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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gender free marriage etc

Father Z quotes Cardinal George vs the godfather.

Gender free marriage. Yes. that is a much better description.

It may seem strange that anyone could look around the pornography-saturated, fertility-challenged, family-breakdown-plagued West and see a society menaced by a repressive puritanism. But it’s clear that this perspective is widely and sincerely held.
It would be refreshing, though, if it were expressed honestly, without the “of course we respect religious freedom” facade.
If you want to fine Catholic hospitals for following Catholic teaching, or prevent Jewish parents from circumcising their sons, or ban Chick-fil-A in Boston, then don’t tell religious people that you respect our freedoms. Say what you really think: that the exercise of our religion threatens all that’s good and decent, and that you’re going to use the levers of power to bend us to your will.
There, didn’t that feel better? Now we can get on with the fight.
Those new shocking values:
In today’s culture of immediate reward, a work ethic centering on self-discipline and the ability to defer gratification is almost, to use a favorite term of the avant-garde, transgressive. Hmm: With so much of our economy and politics now based on the absence of those characteristics, maybe it really is a bit transgressive.
But those mores just may be making a comeback in these tough times. The fact is, self-discipline and the ability to defer gratification really do help you get ahead, avoid debt and feel more in control of your life.
In boom times, even slackers can do well enough (or borrow enough to seem to) to make those rules seem old-fashioned and unnecessary. But when the bust comes, reality reasserts itself and those trite sayings (“waste not, want not,” “neither a borrower nor a lender be,” etc. — Kipling’s “Gods of the Copybook Headings”) turn out to be not so much trite, as true.
At any rate, we can hope that saving money, avoiding debt and treating friends and family with consideration are now edgy enough to become trendy.
Persian Paradox discusses the meaning of the Ramadan fast:

Ramazan is  the time for self or inner house keeping. The inner affairs of our hearts and minds , our intentions which create our actions and build our personality are revisited and addressed in this Holy Month. The difficulties of fasting and the pressures of thirst and hunger are meant to create a firm and steadfast personality who could resist the temptations and attractive worldly desires which may take a human being to a degraded state of existence and undermine human dignity . Weak people usually give in and sell their dignity for very little. Ramazan is meant to restore strong will and faith in humans who have lost their direction and goal.
During those moments of hunger and thirst the fasting individual considers the sufferings and pains of others and comes to a sublime level of selflessness. Ramazan takes humans to a higher level of contemplation and altruism, a sensation that is compromised in today's material world. 
Ah yes...I'm old enough to remember the Lenten fasts, when we were taught this about fasting.
Maybe Catholics, who now are facing subtle persecution in Europe and now in the US should revert to the lessons of the past to morph the Politically correct faith of "I'm okay you're okay and jesus loves you no matter what" to what the church used to know, but was afraid to remind us:

From St John Chrysologus
Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you have nothing. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. If you do not close your ear to others you open God’s ear to yourself.

When you fast, see the fasting of others. If you want God to know that you are hungry, know that another is hungry. If you hope for mercy, show mercy. If you look for kindness, show kindness. If you want to receive, give. If you ask for yourself what you deny to others, your asking is a mockery.

yes: now people "diet" to look beautiful, so they can conform to the ways of the world 

It's not the same thing.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Godfather is coming....

Don Corleone was the godfather, but the new bishop of San Francisco is named Cordileone...and is (GASP) A Catholic!

Full details at Whispers in the Loggia.

For liberal Catholics, meanwhile, the appointment is likely to be received as something akin to the city's Great Earthquake of 1906, or even more apocalyptic events.

I'll take bets on which bishop ends up in jail first for opposing Obamacare...


Saint Kateri...NYTimes article HERE...pretty good, except they failed to note her mom was Algonquin and Christian and that might be behind her decision to move to Canada. (the R rated version of her life can be found in this history book )

The "miracle" that allowed the church to okay it was the cure of a case of necrotizing fasciitis.

I guess the recovery of Patrician White Bull from a coma didn't meet the criteria. More HERE:

Indian Country Today (Lakota Times)
Patricia White Bull awakening `miraculous intervention by God'

Staff and AP reports

WAKPALA, S.D. -- Patricia White Bull, the woman who awakened from a 16-year
coma on Christmas Eve, has stunned the medical community, strengthened
beliefs in religious circles and created an international media frenzy
spanning the globe.
 I was working in New Mexico when it happened, and the nurses told me that her family had made a novena to Kateri the week before she "woke up"...but she was also given Amantadine by the doctors so she wouldn't catch influenza, and so the docs claimed it was a coincidence....


Friday, July 27, 2012

Water children

I ran across this while downloading lectures on Asia:

Title: Remembering Aborted Foetuses in a Japanese Shrine
Authors: Macfarlane, Alan
Issue Date: 29-Jul-2004
Abstract: In a shrine beside a temple in Kyoto there are a large number of small effigies. They commemorate aborted foetuses. In the absence of proper contraception, the Japanese for centuries have had to use abortion and, in the past, infanticide to control their population. These 'water children' (who return to the water world at abortion) are a source of great sadness in Japan.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

A new kinky sex practice

The Real McCain blog writes about a new kinky sex practice:
Young folks have discovered a kinky new sexual phenomenon: If a man places his penis inside a woman’s vagina, she can have a baby. This shockingly weird activity is being promoted by a Web site called, whose founders describe their revolutionary idea: We want awesome marriages and mind-blowing sex lives. We want women and men to be respected and loved for who they are, to the very depths of their being. We want sex free from fear, love free from use, and a world of people who love and respect their own bodies. In short, we want sexy back. In fact, we demand it.
he adds this addendum: The idea comes from BadCatholic

he also has an older blog post on the problems of contraception.

Throughout human history, recognition of the natural connection between sex and procreation was fundamental to society’s laws, customs, attitudes and behaviors in regard to relationships between men and women. These traditions had varied from place to place, and shifted slowly from time to time, but in all times and all places, social norms had been founded on the understanding that sex and pregnancy were intrinsically linked. Indeed, from a strictly biological perspective, reproduction is the sole purpose of sex.
The Contraceptive Culture, by contrast, is based on the negation of what we may rightly call natural sexuality. As previously mentioned, The Pill was launched in 1960 with a blitzkrieg of media hype, much of it sponsored by non-profit foundations. Historian Donald L. Critchlow chronicled this phenomenon in his excellent 2001 book, Intended Consequences: Birth Control, Abortion, and the Federal Goverment in Modern America, and as I explained last July:
The population control movement . . . was largely the brainchild of John D. Rockefeller III. Rockefeller funded much of the movement himself and through a number of family trusts and foundations, and he encouraged other foundations (Ford, Scaife, Carnegie) to do the same. . . .
[B]etween 1959 and 1964 one organization alone, the Population Council, got more than $5 million from the Rockefellers, $8.4 million from the Ford Foundation and $2.1 million from Scaife. So that’s $15 million in five years, back when a million dollars was a lot of money.
The Population Council was among a number of groups that helped promote positive publicity for The Pill, a P.R. campaign orchestrated by some of the best marketing strategists in the business. Among the ideas central to that public-relations blitz were (a) that unwanted pregnancy was a horrible burden on families, as well as on society at large, and (b) that The Pill, by exempting women from the dreaded prospect of becoming pregnant, would usher in a carefree new era of sexual fulfillment.
What actually happened, of course, was something quite different.  The 1960s were a decade of unprecedented increases in divorce, drug abuse and teen suicide. Most especially, the ’60s saw skyrocketing rates of sexually-transmitted diseases...

Persecution coming?

Get Religion has coverage of the press misstating a private affirmation that the founder of a US restaurant is indeed a bible believing Baptist.
Volokh points out that this is against the First Amendment right to free speech (the restaurant would have to be shown it discriminated, not just speech).

However, no one has noticed that this is about a McCarthy like perscution of those who belong to a certain church.
They then go on to show an article about the press playing the bad vatican finally removing a bishop who tolerated heresy.

Key quote:

There’s an interesting part of the article that reads almost like an editor said “Your article is so one-sided as to be embarrassing. Could you please try to balance it out.” We hear from Mary Aramini, a woman who left the church and adopted a pro-choice stance. Then she came back to the church and now finds the diocese tolerates “all diversity, except if you want to be traditional.”
And we get a brief mention of how the diocese has closed most of its schools, including 13 of its remaining 24 schools in 2008. Fewer than 4,000 students are enrolled in the diocese’s schools today. This is blamed on the sexual abuse scandal.

and they then go on to show a Catholic human rights activist's murder in Cuba where the press ignores the catholic part of his history.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Italian chapels

by the Geneva Convention, prisoners of war had to be sent to areas with a climate similar to where they were captured.

As a result, the Italians captured in North Africa were often sent to South Africa or Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

Here is a photo of the small Catholic chapel they constructed near Masvingo: from Veteranrhodie's Flickr site/

But I was astonished to run across a photo of a chapel, also built by Italian POW's, that they had built in the Orkney Islands:

of course, these were in the days before the PC liturgists decided to make catholic churches look like the inside of airplane hangers. 
 crossposted from my fkcAFM blog

Friday, July 20, 2012

It's the bishop's fault

this is a mishmash of links and comments and not all of them in a good time line.

But the dirty little secret is that when Sandusky was schtupping little boys, the local Catholic church and Penn state's Catholic group were pro gay...I know, because I lived in the area in the early 1990's...

the Chronicles writes about a culture of evasion at Penn State that led folks to ignore Sandusky so they wouldn't get any bad publicity...

A better explanation might be that they were influenced by the local Bishop's attitude toward the problem:
Compassion toward the perpetrator you know, while seeing the crime as normal consensual behavior a bit outside the law, but that should be stopped by counseling and understanding..


Altoona Diocese contributes to repeal gay marriage...since it's NCReporter, it is an article complaining about it, and full of comments saying that opposing gay marriage is wrong: Example:

There is a bright line on this issue. The bishops and dioceses who supported the referendum stand on one side. Jesus stands on the other.

Depends on, who the Jesus is

Depends on, who the Jesus is you are talkoing about. Your reply implies that you know who Jesus is, and others, who disagree with you, don't. Arrogance ... at its best

No, it doesn't. Jesus loved

No, it doesn't. Jesus loved the outcasts of society. The Jesus of the Catholic Church no longer resembles the Jesus of the Bible. I have absolutely no doubt that Christ would have defended the rights of all to love and marry. If you do, it is you who are deluded and arrogant.

Hmm, the word ‘outcast’

Hmm, the word ‘outcast’ according to Webster’s Dictionary means: ‘one that is cast out or refused acceptance’ by society. The 3% - 5% (depending on whose statistics you accept) of our society who consider themselves gays and lesbians managed to change the definition of the oldest human institution, called marriage, in the matter of a few years in many countries, including the US. Is this what you call ‘outcasts’? This is a formidable power-group with incredible influence, not outcast! If they had been outcasts, we would not be talking about this issue at all. Why is the lobbing not as effective when it comes to minimum wage, or healthcare reform? Today, alone, 25.000 children died because of hunger around the world. Why is there such an ineffective lobbying on their behalf? Who are the outcasts? Get your language and thinking in order, because you are spreading only confusion.

Are you really that literal,

Are you really that literal, and are you that literal all the time with everything...perhaps you might prefer 'disenfranchised' from the Church, as in divorced Catholics, gays, women, married priests etc...certainly the Church has them 'outcast' and some are called heretics, maybe even excommunicated, perdition is in order for them, and certainly they are anathema, banned from the eucharist, might even be banned from speaking on Church premises...all from a loving Church...indeed there is confusion in our midst.

and LINK

The letter by a group of local priests to the bishop defending his gay priests from attack was posted on May 16, 2003...excerpt:

[bold emphasis in original document]
Priests Federation of Altoona-Johnstown
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord:
Whereas the rights and dignity of priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown are threatened by forces both external to the community of believers and internally by our bishop and his staff.
Whereas, in response to this threat, the Priests Federation of Altoona-Johnstown was secretly formed by 26 clrgy of this Diocese to demand the rights and dignity of all priests be respected and protected by our bishop.
Therefore, we, the Priests Federation of Altoona-Johnstown, joined with our fellow clergy, ask the following from our bishop:
Whereas our bishop insists on publicly defending lawsuits against this diocese and thus increasing the threat that more names of our priests be exposed in the media, we demand that our bishop cease and desist his public defense of any and all lawsuits concerning alleged priestly misconduct and instead settle these cases out of court so as to protect the reputation and well being of those priests so named and others that may be revealed in the course of any trial.

Whereas our bishop threatens and harasses homosexual priests into fearing for their office, we demand that our bishop cease and desist any and all harassment of homosexual clergy and instead work to protect the reputation and well being of clergy of all sexual orientations.

Whereas our bishop placates those who attack our diocese and its priests, we demand that our bishop turn the attention of his legal representation towards stopping the hateful and homophobic actions of George Foster, Brian Barcaro, Dr. Brian Kopp [FReeper "Polycarp"], et. al., who are set upon destroying the reputations of homosexuals priests and this diocese.

Whereas our bishop ignores the actions of certain priests who consistently act against the unity of this diocese, we demand our bishop suspend Fr. James Foster and Fr. John Nesbella immediately, for repeated and constant acts which threaten the unity of our community of faith.

Whereas our bishop removed Dr. David Brown [of "GoodBye, Good Men" book fame] from his position as intake psychologist and from candidacy for the permanent diaconate program due to the incessant demands of several Talibanic conservative clergy and laity, we demand our bishop reinstate Dr. Brown both to his position as intake psychologist and to the permanent dioconate program.....

 Link New Oxford Review on the same letter.

and link  from News Max: Anti Catholic 'experts" fuel scandal.

It discusses "Goodbye Good Men" and is part one of an investigation if the allegations are true.

At this point, reading the book would be a good idea. GoogleBooks

Father Trigilio's book review HERE.

those of us who actually survived the seminary experience know too well how true those tales really are. The problem is that no book can address all the issues and propose all the solutions. The horror stories Rose relates brings back many painful memories, but also sheds light on dark secrets which until now have been kept locked up in the basement. Like the pedophilia scandal, the seminary scandal was swept under the carpet for too long. Sadly, without the pressure of the media and the threat of impending lawsuits, this demon may not get the speedy and serious response as was given in Dallas by the Episcopal conference. Even though the Holy See has ordered a thorough investigation of all seminaries and their formation programs, whether or not it disintegrates into an impotent "visitation" like the last one may be an easy bet.

 and then there is this 2002 article, about the Penn State Psychologist used by the Altoona diocese  from the Centre Daily Times: the original article is no longer on line, but Free Republic still has it.
Brown, 58, the State College psychologist who does psychological evaluations for the diocese, said he had no doubt that he was the target of the anonymous ad. He said the ad appeared to signal an escalation of efforts by some conservative Catholics to pressure Adamec to discontinue contract work with him.
The Altoona-Johnstown Diocese includes 104 parish priests and about 112,000 parishioners. As the head of the diocese, Adamec uses Brown to provide about half of the psychological evaluations of priesthood applicants.
Brown said in an interview that he has conducted about 200 psychological evaluations of seminary candidates in the last 25 years, and that virtually none of them admits to gay orientation during the interviews. Brown said his report to the diocese about a candidate's sexual orientation includes what the candidate says, what the tests show and what he himself thinks.
In response to some of the accusations made against him, Brown said he has never given an unfavorable recommendation on a priesthood candidate because the candidate is heterosexual, and has never endorsed someone because he is gay or liberal.
He said perhaps one out of every four of the 200 seminary candidates he has screened has become a priest, and he said none of those priests has ever been accused or otherwise been alleged to have been sexually abusive to anyone.
"I'm proud of my record," Brown said.
His critics have also accused him of telling some candidates they were "too rigid," as Morella phrased it, referring to the infallibility of church doctrine on faith and morality.
Brown said that such a commentary on someone's personality would never come up in the psychological evaluation interview itself but could come up weeks later if a candidate sought feedback on the evaluation, part of which is a standard test designed to measure rigidity and other characteristics.
"Rigidity is a personality dimension that can apply to all ideological perspectives," Brown said.
Brown faulted his own critics for their narrow focus on right and wrong.
"They think there's only one right way to be and anything else is sinful," he said. "It really is just a discrimination against homosexuality."

(Timeline HERE)

The problems in the Altoona Diocese were alive and well when I worked in the area in the early to mid 1990's: I heard many reports from women who left the church because the "monseignor" was harsh to them, but worse was the neighbor who told me the story of how the "monseignor" abused her son's friends and refused to attend the local church, something that happened in the 1980's. The bishop back then once tearfully confessed he had given way to pressure from "experts" that this should not be reported but treated by psychological counseling (which was also how California was treating their child molesters and was being praised by the press for their compassion)...But later he confessed that he was wrong and that he was sorry for his actions.
Alas, his successor, who came before I moved there, and has been there since the early 1990's, was worse, not only bowing to the "experts" but continuing a cover up even after everyone in the area knew what was going on.

Luckily, we were in another parish, but that was not the only case I heard about: one Catholic priest who bought a ticket to go with us to Medjugorje was pretty well ignored openly by our group, and the one who arranged the pilgrimage told me he was known to have abused several boys in his small town church...

 (the "us" here was an Orthodox prayer group that was run by a local Russian Orthodox priest and included many Catholics in the group...we went with the blessing of the local Orthodox bishop...the catholic bishop, hated Medjugore,), and the prayer group filled a gap for Catholics in a town with six Catholic churches who had no prayer groups, but of course you could attend Sister's PC bible study if you wanted the latest way to decide the bible was nonsense).

Those were the good old days when Newsweek was telling us docs not to report incestuous fathers, because it would break up the family,...I can't find the Newsweeks article on line, but this article on the Daily Beast article defends incest and does name names of those who back then defended the practice as harmless or even beneficial in years past.

If you want to see extent of the problem today, check out this cdc article which uses neutral language to describe childhood sexual abuse.
especially(Table 55).Nope, I'm still waiting for this report to get in the headlines.


We docs see these things, and often see the victims years later for substance abuse problems.
I'm starting to see articles "courageous" enough to notice that there is a link between morality and poverty,
with even the libertarian Instapundit saying:  

HOW TO REDUCE INEQUALITY: Get (And Stay) Married. Since it’s apparently okay to use government coercion to reduce inequality, does that mean we should be implementing policies that discourage single motherhood and divorce? You know, for the sake of “fairness?” I’m just asking. . . .
Posted at 2:20 pm by Glenn Reynolds  

but our media still gladly keeps pushing to define deviancy of all types as normal.

Here is Holly Ordway's essay about looking into the abyss...the same media that gives you "big love" and pornography is now promoting the free love promiscuity as normal.

Just a few more links that might hint why the backstory of Penn state leads to the Catholic church's local gay friendly bishop, and even furthur back to Kinsey and some of the distortions of his work by activists.
a 2006 article from the Johnstown tribune democrat

when Nesbella became a priest, and his strong stance against homosexuality in the priesthood drew venomous mail from his colleagues, he kept the faith.

But now, at age 43 and after being banned for the past year from publicly performing any priestly duties, the outspoken and controversial Cambria County priest is taking off his collar.

John Nesbella has resigned from the priesthood.

“This is the end of a sad tale of how wicked so-called Catholic priests and bishops drove me and a few other priests out because we dared to speak up about the corrupt brotherhood of homosexuals in the priesthood,” he said.

Officials at the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese declined to comment on Nesbella’s resignation.

“It’s a personal decision,” diocese spokesman Rob Egan would only say.

Nesbella has been a conservative standard-bearer and a favorite of conservative lay leaders in the diocese.

In 2005, Nesbella was the second Altoona-Johnstown priest in three years to be placed on a leave of absence for protesting diocese policies.

Before him, James Foster, an outspoken Ebensburg priest who often locked horns with Bishop Joseph Adamec on the issue of homosexual priests, was placed on leave in 2003.


Gary Morella has rants lots of links about his feud (on his penn state webpage) with the bishop about the problem.
Yes, he has a lot of "red" printing there and it might sound paranoid, but I was working in the area in the late 1980's to mid 1990's and it is, alas, true. 
As far as the penal precept toward Msgr. Saylor, I have know this priest as my pastor at Our Lady of Victory in State College PA, and later as pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philipsburg, PA. His writings in the local press were as orthodox as they come.

Why, then, was he summarily told, under threat of excommunication, that he was to no longer make any type of public statement in the State College area, while concurrently being wished the best in retirement by Bishop Adamec, a schizophrenic act to be sure?

The end result is that an honored priest, for what appears to be no good reason, was silenced by his bishop when his respected voice would have been welcomed by orthodox Catholics in the State College area.
This small group of individuals united with one local priest, Fr. James Foster, publicly spoke out in defense of the faith. They found themselves fighting the moral rot emanating from Penn State, and sadly, the Penn State Catholic Center with no support whatsoever from their diocesan Church. (italics mine).

This is a diocesan Church that undercut them whenever they tried to defend the faith, leaving them hanging out to dry when their Bishop, through his spokesman, repeatedly told the community that they do not speak for the official Church when, in fact, all that they were doing was quoting, chapter and verse, from the Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, whom local Catholics must now also presume does not speak for our diocesan Church. 

NewsMax links are all after 2002...
New bishop arrives in Altoona: 2011
says the older bishop arrived in 1987...

Judith Reisman discussing her book on CSPAN (no embedded video)...

I'd say some of these guys were paranoid, but I was there in the mid 1990's and saw the damage already done by what was going on in the 1980's, and the old bishop then once cried and told the laypeople that he wanted to remove the priests, but the psychologist told him no, so the bishop didn't. The new bishop was worse: the local parish newspaper bragged about the gay friendly priest chaplain at Penn state, for example, and the abuse cases continued: I know of one case then where a nurse cried on my shoulder that her husband was asked to intervene in a new case of a boy abused by a "visiting priest" who was a "very nice guy" so they didn't want to send him to jail. That was about 1993 or 1994...

Mr. Morella has this on his website, to put things into perspective:

The evidence speaks for itself.  The bishop incredibly in a previous statement says that he was not required to do this until the Church told him so.  See where Bishop Adamec says
As for reporting to civil authorities, at the time of the abuse as alleged in the present complaints, there was no obligation or law requiring clergy to do so. This was changed in 1995. Then, as now, those who feel victimized have the freedom to report the matter to proper authorities. Today, that is very much encouraged. And, clergy are now, since 1995, required to report in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Yes, there was no obligation for him to report the abuse, and those who "feel victimized" (i.e. underaged boys who often don't even report it to their families) can report it: but parents, worrying about their son facing a hostile court cross examining and confronting all those nice people from the church saying, oh this was just a momentary lapse by a good priest who is a nice guy, can you just forget about it? What would you say as a parent?

I worked with abused girls, both to examine them to check for physical evidence of abuse and also when older women came to cry on my shoulder that it had happened to them (after a TV show on abuse was shown, many women who suffered similar abuse including incest came "out of the closet" and had to talk to someone...) and yes, two victim whose cases went to court admitted what had happened at the court case and being cross examined and called a liar in front of a jury was worse than the abuse.

So one case of incest I am aware of came to the attention of the authorities via her boyfriend telling a teacher, but to spare her the trauma, the cops pressured her minister (!) father to plea bargain to a lesser charge and he got only six months instead of ten or more years that he deserved. It kept the girl from trauma, but the last time I heard where he was he was dating a single social worker with five foster children, who we had to telephone (don't know if she believed what we told her: in those days, child abusers didn't have their names and addresses on line).

In another case, a father divorced but allowed visiting rights, abused his oldest girl, who was persuaded it was her fault so she kept quiet. When she hit 14, he started on her 10 year old sister, and by then she had learned enough to know it wasn't her fault, and went to the cops. The father denied everything, until we caught him in a lie, and then he also plea bargained...and it was accepted for the girl's sake.

Nor is abuse a "new" thing: one old man said his wife had been raped by her parish priest in the 1920's, and in another case,in the biography of Catherine Doherty (of Madonna house) there is a mention of her son being resentful and hating his mother for abandoning him....later it turns out he had been abused by the priest she trusted to keep an eye on her son (to get him away from his abusive and negelectful father and his bimbos!).

Nor is abuse of people by priests new, as anyone reading Chaucer or knows the back story of Death in the Cathedral can tell you (Thomas a Beckett was arguing that the church courts, not the civil authorities, should try a priest accused of rape.) and Dante, of course, put one of his beloved teachers in hell for sexually abusing his pupils.

The dirty little secret is found in Andrew Greeley's book "confessions of a parish priest", where he says back in the 1970's, the authorities decided celibacy not orientation was what needed to be with the breakdown of discipline after Vatican II, the celibate gay priest became active, and some who were thought to be merely gay, but were serial pedophiles, had their crimes covered up by gays in the bishop's office. Greeley denies that Bernadine, at whose feet this can be laid, was gay, and also has the statistics about sexual immorality in the church using hard sociological data (as opposed to "experts" usually quoted in the press who use anedotal estimates which exaggerate the problem).

A Boston Globe story on various surveys Boston Globe

The draft of the study, done by John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, found that 4,450 of the 110,000 priests who served between 1950 and 2002 were accused of sexual abuse of minors, according to CNN, which reported yesterday that it had reviewed the draft.
The number of alleged perpetrators given in the draft study is higher than the tallies by news media outlets, including the Associated Press and The New York Times, that have tried to count reported allegations nationwide.
The number is also higher than that projected by church officials. A top Vatican official, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, said in 2002, according to the Catholic News Service: "In the United States, there is constant news on this topic, but less than 1 percent of priests are guilty of acts of this type."
But the number of victims is lower than expected by many....
In 1993, the Rev. Andrew M. Greeley, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, estimated that between 2,000 and 4,000 priests had abused minors, and predicted more than 100,000 victims; last year, Greeley wrote that he suspected 4 percent of priests had abused minors. Plante and Greeley's projections were published in America magazine, a Jesuit weekly.
Ah yes, the Jesuits, who were partly to blame for being on the cutting edge of heresy and pushing the idea that celibacy doesn't mean no sex (if conspiracy theorist Malachy Martin's book The Jesuits is true, which it may not be).

So does this mean that Catholics are evil and the church hopelessly corrupt?

Well, there are a billion catholics: everyone from the Borgias to Mother Teresa.

The sardonic Jewish carpenter got in trouble for pointing out the problem of religious officials taking bribes and kick backs and being "wolves in sheep's clothing" (and I suspect they left the woman caught in adultery alive because Jesus started writing about their own sexual shennanigans in the dust).

It's a power play, and if some chose religion to cloak their deed, it is not confined to religious leaders, alas, as the above cited CDC article shows, it's still common.

The number of cases are small in percentages for the church, but the dirty little secret that the church needs periodic cleansing. One hopes that now that this is being cleansed, it will too pass.

What does not bode well is that the press and the Obama administration are trying to marginlaize the Catholics in favor of the gay friendly gnostic takeover, that will allow abortion, euthanasia and polyamoury of any orientation as the norm.... As for the Episcopalians: They accepted father "cutie" who had a bimbo, the bishop of New Hampshire who abandoned his wife, Bishop Spong who was an atheist, and now are allowing funeral services for your pets. I guess we should be grateful: They still don't allow dogs to marry in the church...

The vehemence of the press attacking the ordinary believing Catholic is well known, but the censorship of the gay lobby is worse.

The bad news is that no one wants to admit that the abuse of the priest isn't usually against children but is against young attractive boys, and that the gay subculture has a love of pubescent boys since the time of Alcibiades and Plato.

And it also has to be remembered that some abuse cases are fake and about money (the one case the Altoona bishop "lost" was a priest accused of abusing a 14 year old boy. The case went to court because the priest said he only liked older boys...they lost, but it was commonly known that the boy's older brother was a male prostitute who got to know the priest in Pittsburgh gay bars, and concocted the story with his mother and brother that it was the younger brother who was abused to get money. Everyone knew this, but also knew the "good catholics" were being pressured to stay quiet, so the jury gave the family a bundle of money to punish the church)...

This is about power, not religion: and the rate of abuse is just as bad by teachers etc. if not worse.

