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Sunday, April 26, 2015

NOTRE DAME TAKES COVER

It seems that once again the President of Notre Dame, Fr. Jenkins, is playing his favorite game of hide-and-seek...only he's the one hiding and is definitely not seeking.  In fact, I'm beginning to wonder if he is actually "Catholic".

We have published an article on our companion site, Non-Faithful Catholic Schools from The Sycamore Trust showing just what kind of "priest" Fr. Jenkins might be.  We will post it here as well since it is as much about Non-Faithful Catholics (Fr. Jenkins) as about the school.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim 

Here in it's entirety,   "NOTRE DAME TAKES COVER".



"Few things are more demoralizing than an officer who cowers in the trenches."
– Dr. R.R. Reno
Editor, First Things
NOTRE DAME, IN — Last month Indiana Governor Michael Pence and Republican legislative leaders hastily retreated from a religious liberty bill under heavy fire from business interests, homosexual rights advocates, and Miley Cyrus and other public policy vocalists. The Catholic and evangelical churches, their allies, and other religious liberty champions were overpowered while an inert Notre Dame administration left it to a courageous nearby pizzeria owner to speak up for religious liberty. Meanwhile, the Arkansas governor and legislature fended off a similar assault through deft rewriting of their bill. In this bulletin, we discuss these episodes with special attention to Notre Dame's dive for cover.

