You know the old saying "Actions speak louder than words"? That is something that has been proven time and time again. People can say anything, but what they actually do...their actions, show you if they really mean it or not. A persons actions show their true character.
This is why Christ said "You will know them by their fruits"
Matthew 7:15-20 (NRSVCE)
A Tree and Its Fruit15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will know them by their fruits."
Pope Francis put out a statement today (months after he was made aware of the PA report of sexual abuse) that really says nothing.
Quote in part: “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike. Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated. The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults."I don't believe our current pope. He has routinely supported clergy whom the laity have reported as abusive and/or Bishops sheltering abusive clergy. Recall Chile.
"The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I'll speak out," Francis said. "There is not one shred of proof against him. It's slander."He has since seen the error of his statement, but he learned nothing from it.
We have a serious homosexual priest problem in the Church and until the Pope sees that, nothing will change.
Bishop Robert Morlino's open letter:
Quote in part: "For the Church, the crisis we face is not limited to the McCarrick affair, or the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, or anything else that may come. The deeper crisis that must be addressed is the license for sin to have a home in individuals at every level of the Church. There is a certain comfort level with sin that has come to pervade our teaching, our preaching, our decision making, and our very way of living.
If you’ll permit me, what the Church needs now is more hatred! As I have said previously, St. Thomas Aquinas said that hatred of wickedness actually belongs to the virtue of charity. As the Book of Proverbs says “My mouth shall meditate truth, and my lips shall hate wickedness (Prov. 8:7).” It is an act of love to hate sin and to call others to turn away from sin.
There must be no room left, no refuge for sin — either within our own lives, or within the lives of our communities. To be a refuge for sinners (which we should be), the Church must be a place where sinners can turn to be reconciled. In this I speak of all sin. But to be clear, in the specific situations at hand, we are talking about deviant sexual — almost exclusively homosexual — acts by clerics. We’re also talking about homosexual propositions and abuses against seminarians and young priests by powerful priests, bishops, and cardinals. We are talking about acts and actions which are not only in violation of the sacred promises made by some, in short, sacrilege, but also are in violation of the natural moral law for all. To call it anything else would be deceitful and would only ignore the problem further. There has been a great deal of effort to keep separate acts which fall under the category of now-culturally-acceptable acts of homosexuality from the publically-deplorable acts of pedophilia. That is to say, until recently the problems of the Church have been painted purely as problems of pedophilia — this despite clear evidence to the contrary. It is time to be honest that the problems are both and they are more. To fall into the trap of parsing problems according to what society might find acceptable or unacceptable is ignoring the fact that the Church has never held ANY of it to be acceptable — neither the abuse of children, nor any use of one’s sexuality outside of the marital relationship, nor the sin of sodomy, nor the entering of clerics into intimate sexual relationships at all, nor the abuse and coercion by those with authority. In this last regard, special mention should be made of the most notorious and highest in ranking case, that being the allegations of former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s (oft-rumored, now very public) sexual sins, predation, and abuse of power. The well-documented details of this case are disgraceful and seriously scandalous, as is any covering up of such appalling actions by other Church leaders who knew about it based on solid evidence. While recent credible accusations of child sexual abuse by Archbishop McCarrick have brought a whole slew of issues to light, long-ignored was the issue of abuse of his power for the sake of homosexual gratification. It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord. The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest. And the decision to act upon this disordered inclination is a sin so grave that it cries out to heaven for vengeance, especially when it involves preying upon the young or the vulnerable. Such wickedness should be hated with a perfect hatred. Christian charity itself demands that we should hate wickedness just as we love goodness. But while hating the sin, we must never hate the sinner, who is called to conversion, penance, and renewed communion with Christ and His Church, through His inexhaustible mercy."
Morlino finishes with:
"More than anything else, we as a Church must cease our acceptance of sin and evil. We must cast out sin from our own lives and run toward holiness. We must refuse to be silent in the face of sin and evil in our families and communities and we must demand from our pastors — myself included — that they themselves are striving day in and day out for holiness. We must do this always with loving respect for individuals but with a clear understanding that true love can never exist without truth."Well said Bishop Morlino! Let's hope your letter reaches Pope Francis.