Even a culture of abuse can harm a boy, as this article by Michael O'Brien in Catholic world news shows:

I was awakened in the middle of the night by the supervisor's favorite boy. "Get up," he said, "Mr. H wants you!"
I was suddenly wide awake, and said with perfect inner peace and certainty, "No."
This, too, was out of character, because I was obedient by nature and a conformist at the time. To resist the will of anyone, let alone a man who was prone to irrational outbursts and who was also our absolute master, was practically unthinkable. My act of resistance was even more inexplicable when I consider the everyday events that occurred in our dorm: discipline by slaps and humiliations, excessive and unnecessary communal nudity, verbal abuse, sexual and racial slurs. I also recall our communal shower which the supervisor observed every night, and into which he once burst fully clothed, flailing about him with a rubber hose and raising welts on several of us as he shrieked about lust and impurity. The situation was made worse by the fact that for the entire school year we were forbidden to leave the hostel grounds except to go to the classrooms across the fenced yard. Within this enclosed environment, there were constant attacks upon anyone who did not cringe before the iron will which ruled it. Most of the boys learned to curry favor or to live under continual intimidation, and in the case of a few, to acquiesce to Mr. H's more personal invitations.
The morning following my refusal to go to his bedroom I entered a period of suffering. Mr. H began a campaign against me that was both merciless and relentless.

 yet, as author Michael O'Brien's testimony shows, the bishops just didn't get it (and the abuse in Canadian residential schools included not just Catholic but Anglican schools).

Some years ago, I wrote an article, first published in Catholic World Report, that described my own experiences as a child in a residential school. It is posted here on my studio website:

Victims, Scandal, Truth, Compassion

At the time I did not wish to add scandal to scandal, and did not mention the fact that the criminal abuser, a layman who had damaged the lives of so many boys, and was convicted under law as a "dangerous sexual offender," was released after nine years in prison and then went on to apply to enter a Canadian seminary. He was accepted by the then-archbishop with full knowledge of the man's past, a fact which came out during a later civil trial, after the man had been ordained a priest. Now the full story is a matter of public record. While it is true that an individual committed these gravest of sins, it is also true that he  found a welcoming, sympathetic environment that allowed him to go on to become the "pastor" of souls. Such is the madness that has infected many dioceses and the national bishops' conference of the particular church in my country, and in other countries as well. Justified with endlessly nuanced theology and disordered anthropology, there is a pattern of "national" ecclesial disobedience to the universal Church under Peter, compromise with sin and error, and a massive failure of Christian prudence that have blighted the Bride of Christ for several decades now. However, let us not forget that, as G. K. Chesterton once wrote, "The Church is always leaping out of the tomb, just when the world pronounces her dead."

The timeline for Sadusky is in the mid 1990's, about this time, (although like with most cases, I suspect he had been doing it for awhile before then)...

x abuse of minors:
Jerry Sandusky starts his coaching career at Penn State University as a defensive line coach.
Jerry Sandusky founds The Second Mile. It begins as a group foster home dedicated to helping troubled boys and grows to become a charity dedicated to helping children with absent or dysfunctional families.
January 1983
Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football's national champion for the 1982 season.
January 1987
Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football's national champion for the 1986 season.
Boy known as Victim 7 in the report meets Sandusky through The Second Mile program at about the age of 10.
Boy known as Victim 6 meets Sandusky at a Second Mile picnic at Spring Creek Park when he is 7 or 8 years old.
Boy known as Victim 5, meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is 7 or 8, in second or third grade.
Boy known as Victim 4, at the age of 12 or 13, meets Sandusky while he is in his second year participating in The Second Mile program.
Victim 5 is taken to the locker rooms and showers at Penn State by Sandusky when he is 8 to 10 years old.
Jan. 1, 1998
Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky's wife, as a member of Sandusky's family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl.
Victim 6 is taken into the locker rooms and showers when he is 11 years old. When Victim 6 is dropped off at home, his hair is wet from showering with Sandusky. His mother reports the incident to the university police, who investigate.
Detective Ronald Schreffler testifies that he and State College Police Department Detective Ralph Ralston, with the consent of the mother of Victim 6, eavesdrop on two conversations the mother of Victim 6 has with Sandusky. Sandusky says he has showered with other boys and Victim 6's mother tries to make Sandusky promise never to shower with a boy again but he will not. At the end of the second conversation, after Sandusky is told he cannot see Victim 6 anymore, Schreffler testifies Sandusky says, "I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won't get it from you. I wish I were dead."
Jerry Lauro, an investigator with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, testifies he and Schreffler interviewed Sandusky, and that Sandusky admits showering naked with Victim 6, admits to hugging Victim 6 while in the shower and admits that it was wrong.
The case is closed after then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decides there will be no criminal charge.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Amen Brother

Dave Barry posts:


250 Gospel mime ministers to converge on Detroit this weekend

Why does this remind me of Mel Brooks? A mime is a terrible thing to waste... 

Read more here:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Orthodox church under attack

there are quite a few Orthodox churches in the US, and a lot of them are attracting converts due to their strict Christianity and beautiful liturgy (and also that they are not "Rome", although I know a lot of catholic diocese where the church is so wishy washy I'm not sure why anyone wants to join them).