The Background
In 1993, Congress overwhelmingly passed and President Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA") to strengthen religious liberty against government encroachment.  Then-congressman Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) introduced the bill in the House and Senate, respectively. This was a strong bipartisan reaction to a Supreme Court decision that had cut back on prior religious liberty decisions.  Nineteen states followed with their own RFRA statutes, and the courts of another thirteen states adopted RFRA principles.
Until recently, litigation under these statutes had been relatively low profile. The decisions typically were of limited practical effect, religion had a strong hold, and legislatures could generally be counted on to safeguard religious liberty.
Times have changed. Society has become less religious; organized religion has weakened; and the dramatic advance of the gay rights agenda along with the passionate public divide over abortion have triggered an explosion of legislative and judicial activity.
The two preeminent illustrations of these developments are President Obama's abortifacient/contraceptive mandate and the ensuing litigation tsunami and the radioactive legislative and judicial actions on same-sex marriage.
We turn now to the two recent legislative contests, the role of the Church, and the Church's abandonment by Notre Dame.
The Indiana and Arkansas Legislation
 The new Indiana statute was substantially the same as the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), but its opponents  mischaracterized it as providing a sweeping "license to discriminate" against homosexuals. Thereupon influential corporations and the president of the NCAA threatened retaliation; the governors of Connecticut and New York, evidently ignorant of their own states' RFRAs, banned state-funded travel to Indiana; Hilary Clinton bashed the replica of the law her husband signed; and we were all treated to a pithy commentary on public morality by Miley Cyrus. 
The Arkansas bill, also modeled on the federal law, drew similar, though somewhat less virulent, opposition. The Arkansas legislature countered by simply conforming the statutory language to that of the federal RFRA.  The opposition faded away with some lingering ineffectual grumbling.
But the Indiana legislature and governor, startled and evidently flustered, substituted a legislative farrago that appears to do precisely nothing with respect to pre-existing law. More particularly, with respect to the central issue:
  • Contrary to some reports, the revised bill does not ban discrimination because of sexual orientation. There was no such state law before, and there is none now.
  • On the other hand, neither does the revised statute provide a possible religious liberty defense in connection with the several local ordinances that do ban such discrimination.
This satisfied the indignant corporations and the affronted NCAA. The gay rights lobby drew back while complaining about the continued absence of a ban on sexual orientation discrimination. (Miley Cyrus has not yet spoken.)
On the other side, the Indiana bishops jointly deplored the acrimony, while Notre Dame's ordinary, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, decried the "unfair and relentless attacks" on the legislation, explained the Church's position on same-sex marriage and the religious liberty issues at stake, and expressed his disappointment in the legislative outcome and his fear that "there will be a continual erosion of religious liberty in this country." See his full statement here.
Nationally, Archbishop William E. Lori of Philadelphia, the chair of the USCCB ad hoc committee on religious liberty, joined by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Baltimore, Dr. Robert George of Princeton, and R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Convention, lamented these developments:
When basic moral convictions and historic religious wisdom rooted in experience are deemed "discrimination," our ability to achieve civic harmony, or even to reason clearly, is impossible.
This display of political power and corrupt manipulation of public opinion by the enemies of religious liberty has fueled the drive to eradicate any trace of resistance to same-sex marriage and the classical Christian condemnation of sodomy upon which that resistance is based.
(On the other hand, the effective action of the Arkansas legislature affords encouraging lessons about tactics that go beyond the scope of this commentary.)
What Notre Dame Won't Fight For
While the bishops and their allies were under siege, Father Jenkins declined to come to their defense.  He "wasn't available for comment" even as the presidents of Indiana, Butler, DePauw, and Valparaiso universities and of six other Indiana schools condemned the bill as discriminatory.
That was not quite all.  Someone noted that Notre Dame had invoked the federal RFRA in its suit against the Obamacare mandate, whereupon a university spokesman was quick to protes: that Notre Dame "had no role "respecting the Indiana bill.
Then came what was headlined, "Notre Dame Posts Response to Indiana Law": the resurrection of the Notre Dame "If You Can Play, You Can Play" video, in which administrators and athletes vow that Notre Dame doesn't discriminate. Taken as a response to the bill, it's hard not to construe the posting as signing on to the characterization of the bill as a "license to discriminate."
It was left to one Kevin O'Connor, owner of nearby Memories Pizzeria, to stand up to the bullies:
If they want to come in the store, they can do that. But I can't condone gay marriage, that's against my belief. I'm just a little guy who had a little business that I probably don't have anymore. It doesn't change my attitude, but it's hurtful that I can't publicly speak out about what I believe in saying.
Notre Dame, Religious Liberty, and the Future
This behavior by Notre Dame indicates it will likely be at best a non-combatant in the troubled times that have begun for Christians who want to live their lives in fidelity to their faith without government interference. The contest will intensify if the Supreme Court certifies same-sex marriage as a constitutional right. Abortion is a looming second front.
The prelude to Notre Dame's abandoning the Church in Indiana was its recognition and encouragement of same-sex marriage by rewarding same-sex "married" employees and students with spousal benefits. The incipient fragility of its stance on abortion and contraception has been disclosed by its establishment of a student health plan that results in Notre Dame students being provided free abortifacients and contraceptives. For some of our reporting on these matters, see here and here.
How has it come to this? The short answer is the secularization that we have been writing about for some nine years. We have discussed secularization mainly as manifested within the university. Now it appears in a different venue in the unwillingness of Notre Dame's leadership to support the Church and other religious leaders against the strong pro-gay marriage sentiment widely shared in secular academe, big business, the arts, and increasingly politics.  
Notre Dame has long sought full membership in these ranks. It has succeeded. It is the avatar of Catholic Americanism. It is the eleventh richest university in the world. Many of its trustees and graduates are wealthy and hold high positions in business and the professions. Now this secular world is turning aggressively against fundamental Church teaching and values. It evidently comes hard for Notre Dame leaders to expose themselves to charges of bigotry from associates in academe and business and other respected segments of secular society.
Who wants to be accused of being "bigots" "on the wrong side of history"?
But this faintheartedness, so incongruous for "the Fighting Irish," is lamentable not only for Notre Dame but for the Church and its faithful. As Dr. R.R. Reno, the editor of First Things, declared in an essay on the religious liberty crisis, "Few things are more demoralizing than an officer who cowers in the trenches."
As to the tired "wrong side of history" aphorism, the late Cardinal Francis George gave it the only meaning it can have for a Catholic. In urging Catholics to hold fast in the face of  "the anti-religious sentiment, much of it explicitly anti-Catholic, that has been growing in this country," he declared:
The world divorced from the God who created and redeemed it inevitably comes to a bad end. It's on the wrong side of the only history that finally matters.
If, like us, you want to see an authentic Catholic renewal at Notre Dame, please take a few minutes to read our Annual Letter and consider making a tax-deductible donation to Sycamore Trust.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dolan...Again

It seems that Cardinal Dolan has really stirred up a hornets nest.  Maybe he should do as everyone suggests and pull out of the Catholic Bashing St. Patrick's Day Parade...God knows it's not about St Patrick anymore!

Once again, we have been granted a privileged to re-print an An Open Letter to Cardinal Dolan.  This is the link to Catholic Citizens.Org of Illinois.  They have given us permission to print their letter. God Bless Them!  Without further ado:

 Catholic Citizens of Illinois, 106 Calendar Court, PMB #122, La Grange, IL 60525-2325
An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan
September 5, 2014
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
1011 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Your Eminence,
We were dismayed and discouraged to read that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York will now include organizations that openly oppose the Catholic teaching concerning human sexuality.  After years of resisting the pressure from gays and big donors as well as the pretense of public support, the parade committee has caved in to their bullying and unreasonable demands.  Additionally, we are disappointed that you have agreed to be the Grand Marshall of the parade.
We are fully aware that there are good and holy people with homosexual inclinations that are striving to live chaste lives in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church, which we are all called to do.  However, no one can deceive themselves that the national and international “gay” organizations are striving for that lifestyle.  One need only look at the “gay” pride parades around the world and see the public nudity and simulation of sex acts to know that they are portraying  an “in your face” demand that such acts be normalized and that we approve of them.
We understand your deference to those who are on the planning committee for the parade and your efforts to not be “judgmental. “  However, we ask you to put aside those concerns, knowing that your primary duty as Cardinal is to act as a “Shepherd of the Faithful,” secondary in authority to that of the Pope.
We implore you to withdraw as Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade because of the great probability of misunderstandings, confusion and scandal among the faithful.  It is likely that many will believe that the Church has changed her teaching that homosexual acts are “disordered” and “can never be approved” and even worse, they may assume that you support such acts.  Does the statement of Jesus about scandalizing little ones no longer apply?
We write this letter to you as faithful Catholics and we look to you to give the example of what a true Shepherd must be.  We offer our prayers that the Holy Spirit will inspire you and guide you in this important decision. 
Sincerely,
Mary Anne Hackett, President
For the Board of Directors and Members of
Catholic Citizens of Illinois 

Monday, September 8, 2014

"You've Been Dolanized"!

What is really perplexing to us here is the fact that Cardinal Dolan actually thinks he's acting as a Catholic Prelate should Act.  Do you all remember the when Jesus brought out His "Woe to You..." diatribe against the Pharisees and Scribes? Isn't what Cardinal Dolan doing sort of reminiscent of the same thing that the Pharisees and Scribes were doing?

We don't normally get involved in the political aspects of what these folks do unless they are truly bad.  Want a refresher on Dolan?  How about This One?
Or maybe This One?  And of course, there is always This One!

Well, now there is a new one to look at.  The hits just keep on coming.  When is The Vatican going to realize the USCCB is not doing it's job.  When are they going to wake up to the fact that the USCCB is using the Catholic Church as a "political tool" to destroy it's credibility in the US and turn Catholics away from the Church of Rome?  This new one?  "You've Been Dolanized!"  Rod Dreher has put up a Post on The American Conservative that goes into detail of what happened and the capitulation of Dolan.

Monsignor Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington posted on that archdiocese's website a short commentary stating that it was time for the Church to withdraw support for events like this...the Archdiocese took down the post.  Go figure.  I guess they aren't as "Catholic" as they seem.  That's why we put the links to the stories above so all can go here and read all about it.

We will be posting this on our sister Blog Non-Faithful Catholic Schools as well.
Thank you all for reading and as always

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim

Friday, February 21, 2014

Catholic leader warns if gov't 'mandates evil,' then 'civil disobedience' likely

We have posted this really great article on the companion Blog, but felt it necessary to post it here as well.  This Archbishop is truly a great Catholic.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim

Conservative Examiner
February 15, 2014

"The more that government mandates evil actions, the more likely civil disobedience becomes ..."

Although widely ignored by most of the American media, as well as many of his brother priests doing their best to distance themselves from him, one of the leading Catholic clerics in the United States has warned Barack Obama that the more "government mandates evil actions, the more likely civil disobedience becomes," as reported by the right-of-center Cybercast News Service (CNSNews.com) on Feb. 14, 2014.

Perhaps his clerical collar belies his American Indian warrior heritage, but never known to hold back in his criticisms of many of Barack Obama's decisions and policies, Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput (pronounced "chap-you") was blunt and straightforward in stating what he's labeled "government mandated evil" forced on the American people.

Considered by more than a few conservative and traditionally-minded Catholics as one of the few American clerics with the fortitude to make a public stance in defense of basic Catholic teaching, His Excellency was asked in an interview with CNSNews.com:

    “What should Catholics do in the face of government mandates that would force them to act against key tenets of the Faith?”

Unlike many Catholic priests and bishops who are careful to parse their words, fearful of being labeled as either insensitive or too harsh, the Archbishop's response both mirrored correct Catholic teaching as well as giving a blunt yet likely conclusion to the legal edicts forced on the populace:

    “Catholics have a duty to respect legitimate authority and pray for our political leaders, whether we personally care for them or not. The Church seeks to cooperate with public officials because we’re a community of citizens as well as believers.”

    “But there are limits, and the more that government mandates evil actions, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.

The Archbishop has a long history of defending Christianity in the face of repressive governmental mandates.”

During his interview with CNSNews.com he hammered "an unfriendly political class" and the apathetic "distracted attention and indifference" of fellow Christians when he stated that "'government pressure on religious communities has clearly increased.' Which is why, he says, that religious freedom must not be taken for granted, but be 'vigorously defended' in the nation’s courts and state houses."

In a clear case of speaking truth to power, Archbishop Chaput held little back when he frankly stated:

    “I think President Obama’s recent prayer breakfast comments about religious freedom were interesting but also curious, because in practice, the people who staff his administration have been the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory.”

    “There’s a very odd disconnect in praising religious freedom while the Justice Department goes after the Little Sisters of the Poor.”

Only in America ...

The Kansas native is also a member of the Prairie Band of the Potawatomi Tribe on his mother's side, and French Canadian on his father's.

His Potawatomi name is "the wind that rustles the leaves of the tree" while his Sioux name is "good eagle."

On his French side he is directly descended from Saint King Louis IX of France.

Archbishop Chaput is only the second Native American to be ordained a bishop in the United States, and the first American Indian archbishop ever.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

21 Things We Do When We Make the Sign of the Cross

I know it has been awhile since this was updated...my fault.  Too many other things have gotten in the way...more than should have.  Well, I hope to actually do more here in the future since we have a new Link added to the site.  The article I am posting is really quite good...so good in fact that it could actually be preached from a Pulpit...IF a priest had the gumption to do it.
With that said, here is the article in the title from Stephen Beale at Catholic Exchange.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim 



21 Things We Do When We Make the Sign of the Cross

The Sign of the Cross is a simple gesture yet a profound expression of faith for both Catholic and Orthodox Christians. As Catholics, it’s something we do when we enter a church, after we receive Communion, before meals, and every time we pray. But what exactly are we doing when we make the Sign of the Cross? Here are 21 things:
1. Pray. We begin and end our prayers with the Sign of the Cross, perhaps not realizing that the sign is itself a prayer. If prayer, at its core, is “an uprising of the mind to God,” as St. John Damascene put it, then the Sign of the Cross assuredly qualifies. “No empty gesture, the sign of the cross is a potent prayer that engages the Holy Spirit as the divine advocate and agent of our successful Christian living,” writes Bert Ghezzi.
2. Open ourselves to grace. As a sacramental, the Sign of the Cross prepares us for receiving God’s blessing and disposes us to cooperate with His grace, according to Ghezzi.
3. Sanctify the day. As an act repeated throughout the key moments of each day, the Sign of the Cross sanctifies our day. “At every forward step and movement, at every going in and out, when we put on our clothes and shoes, when we bathe, when we sit at table, when we light the lamps, on couch, on seat, in all the ordinary actions of daily life, we trace upon the forehead the sign,” wrote Tertullian.
4. Commit the whole self to Christ. In moving our hands from our foreheads to our hearts and then both shoulders, we are asking God’s blessing for our mind, our passions and desires, our very bodies. In other words, the Sign of the Cross commits us, body and soul, mind and heart, to Christ. (I’m paraphrasing this Russian Orthodox writer.) “Let it take in your whole being—body, soul, mind, will, thoughts, feelings, your doing and not-doing—and by signing it with the cross strengthen and consecrate the whole in the strength of Christ, in the name of the triune God,” said twentieth century theologian Romano Guardini.
5. Recall the Incarnation. Our movement is downward, from our foreheads to our chest “because Christ descended from the heavens to the earth,” Pope Innocent III wrote in his instructions on making the Sign of the Cross. Holding two fingers together—either the thumb with the ring finger or with index finger—also represents the two natures of Christ.
6. Remember the Passion of Our Lord. Fundamentally, in tracing out the outlines of a cross on ourselves, we are remembering Christ’s crucifixion. This remembrance is deepened if we keep our right hand open, using all five fingers to make the sign—corresponding to the Five Wounds of Christ.
7. Affirm the Trinity. In invoking the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we are affirming our belief in a triune God. This is also reinforced by using three fingers to make the sign, according to Pope Innocent III.
8. Focus our prayer on God. One of the temptations in prayer is to address it to God as we conceive of Him—the man upstairs, our buddy, a sort of cosmic genie, etc. When this happens, our prayer becomes more about us than an encounter with the living God. The Sign of the Cross immediately focuses us on the true God, according to Ghezzi: “When we invoke the Trinity, we fix our attention on the God who made us, not on the God we have made. We fling our images aside and address our prayers to God as he has revealed himself to be: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
9. Affirm the procession of Son and Spirit. In first lifting our hand to our forehead we recall that the Father is the first person the Trinity. In lowering our hand we “express that the Son proceeds from the Father.” And, in ending with the Holy Spirit, we signify that the Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son, according to Francis de Sales.
10. Confess our faith. In affirming our belief in the Incarnation, the crucifixion, and the Trinity, we are making a sort of mini-confession of faith in words and gestures, proclaiming the core truths of the creed.
11. Invoke the power of God’s name. In Scripture, God’s name carries power. In Philippians 2:10, St. Paul tells us that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” And, in John 14:13-14, Jesus Himself said, “And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”
12. Crucify ourselves with Christ. Whoever wishes to follow Christ “must deny himself” and “take up his cross” as Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 16:24. “I have been crucified with Christ,” St. Paul writes in Galatians 2:19. “Proclaiming the sign of the cross proclaims our yes to this condition of discipleship,” Ghezzi writes.
13. Ask for support in our suffering. In crossing our shoulders we ask God “to support us—to shoulder us—in our suffering,” Ghezzi writes.
14. Reaffirm our baptism. In using the same words with which we were baptized, the Sign of the Cross is a “summing up and re-acceptance of our baptism,” according to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
15. Reverse the curse. The Sign of the Cross recalls the forgiveness of sins and the reversal of the Fall by passing “from the left side of the curse to the right of blessing,” according to de Sales. The movement from left to right also signifies our future passage from present misery to future glory just as Christ “crossed over from death to life and from Hades to Paradise,” Pope Innocent II wrote.
16. Remake ourselves in Christ’s image. In Colossians 3, St. Paul uses the image of clothing to describe how our sinful natures are transformed in Christ. We are to take off the old self and put on the self “which is being renewed … in the image of its creator,” Paul tells us. The Church Fathers saw a connection between this verse and the stripping of Christ on the cross, “teaching that stripping off our old nature in baptism and putting on a new one was a participation in Christ’s stripping at his crucifixion,” Ghezzi writes. He concludes that we can view the Sign of the Cross as “our way of participating in Christ’s stripping at the Crucifixion and his being clothed in glory at his resurrection.” Thus, in making the Sign of the Cross, we are radically identifying ourselves with the entirety of the crucifixion event—not just those parts of it we can accept or that our palatable to our sensibilities.
17. Mark ourselves for Christ. In ancient Greek, the word for sign was sphragis, which was also a mark of ownership, according to Ghezzi. “For example, a shepherd marked his sheep as his property with a brand that he called a sphragis,” Ghezzi writes. In making the Sign of the Cross, we mark ourselves as belong to Christ, our true shepherd.
18. Soldier on for Christ. The sphragis was also the term for a general’s name that would be tattooed on his soldiers, according to Ghezzi. This too is an apt metaphor for the Christian life: while we can be compared to sheep in the sense of following Christ as our shepherd we are not called to be sheepish. We instead are called to be soldiers of Christ. As St. Paul wrote in Ephesians 6, “Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. … take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
19. Ward off the devil. The Sign of the Cross is one of the very weapons we use in that battle with the devil. As one medieval preacher named Aelfric declared, “A man may wave about wonderfully with his hands without creating any blessing unless he make the sign of the cross. But, if he do, the fiend will soon be frightened on account of the victorious token.” In another statement, attributed to St. John Chrysostom, demons are said to “fly away” at the Sign of the Cross “dreading it as a staff that they are beaten with.” (Source: Catholic Encyclopedia.)
20. Seal ourselves in the Spirit. In the New Testament, the word sphragis, mentioned above, is also sometimes translated as seal, as in 2 Corinthians 1:22, where St. Paul writes that, “the one who gives us security with you in Christ and who anointed us is God; he has also put his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.” In making the Sign of the Cross, we are once again sealing ourselves in the Spirit, invoking His powerful intervention in our lives.
21. Witness to others. As a gesture often made in public, the Sign of the Cross is a simple way to witness our faith to others. “Let us not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified. Be the Cross our seal made with boldness by our fingers on our brow, and on everything; over the bread we eat, and the cups we drink; in our comings in, and goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we rise up; when we are in the way, and when we are still,” wrote St. Cyril of Jerusalem.