The homosexual problem isn't just those who have physically abused others. That is horrendous and horrifying beyond words. The problem goes even further. Priests who continually support homosexual relationships and other homosexual priests are a problem too- a problem no state attorney general is going to expose. The damage these clergy do, is mostly spiritual, leading people into eternal Hell by supporting homosexuals in sexual relationships (mortal sin).
The Church needs to clean house not just of the predators who have sexually abused children and adults, but also the homosexual and pro-homosexual clergy who continually push the homosexual agenda and defy Church Teaching.
Let's look at some of the pro-homosexual fruits Pope Francis has promoted and surrounded himself with and forced upon the laity.
Father James Martin.
Pope Francis appointed James Martin, S.J., as a consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications back in 2017. Martin openly supports gay marriage and says people should have "reverence" for homosexual love.
Clearly this is in opposition to Catholic teaching which calls for all homosexuals to live chaste lives (as with all unmarried heterosexuals).
Fr. Martin continually supports homosexual couples in their relationships, defying Church teaching over and over and over again.
|Fr. Martin supporting a lesbian couple.|
|Fr. Martin celebrating gay marriage being legalized & calling it a "ProudCatholicMoment" despite Catholic Church which forbids homosexual relations and "marriage".|
|Fr.Martin promoting a book that celebrates homosexual 'marriages' and couples.|
|Gay book promoted by Fr. Martin on social media.|
He's not the only one.
Fr. Thomas Rosica.
Rosica has banned me from all his social media accounts 😊, guess he didn't like my post about him.
Rosica, like Martin, supports homosexual couples despite Catholic teaching.
Rosica: "What I experienced at Holy Redeemer Parish that week was a very powerful and moving week of prayer, dialogue and openness to the Word of God. If ever I felt to be a bridge-builder and healer, it was that week. I learned that Most Holy Redeemer Church is a vibrant parish community consisting of many retired, elderly people of Eastern European communities as well as their new neighbours who were members of the gay community of San Francisco. But not just the gay community, but practicing gay Catholics!"Most Holy Redeemer Church is disgustingly pro-gay couples/"marriage". These parishioners are being led away from Christ and salvation and toward eternal Hell.
Church Militant on Fr. Rosica:
Quote: "...[Rosica] misled reporters on an almost daily basis at the 2014 and 2015 Synods on the Family in Rome, injecting his own bias into the daily summaries on the private discussions of the bishops in the Synod Hall in the Vatican. On a very regular basis, he kept suggesting and implying that the bishops were being more accepting of homosexuality. The international secular media ran wild with the stories, which turned out to be flat out false. We had discussions and dinners with bishops and others who were inside the hall and they each assured us that the topic barely came up if at all.These priests are just some of the wolves in the Church that more than likely won't show up in any attorney general report. Yet their damage to the laity continues.
When he and I had a brief face to face in the press hall during the first synod, he told me that the Church no longer teaches that men and women who are having sex outside of marriage and die in that state go to Hell.
Within the past six months, Fr. Thomas Rosica was lecturing seminarians and responded to one of their questions about the purpose of ecumenism. And he responded, the purpose was to make Jews into better Jews and Muslims into better Muslims. Pressed further, he also said Catholics should not be seeing "potential converts in every non-Catholic." He openly laughed at the idea of trying to bring non-Catholics to the faith.
Why are we revisiting the issue of Fr. Rosica's theological failings? Because his hero — his term — former Fr. Gregory Baum, a Canadian priest, has now come out as an active homosexual who admits in his latest book that he kept his homosexuality a secret all these decades so he could be a part of changing the Church, teaching both at Vatican II and the time after the council."
And Pope Francis continues to send them out among the sheep (both Martin and Rosica will be at the World Meeting of Families in Ireland this week). The Church has a homosexual priest problem and as long as Pope Francis denies this, the problems will continue.
There are many others...including Bishops and Cardinals named in the PA report that are still in their positions (like Wuerl). Wolves.
Predator priests must be removed at once and handed over to authorities for criminal prosecution. No more hiding them or moving them around to do more damage to innocents. Zero tolerance.
Homosexual and pro-homosexual priests must be removed as well. The untold spiritual damage they do is costing people their eternal souls. This can't continue.
Until I see Pope Francis purge the Church of ALL these wolves I simply don't believe him.
Actions speak louder than words your Holiness, lets see some action!
Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner