in reality doing the bidding of Satan in an ongoing spiritual battle here on earth.
We the laity often remain silent in the sight of the obvious evils within; perhaps our silence is borne out of fear and intimidation, or a bizarre felling of deference to the flawed mortal sporting a miter. Either way, silence in the face of that which is wrong, brings about a degree of culpability. Culpability of which I do not wish to be a part. Whether it be ambiguous teachings, or the absence of moral teaching; when those entrusted with Shepherding the flock, either foster or allow to persist feelings of ambivalence or error within the congregation, they are not only paving their own pathway to Hell, but they are charting a course for countless souls to follow to pits of eternal damnation.
We, the laity, have an obligation to make use of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Fear, Piety, Fortitude, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel and Wisdom, to combat evil from wherever it comes, in the name of Jesus Christ as we set our sights on the True Evangelization and the eternal Salvation of all who would receive.
I highly recommend, “The Burden.” It is available at TAN or Amazon. ISBN-13: 978-0615780436. Kindle price is $3.95 and paperback is $7.95
Hootenanny/Rock Band/Jazz Band masses.
Not exactly the same image as the description of King David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant, is it?
And, unfortunately, guess who was presiding at the Mass?
Hey! Liturgical “Innovators!” Know what might be fun? How ’bout doing a Mass where it is a supernatural event wherein God Himself is made present (Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity) among us? And everyone actually behaves as if that’s really happening? Wouldn’t that be a novelty? Whadd’ya think?