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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Another "who am I to judge" casualty

By Connecticut Catholic Corner

The tsunami of confusion over Pope Francis’ "who am I to judge” comment has claimed yet another delusional victim.  A poorly catechized Catholic is contemplating leaving her parish (or perhaps her Catholic faith- she doesn't specify- more on that below) because of Pope Francis' statements. Before I get into that, let me give the back story.

Recently, Colin Collette -the gay parish music director at Holy Family Parish in Inverness, Il was fired when he became ‘engaged’ to his male partner. [The ‘engagement’ took place outside St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome last week while the two men were vacationing there.]  When the gay couple returned home and news of their ‘engagement’ was made public the Chicago Archdiocese said Collettte could no longer retain his position as music director.

The archdiocese is spot on.  Unfortunately, because of Pope Francis’ “who am I to judge” statement many Catholics today don’t agree with their priests and Bishops who make similar statements about similar situations around the world today.  We’ve seen this with other parish firings around the nation.

One such case is Janet Zajler, a parishioner at Holy Family who is now contemplating leaving the parish because the ‘engaged’ gay music director was fired and Janet is convinced that Pope Francis would fully support the ‘engaged’ gay man remaining as music director at the Catholic parish.   Zajler has publicly stated to local news media that the “Archdiocese is wrong”- because of course Janet Zajler a Holy Family parishioner is sure she knows better than the Catholic Church.

Zajler says the archdiocese is wrong. “I am aware of our current pope’s outspoken truths regarding the acceptance of every individual, and I am outraged that our local church diocese is going against what I believe our pope is preaching about.” Now Zajler says, with Collette’s firing, she’s uncertain about her family’s future in the parish.“I will be in thoughtful, prayerful repose,” she said. “I’m unsure of where my husband and myself and my children will go after this.”

Thanks Pope Francis, you’ve been a tremendous help teaching the Authentic Faith to the laity.  Janet Zajler is a direct product of your off the cuff teachings - and unfortunately there are probably tens of thousands more like her in the world who will pass on what they believe Catholicism is to their children based on your flippant comments, rather than what the Church actually teaches. Instead of sticking with the catechism which is clear teaching, these people instead cling to off the cuff remarks as Gospel truth.  

This is the fallout when Catholic clergy do not speak CLEARLY on AUTHENTIC CATHOLIC TEACHING.  Souls are in jeopardy.

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, 141 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." 142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.


  1. Let us continue to pray for Pope Francis and our clergy...they need it. In the mean time, error needs to be called out.

  2. Another revealing post, Julie. But one that calls to mind that which was facilitated by way of 'official' VII documentation:

    So whereas many reject any opposition to VII as somehow disobedient, the reality is increasingly clear that the ambiguities and 'either or' scenarios that even +Kasper have admitted are to blame for giving prelates permission for behaving badly... or at the very least refusing to do their 'duty' judging and upholding the teachings of the Church.

    This is precisely the danger to souls that motivated those who are even now falsely maligned to take necessary action and preserve the TLM and a traditionally formed priesthood. I thank God for any/all who are able to call out the deception being foisted upon Catholics to the detriment of all.

    The house might not have been on fire in the sixties, but the hot, smoldering coals were certainly tossed inside along with the smoke of Satan. Sadly, it appears the only ones Pope Francis seems to want to surround himself with are not fire fighters, but rather fire fanners.

    CCC # 675 – The Church’s ultimate trial. – Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. 574 The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth 575 will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.

    Prayers for the Pope... and for us all.


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