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Selling Out Catholics

Once again we Orthodox Catholics have been "sold out" by the USCCB, namely "Cardinal (two-face) Dolan", and on the Feast of The Assumption, at that.  In order to understand exactly what I mean by this statement, I'm putting a LINK to the so-called reason for Dolan giving the Al Smith Dinner.

Rome should really take a look at dissolving these "Appeasement Bishops" and get true Shepard's in place.  You can't deal with Satan!

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim.

P.S,  This is President Obama's PRO-Abortion record Cardinal Dolan...in case you've forgotten, or just don't want to know..GO HERE FOR THE TRUTH!

Monday, August 6, 2012

"Agony In Albany" Part 4

This is the third installment for this series and continues with the degradation of the "Catholic" church as portrayed by "Clown Stations" of the Cross.  And also, one quick note on these proceedings:  As this investigation was pursued by the Orthodox folks, there was a murder in 1998 of Fr. Alfred Kunz, the canon lawyer and Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin priest who had reportedly been working on cases involving clergy misconduct and the homosexual network.  Fr. John Hardon, a very devout Jesuit, (something different for that order) was interviewed by the investigators and is said to have told associates that he believed the murder was connected to the corrupt element in the Catholic Church.
You may form your own opinion as you read "Agony In Albany".

Part 3:

















Jesus Is Lord!
Tim