Recently, one young leader of one of the Orthodox churches is under attack, and it seems that gay activists in the church are behind the attack.

Get Religion has a confusing post here, but links to related articles.

WaPost article on the bishop who dares to preach the gospel hints at former leaders and a financial scandal and AOI has more details on "in the closet" gay bishop and a facebook group that has link to him and some still in the church who oppose the present leader.

Getreligion remarks:
Of course, it is “politics” when an Orthodox leader defends the church’s doctrines in public. It is not “politics” when liberal activists inside the church work to silence the voice of the church, while quietly lobbying in seminaries and elsewhere to redefine those same doctrines. Gosh, that logic sounds rather familiar.

as for the part as his failure as an "administrator", well, it is easy for activists to get rid of a holy bishop that way. As one sardonic Jewish carpenter said, the children of the darkness are better at this type of thing.

And I am reminded of history: when the hoitey toity Philadelphia catholic establishment tried to get rid of an ex missionary Bohemian immigrant bishop who ran around in shabby clothes and even learned Gaelic to serve the immigrants in the slums.

The Pope didn't remove him, but instead just put in another bishop to help him with the money part.

St. John Neuman, pray for us.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

publicity stunt nuns on the bus

Read the whole thing catholic world report

Laetificat blog does some digging into the "Nuns on the Bus" tour... yes, Soros money is behind the hype...

Monday, July 09, 2012

Boson predicter is an outcast in his own country (corrected)

The big science news is about the Higgs Boson particle being discovered (maybe).

Higgs is the person who named the particle (the type of particle is called a boson) but Abus Salam is the one who predicted it.

This article states he is actually Pakistani but belongs to the Muslim Ahmadi sect, which is now being persecuted by the Taliban and the extremists in that country.

Officials at Quaid-i-Azam University had to cancel plans for Salam to lecture about his Nobel-winning theory when Islamist student activists threatened to break the physicist's legs, said his colleague Hoodbhoy.
"The way he has been treated is such a tragedy," said Hoodbhoy. "He went from someone who was revered in Pakistan, a national celebrity, to someone who could not set foot there. If he came, he would be insulted and could be hurt or even killed."
The president who honoured Salam would later go on to intensify persecution of Ahmadis.
Salam was targeted even after his death. His body was returned to Pakistan in 1996 after he died in Oxford, England, and was buried under a gravestone that read "First Muslim Nobel laureate," but a local magistrate ordered the word "Muslim" to be erased, said Hoodbhoy.
Since Salam's death, life has become even more precarious for Ahmadis in Pakistan. Taliban militants attacked two mosques packed with Ahmadis in Lahore in 2010, killing at least 80 people.
similar article at UKMail

Wednesday, July 04, 2012


Professor Chaput on America, liberty, and the first amendment. This interview was when he was still Archbishop of Denver, before the Pope sent him to Philly to clean up the messes there.

He is a good speaker: he commmonly gave talks to the Kateri conference (for Native American women) which our patients attended, as far back as when he was bishop of Rapid City. He is a Potawanami (Prarie Band Nation) and well known in the Native American community, but with his latest assignment, he now has a larger audience.

his discussion here is "boring", because many of the points are subtle, so be warned.

Last March, he warned that the Obamacare bill needed to be amended to protect religious liberty before it was passed. It was passed only after Obama promised to change the potential for funding abortion and abortifactant medicine, a promise that was quickly broken when an anonymous unelected panel in the HHS decided to fund these things, while other bureaucrats refused to exempt Church institutions from paying for this.

My take on the health care bill HERE.

and there is another problem in the bill, noted HERE in secondhandSmokeblog, which discusses how the AMA's PC ethicists say docs should remember they are "stewards" for taxpayer money, and put the budget before the patient.
From the AMedNews story:

Chicago Physicians have an obligation to recommend the less expensive option when the available medical alternatives offer a “similar likelihood” of patient benefit, according to ethics policy adopted at the AMA Annual Meeting.

Doctors ought to be “prudent stewards of the shared societal resources with which they are entrusted,” says the ethical opinion. The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs report overcame objections that it could wrongly limit physicians’ ability to advocate for the interests of individual patients when those conflict with the need to constrain health care costs.
Yes but alas, this trend goes back to when big business took over medicine, but now with Obamacare, it is written in law, and will discourage aggressive and independent thinkers from entering medicine:
The dirty little secret is that a lot of docs are quitting practice early,, and others who would be the best and most independent physicians will simply chose another profession.

If Physicians morph from the independent thinker/gung ho healers to obedient obedient employees, the future may be that you will now see the less ambitious types working 40 hour weeks, and of course other physician extenders” who will work for the lower pay.

So expect your “doctor” in the future to be a friendly nurse practitioner who follows the guidelines correctly and gets along with the regulations, not a feisty trouble maker like myself who fights the bureaucrats to get her patients the best medical care, the budget be damned.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat

I'm  just posting this to link to from elsewhere.